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Global Talent Stream (GTS) help specific international skilled workers to acquire a Canadian work permit in just 2 weeks of time period. This program is one of the strongest milestones in Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, and is making it easy for growing companies to hire highly talented workers within a short period of time.

Global Talent Stream is section of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Global Talent Stream is further divided into 2 categories:

Global Talent Stream: Category A

Canadian companies with higher growth and who can state the requirement for specific international skilled worker comes into Category A. Employers under category A must be referred by an authorized referral partner.

Below are the organizations of referral partners in Canada:

(List may get modified periodically)

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
  • VENN Innovation

Global Talent Stream: Category B

Employers wish to hire international skilled workers for specific occupations under the National Occupation Classification (NOC) come into Category B. These selected occupations are stated in the Global Talent Occupations List, which may get modified periodically depending upon the labour market requirements. The below mentioned list is created by a mutual association of the Canada government, labour market experts and Major stakeholders.


NOC code Occupation

Min. hourly rate

Min. annual salary


Computer and information systems managers



2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)



2171 Information systems analysts and consultants



2172 Database analysts and data administrators



2173 Software engineers and designers



2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers



2175 Web designers and developers



2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians




Information systems testing technicians



5241 Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only)



Employers falling under any category must fulfill below mentioned criteria for skilled workers wages. International workers recruited through Global Talent Stream must be given a salary amount equivalent to current wage or above.

The current wage must be higher than:

  • Canada Job Bank occupation’s average wage
  • the salary amount paid by an employer to his existing staff under same position at the same location, holding the same skills and work experience
  • the minimum salary amount stated in the Global Talent occupations list for few occupations

Labour Market Benefits Plan under Global Talent Stream

Employers wishing to recruit international skilled workers via Global Talent Stream must fulfill the requirements of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in order to achieve the Labour Market Benefits Plan.

According to the plan, the international skilled workers to be hired must bring positive benefits to the labour market of Canada, and their Canadian employers must create jobs and invest skills and training.

Category A employers:
They must create jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents through direct or indirect ways.

Category B employers:

They must invest skills and training programs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Related Links:

Canada Immigration
Canada Immigration Points Calculator 2017
Express Entry
Find your NOC under Canada Express Entry Occupation List
Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
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