Program requirements for the Global Talent Stream

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Eligibility for the Global Talent Stream

You may be eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream if you have been referred to the Global Talent Stream by one of  the Stream's designated partners and you are hiring unique and specialized talent

OR

You may be eligible for Category B of the Global Talent Stream if you are seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List.

As an employer applying through the Global Talent Stream, you must comply with the Program requirements for the Global Talent Stream. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program has measures in place to verify and ensure employers’ compliance with the Program requirements. Employers who fail to comply with these requirements will be subject to consequences for non-compliance.

Processing fee

You must pay $1,000 for each position requested under the Global Talent Stream to cover the cost of processing your application.

  • The processing fee payment (in Canadian dollars) can be made by:
    • Visa
    • MasterCard
    • American Express
  • The processing fee will not be refunded if your application is withdrawn at your request, cancelled or if your application receives a negative assessment. Refunds are issued only if a fee was collected in error
  • The processing fee cannot be paid by nor be recovered from the temporary foreign workers

Third-parties

Use of a third-party

If you choose to use the services of a third-party representative (paid or unpaid), you must complete the third-party information sections of the application.

You must not recover the costs for the services of a paid representative from the temporary foreign worker.

We may communicate directly with you to verify information provided on the application form from the third-party representative and to complete the Labour Market Benefits Plan as it will include commitments that are employer specific.

We will not mediate a dispute between you and a third-party representative nor communicate complaints to a regulatory body on your behalf.

If you have a complaint about your third-party representative, there are ways to get help.

Paid third-party representatives

You may choose to ask a third-party representative to act on your behalf when seeking to use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to hire a temporary foreign worker. A paid representative must be authorized to collect a fee or to receive any other type of payment to act on your behalf or to advise you in the application process. An authorized third-party representative is:

  • a member in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society or students-at-law under their supervision, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec
  • a paralegal in the Province of Ontario’s law society
  • a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

Unpaid third-party representatives

An unpaid representative can also assist you but is not authorized to collect a fee or to receive any other type of payment for rendering services. An unpaid representative can be a:

  • family member
  • friend
  • not-for-profit group
  • religious organization

Business legitimacy

All offers of employment submitted to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program undergo a genuineness assessment to determine that, as an employer:

  1. You are actively engaged in your business, which must be operating/functioning and provide either a good or services related to the job offer made to the TFW in Canada;
  2. You have a reasonable employment need, which is consistent with the offer made to the TFW;
  3. You demonstrate being reasonably able to fulfill the terms of the job offer made to the TFW; and
  4. You (or any person/entity recruiting on your behalf) have been compliant with Federal and Provincial Laws that regulate employment or the recruiting of employees in the province in which it is intended that the TFW work.

Employers hiring a TFW must provide, as part of their application, a detailed job description which shows a direct link to the company and align with the company’s principal activities to support their reasonable employment need.

Returning employers who have had a positive assessment within the past two years are not required to re-submit any documentation to support their active engagement and reasonable ability to fulfill the terms of the job offer. However, at our discretion, we may request additional documents during the assessment process.

All other employers hiring a TFW must submit:

  1. at least one of the following documents to support their active engagement in the business:
    • municipal/provincial/territorial/ business license (where applicable and if first application);
    • business registration or legal incorporation documents (if first application);
    • attestation by a lawyer, a notary public or a Chartered Professional Accountant, who is a member in good standing within the respective professional bodies, confirming that the employer is engaged in a legal business that provides a good and/or service in Canada.

    In addition, employers must also submit:

  2. at least one of the following documents to support their reasonable ability to fulfill the terms of the offer of employment:
    • Canada Revenue Agency documents (where applicable and if first application) including:
      • T2 Schedule 100 Balance Sheet Information (for corporations only – 2 most recent returns filed)
      • T2 Schedule 125 Income Statement Information (for corporations only – 2 most recent returns filed)
    • attestation by a lawyer, a notary public or a Chartered Professional Accountant, who is a member in good standing within the respective professional bodies, confirming that the business is in good financial standing and will be able to meet all financial obligations to any TFWs hired

    Provincial requirements and/or documentation:

Labour Market Benefits Plan

You are required to work with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan that demonstrates your commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive impacts on the Canadian labour market.

A Labour Market Benefits Plan will help you and the Government of Canada identify and track your overall job creation, skills and training investments, that will benefit the Canadian economy through your employment of highly-skilled global talent.

The commitments in your Labour Market Benefits Plan will be divided into mandatory and complementary benefits.

If you have been referred by one of the Global Talent Stream’s designated partners and are seeking to hire unique and specialized talent (Category A), you must commit to creating jobs as your mandatory benefit, either directly or indirectly for Canadians and permanent residents.

