Global Skills Strategy
Canada has a deep pool of talent and a skilled workforce. Still, there will be times when you will need highly-skilled people from abroad to help you grow. That’s where Canada’s Global Skills Strategy comes in.
How it works
There are three pathways to get quick entry for skilled workers under the Global Skills Strategy:
- Short-duration work permit exemptions
- Two-week processing for high-skilled talent*
- Global Talent Stream
*Because of COVID-19, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has indicated that there are delays in the processing of applications. IRCC is still processing GSS eligible work permits, but they may take longer than 2 weeks.
Work permit applications received under the program
94% approval rate
From June 2017 to June 2021
Short-duration work permit exemptions
Workers can enter Canada to perform work for 15 consecutive days or less if at least six months have passed since the last use of this exemption or for 16-30 consecutive days if at least 12 months have passed since the last use of this exemption.
The worker must have a job offer for a position with skill type 0 (senior management) or skill level A (professionals) of the National Occupation Classification.
Researchers are able to qualify for a 120-day work permit exemption.
Renewals and consecutive uses of the exemption are not permitted.
The implementation of the Global Skills Strategy has positively impacted Ubisoft Toronto in many ways. We are now able to quickly bring top talents to our studio which allows our studio to remain a key player in our industry.
Two-week processing for high-skilled talent
There are three categories of people that may be eligible for two-week processing:
1. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt workers
If they’re applying from outside Canada and are exempt from the LMIA requirement through, for example, one of Canada’s international trade agreements or as an intra-company transferee.
If their job is either skill type 0 (senior management) or skill level A (professionals) of the National Occupational Classification.
If the employer has submitted an offer of employment using the Employer Portal and paid the employer compliance fee.
2. LMIA-required workers
If they’re applying from outside Canada.
If the employer has a positive LMIA through the Global Talent Stream.
3. Spouses and dependants
If your worker’s spouse/common-law partner and dependent children are coming to Canada with the worker, they are also eligible for two-week processing on applications.
This applies to applications for a visitor visa, work permit or study permit.
Computer programmers and interactive media developers
|Information systems analysts and consultants||10,160|
|Software engineers and designers||10,029|
|University professors and lecturers||5,986|
|Computer and information systems managers||4,069|
Global Talent Stream
You may be eligible for Category A of the Global Talent Stream if you are hiring specialized and unique workers and have been referred by one of the Global Talent Stream’s designated partners.
Companies may be eligible for Category B if they are planning to hire highly-skilled workers in occupations that are on the Global Talent Stream National Occupations List.
When we started, we had someone from the government call us every day to walk us through the process. I never would have expected that kind of attention.
After you contact Invest in Canada and determine your expansion location, we will refer you to the appropriate organization who will walk you through the process and help you with your visa applications.