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Five new occupations eligible for expedited LMIAs and work permits

Since its introduction in 2017, the Global Talent Stream has been one of the most effective and efficient pathways for Canadian employers to both attract and hire skilled talent from around the world. Under this stream, the government maintains a Global Talent Occupations List setting out the occupations that they have determined to be in-demand and for which there is insufficient domestic labour supply. Employers can obtain greatly streamlined and expedited Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) and work permits to hire skilled foreign workers in these occupations, both of which come with a two-week processing standard.

For 2023, five new occupations have been added to the Global Talent Occupations List:

  • Civil Engineers;
  • Electrical and electronics engineer;
  • Mining engineers;
  • Aerospace engineers; and
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers).

The other occupations in the Global Talent Occupations List are as follows:

  • Mathematicians and statisticians;
  • 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;
  • Computer network technicians;
  • Information systems testing technicians;
  • Producer, technical, creative and artistic directors and project managers – Visual effects and video game; and
  • Digital media designers.