Global Skills Strategy Launched by the Government of Canada

Companies in Canada will be able to create new jobs only when they are able to thrive and grow. The new Global Skills strategy from the Government of Canada will enable employers to use a faster and more predictable process to attract talent from across the globe. It will also allow to create more middle-class jobs and boost the economic growth in turn.

According to the announcement made by Ahmed Hussen, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister, Navdeep Bains (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister) and Rodger Cuzner (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour), the Global Skills Strategy will benefit all the highly-skilled workers from across the globe.

Some of the key elements of this strategy include the four pillars, highly-skilled workers that are coming on a temporary basis to Canada will be able to benefit from the two-week period for processing the application for granting the work permit. As and when required study permits for dependants and open work permits for spouses will also be processed within a period of two weeks time.

The new Global Talent Stream and the new dedicated service channel from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will benefit the employers. This will enable them to access highly-skilled, temporary, global talent, expand or scale up their knowledge of specialized skills so that they can build their expertise or be more innovative.

Two new exemptions to work permit have also been brought into effect today. A work permit will not be required researchers who are taking part in the research projects for short-duration being conducted in Canada and highly-skilled workers who will come to Canada for a very short term assignment.

The announcement for the Global Skills Strategy was first made in November 2016 with the objective to promote global investment in Canada. The aim was also to support the Innovation and Skills Plan from the Government of Canada.

It has realized the need that by encouraging faster entry of top talent that have the desired skill sets and have international experience, companies in Canada will get new boost to grow.

There are two categories under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program:

  1. Category A: Employers those who have been referenced by a designated organization
  2. Category B: Employers those who want to hire skilled workers from a new Global Talent Occupation List

Under Global Talent Category A:

Category B:

  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • BC Tech Association
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Communitech Corporation
  • Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
  • Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
  • ICT Manitoba (ICTAM)
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
  • Ontario Ministry of Economic Growth and Development
  • VENN Innovation


Computer and information systems managers

Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

Information systems analysts and consultants

Database analysts and data administrators

Software engineers and designers

Computer programmers and interactive media developers

Web designers and developers

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

Information systems testing technicians

Digital Media and Design (positions requiring a minimum of five years’ industry experience and specific skills only)

  • Positions in occupations 2241, 2283, and 5241 carry minimum wage requirements.
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