Canada Global Talent Stream 2018

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)

  1. Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  2. BC Tech Association
  3. Business Development Bank of Canada
  4. Communitech Corporation
  5. Council of Canadian Innovators
  6. Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  7. Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  8. ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  9. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  10. MaRS Discovery District
  11. National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
  12. Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  13. Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
  14. 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.

Global Talent Occupations List

NOC codeOccupation

Min. hourly rate

Min. annual salary


Computer and information systems managers



2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)



2171Information systems analysts and consultants



2172Database analysts and data administrators



2173Software engineers and designers



2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers



2175Web designers and developers



2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians




Information systems testing technicians



5241Digital 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:

  1. Canada Job Bank occupation’s average wage
  2. 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
  3. 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 2018
Canada Express Entry
Find your NOC under Canada Express Entry Occupation List
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Quebec Immigration

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