Canada updates list of eligible Global Talent Stream occupations

Canada updates the list of eligible Global Talent Stream occupations

Global Talent Stream
Global Talent Stream

Computer network technicians added to list, engineering managers and architecture and science managers removed

The Government of Canada has updated the list of occupations that are eligible under its popular Global Talent Stream.

The update saw two professions removed from the Global Talent Occupations List and the addition of computer network technicians (NOC 2281).

The occupations removed were:

  • engineering managers (NOC 0211)
  • architecture and science managers (NOC 0212)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the federal ministry responsible for processing applications to the Global Talent Stream, said the update was necessary “to ensure continues to reflect the Canadian labour market and the needs of innovative companies.”

The occupations list applies to Category B of the Global Talent Stream. ESDC said it has been determined that there is both a high demand for workers in the occupations listed and an insufficient supply of domestic workers with the required skills.

Canadian employers looking to hire foreign workers on the list benefit from work permits that can be issued in as little as two weeks in exchange for a commitment to increase skills and training investments for Canadians and permanent residents.

Employers using Category B can submit a facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that waives the requirement to prove they first tried recruiting Canadians and permanent residents of Canada.

LMIAs can also be processed in as little as two weeks.

ESDC said submissions for occupations being removed from the list will be accepted until August 4, 2019.

Those received after August 4, 2019, will not be processed.

About the Global Talent Stream

The Global Talent Stream provides Canadian employers in the fields of Information Technology and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with easier access to temporary foreign workers with experience in the listed occupations.

Canadian employers have used the stream to hire approximately 24,000 highly skilled foreign workers since its launch in 2017 as a two-year pilot program.

The Global Talent Stream was made permanent in March 2019.

Wages for the Global Talent Stream

Employers must commit to paying the highest of either:

  • An annual salary of at least $80,000 or an annual salary equivalent to the prevailing wage for that occupation if it is higher than $80,000 for the first two unique and specialized positions requested under Category A. For two or more unique and specialized positions requested under Category A, or an annual salary equivalent to the prevailing wage for that occupation if it is higher than $150,000. ESDC says there is no flexibility in the application of the wage requirement for additional positions being requested under Category A;
  • The applicable minimum wage for the occupation for a highly-skilled position requested under Category B as identified in the Global Talent Occupations List;
  • The wage that is within the wage range that the employer is paying current employees hired for the same job and work location, and with the same skills and years of experience; or
  • The median wage on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank. The median wage is listed by job title or National Occupational Classification (NOC) code in the middle column, by community or area in Canada’s job bank.

Global Talent Occupations List for Category B

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 technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
Sub-set of 5131 Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game
Sub-set of 5241 Digital Media and Design
Sub-set of 2161 Mathematicians and statisticians

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