Canadian Quebec Global Talent Stream

The Global Talent Stream have just been thrown open to employers in the province of Quebec, allowing them to hire certain skilled international workers quickly with a two-week processing time period for applications.

The Global Talent Stream which was first introduced in June, is part of the Canadian government’s Global Skills Strategy, a program designed to facilitate access to uniquely specialized international workers in order to promote Canada’s economic growth and job creation. It is also part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

This two-week processing period also applies to open work permits for accompanying spouses or common-law partners, and study permits for accompanying dependents, where applicable.

Employers in Quebec can now significantly enjoy this advantages from the Global Talent Stream’s restructured process to help them hire people with specialized skills or fill vacant positions for high-demand occupations. The news is anticipated to be well received by employers across the province, especially in the province’s metropolis of Montreal where tech companies are continually on the search for skills, both within and international.

The Global Talent Stream provides priority processing of applications, less challenging recruitment requirements and faster track work permit processing so that businesses can get the skills they want as at when needed. This supports companies in Quebec and other provinces of Canada, grow up or develop specialized skills to be more innovative and expand their expertise. In return, companies are able to invest back into Canada’s economy through commitments such as knowledge transfer, investments in skills and training, and opening doors to build a stronger and more diverse Canadian workforce in these highly-skilled industries.

To apply, pioneering Quebec companies will be able to turn to one of the three partners designated by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion: Québec Investment, Montréal International, or Québec International. Through a federal government statement, these organizations have an efficient knowledge of the entrepreneurial and business community in Quebec, and are in close work with the government of Quebec in terms of skilled recruitment. Also, Quebec employers can alternatively submit applications for positions on the Global Talent Occupations List. This list of occupations was developed in collaboration with all provinces and territories, including Quebec.

NOC code Occupation Minimum hourly rate Minimum annual salary
0213 Computer and information systems managers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
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 wage Prevailing wage
2175 Web designers and developers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians $38.94 or higher prevailing wage $81,000 or higher prevailing wage
2283 Information systems testing technicians $37.50 or higher prevailing wage $78,000 or higher prevailing wage

Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations

$36.06 or higher prevailing wage $75,000 or higher prevailing wage
5241 Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only) $38.46 or higher prevailing wage $80,000 or higher prevailing wage

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