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Global Talent Stream

The Global Talent Stream (GTS) 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 stream is designed for innovative firms in Canada that are referred to Service Canada by a designated referral partner and that need unique and specialized temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in order to scale-up and grow. It’s also intended for firms in Canada that need to fill an in-demand, highly skilled position on the Global Talent Occupations List.


  1. If you hire a worker through the GTS, you must develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan (LMBP) that demonstrates your employer-specific commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive impacts on the Canadian labour market. Progress reviews of your LMBP will be conducted annually to assess how well you’re meeting your commitments for example 
  1. – Are seeking to hire unique and specialized talent (Category A), you must commit to creating jobs for Canadians and permanent residents as your mandatory benefit.
  2. – If you’re an employer in Canada seeking to hire highly skilled TFWs 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.
  1. Progress reviews of your LMBP as a GTS employer are separate and distinct from all compliance-related activities conducted under the TFWP

This stream does not require the recruiting and advertising requirements for high wage LMIA and assist innovative companies in hiring TFW in the following occupations without resorting to requirements as mandated in the high wage LMIA.


Global talent occupations list for Category B (updated December 2022)

For Category B of the GTS, applications will be accepted from firms in Canada that need to hire highly skilled TFWs for occupations found on ESDC’s global talent occupations list, which have been determined to be in-demand and for which there’s insufficient domestic labour supply.


For occupations with wage floors, employers must offer the hourly wage rate at minimum. Annual wage floors are provided for illustrative