Canada’s Global Talent Stream makes it easier to Work in Canada


Canada's Global Talent Stream makes it easier to Work in Canada
Canada’s Global Talent Stream makes it easier to Work in Canada

June 12th, 2018, marked the one-year anniversary of Canada’s Global Talent Stream pilot program. With a year under its belt, the program continues to help Canadian businesses hire high-skilled foreign talent, vital to helping Canada maintain its position as a global leader in innovative technology.


The Global Talent Stream is a two-year pilot program. The program enables Canadian employers to hire high-skilled foreign talent to fill vital roles in their businesses and organizations. Foreign nationals who have the necessary skills to fill these positions are given priority processing for work permits, meaning that they can come to Canada faster and get to work more quickly!

The Global Talent Stream requires that employers prove that they will create lasting benefits for the Canadian labour market, so only the top businesses are approved to hire through this pilot.

Only certain occupations are eligible for the stream. The full list is included below, but applicants may be excited to know that Canada added the following three occupations to the list at the one-year anniversary last week:

  • Engineering Managers – NOC 0211
  • Architecture and Science Managers – NOC 0212
  • Mathematicians and Statisticians – NOC 2161

Once a newcomer has enough Canadian work experience, they can become eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class of Express Entry.


The Global Talent Stream is a part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). It helps Canadian employers to hire high-skilled talent!


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:


  1. Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  2. BC Tech Association
  3. Business Development Bank of Canada
  4. Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  5. City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office
  6. Communitech Corporation
  7. Council of Canadian Innovators
  8. Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  9. Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  10. Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
  11. The Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  12. The Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
  13. The Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
  14. The Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy
  15. Halifax Regional Business and Community Economic Development Association
  16. ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  17. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  18. Invest Ottawa
  19. London Economic Development Corporation
  20. MaRS Discovery District
  21. National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
  22. Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  23. Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
  24. Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team
  25. Vancouver Economic Commission
  26. Venn Innovation

Last Updated: April 5, 2018


In order to apply for Category B of the Global Talent Stream, employers must be seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign talent to fill positions in occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List.


NOC Code Occupation Title Min. Wage Requirement (Annual Salary) Min. Wage Requirement (Hourly Salary)
0211 Engineering Managers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
0212 Architecture and science managers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
0213 Computer and information systems managers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
Subset of 2161* Mathematicians and statisticians    
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2172 Database analysts and data administrators Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2173 Software engineers and designers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers            Prevailing Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2175 Web designers and developers Prevailing Wage Prevailing Wage
2283 Information systems testing technicians $78,000 $37.50
Sub-set of 5131 Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game $75,000 $36.06
Sub-set of 5241* Digital Media and Design $80,000 $38.46

*Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset

Last Updated: June 13th, 2018

Employers should note that, in order to be eligible, talent must meet both the occupation requirement as well as the minimum wage requirement.

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