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New Global Talent Stream applicants to be fast-tracked

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Donald Arseneault, New Brunswick Minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, signed the Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement recently. 

Canada’s new Global Talent Stream will create good, middle-class jobs by helping innovative companies in Canada access the specialized global talent they need to expand, grow and thrive.

Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, met with industry and business leaders at the Vancouver Economic Commission to talk about Global Talent Stream, a key part of the Global Skills Strategy and the Innovation Agenda, one of the ways in which the government is positioning Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy. It will provide timely, responsive and predictable service for companies who need to attract top global talent in order to expand their workforces here in Canada, and be competitive on a global scale.

The Global Talent Stream will help Canadian firms fill in-demand occupations where there is a demonstrated gap in the Canadian labour force by making the process to access global talent more responsive to their needs. The new Global Talent Occupations List of eligible high-demand occupations, developed in consultation with labour market experts and industry stakeholders, identifies existing shortages and allows for a faster application process that is reflective of the realities of the Canadian workforce.

“When companies are able to grow and thrive here in Canada, they create good, middle-class jobs for Canadians, ” said Hajdu. “Our new Global Talent Stream will give companies a faster and more efficient process to bring in global talent, so they can grow and expand their Canadian workforces. We’re keeping Canada competitive in the global marketplace and helping our industries grow and succeed.” A few quick facts:

The Global Talent Stream is one of the pillars of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, which aims to help innovative Canadian companies grow by ensuring they can access the highly skilled talent they need quickly. Companies applying for workers through the Global Talent Stream now have access to a new streamlined Labour Market Impact Assessment process that provides eligible employers with:

  • Priority processing of applications for the Global Talent Stream and a client-focused service for the development of the Labour Market Benefits Plan, with a service standard of 10 business days;
  • Flexible recruitment requirements; and
  • Eligibility for workers to have their work permits processed in 10 business days.

Posted: Jul 1, 2017

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