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Global Talent Stream gives Canadian companies the edge

Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global Talent Stream pilot on June 12 by adding three new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) occupations to the Global Talent Occupations List and continuing to address the high-skilled labour market needs of innovative employers in Canada.

The 24-month Global Talent Stream pilot gives companies in Canada the talent edge 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 top talent to Canada with very specialized skills or those skilled in occupations where there is a strong demand for workers.

This pilot project supports the Canadian economy by helping businesses 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.

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. 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.

“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,” said Hajdu. “By adding additional occupations to the Program, we are helping even more companies in Canada to be globally competitive and grow, increasing the number of well-paying jobs for Canadians.”

“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,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

Posted: Jul 3, 2018

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