The Global Talent Stream is a subcategory of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which allows Canadian employers to hire highly-skilled global talent to supplement their workforce. The firms that participate in the Global Talent Stream are referred to Employment and Social Development Canada by a designated referral partner. The occupations on the Global Talent Occupations List include, but are not limited to: web designers and developers, software engineers and designers, and computer programmers.
All applications submitted under the Global Talent Stream are processed by a dedicated team at Employment and Social Development Canada. This ensures timely service and processing for applicants and employers involved in the Global Talent Stream. Moreover, work permits for employees who qualify under this stream will be eligible for a speedy two-week processing time so that employees and employers can be matched up without delay.
To be eligible to source global talent, interested employers must:
- be actively engaged in the functioning business, which must be providing a good or service related to the job offer made to the temporary foreign worker;
- have a reasonable employment need which is consistent with the job offer made to the temporary foreign worker;
- demonstrate an ability to fulfill the terms of the job offer made to the temporary foreign worker; and,
- comply with the Federal and Provincial laws that regulate the recruitment of employees in the province in which the temporary foreign worker will work.
Employers must pay the prevailing wage, which is the highest of either:
- the applicable minimum wage requirement as stated in the Global Talent Occupations List;
- the wage that is within the wage range paid to current employees hired for the same job, work location, work experience, and skills;
- the median wage on Job Bank.
If you are an employer looking to hire unique global talent, or an employee wanting to apply your skills to add value to an innovative Canadian firm, contact us today to book an initial consultation with a lawyer.