A Canadian immigration program targets immigrants in high-tech sectors.



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Inception date: 12 Jun 2017 | Removal date: 01 Jul 2019

Labour market access

On June 12, 2017 Canada implemented a Global Talent Stream program under which skilled workers can expect their work permits and visa applications processed within two weeks. Part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the talent stream reflects the federal government’s interest in helping high-growth companies bring in the talent they need quickly by cutting processing times for a Canada visa application from six months to ten business days. Among the key elements of this program are a two-week standard for processing Canada work permit applications; dedicated service for companies looking to make significant job-creating investments in Canada; and dropping of the work permit requirement for short-term highly skilled work and brief academic stays. Under this program, registered employers need to commit to creating jobs for Canadians and transferring knowledge to Canadian workers, under a labour Market Benefits Plan. The following sectors receive priority treatment under this program:

  • 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

Originally planned as  two-year pilot program, the government of Canada announced in 2019 that it had made the program permanent.




Inception date: 01 Jul 2019 | Removal date: open ended

Labour market access

Effective July 1, 2019 Canada amended the list of occupations that are eligible under the Global Talent Stream. The update saw the removal of engineering managers  (NOC 0211) and architecture and science managers (NOC 0212) from the Global Talent Occupations List, and the addition of computer network technicians (NOC 2281).