Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new initiative on June 12, 2017, The Global Talent Stream, which promises a 2-week fast-track for qualified applicants to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The Global Talent Stream's goal is to provide innovative firms in Canada with a faster way to hire highly skilled foreign talent when Canadians or permanent residents are not available, and help approved companies recruit and hire the highly specialized and skilled global talent they need to expand by providing faster and more predictable application processing.
The Global Talent Stream initiative "actually helps create more Canadian jobs,"
~ Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains
Companies that apply to join the Global Talent Stream will be required to create a "Labour Market Benefits Plan," which, describes the company's measurable commitments to create lasting benefits for the Canadian labour market through activities such as:
Two types of companies are eligible to apply for The Global Talent Stream, according to the IRCC Backgrounder:
As detailed in a CBC report, "Employers seeking to hire workers through the Global Talent Stream program must pay a $1,000 fee for each position, and can't make temporary foreign workers pay that fee. Employers are "encouraged to recruit Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker."
The Global Talent Stream is key to the IRCC Global Skills Strategy which promotes global investment in Canada to support the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda which offers:
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