Global Talent Stream

Employers who  wish to hire IT professionals can apply for work permits under Global Talent Stream and benefit by 2 week expedited processing times.  This program was introduced to ensure companies can bring foreign workers to Canada quickly, to meet the needs of their growing business.

​Under the Global Talent Stream, skilled workers can expect their Canada work permits and Canada visa applications processed within two weeks. The program was launched on June 12, 2017, with Quebec unveiling its version of the program on September 11, 2017. GTS forms part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

​ A key element of the Global Talent Stream is that registered employers will need to commit to creating jobs for Canadians and transferring knowledge to Canadian workers, under a Labour Market Benefits Plan.

Main Features Of The Global Talent Stream

  • Two-week standard for processing Canada work permit applications (and Canada visa applications when applicable) for highly skilled talent.
  • Dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada.
  • Dropping of the work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled work (30 days or less in a 12-month period), and brief academic stays.
  • Companies applying for workers through the Global Talent Stream will have access to the new streamlined application process that will provide:
    • Client-focused service to help guide eligible employers through the application process and the development of the Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a service standard of 10 business days.
    • Eligibility for workers to have their work permit applications processed in 10 business days.

The Global Talent Stream Requirements

  • Under Category A, foreign workers must possess a unique and specialized talent to qualify for a Canada work permit, defined as:
  • Advanced knowledge of the industry.
  • Highly paid position with a salary of usually $80,000 or more.
  • Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer


  • Minimum of five years of experience in the field of specialized experience.

Category B
What Jobs Are Covered By The Global Talent Stream?

For Category B of the Global Talent Stream, employers must hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the following list:

National Occupations Classification (NOC) code Occupation
0213 Computer and information systems managers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2281 Computer network technician
2283* Information systems testing technicians
Sub-set of 5131* Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game

Position requires a minimum of five years of experience in the visual effects, video game or animation industries in one or a combination of the following roles: producer, technical director, creative director, artistic director or project manager, with experience in at least one or more of the following skills relevant to the visual effects, video game or animation industries: surfacing and look development; character or simulation rigging; matte painting; or technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production.

Sub-set of 5241* Digital Media and Design

Position requires a minimum of five years of experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital media animation, levels editing for digital media design, software editing for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design.

General Requirements of Global Talent Stream:

Business Legitimacy

Employers must provide evidence they are actively engaged in the business needing the temporary worker. The business must provide a good or service related to the job offer.

Employers new to TFWP must submit one document as proof. Returning employers are not required to re-submit documents, but may be asked for additional proof.

Some needed documents include a Canadian business licence, legal incorporation forms, tax documents and attested documents.


Employers are encouraged to actively seek to hire Canadians and permanent residents before looking abroad for workers. A description of how this has been done will be required in detail.


Wages must match the prevailing amount paid to Canadians and permanent residents for the same position.

Job duties and Work conditions

Workers hired under TFWP must only do the job they were hired for. Foreign workers are covered by the same laws that protect Canadians and permanent residents. Exploitation of a foreign worker violates Canadian law. Hours of work (including overtime) , Compensation , Working conditions , Termination of employment and all other Provincial and Territorial laws should be followed.

Workplace Safety

Foreign workers must be covered by provincial or territorial workplace safety insurance where required by law. Any private plan must match or better the terms of the provincial or territorial plan.

Language Restriction

A job can only require English or French when advertised. If other languages are essential, justification is required at the application stage.

Employer Compliance

Employers must comply with all general requirements of the TFWP.


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