If you are an employer in Canada seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations on the Global Talent Occupations List (Category B), you must commit to increasing skills and training investments for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit.

In addition to the applicable mandatory benefit for Categories A or B in your Labour Market Benefits Plan, you must also commit in the Plan to achieving a minimum of two complementary benefits with at least one activity for each benefit. The complementary benefits identified by an employer in their Plan cannot be the same as the mandatory benefit.

Complementary benefits, could include, but are not limited to job creation, investment in skills and training, transferring knowledge to Canadians and permanent residents, enhanced company performance and implementing best practices or policies as an employer for your workforce.

Activities to support mandatory and complementary benefits outlined in an employer’s Labour Market Benefits Plan could include, but are not limited to:

  • increasing the number of Canadians and permanent residents employed full-time and part-time by the employer,
  • establishing or enhancing educational partnerships with local or regional post-secondary institutes or with other organizations that are supporting skills and training (for example, providing post-secondary institutes with free licenses or other access to specialized software that will help to build student skills on key industry tools);
  • providing paid co-op or internship opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents at the firm;
  • developing and implementing policies to support the hiring of underrepresented groups, (for example, hosting and/or attending events that support the professional development and/or hiring of underrepresented groups in the labour market and women in high-skilled technical and/or leadership roles at the firm);
  • providing direct training to Canadians or permanent residents, including supporting employees to travel to and attend industry or industry sector conferences relevant to the development of their specialized skillset;
  • ensuring that the highly skilled foreign workers directly supervise and mentor Canadian workers at the firm to support knowledge transfer;
  • increasing growth of revenue, employment or investment at the firm
  • developing or improving best company practices or policies related to attraction/retention of Canadian workforce (for example, by supporting code sprints and hackathons to hire new employees); and,
  • developing or enhancing partnerships with organizations that assist with the identification of top domestic capital.

ESDC will work with you to complete the Labour Market Benefits Plan during the Global Talent Stream application process.

The progress of your Labour Market Benefits Plan will be monitored at regular intervals to allow ESDC to assess the performance of the Global Talent Stream and to determine your continuing eligibility.

If you already have an approved Labour Market Benefits Plan and are submitting another application to the Global Talent Stream for additional position(s), you will not have to submit a new Labour Market Benefits Plan; however a review of your existing Plan will be conducted.

As part of this review, you could be asked to provide an update on your commitments to date in the Labour Market Benefits Plan. You could also be asked to amend or expand existing commitments to reflect your request for additional position(s). This will help ensure that returning employers to the Global Talent Stream continue to provide positive lasting benefits for Canadian workers.

Please note that a decision by a returning employer not to amend their Labour Market Benefits Plan on request by ESDC officials could result in a negative assessment for the additional requested position(s).

As noted under the Processing Fee section of the Program Requirements for the Global Talent Stream, processing fees for an application will not be refunded in the event of withdrawal or a negative assessment, or for choosing to go through a different program stream.

Recruitment

While there is no minimum recruitment requirement for the Global Talent Stream, you are encouraged to recruit Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. You will be asked, as part of your application to describe any recruitment efforts conducted.

Wages

Wages offered to temporary foreign workers should be similar to wages paid to Canadian and permanent resident employees hired for the same job and work location, and with similar skills and years of experience.

For the purpose of the Global Talent Stream, you must pay the prevailing wage which is defined as the highest of either:

  • the applicable minimum wage requirement as identified in the Global Talent Occupations List
  • the wage that is within the wage range that you are paying your current employees hired for the same job and work location, and with the same skills and years of experience
  • the median wage on Job Bank

To determine the median wage on Job Bank:

  • go to Job Bank
  • in the “Job search” field, enter the job title or the National Occupations Classification (NOC) Code that best describes the duties and requirements of the position
  • the hourly median wage will be listed in the middle column, by community or area. If the median wage is listed as ‘’N/A’’, consult the provincial or territorial wage. If it is not available, consult the national wage

The temporary foreign workers wages must be reviewed and adjust, when applicable, at least annually, to ensure they continue to receive the prevailing wage for the occupation and region where they are employed.

If the position requires additional skills and years of experience over the applicable NOC description, the wages offered should reflect these additional requirements.

For the purpose of determining the wage rate being offered, we will only consider guaranteed wages, which exclude:

  • overtime hours
  • tips
  • benefits
  • profit sharing
  • bonuses
  • commissions
  • other forms of compensation

Note

If you are hiring a Temporary Foreign Worker in the province of Quebec, consult the Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (available in French only) to determine the wages that must be offered. Wages offered must be consistent with the wage rate paid to Canadians and permanent residents, working in the same occupation and geographical area.

Job duties and working conditions

The temporary foreign workers you hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program must only perform duties that correspond to the occupation they were hired for.

