The Global Talent Stream will allow certain a 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 will establish 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 scheduled to be in operation from June 12, 2017.
As of March, 2017, a Global Talent List of eligible high-demand occupations is being drawn up in. Labour market experts and key stakeholders are working in conjunction with the government on this list. Although it is unclear exactly which occupations may be on the list, it is expected that Canada's tech sector will benefit significantly.
In addition to the two-week processing time for certain work permits, the government will also create a dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada. Further, the government will allow skilled foreign nationals working in Canada short-term (for instance, 30 days or less in a 12-month period) to work without a work permit. This latter measure will also apply to brief academic stays.
The Global Talent Stream will be part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
"Canada continues to compete in a global innovation race. As technologies become more widely available to everyone, the only competitive edge for countries and businesses is the distinctive talent and creativity of their people. While skilled immigrants are now identifying Canada as a country of choice in which to apply their knowledge and ideas, we also need to prepare our homegrown talent for a rapidly changing job market. Our government wants to create good quality, high-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it."
– Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
"When companies in Canada can thrive and grow, they create more jobs. Our government's Global Skills Strategy will give employers a faster and more predictable process for bringing in top talent and new skills to Canada, creating economic growth and more middle-class jobs for Canadians."
– Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
"The Global Skills Strategy makes Canada more attractive for companies by facilitating access to high-skilled talent needed for economic growth. The components of this initiative are coming together and when fully implemented later this year, we believe that Canadians will see the results — innovative companies growing and creating new jobs across a range of industries."
– Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
This page will be updated as we learn more about the Global Talent Stream.