Canada adds three occupations to its Global Talent Stream

Three new occupations are to be added to the Canadian government’s Global Talent Stream pilot scheme, in an effort to allow easier access to the skilled workers Canada requires.

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The Canadian Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu, has marked the first anniversary of the Global Talent Stream (GTS) pilot by adding three new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) occupations to the Global Talent Occupations List (GTOL).

What is the Global Talent Stream?

The two-year GTS pilot gives companies in Canada the advantage they need to scale up and be more innovative.Employers using the Global Talent Stream get priority processing and flexible recruitment requirements to help them quickly bring in talent to Canada with very specialised skills or who are skilled in occupations where there is a high demand for workers.This pilot project supports the Canadian economy by allowing businesses to get the expertise they need when they need it, and gives Canadians an opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of the world’s best talent. Employers using the Global Talent Stream are also eligible for faster work permit processing, making Canada a more attractive and welcoming place for workers with in-demand and specialized skills.
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What are the changes to the scheme?

Several changes have now taken effect to the pilot scheme, including:
  • The addition of engineering managers, architecture and science managers, and mathematicians and statisticians to the list
  • The removal of electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians have from the list
  • The requirements for producer, technical, creative and artistic director, and project manager in the visual effects and videogame fields, and digital media designers have been amended to reflect the highly skilled, in-demand positions

Attracting skilled-workers to Canada

A unique component of the Global Talent Stream pilot is that all applicants must commit to creating lasting benefits for the Canadian labour market. Employers must develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan outlining commitments, such as job creation or knowledge transfer, to benefit the broader Canadian economy. As of April 30, 2018, Employment and Social Development Canada has worked with employers to create 500 employer‑specific Labour Market Benefit Plans outlining the activities they will undertake to meet their Global Talent Stream commitments.The commitments made in these plans include creating over 27,000 jobs for Canadians or permanent residents and investing over $41 million in skills and training.The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, said, “Over the past year, we have heard many stories of how the new Global Talent Stream is giving our companies the edge they need to attract and bring in the world’s best talent, who are sharing their skills with their Canadian colleagues and helping our businesses grow.“By adding additional occupations to the Programme, we are helping even more companies in Canada to be globally competitive and grow, increasing the number of well-paid jobs for Canadians.”The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, added, “The Global Skills Strategy provides employers with fast, reliable access to workers with specialized skill sets or leadership abilities when they are needed to help them launch operations or expand business in Canada.  In turn, that creates good jobs for Canadians. Through the GSS, we are giving Canadian employers a competitive edge in attracting world-class talent with its fast processing times and enhanced customer service.”Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit provides free information, practical advice and support for HR, global mobility managers and global teams operating overseas.Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centreAccess hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory