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Global Skills Strategy

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The Global Skills Strategy came into effect on June 12, 2017 in what is promised to be faster access to highly skilled foreign talent to help Canadian companies grow and prosper. The aim of the program is to reduce barriers and regulatory provisions, attracting more foreign investment, and speeding up the process for interested highly skilled applicants.

Work Permit Exemption

Highly skilled workers who will be working in Canada for less than 30 days do not need to apply for a work permit. Researchers are eligible to work at publicly funded, degree-granting institution at the college or university level for 120 days without a work permit.

Two streams:

Category A - for innovative, high-growth, high-potential firms, that have been referred to the Global Talent Stream by a Designated Partner, who need to hire unique and specialized talent.

Category B - for Canadian businesses that are seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill the following occupations found on the Global Talent Occupations List:

  • NOC 0213 - Computer and information systems managers;
  • NOC 2147 - computer engineers (except software engineers and designers);
  • 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 2241 - Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians who earn a wage of at least $38.94;
  • 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, and skills requirements including: 3D modeling, virtual and augmented reality; animation, level editing, editor and pipeline software and tools in applicable industry; other specialized knowledge of software framework in applicable industry (for example, Unreal 3.0) and/or, Experience in planning and managing a project and earn a wage of at least $38.406.