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Global Talent Occupations List

The following is the complete Global Talent Occupations list for which Canadian employers can hire highly skilled foreign workers from around the world providing them a Canadian work permit in two weeks. The employer must fall into one of two categories to be eligible for the Global Talent Stream.

Employers must be looking to hire highly-skilled foreign talent to fill jobs in occupations on the Global Talent Occupations List below.

Global Talent Occupations List

National Occupations Classification (NOC) codeOccupationMinimum wage requirement (annual salary)Minimum wage requirement (hourly rate)
213Computer and information systems managersprevailing wageprevailing wage
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)prevailing wageprevailing wage
2171Information systems analysts and consultantsprevailing wageprevailing wage
2172Database analysts and data administratorsprevailing wageprevailing wage
2173Software engineers and designersprevailing wageprevailing wage
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developersprevailing wageprevailing wage
2175Web designers and developersprevailing wageprevailing wage
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians$81,000 or higher prevailing wage$38.94 or higher prevailing wage
2281Computer network technicians$82,000 or higher prevailing wage$39.42 or higher prevailing wage
Sub-set of 5131Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game (The position requires 3+ years of experience in the visual effects, video game and/or animation industries)$78,000 or higher prevailing wage$37.50 or higher prevailing wage
Sub-set of 5241Digital media designers (The position requires 3+ years of job experience in at least one of the following digital media design skills: 3D modeling, compositing, paint and roto, layout and match move, digital environment and Matte painting, texture, lighting shading, character effects, effects and simulations, design and scenario, rigging, user interface or user experience, responsive design (for gaming), virtual reality, augmented reality, digital media animation, levels editing for digital media design, software editing for digital media design, pipeline software development or applications relevant for digital media design)$80,000 or higher prevailing wage$38.46 or higher prevailing wage


Canadian employers looking to hire highly skilled workers not in the list above can qualify through Category A of the Global Talent Stream. In order to be eligible under this category, Canadian Employers must have a referral from a designated partner of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Below are the list of designate partner for which they can contact.

Designated Partners – Global Talent Stream

Accelerate Okanagan
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
BC Tech Association
Burlington Economic Development Corporation
Business Development Bank of Canada
Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Cape Breton Partnership
City of Brampton
City of Hamilton’s Economic Development Office
City of Mississauga
Communitech Corporation
Council of Canadian Innovators
Economic Development Winnipeg
Edmonton Economic Development
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Genesis (Newfoundland)
Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service
Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour
Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training
Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office
Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.
Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy
Halifax Partnership
Tech Manitoba
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada – Accelerated Growth Service
Invest Ottawa
Invest in Canada
Kingston Economic Development Corporation
Launch Academy
London Economic Development Corporation
MaRS Discovery District
National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team
Regional Municipality of Niagara
Regional Municipality of York
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Toronto Global
Town of Oakville
Vancouver Economic Commission
Venn Innovation
Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation
WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation


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