The ESDC is a government department that works to support Canada’s labour force. It oversees many immigration matters, including the issuance of Labour Market Internal Assessments (LMIAs) and the GTS. A work permit program with expedited processing was created to help Canadian employers hire skilled foreign workers in the technology sector.
Under the GTS, employers looking to hire skilled foreign workers for one of 17 in-demand professions can apply for and receive a work permit. The GTS looks to set a service standard of two weeks for work permits.