Over a million jobs are currently available in Canada. Canada offers a variety of programs to help employers to hire international talent to fill these open positions. Technology workers with high qualifications from abroad by the Global Talent Stream.  

Bringing international talent to Canada is easier through the global talent stream . It is a fast-track program that allows employers to hire the best talent from around the world.  

Using the Temporary Foreign Workers program, a component of Canada’s Global Talent Stream, the qualified applicant can begin working within two weeks of the date of submission by expediting the processing of their work permit and temporary resident visas. This program also helps businesses in the Canadian IT industry grow by providing them with the expertise they need.  

The exemptions 

Under the Global Talent Stream, there are two exemptions that allow applicants to enter Canada without a work permit. 

  • Work permits are no longer required for highly skilled workers in NOC occupations at skill levels A and 0 who work in Canada for more than 15 consecutive days in a six-month period or for 30 consecutive days in a 12-month period. 
  • It is possible for researchers to enter Canada and stay for 120 days or longer without requiring a work permit while working at a publicly-funded degree-granting college or linked research institution. 

Global Talent Stream: Breaking it down 

Two different categories can be found under this stream. 

Category A 

Category A: Companies that are growing fast and require “unique specialized talent from outside” and are referred to the GTS (in Canada, excluding Quebec) by one of more than 40 referral partners. 

Job seekers wishing to work in Quebec face a different list of authorized referral partners. That list is available in French on the site of Quebec’s Minister of Immigration, Francisation, and Integration. 

Category B 

Category B: The Global Talent Occupations List is used by employers seeking candidates. A lack of domestically available workers appears to affect many of the positions on this list that have been deemed in demand. It may be updated frequently to reflect shifting labor market demands and priorities. 

The following professions are among those in Category B of the Global Talent Occupations List: 

  • Digital media and design workers 
  • Computer and Information system manager 
  • Computer network technicians 
  • Web developers and designers 

Salaries under the Global Talent Stream  

It is important for employers to pay successful applicants a fair wage as part of this program. 

Foreign talent brought on through GTS requires employers in either category to meet wage-related requirements. The highest rate among the following five must be paid to employees by their employers. 

  • Based on the Job Bank of the Canadian government, this is the occupation’s median wage 
  • An employer’s current salary range (in the same position, location, and skill/experience level) for employees in the same position. 
  • A floor set by the Global Talent Occupations list for the minimum wage (category B) 
  • For the first two positions requested under category A, an hourly salary equal to the prevailing wage for the occupation. 

Note: Any additional number of positions (more than two) should be paid at least $150,000 and at least the current prevailing wage. 

The advantages of the GTS stream for Canada and Canadians 

Companies are required to create Labor Market Benefit Plans under GTS, which benefit both Canadians and the country. As a result of this program, Employment and Social Development Canada has collaborated with the government to enhance the Canadian labor market by hiring foreign talent. 

These plans also detail the actions the company will take to promote job creation or make investments in Canadians’ skill-building and training (the “principal benefits” of the GTS). 

Canadian citizens and canadian permanent resident are explicitly encouraged to seek employment by employers in category A. Employers in category B are responsible for increasing spending on skills and training for Canadians. 

As well as the aforementioned, employers in both categories must engage in commercial activities in order to provide two additional complementary labor market benefits. Some of these advantages include the following two, but they are not all: 

  • The transfer of knowledge to Canadian citizens and residents for a long period of time. 
  • Enhancing business performance. 

On the website of the Canadian government, you can study the entire list of activities that can be employed to meet any labor market benefit. But for reference, here are a few of those things to do: 

  • Increased hiring of Canadians and permanent residents 
  • Providing new techniques to existing employees 
  • Offering local students paid co-ops or internships 
  • Investments and revenue growth 

Last but not least, it is important to make clear that businesses looking to acquire talent from both groups will need to commit to two complementary advantages in addition to one action connected to each major benefit—job creation and skill training. 

Note: Employers using the Global Talent Stream may be observed for the term of the foreign hire’s employment to make sure that the Labor Market Benefits Plan is being followed and to assess the overall success of the program. 

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