How to Hire a Foreign Tech Worker in Canada
Global Talent Stream LMIA Category A
The Global Talent Stream is a part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and it’s designed for innovative firms in Canada that fit in one of two categories:
Category A: Firms that are referred to Employment and Social Development Canada by a designated referral partner, and that need unique and specialized foreign nationals in order to scale-up and grow.
Category B: Firms that need to fill an in-demand highly-skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List.
The Global Talent Stream program allows employers to bring tech workers to Canada faster than other Temporary Foreign Worker Programs. Eligible applicants can receive 10-day processing and employers can bypass the 4-week recruitment process required for most LMIA applications.
Global Talent Stream Designated Partners
In order to apply to Category A of the Global Talent Stream, an employer must have been referred to the stream by one of the GTS’s designated partners and be using the stream to hire unique and specialized talent. The following are designated partners of the GTS, authorized to refer employers to Category A:
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
BC Tech Association
Burlington Economic Development Corporation
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Cape Breton Partnership
City of Brampton
City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office
City of Mississauga
Council of Canadian Innovators
Economic Development Winnipeg
Edmonton Economic Development
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour and Immigration
Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office
Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service
Invest in Canada
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
London Economic Development Corporation
MaRS Discovery District
National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team
Regional Municipality of Niagara
Regional Municipality of York
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Town of Oakville
Vancouver Economic Commission
Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
Who is eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream?
In addition to being referred by one of the Global Talent Stream’s designated referral partners, the position being requested must require unique and specialized talent to help the firm grow.
Unique and specialized talent is classified by the following criteria:
Pay at least $38.46 per hour ($80,000 annual base salary) → Or the prevailing wage for the occupation if it’s higher
Advanced knowledge of the industry
Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer and/or
Minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of specialized experience
How it Works
You must pay $1,000 for each position requested under the Global Talent Stream to cover the cost of processing your application.
Employers must supply business legitimacy documentation along with their LMIA application and Global Talent Stream application
Employers must develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan that shows their commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive impacts on the Canadian labour market
There is no minimum recruitment requirement for the GTS
The wages offered to TFWs should be similar to wages paid to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents hired for the same job and work location, and with similar skills and years of experience → For occupations with wage floors, employers must offer the hourly wage rate at a minimum.
The temporary foreign workers you hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program must only perform duties that correspond to the occupation they were hired for.
Global Talent Stream Checklist
Step one: Receive a referral from one of the stream’s designated partners. Employers can contact firms directly to discuss the position they wish to fill.
Step two: Confirm your business and employee meet the eligibility requirements
Step three: Fill out forms to apply for your candidate
Proof of Business Legitimacy, if applicable (basically, specific tax documents that show you can afford to pay the temporary foreign worker and that you run a legitimate business.)
Step four: Pay the $1000 CAD processing fee
Step five: Candidate applies for Work Permit after LMIA is approved
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