Canadian immigration options for tech workers


Are you a highly-qualified tech professional aspiring to immigrate to Canada? Look no further as the demand for tech workers in Canada is at an all-time high. With their knowledge and expertise, tech workers tend to flourish in many of Canada’s more common large economic immigration routes, including federal, provincial or territorial. If you are a tech worker, there are many immigration and work permit programs that Canada can offer you. This blog will take a look at Some of these programs to include the following:


  1. Federal
  2. Global Talent Stream
  3. CUSMA Professionals
  4. Intra-Company Transfer
  5. British Columbia
  6. Saskatchewan
  7. Ontario
  8. Quebec


The importance of technical personnel is evident when looking at the systems run under Express Entry. Moreover, according to the most recent Express Entry Annual Report, the three most popular occupations for those who got Express Entry invitations were all technology occupations.

Global Talent Stream

The GTS is designed to encourage temporary high-skilled employees to get work permits in two weeks. There are two distinct categories under the GTS:

Category A: This is for high-growth businesses that can show a need for specialized foreign expertise. Employers in this group must be directed to the Global Talent Stream by a specified referral agency, which is either a governmental or quasi-governmental entity focused on developing or expanding businesses in a specific region.

Category B: Employers in Category B are seeking to recruit those qualified foreign employees for positions on the Global Talent Occupations List that have been determined to be in-demand and for which domestic labor availability is inadequate. This list can vary from time to time, but it currently includes jobs that fall under 12 NOC Codes. (Technology occupations)

In all cases, the employer must pay the employee a wage that is equal to the national average for the profession. Employers in Category A must either explicitly or implicitly generate employment for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Employers in Category B must commit to growing their investments in professional development and preparation for Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Once the individual is working in Canada they have the option to apply for fo permanent residence. This is because many immigration programs emphasize Canadian work experience.

CUSMA Professionals

Under the Canada-United-States-Mexico Agreement ( CUSMA), citizens of the United States or Mexico with employment opportunities in select professions may be eligible for a work permit. They also do not require Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Among the 63 professions that could apply under the CUSMA Professional Work Permit. Data systems analysts, computer programmers, graphic designers, and scientific publications authors are all qualified professions in the technology field.

Intra-Company Transfer

This category is basically for workers who are working for a company that has a partnership with any location in Canada. An LMIA is also not required under this program. To be eligible, the international worker must have been working in that company for at least one year. The employee also must hold a management position or otherwise show that they have advanced and exclusive knowledge of the business or its products. For example, programmers and developers who have designed a company’s software products would be deemed eligible.

British Columbia

British Columbia unveiled its Tech Pilot program in May 2017. It is an accelerated method for the submission of applications sent to current streams, and also meets the unique specifications of the Pilot.

Two of the five BC immigration pathways that are eligible for a Tech Pilot are compatible with Express Entry, and three are not.

The BC Tech Pilot recognizes 29 special technology jobs that contribute to it. The candidate must: qualify one of the five existing Associated streams and submit a job offer (lasting at least one year, with a minimum of 120 days left at the time of application) to one of the 29 streams.


Saskatchewan does not have a designated immigration tech worker system as per se. Nevertheless, the region, like some, can opt to limit a particular round of invites to apply for a provincial nomination to a specific profession or group. Last September, the province issued 621 invitations to apply for employees who had qualified for either the Occupations-in-Demand or the Express Entry in the International Skilled Worker category of the province. The invites were restricted to workers with work experience in three tech occupations.


Ontario has a unique technology-based talent management system that works in conjunction with traditional immigration streams. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has listed job experience in specialized technology jobs as qualifying for occasional tech-only drawings. Applications chosen in these types of draws benefit from rapid service and better operation. Ontario distributed a total of 4,385 invites via this service in 2020.


The most current, and most remarkable, a significant development in the pathways of tech workers has materialized in Quebec. , Quebec has unveiled a dedicated new immigrant pathway for workers in the fields of artificial intelligence, information technology, and visual effects. The annual intake for this whole pilot shall be fixed at 550 applicants

One thing is for sure, foreign Tech workers have a wealth of opportunities at their fingertips and have a promising future once they arrive in Canada!

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