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Global Talent Stream


The Global Talent Stream allows certain skilled workers to obtain a work permit within two weeks of applying. It is one of the pillars of Canada's Global Skills Strategy, which aims to help innovative companies grow by ensuring they can access the highly skilled talent they need quickly.

Among other initiatives, this new work stream establishes a two-week standard for processing of work permit applications (and temporary resident visas, if applicable) for highly skilled talent. The Global Talent Stream is part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 10

Category A

High-growth companies that can demonstrate a need to recruit unique specialized talent from abroad fall under Category A. Employers in this category must be referred to the Global Talent Stream by a designated referral partner. As of March 21, 2018, the list of designated referral partners for employers located outside Quebec includes the following organizations. This list may be updated periodically.

1) Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency 2) BC Tech Association3) Business Development Bank of Canada 4) Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions 5) City of Hamilton's Economic Development Office 6) Communitech Corporation 7) Council of Canadian Innovators 8) Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario 9) Global Affairs Canada's Trade Commissioner Service 10)Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour 11) Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology 12) Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training 13) Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc. 14) Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy 15) Halifax Regional Business and Community Economic Development Association 16) ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) 17) Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Accelerated Growth Service 18) Invest Ottawa 19)London Economic Development Corporation 20)MaRS Discovery District 21) National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) 22) Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration 23) Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth 24) Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team 25) Vancouver Economic Commission 26)Venn Innovation

Category B

Category B is for employers looking to hire certain highly skilled foreign workers for occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List, which have been determined to be in-demand and for which there is insufficient domestic labour supply. This list may be updated periodically to respond to labour market needs.

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