If you’re living outside of Canada, you know how hard it is to find a job from outside of the country. In the last few years, Canada has implemented some new programs that make certain paths, like finding Canada tech jobs, much easier. Read below to learn about the Global Talent Stream and why it makes it easier to find a job in Canada.
The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is a special program that allows companies to sponsor tech workers through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in a much shorter time period than the regular LMIA – closer to 2 weeks, as opposed to the 3-6 months a regular LMIA takes. By receiving a GTS LMIA approval, your work permit is also eligible for 2 week processing, which means a work permit through the GTS program, including the LMIA, can take as little as 4-6 weeks.
The GTS program is split into two categories:
Category A is for innovation-centric Canadian employers referred by a designated partner to the GTS program. Such employers can hire a foreign worker with advanced industry knowledge and either an advanced degree or five years specialized experience or both.
The minimum annual salary that must be paid to this worker with unique and specialized talent is $80,000 CAD or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher.
Category B is restricted to 12 technology occupations (NOC codes) including web designers and developers, software engineers, computer and information system managers, digital media designers and other tech roles.
Again, employers must pay the prevailing wage rate in the industry which is calculated based on your NOC code and city you’ll be working in, with minimum annual wage for some occupations ranging between CAN$78,000 and $82,000.
Two-week work permits make for great headlines but there’s more to the GTS than just quick processing of visas.
Like all work permit applications under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), GTS applications must be supported by a positive LMIA. Canadian employers typically must prove there’s no qualified Canadian candidate for the position for which the foreign worker is being hired, meaning employers have to advertise the position in the government Job Bank and two other recruitment methods for at least four weeks. Further, the advertisement must be done within a three-month period preceding the LMIA application
GTS companies are exempt from this rule, which means there’s no proof of recruitment requirement or minimum four-week gap between selection of the candidate and submission of the LMIA application.
Combined with the two-week processing, this means a GTS employee can look to start work within a fortnight of his/her selection and submission of the GTS work permit application.
A work permit application under the TFWP is approved only if:
– There’s no suitable and qualified Canadian worker for the position, and
– The employer commits to a transition plan to transit the position to a Canadian permanent resident or citizen. This is done through up-skilling, training Canadians or providing support for the foreign worker’s permanent residence application.
GTS LMIA rules replace the transition plan with a Labour Market Benefits Plan (LMBP), where work permit approval is granted only if the employer commits to creating specific and tangible benefits for the Canadian economy and labour market.
Category A employers must commit to creating jobs (ie. hiring) for Canadians.
Category B employers must provide skills and training investments for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Further, employers under both categories must commit to two complementary benefits for Canadians, including training—either directly or through institutional partnership, knowledge transfer, or paid internship opportunities.
The GTS LMIA rules ensure that hiring a ‘unique and specialized talent’ or ‘high-wage tech worker’ results in strategic long-term benefits for Canadian workers as well as the Canadian economy.
Canadian tech employers love the GTS program because of the combination of relaxed advertising rules and two-week processing, which facilitate quick and efficient hiring decisions in the dynamic technology sector. The Labour Market Benefits Plan also balances the exemptions and ensures that the hiring of a GTS tech worker leads to significant and sustained benefits for not just the hiring firm but for other employers and workers in Canada as well as the Canadian economy in general.
And if you’re a tech worker, it means these GTS companies are more willing to sponsor your LMIA than most other companies because the traditional LMIA process is much longer and more stringent.
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