Global Talent Stream (GTS)
This stream allows Canadian companies/employers to expedite the hiring of foreign workers to fill specialized occupations when Canadians are not available for specific positions. The Global Talent Stream encourages employers to commit to “Increase Diversity in the Workplace” through their Labour Market Benefit Plan.” Employer(s) are required to pay $1,000 CAD processing fee for each position requested under this stream. There are two categories (Category A & Category B) under this stream.
This stream is designed for innovative firms in Canada that are referred to Employment and Social Development Canada by a designated referral partner and that need unique and specialized foreign nationals to scale-up and grow. The list of designated referral partners for the Global Talent Stream includes the following organizations (as of July 2020):
The Atlantic Region
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Eligibility criteria for company/employer
A unique and specialized position is indicated by
In general, an innovative company that is eligible to be referred to Category A should also be seeking to fill a very limited number of unique and specialized positions (for example, 1 or 2 positions per year) on the basis that very few specialized individuals exist with the unique skill-set required for the positions being requested under Category A of the Global Talent Stream.
In certain exceptional circumstances, ESDC may consider accepting more than 2 referrals for an innovative company per calendar year (resetting on January 1) to Category A provided the company has been successful in meeting its Labour Market Benefits Plan commitments to date under the Global Talent Stream. The circumstances under which multiple referrals to Category A (in other words, more than 2 referrals) could be accepted are outlined below:
This stream is designed for Canadian companies who wants to hire highly skilled foreign workers for occupations found on ESDC’s Global Talent Occupations List, which have been determined to be in-demand and for which there is insufficient domestic labour supply.