The BC Tech Association (BC Tech) is proud to act as a Designated BC Referral Partner to the Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the Global Talent Stream and Global skills Strategy, and will refer BC-based technology companies that meet the criteria and qualifications into the program.
BC Tech’s immigration referral program is not just helping businesses recruit the best global talent—it’s also creating a large net benefit for our ecosystem and our economy. At the end of 2019, companies referred by BC Tech have committed to create 1,033 jobs and 222 paid co-op positions as well as invest $1,254,000 in skills and training.
The review results show that as a result of the referral positions filled, 354 new jobs and 21 co-op positions have been created, and $639,770 has been invested in worker skills and training for Canadians.
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BC Tech has been selected as a Designated Referral Partner for BC. BC Tech makes referrals of companies to both IRCC’s Dedicated Service Channel and to ESDC’s Global Talent Stream (under category A). We will help ESDC and IRCC identify Canadian and foreign companies that qualify under the listed program criteria so that together we can support the growth of the tech industry.
Note that the vast majority of our referrals to date have been to ESDC’s Global Talent Stream in Category A. These are for mainly non-tech, business roles. If you are looking to hire in computer and information systems management, computer engineering, Information systems analysis/consulting, database analysis and administration, and software engineering and design, you can apply directly to ESDC under Category B.
Please review all information about the different programs and services carefully to better understand which options you may qualify for before submitting a request for referral. Once you are confident that a specific program meets your needs, and that you meet the qualification criteria, please submit a request for BC Tech to assess your company’s eligibility to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that being referred by BC Tech does not guarantee you will be approved by ESDC or IRCC for their programs, and we can only refer companies who fully meet the criteria listed for each of these programs.
The Federal Global Skills Strategy is designed to attract and expedite the entry of global, highly skilled and qualified talent to support Canadian companies to grow and scale-up.
The GSS has 4 pillars, of which three are led by Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and one by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC):
Note – you are only able to apply for Category A if the role you are looking to fill does not fall under Category B. Category A is primarily for Business roles.
Category A is aimed at Innovative Canadian companies that need highly specialized and global talent in order to scale-up and grow, and have already identified candidates for a limited number of unique roles (one or two) that are not already listed under Category B. For example, specialized leadership and business development expertise.
Only companies that are referred by designated referral partners can access Category A. Companies may operate in any economic sector, as long as they meet the following eligibility criteria:
The items below are not an exhaustive list but is an example of the information that will be assessed by BC Tech.
Expedited processing, flexible recruitment requirements, and direct support in the application. Companies will be linked with a dedicated “Account Manager” at ESDC who will work jointly with the company throughout the shortened LMIA process and the new Labour Market Benefit Plan. ESDC will assess Global Talent Stream applications within 10 business days 80% of the time, and IRCC will process the foreign talent’s work permit application made as part of the GT Stream within 2 weeks 80% of the time (provided that the foreign national meets the application criteria). Companies can request to be referred to the GT Stream more than once over the course of the GT Stream Pilot, and can also use Category B of the Stream.
Companies interested in being referred for Global Talent Stream Category A must contact us at email@example.com to get started. Once your case is reviewed in conversation with BC Tech, and if you meet all criteria for the referral, BC Tech will provide you with the necessary information to submit your application to Category A, as well as notify ESDC of the referral. An ESDC account manager will contact BC Tech to confirm the referral, and then contact you directly for engagement. For more information on Global Talent Stream and what happens after your referral is approved, click here.
Consider these options:
Global Talent Stream is a program to facilitate the immigration process of highly skilled, in-demand talent. Category B is aimed at companies looking to fill a role from the Global Talent Occupations List (which have been determined to be in-demand and for which there’s an insufficient domestic labour supply), and have already identified a foreign candidate they wish to hire.
Category B does not require a referral from BC Tech. Companies who are looking to fill a role listed above and have identified a foreign candidate can submit a direct application.
Expedited processing and flexible recruitment requirements. ESDC will assess Global Talent Stream applications within 10 business days 80% of the time, and IRCC will process the foreign talent’s work permit application made as part of the GT Stream within 2 weeks 80% of the time (provided that the foreign national meets the application criteria).
Companies can learn more about program requirements and see instructions on how to apply.
For questions or comments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.