Computer Network Technicians Added to List, Engineering Managers, and Architecture and Science Leaders Deleted

The Government of Canada has updated the list of eligible professions as part of its popular Global Talent Stream.

The update saw two occupations removed from the list of global occupations and the addition of computer network technicians (NOC 2281).


The suppressed occupations were:

  • engineering managers (NOC 0211)
  • architectural and science directors (NOC 0212)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the federal department responsible for processing applications for the Global Talent Stream, said the update was necessary "to ensure that [the list] continues to reflect the Canadian labor market and the needs of Canadians. innovative companies. "

The list of professions applies to category B of the Global Talent Stream. ESDC stated that it was determined that there was a high demand for workers in the listed occupations and an insufficient number of domestic workers with the required skills.

Canadian employers seeking to hire foreign workers on this list receive work permits that can be issued in just two weeks in exchange for a commitment to increase investments in the skills and training of Canadians and permanent residents.

Employers who use Category B can submit an easier Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that does not require proof that they have tried to recruit Canadians and permanent residents of Canada.

LMIAs can also be processed in as little as two weeks.

ESDC has stated that applications for professions removed from the list will be accepted until August 4, 2019.

Those received after August 4, 2019 will not be processed.

About the global talent flow

 The Global Talent Stream provides Canadian employers in the fields of Information Technology and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with easier access to temporary foreign workers with experience in the listed occupations.

Canadian employers have used this component to hire approximately 24,000 high-skilled foreign workers since its launch in 2017 as part of a two-year pilot program.

The Global Talent Stream became permanent in March 2019