All About Canada’s Global Talent Stream 

Canada is facing an acute shortage of skilled employees in a lot of spheres. For the last six months or so, the country has recruited a lot of foreign talent to meet the shortfall. Recently, it identified five new engineering occupations that are lacking in adequate labour in the country. So, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has widened the list of suitable occupations in the Global Talent Stream (GTS). 

Global Talent Stream 

The Global Talent Stream (GTS) assists companies in the country to hire the right talent swiftly. This apart, the work stream takes a two-week time to process employment permit applications (and temporary resident visas, if applicable) of highly skilled talent. It is a part of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Most importantly, the foreign employees chosen via the GTS need to be paid at the prevailing wage or higher. 

Also, there are two types of categories under this Stream: 

Category A & B 

The Occupations To Be Included Recently: 

  • Civil Engineers 
  • Electrical and electronics engineer 
  • Mining engineers 
  • Aerospace engineers 
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 

In the Global Talent Stream, two fresh categories of workers are no longer required to get a work permit: 

  1. Highly-skilled employees under skill type 0 or skill level A occupations of the NOC are permitted to come to Canada to do a job for 15 days in a six-month period, or for 30 days in 12 months, devoid of acquiring a work permit 
  1. Researchers employed on various projects at a publicly-funded degree-granting institution or affiliated research institution are allowed to enter Canada for 120 days in 12 months, sans an employment permit 


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