The Global Skills Strategy

Montréal International is one of the partners designated to refer businesses that are looking to take advantage of new measures under the Global Skills Strategy to recruit highly skilled professionals abroad.

A dedicated service channel

The Global Skills Strategy gives employers a faster and more predictable process for attracting top talent and new skills to Canada, creating economic growth and more jobs for Canadians. Businesses referred to the dedicated service channel (DSC) have access to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) staff who will guide them through the immigration process to help meet their specific needs.

Businesses are assigned to an account manager, who can:

  • Provide information on immigration program options
  • Explain the process
  • Put them in touch with the operational staff concerned in Canada and abroad (if applicable)
  • Manage their file and liaise with the organizations involved in the process as needed (e.g., Employment and Social Development Canada, Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion, Service Canada) to make sure everything goes smoothly

IRCC’s dedicated service channel:

  • Does not process applications
  • Does not prioritize applications
  • Does not issue immigration decisions or offer exemptions from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process

To receive Montreal International’s recommendation for the MSR, your company must:

  1. Demonstrate how your business fits into the following categories: high value investing; high potential / high growth business; or innovative business.
  2. Specify if you are or if you would like to be recommended for the ESDC Global Talent Stream.
  3. Explain briefly how the investment meets the definition of major investment.

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The Global Talent Stream

Under the Global Talent Stream (GTS), Québec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) work collaboratively to issue joint decisions on LMIA applications and reduce processing times. What’s more, workers who meet specific criteria can expect their work permit applications to be processed within two weeks by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. ESDC and MIDI are aiming for a joint service standard of 10 business days.

Category A of the GTS is intended for high-growth innovative businesses that are in urgent need of finding unique and specialized talent in order to grow.

Category A referral process

Businesses applying under Category A of the GTS, must submit a written request to Montréal International or any other referral partner, who will assess their eligibility for the program and refer them to the ministry or reject their application.

Employers must write a few sentences to show that their business:

  • Operates in Canada
  • Focuses on innovation
  • Wants to grow
  • Is looking to expand
  • Needs unique and specialized global talent
  • Has found a particular foreign worker that it would like to hire

Category B

Category B of the GTS is intended for businesses that need to fill highly specialized Information and Communications Technology positions on the Global Talent Occupations List (liste des professions exigeant des talents mondiaux) (French only). To apply under Category B, businesses do not need to be referred by Montréal International or any other referral partner.

Learn more about Canada’s Global Skills Strategy.