Canada adds 5 new occupations to its Global Talent Stream

Canada adds 5 new occupations to its Global Talent Stream

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 29 Dec, 2022 | 04:32 AM]
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The Canadian government has identified 5 new engineering occupations that are currently facing labor market needs throughout the country. Earlier this week, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) expanded the list of eligible in-demand occupations in the Global Talent Stream.

Canada Occupation In Demand List 2023

The Global Talent Stream was established to allow certain skilled workers to obtain a work permit within two weeks of applying. It aims to help innovative companies to grow - by making sure they can access the highly-skilled talent they need quickly.

New occupations added to Canada’s GTS

The 5 new occupations added to the Global Talent Stream on December 22nd are:

  • NOC code 21300 - Civil Engineers.
  • NOC code 21310 - Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • NOC code 21330 - Mining Engineers.
  • NOC code 21390 - Aerospace Engineers.
  • NOC code 21311 - Computer Engineers (except Software Engineers and Designers).

Why have more occupations become eligible?

The list of eligible in-demand occupations for the GTS changes according to Canada’s labor market needs. The addition of these 5 new occupations likely states an internal need for professionals in the Engineering sector in Canada.

The year 2022 has also seen a growing trend of targeting specific occupations for Canada Immigration – to address the country’s labor market needs, more directly.

Among these measures include:

  • The introduction of the New Brunswick Critical Worker Pilot (NBCWP) – which works with 6 employers in the province to directly address New Brunswick’s labor market needs.
  • The removal of barriers to permanent residence for Physicians (amid historic labor market needs of healthcare workers) applying through Express Entry.
  • The approval of Bill C-19 introduced a new amendment to the Canada visa application process. With Bill C-19 passed, candidates can now be invited based on “groupings” set out by the Immigration Minister.  The groupings will most likely be chosen based on factors such as employment experience, academic experience, or proficiency in English or French.

In a world after COVID, it seems likely that Canada will continue to address its economic needs in a much more targeted manner, given that the country has already identified immigration as a way to meet in-demand labor market needs. Canada continues to face high labor market needs and a growing retiree population.

Employers who hire foreign talent through the GTS must make sure their applications are properly prepared, including creating a Labour Markets Benefits Plan (LMBP) to show their dedication to initiatives that have a long-lasting, positive impact on the needs of the Canadian labor market. Here, the drafting of the application with the help of an immigration consultant can considerably enhance completeness and compliance with program rules.


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