Global Talent Stream

What is Canada Global Talent Stream?

Global Talent Stream is part of Temporary Foreign Worker program, whereby foreign nationals with specific skills and recommendations, can be hired by Canadian companies and businesses. It is the fastest program, whereby, foreign nationals can get a work permit to work in Canada. An employer is required to have a  Labour Market Benefits Plan under Global Talent Stream which is made by working in conjunction with  Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Also, obtaining LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessments) for foreign worker is essential for this stream. But, herein, the process of obtaining LMIA is fast-tracked. There are 2 streams under Canada Global Talent Stream:
  1. Category A Stream
  2. Category B stream
*Global Talent Stream is helpful in getting Temporary work Permit in Canada, but, after coming here and working for one year, one can apply in Canadian Experience Class program as well as various PNP programs.

2 Streams under Canada Global Talent Stream

1. Category A Stream

An employer is eligible under Category A of the Global Talent Stream, if he has been referred by any one the following designated partner's of the stream:

  • Accelerate Okanagan
  • 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
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Economic Development Winnipeg
  • Edmonton Economic Development
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Genesis (Newfoundland)
  • Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioner Service
  • Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
  • 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 Citizenship and Immigration – 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
  • Halifax Partnership
  • Tech Manitoba
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service
  • Invest Ottawa
  • Invest in Canada
  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  • Launch Academy
  • 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
  • Toronto Global
  • Town of Oakville
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Venn Innovation
  • Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
  • WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
2. Category B Stream

An employer is eligible for Category B of the Global Talent Stream, if the foreign worker which the employer is hiring is highly-skilled, and the person being hired is for position categorised under the following in-demand occupations Global Talent Occupations List:

NOC codeOccupation  
0213Computer and information systems managers  
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)  
Sub-set of 2161*Mathematicians and statisticians* Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset.  
2171Information systems analysts and consultants  
2172Database analysts and data administrators  
2173Software engineers and designers  
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers  
2175Web designers and developers  
2281Computer network technicians  
2283Information systems testing technicians  
Sub-set of 5131**

Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game

**The position must require a minimum of 3 years of experience in the visual effects, video game or animation industries in 1 or a combination of the following roles: producer, technical director, creative director, artistic director or project manager, senior coordinator, department manager, with 3 years of job experience in at least 1 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; managing budgets or teams; or technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production.

Sub-set of 5241***

Digital media designers

***The position must require a minimum of 3 years of job experience in at least 1 of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, compositing, paint and roto, layout and match move, digital environment and Matte painting, texture, lighting shading, character effects, effects and simulations, design and scenario, rigging, user interface or user experience, responsive design (for gaming), 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

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