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How To Apply For Canadian Global Talent Stream

Find out how to employ foreign workers using the Global Talent Stream.

Do you know how to apply for the Canadian Global Talent Stream? Or do you want to know more about this program? Then you are in the right place. Canadian Global Talent Stream was introduced by the Canadian government in 2017 through a partnership between Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

The aim was to find a solution to the shortage of skilled workers in the Canadian economy. And since then, many skilled workers have immigrated to Canada through this program. In 2019 alone, more than 40,000 skilled workers were allowed into Canada through the Canadian Global Talent Stream.

Therefore, in this article, you are going to learn what Canadian Global Talent Stream is, how to apply and the requirements to apply under any of the categories.

What is the Global Talent Stream?

The Canadian Global Talent Stream is a program that enables employees from across the globe to attain a work permit within the period of two weeks. The program allows qualified Canadian employers to hire high skilled international workers to enable them compete in the global market.

Who Can Apply For This And How Much Does It Cost?

Every company cannot expect that their overseas employees will get this work permit within two weeks. This initiative is designed with the intention of serving high end companies that require specific high end personnel from overseas to function and grow. This is indeed a very useful service. However, it always comes at a fair price per position. So it is only when its completely necessary that companies opt to do this.

Categories of Canadian Global Talent Stream

There are two categories under the Canadian Global Talent Stream. Each category has specific requirements. Nevertheless, there are some general requirements for both categories. The categories include Category A and Category B.

Category A

Employers in this category must be referred by a partner of GTA. The employer must in turn use the stream to hire unique and specialized talent.  To qualify for this category, an employee must have an advanced knowledge of the industry, with advanced education and at least 5 years of specialized experience in the field. Additionally, unique and specialized talent are usually paid a minimum annual salary of at least $80,000 CAD.

The following are designated partners of the GTS, authorized to refer employers to Category A:

  • Accelerate Okanagan
  • BC Tech Association
  • Burlington Economic Development Corporation
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • Cape Breton Partnership
  • City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Economic Development Winnipeg
  • Edmonton Economic Development
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
  • Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
  • Genesis (Newfoundland)
  • Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
  • Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
  • Halifax Partnership
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Launch Academy
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office
  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office
  • Invest Ottawa
  • Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
  • Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy
  • ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  • Invest in Canada
  • 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 York
  • Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Venn Innovation
  • Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
  • WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

Category B

In this category, Canadian employers are only allowed to hire foreign high skilled workers in positions that are designated as in demand jobs. The table below contains the list of ESDC’s Global Talent Occupations List:

Global Talent Occupations List
NOC Code Occupation Minimum Wage Requirement (annual) Minimum Wage Requirement (hourly)
0213 Computer and information systems managers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
Sub-set of 2161* Mathematicians and statisticians (Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset) 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
2281 Computer network technicians $82,000 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage requirements)
$39.42 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage requirements)
2283 Information systems testing technicians $80,000 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage requirements)
$38.46 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage requirements)
Sub-set of 5131 Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game (The position requires 3+ years of experience in the visual effects, video game and/or animation industries) $78,000 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage requirements)
$37.50 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage requirements)
Sub-set of 5241 Digital media designers (The position requires 3+ years of job experience in at least one 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) $80,000 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage requirements)
$38.46 or higher prevailing wage
(Please note Quebec has unique wage

Criteria for applying for Global Talent Stream

The following are the criteria for qualifying to apply for Canadian Global Talent Stream.

General Criteria For The Global Talent Stream

Foreign Workers will be qualified for priority processing by IRCC with a target of two-week processing – a service standard to be met by IRCC 80% of the time – if the foreign national meets the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have submitted their work permit by e-application on June 12, 2017, or later
  • Applicants must be applying outside of Canada; and,
  • Has been identified within ESDC’s Global Talent Stream.

Specific requirements for Global Talent Stream

Applicants must meet the following in other to successfully apply for the two-week work permit processing:

  • Applicant must submit a complete application
  • Self-identify for Global Talent Stream in the Come to Canada Wizard during the application process.
  • Applicants whose Diploma and Marriage certificate (if married) is not in English are required to translate legally to English before submission
  • Applicants are required to submit medical exams upfront (where required by the Act and Regulations).
  • The foreign worker will need a visa (where required by the Regulations), and the visa will be issued as part of the work permit process
  • Applicant must get Employer Reference Letter online.
  • At the time of e-application, applicants are required to submit biometric fee at the time (where required by the Regulations)
  • Must obtain biometrics prior to the two weeks elapsing from time of application
  • The foreign worker will not need to additionally apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), it will automatically be issued as part of the application process where applicable.

How to apply for Canadian Global Talent Stream

You can apply for Canadian Global Talent Stream in two ways. First of all, you can apply online via LMIA. Secondly, you can use paper application. The method you use doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is that you meet the requirements for the program.

Apply via LMIA Online portal

To apply online through the LMIA online portal, you must have a valid Job Bank user account for authentication purposes. So, if you don’t have a Job Bank user account, you must create one. And once you finish creating your account, you can apply for GTS through LMIA online portal.

Apply on Application Form

The first thing you must do is to consult the Global Talent Stream’s Applicant Guide which provides details to assist you in completing your application. The application guide must contain the following:

  1. Global Talent Stream application form (EMP5624)
  2. Annex 1 – Additional occupation – Global Talent Stream (EMP5625) (if applicable)
  3. Proof of business legitimacy

Once you get the application form, you must complete, sign and submit it along with all required documentation and the processing fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application fee for Canadian Global Talent Stream?

You must pay $1,000 for each position requested under the Global Talent Stream to cover the cost of processing your application.

How can I pay the processing fee for GTS?

The processing fee must be paid in Canadian dollars through any of the following methods:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Certified cheque (shall be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada)
  • Money Order (shall be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada)
  • Bank draft (shall be made payable to the Receiver General for Canada)

Is the application fee for the Canadian Global Talent Stream refundable?

The processing fee will not be refunded if your application is withdrawn at your request, cancelled or if your application receives a negative assessment. Refunds are issued only if a fee was collected in error.