Canada is in constant need of highly skilled workers who can boost its economy. Thus, Canada had introduced the Global Talent Stream (GTS) program in 2017.
GTS comes under the Temporary Foreign Worker stream and is the major pathway to bring highly-skilled workers to Canada on a temporary basis to fulfill the labor market requirements when no suitable Canadians are available to fulfill the required job vacancy. Mostly, candidates who have an engineering or tech background are prioritized in this stream.
GTS is a part of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, which is an immigration program that allows employers to hire workers from outside the country.
This program is a major source of skilled workers. In just two years since its introduction, almost 40,000 people had used the stream to come to Canada. Out of those 40,000, about 24,000 skilled workers had an occupation in the tech industry.
GTS is very important for the Canadian economy as Canada has one of the highest job vacancy rates and requires immigrants to fulfill required open positions and contribute to Canada’s economy. This program is managed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
IRCC aims to process the GTS applications very quickly and efficiently and claim to take only around 2 weeks to process the applications, which make it one of the fastest immigration pathways in Canada.
In the first two years since its introduction, GTS has enabled around 1100 Canadian employers to create more than 48,000 job positions and around 13000 co-op positions. Moreover, they have contributed over $113 million in skills development and training.