The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is a fast-track stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), launched on June 12, 2017. This program established a two-week standard for processing work permit applications for highly skilled occupations. The two categories of the GTS target high-growth companies and workers in identified in-demand occupations.

The Global Talent Stream creates a new stream for expedited LMIA applications that has been divided into two categories.

  • Category A – Partner Referred: Your company may be eligible for a Global Talent Stream LMIA if it has been referred to the Global Talent Stream by a designated partner of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and if your company is hiring unique and specialized talent.
  • Category B – Global Talent Occupations List: Your company may be eligible if you are seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations founded on the Global Talent Occupations List.

Employer & Business Requirements:

  • Operating in Canada
  • Has a focus on innovation
  • Has the capacity and willingness to grow
  • Requires a unique and specialized position
  • Has identified a foreign potenial candiate for the unique and specialized position

Requirements of a Unique and Specialized Position:

  • A position with an annual salary of at least $80,000 or an annual salary equal to the prevailing wage if the industry standard is above $80,000
  • A position with an annual salary of at least $150,000 if a company requires more than two workers in a unique and specialized position for Category A
  • The candiate has advanced indusrty knowledge
  • The candiate posesses a specialized degree in a specific area of intrest to the employer
  • Has a minimum of five years experience in the specific field

Other specifications:

  • There is no obligation to undertake the standard 28-day recruitment period. This will greatly save time and costs for employers who are seeking to source high-skilled talent.
  • Employers applying under the Global Talent Stream must include areas such as workplace safety, wage, and language standards in the application.
  • The employer must work with ESDC to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan. This plan must demonstrate the employer’s commitment to activities that will have a positive impact on the Canadian labor market.


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