Position Your Canadian Company for Infinite Prosperity

If you’re like any other company, you surely have one goal in mind: To grow, prosper, and survive the test of time. Good news! Since the emergence of the Global Skills Strategy on June 12th, 2017, you can do just that by unlocking expedited access to a pool of indispensable talent. The goal is simple: To attract top talent faster and easier than ever.

The ambitious Global Skills Strategy was born to help Canadian companies cut through frustrating barriers and regulatory provisions and, instead, more easily attract foreign investment while expediting the process of securing the best foreign talent. With the support of the Strategy, companies can elevate their workforce by bringing foreign workers to Canadian soil for short-term positions.

It’s important to note that any eligible foreign nationals will still need to meet all admissibility and eligibility requirements such as the provision of police certificates if needed. You can expect a slight delay owing to the ongoing pandemic, with the application processing phase possibly taking longer than two weeks.

To learn more about the Global Skills Strategy and what it can do for your Canadian business, contact Canim Law today!

Short-Duration Work Permit Exceptions

Any skilled workers travelling to Canada for less than 30 days are not requirement to obtain their work permits first. These workers are officially classified as “managerial” or “highly skilled” and do not need a permit to fulfill their duties during their 30-day period. For researchers, this exemption is extended to 120 days should the work be performed at a publicly funded college or university level institution that grants degrees.

The Global Talent Stream

This program includes two streams, which include:

Category A: For innovative firms with high projected potential and growth. These companies are referred to the stream by a designated partner and are looking to hire specialized, unique talent. Such talent can be defined as someone who has:

  • Advanced industry knowledge
  • An advanced degree or area of specialization that is of interest to the employer
  • AND/OR a minimum of 5 years’ experience in their field of specialization
  • AND a well-paid position earning them $80,000+

Category B: For Canadian businesses seeking highly skilled foreign workers to fill open positions as found on the Global Talent Occupations List:

  • NOC 0211 – Engineering managers
  • NOC 0212 – Architecture and science managers
  • NOC 0213 – Computer and information systems managers;
  • NOC 2147 – computer engineers (except software engineers and designers);
  • Subset of 2161 – Mathematicians and statisticians (excluding actuaries)
  • NOC 2171 – Information systems analysts and consultants;
  • NOC 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators;
  • NOC 2173 – Software engineers and designers;
  • NOC 2174 – Computer programmers and interactive media developers;
  • NOC 2175 – Web designers and developers;
  • NOC 2283 – Information systems testing technicians who earn a wage of at least $37.50;
  • Sub-set of 5241 Digital Media and Design – position requires a minimum of five years of industry experience
  • Sub-set of 5131 Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – visual effects and video game.

Whether your business/firm falls under Category A or B, you will be required to collaborate closely with the Department of Employment and Social Development. This is necessary for the development of a Labour Market Benefits Plan that showcases your dedication to activities that can track skill and training investment, job creation, and more, all while making a positive contribution to the Canadian economy by employing skilled, passionate global talent.

The Canadian Government firmly believes that investment follows talent. And so, as part of their innovation agenda, Canada is proud to be paving the way for the next generation of specialized, in-demand talent that has the power to make a priceless contribution to the Canadian economy.


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