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Global Talent Stream



The Global Talent Stream provides opportunity for particular groups of qualified employees to obtain a work permit within two weeks after application. It is one of the grounds of Global Skills Strategy of Canada aimedat helping new companies to grow by enabling their quick access to any highly skilled talent they might require.

Among other benefits, an applicant referred to the category of highly skilled talents is provided with the opportunity of issuing work permit (or temporary residence visa, if applicable)within the period of two weeks. The Global Talent Stream is part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.[pls link to file “DONE_Temporary Foreign Worker Program”]

The program Global Talent Stream differentiates two categories. 


Category A

Fast-developing companies that can require to employ a unique qualified talent from abroad are referred to Category A. Employers of this category must be referred to the Global Talent Stream by anentitled referral partner. 

Since August 13, 2018 the list of entitled referral partners for employers residing outside Quebec includes the following organizations (may be updated from time to time).

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

  • BC Tech Association

  • Business Development Bank of Canada

  • Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions

  • City of Hamilton's Economic Development Office

  • Communitech Corporation

  • Council of Canadian Innovators

  • Economic Development Winnipeg

  • 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

  • Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training

  • Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – 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

  • ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM)

  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service

  • Invest Ottawa

  • London Economic Development Corporation

  • MaRS Discovery District

  • National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth

  • Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team

  • Vancouver Economic Commission

  • Venn Innovation

  • Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation

In order to obtain more specific information of the list of entitled referral partners located in Quebec for the Global Talent Stream, employers from Quebec are welcome to contact Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) [pls link to: ].


Category B

Category B comprises employers aimed at recruiting particular highly-qualified workers from abroad in order to perform certain types of work mentioned in the Global Talent Occupations List, being in demand as a result of insufficient labour supply within the country. This list is updated from time to time to be adequate to labour market requirements. 


NOC code


Minimum rate per hour

Minimum annual salary


Engineering managers




Architecture and Science managers




Computer and information systems managers

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage


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 not included to this subcategory.

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage


Information systems analysts and consultants

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage


Database analysts and data administrators

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage


Software engineers and designers

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage


Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage


Web designers and developers

Prevailing wage

Prevailing wage


Information systems testing technicians

$37.50 or higher prevailing wage

$78,000 or higher prevailing wage

Sub-set of 5131**

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

** The position requires at least three years of work experience in the sphere of visual effects, video games or animation in one or a combination of such professions as: producer, technical director, creative director, artistic director or project manager, senior coordinator, department manager, with three years of work experience in at least one of the following skills required in the process of creation of visual effects, video game or animation: surfacing; look development; matte painting; character or simulation rigging; managing budgets or teams; technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production.

$36.06 or higher prevailing wage

$75,000 or higher prevailing wage

Sub-set of 5241***

Digital Media and Design

***The requirement for the position requires is not less than three years of work industry experience in at least one of the following skills necessary in the sphere of digital media design: 3D modeling, paint and roto, compositing, lighting shading, character effects, layout and match move, digital environment and Matte painting, , rigging, texture, effects and simulations, responsive design (for gaming), design and scenariouser interface or user experience, virtual reality, software editing for digital media design, augmented reality, digital media animation, editing of levels for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design

$38.46 or higher prevailing wage

$80,000 or higher prevailing wage


Employers referred to both categories are expected to meet the requirements concerning the payment of qualified workers. Employees from abroad recruited through the GTS program must be paid at the prevailing wage or higher. The prevailing wage stands for the highest figure of either: 

  • the average wage for the occupation as stated in the Job Bank of the Government of Canada 

  • the wage within the range of salary paid by an employer to current employees working in the same position, with the same qualifications and experience;

  • the minimum wage level as specified in the Global Talent occupations list (if applicable).

Wages for the participants of the Global Talent Stream

Employers must pay the highest of either:

  • an annual salary of $80,000 minimum, or an annual salary which is equal to the prevailing wage for that occupation if it exceeds $80,000 for the first two unique and specialized positions required under Category A. For two or more unique and specialized positions referred to Category A, an annual salary of $150,000 minimum, or an annual salary that equals to the prevailing wage for that occupation if it exceeds $150,000;

  • minimum wage for highly-skilled employee’s work on a position referred to Category B as specified in the Global Talent Occupations List;

  • the wage that is within the range paid by the employer to current employees working in the same location at the same position, having equal skills, qualifications and experience; or

  • the average wage as stated in the Job Bank of the Government of Canada  and listed by job title or National Occupational Classification (NOC)  code in the middle column, by community or area in Canadian job bank.

Planning Labour Market Benefits 

Employers searching for highly-qualified and skilled workers by means of the Global Talent Stream program come to the necessity of coperating with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in order to elaborate the Plan of Labour Market Benefits. It emphasises possible advantages that might be brought to the Canadian labour market by that foreign talent, and takes into account activities undertaken by the employer in order to encourage job creation, developing skills and investments into training. 

Employers of Category A are obliged to provide jobs for citizens and permanent residents of Canada. And the process of job creation may be direct or indirect. 

Employers of Category B have to contribute to increasing investments in training and the development of skills for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

In addition to the listed above possible benefits, employers in both categories promote two further additional aladvantages, supported by particular actions. Among the benefits there is job creation, investment in the development of skills and training, sharing knowledge with Canadian citizens and permanent residents, and/or increasing the level of company activity. In order to support these benefits it is advisable to employ more Canadian citizens and permanent residents, to teach current employees to use new techniques, to create paid co-operation or internship programs for local students, and/or to increaseincome and investments.

Employers may be checked as they should comply with the Labour Market Business Plan, and to estimate the results of the Global Talent Stream program.

Work Permit Exemptions

Under the Global Talent Stream program,the two categories of workers mentioned above are not required to obtain a work permit.

Highly-skilled workers rated to skill type 0 or skill level A of the NOC may arrive to Canada to work for the period of15 days during six months, or for 30 days during 12-month period, without obtaining a work permit.

Scholars working on research projects at a publicly-funded degree-granting institutions or affiliated scientific institutions may arrive to Canada for the period of 120 days during 12 months, without a work permit.