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Changes To The Global Talent Stream – Employee Rights/ Labour Relations

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On December 22nd, 2022, Employment and Social Development Canada
(“ESDC”) amended the list of eligible occupations in the
Global Talent Stream (“GTS”) to include additional
professions which have been determined to be in-demand and for
which there is insufficient domestic labour supply.

The Global Talent Stream is part of the Temporary Foreign Worker
Program and provides employers with expedited processing to hire
highly skilled, specialized, unique, and in-demand foreign workers.
The program enables employers to obtain a positive Labour Market
Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) in less than 10 business days.
This service standard is met 80% of the time.

Prior to applying for a work permit, foreign nationals typically
require a positive LMIA if no exemptions are available.

What are the new occupations added to the GTS?

The list of eligible GTS occupations has now been expanded with
the addition of new engineering roles.

These roles include:

  • Civil engineers (NOC code 21300);

  • Electrical and electronics engineers (NOC code 21310);

  • Mining engineers (NOC code 21330);

  • Aerospace engineers (NOC code 21390); and

  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and
    technicians (NOC code 22310).

*Please note that job offers for occupations on the Global
Talent Occupations List must meet a minimum wage requirement to be
eligible for expedited processing.

These additional GTS occupations are a positive sign that the
Government of Canada is assessing lasting labour market gaps for
employers to meet their hiring demands.

Employers hiring foreign talent through the GTS will need to
ensure they properly prepare applications; including developing a
Labour Markets Benefit Plan (LMBP) to demonstrate their commitment
to activities that have a lasting, positive impact on the Canadian
labour market. The LMIA Center of Excellence at Green and Spiegel
LLP can assist with GTS LMIA applications, to ensure completeness
and compliance with program standards.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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