Although these processing times are a welcomed improvement for Canadian employers, employers must remember they must still factor in the time the foreign worker will need to gather all the necessary documents for their application, which might include obtaining police clearances and medical examinations.
Employer dedicated service channel
A dedicated service channel has been created to help Canadian employers navigate the immigration application process to meet their specific needs. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will select employers who bring significant investment to Canada and assist them through this service channel.
As part of the Strategy, the new Global Talent Stream will assist Canadian employers by providing them with expedited access to in-demand global talent. There are two distinct categories under the worldwide talent stream:
Category A applies to employers who were referred to the Global Talent Stream by one of Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) designated partners AND who are hiring unique and specialized talent to scale-up or grow.
Category B applies to employers seeking to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions in occupations found on the global talent occupations list.
To participate in the Global Talent Stream, employers must pay a $1,000 CAD fee per applicant and work with ESDC to develop a labor market benefits plan, which is meant to demonstrate their commitment to activities that will have lasting, positive impacts on the Canadian labor market.
As the Global Talent Stream does not require a minimum recruitment obligation or the need to provide a transition plan, Canadian employers can expect to obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment within 10 days from ESDC and a work permit within another 10 days from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.