Hire a top foreign talent through the Global Talent Stream

From Employment and Social Development Canada

The Global Talent Stream offers timely, responsive and predictable client-focused service to help you access highly-skilled global talent to expand your workforce here in Canada and to be competitive on a global scale. This two-year pilot falls under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. Launched on June 12, 2017, it is designed for innovative firms in Canada that are referred to Employment and Social Development Canada by a designated referral partner and that need unique and specialized foreign nationals in order to scale-up and grow. It is also intended for firms in Canada that need to fill an in-demand highly-skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List.

As an employer seeking to hire highly-skilled global talent under this Stream, you will be making lasting, positive benefits to the Canadian labour market and the economy by creating jobs and investing in training and skills development for Canadians and permanent residents.

Before you apply

How to apply

Consult the Global Talent Stream’s Applicant Guide which provides details to assist you in completing your application.

The Global Talent Stream application package must include:

Complete, sign and send your application form along with all required documentation and the processing fee:

  • via the Data Gateway web portal (only available for Global Talent Stream applications)
    • to get a Data Gateway account to submit your application, contact the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693
  • by fax (Toll Free number: 1-844-365-9665, Outside Canada/US: 819-953-9898); or
  • by mail to:

    Global Talent Stream
    c/o ESDC/EDSC 140 Promenade du
    Portage
    Phase IV
    Gatineau, QC K1A 0J9

Your Global Talent Stream application is ready for submission when you have:

  • completed all fields in all of the required forms
  • included all of the required supporting documentation, including proof of business legitimacy (if applicable)
  • signed all of the forms, where required
  • submitted the processing fee payment with the application

For additional assistance with your application, contact the Employer Contact Centre at 1-800-367-5693.

Note:
If you are submitting an application for a position in the province of Quebec:

As immigration is a shared responsibility between the Federal Government and the Government of Quebec, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion work collaboratively to issue joint decisions on applications through the Global Talent Stream.

In addition to submitting your Global Talent Stream application package to ESDC, it is important that you submit your application and other supporting documents simultaneously to the Government of Quebec in order to be fully assessed and receive a decision.

For further information on what supporting documents, fees and other requirements need to be met and provided to the Government of Quebec along with your Global Talent Stream application, employers from Quebec are invited to consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only).

After you apply

A new dedicated team at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will provide all Global Talent Stream employers with streamlined, client focused service.

Employers applying to the Global Talent Stream can expect:

  • Faster processing of your Global Talent Stream applications with a service standard of 10-business days starting on the business day after the application has been received by ESDC – this service standard is expected to be met 80% of the time;
  • Personalized, high-touch assistance throughout the assessment process; and
  • Eligibility for your highly-skilled global talent workers to have their work permits processed in two weeks by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada – this service standard is expected to be met 80% of the time.

Note
If you are submitting an application for a position in the province of Quebec:

ESDC and Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion jointly process Global Talent Stream applications. You will also benefit from faster processing, targeting a joint service standard of 10-business days starting on the business day after the application has been received by ESDC. However, to benefit from this faster processing service, it is important that you submit your application and other supporting documents simultaneously to the Government of Quebec.

For further information on what supporting documents, fees and other requirements need to be met and provided to the Government of Quebec along with your Global Talent Stream application, employers from Quebec are invited to consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only).

Cancelling a job offer

If you no longer require the service of the temporary foreign worker for which you have received a positive assessment under the Global Talent Stream or decide to cancel your job offer, prior to the entry of the temporary foreign worker, it is important that you inform the worker directly and also let the Employer Contact Center know of the situation by calling 1-800-367-5693. Your Global Talent Stream application processing fee will not be reimbursed if you cancel a job offer.

End of employment contract

If you cannot locate the temporary foreign worker for which you have received a positive assessment under the Global Talent Stream or the worker does not show up for departure from Canada at the end of your employment contract with the worker, you must:

Documentation retention

You must keep all documents used to support your application for a minimum of six years beginning on the temporary foreign worker’s first day of work. We may request these documents at any time to verify your past compliance with the Program conditions.

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