Canadian law protects all workers in Canada, including temporary foreign workers. The exploitation of temporary foreign workers is considered a violation of Canadian laws and human rights.

Employment in most occupations is covered under provincial or territorial legislation that deals with labour and employment standards such as:

  • hours of work (including overtime)
  • compensation
  • working conditions
  • termination of employment

Every province or territory has a Ministry of Labour that can provide information to assist employers and temporary foreign workers with questions or issues related to work. Some employers are federally regulated and, therefore, are covered by the employment standards under the Canada Labour Code.

Workplace safety

You must always ensure that the temporary foreign workers you want to hire under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are covered from the provincial or territorial workplace safety insurance provider, where required by law. Where the provincial or territorial legislation allows employers the flexibility to opt for a private insurance plan, you must ensure that:

  • any private plan chosen provides better or the same level of compensation to that offered by a province or territory
  • all employees on the worksite are covered by the same provider

If you are enquiring about private insurance plan equivalency, contact the appropriate provincial or territorial workplace safety authority.

The coverage you purchased must correspond with the temporary foreign workers’ first day of work in Canada and the costs must not be recovered from the temporary foreign workers.

Language restriction

English or French are the only languages you can identify as a job requirement in your application and job advertisement. However, if another language is essential for the job, you must provide a justification on the application.

Unionized positions

If you are applying to hire temporary foreign workers for positions covered under a collective agreement, you must:

  • advertise and offer the same wage rates as those established under the collective agreement
  • offer the temporary foreign workers the same terms and conditions as Canadian and permanent resident workers
  • submit a copy of the section of the collective bargaining agreement on the wage structure

The hiring of temporary foreign workers must not affect current nor foreseeable labour disputes at the workplace.

We recommend that you work actively with union representatives to recruit Canadians and permanent residents.

Employer compliance

As an employer, you must comply with all the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements for the position you are requesting. Learn about employer compliance and the possible consequences of non-compliance.

List of Designated Partners for referral to Category A of the Global Talent Stream (as of August 2017)

For Category A of the Global Talent Stream, employers must be referred by one of the Steam’s designated referral partners. The role of designated referral partners is to refer eligible Canadian companies with whom they have existing relationships. This means that the innovative Canadian company must be legally constituted in Canada, have a focus on innovation, be seeking to scale up, have a willingness to grow, and demonstrated need to hire a unique and specialized individual.

The list of designated referral partners for the Global Talent Stream includes the following organizations (as of August, 2017):

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
  • Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
  • ICT Association of Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service
  • Invest Ottawa
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth
  • Venn Innovation

For the list of designated referral partners located in Quebec for the Global Talent Stream, employers from Quebec are invited to consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only).

Definition of Unique and Specialized Talent for Category A of the Global Talent Stream

For Category A of the Global Talent Stream, innovative firms must be referred by one of the Stream’s designated referral partners and be seeking to hire unique and specialized talent. Unique and specialized talent is indicated by:

  • Advanced knowledge of the industry;
  • Advanced degree in an area of specialization of interest to the employer; AND/OR
  • Minimum of five years of experience in the field of specialized experience; AND
  • A highly paid position with a salary of usually $80,000 or more.

Global Talent Occupations List for Category B of the Global Talent Stream

For Category A of the Global Talent Stream, innovative firms must be referred by one of the Stream’s designated referral partners and be seeking to hire unique and specialized talent. Unique and specialized talent is indicated by:

Global Talent Occupations List
National Occupations Classification (NOC) code Occupation Minimum wage requirement (annual salary) Minimum wage requirement (hourly rate)
0213 Computer and information systems managers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2172 Database analysts and data administrators Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2173 Software engineers and designers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2175 Web designers and developers Prevailing wage Prevailing wage
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians $81,000 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

$38.94 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

2283 Information systems testing technicians $78,000 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

$37.50 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

Sub-set of 5131*

Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game

*in addition to the position having an annual salary of at least $75,000 ($36.06 per hour) or the prevailing wage (if the prevailing wage is higher), the position must require a minimum of five years of experience in the visual effects, video game or animation industries in one or a combination of the following roles: producer, technical director, creative director, artistic director or project manager, with experience in at least one or more of the following skills relevant to the visual effects, video game or animation industries: surfacing and look development; character or simulation rigging; matte painting; or technical pipeline development and application for visual effects, video games, or animation production.

$75,000 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

$36.06 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

Sub-set of 5241**

Digital media designers

**in addition to the position having an annual salary of at least $80,000 ($38.46 per hour) or the prevailing wage (if the prevailing wage is higher), the position must require a minimum of five years of experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital media animation, levels editing for digital media design, software editing for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design

$80,000 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

$38.46 or higher prevailing wage

If you are submitting an application from the province of Quebec, consult Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion website (French only) for wage floors

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