To all the TRADESMEN

trademen-dayWho give our kids a place to learn

Who keep us warm

Who give us a place to call home

Who make sure our lights stay on

Who keep our water flowing

Who keep us moving

Who keep the world running when the things we depend on breakdown

Who put it all back together again

IRWIN Tools would like to say THANKS

Source: – January 4, 2013

New Federal Skilled Trades Program Accepts Applications Starting Today

Canada's Economic Action Plan

Ottawa, January 2, 2013 — The brand-new Federal Skilled Trades Program begins accepting applications today, announced Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

“The new Skilled Trades Program will address serious labour shortages that some regions of the country are facing, and will help grow Canada’s economy,” said Minister Kenney. “These long-overdue changes are part of the government’s plan to build a fast and flexible immigration system that is responsive to the needs of Canada’s economy. Canadian employers have long been asking for ways to get the skilled tradespeople they need to meet demands in many industries across the country. We’ve listened to their concerns and created this program in response.” read more…

New Federal Skilled Trades Immigration Program Receives Widespread Praise

Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association:

“The Canadian Construction Association is especially pleased to hear today’s announcement that the new federal Skilled Trades Program to be launched on January 2nd, 2013. The introduction of a dedicated and streamlined program for skilled trades addresses many of the shortcomings in the current federal Skilled Worker Program. The new program ensures greater consideration is given to the needs of the industry when processing eligible immigrant applications. read more…

Canada To Speed Up Entry Of Skilled Immigrants Into Country

OTTAWA-Canada recognizes the value of skilled immigrants and makes a plan to fast track talented immigrants into the country.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is designed to combat a shortage of tradespeople that is hampering economic growth in Canada. Canadian companies applauded the Harper government’s move, saying the existing skilled worker program made it difficult to import labour because admittance criteria put too much emphasis on postsecondary education.

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Canadian Immigration News

New Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Stream Announced

In order to address Canada’s growing skilled labour shortages in construction, natural resources and similar industries, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that it has created and will be launching a new “Skilled Trades” stream within the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program to make it easier for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada.

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Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC)

Skills Canada National Competition

Encourage Canada’s next generation in skilled trades and technology! Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) remains the only event of its kind in Canada. It is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together over 500 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and advisors, to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas. The Competition provides an opportunity for young Canadians studying a skilled trade or technology to be tested against exacting standards and against their peers from across the nation. Students vie to win the honour of being crowned the best in their chosen discipline.

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Skilled trades need to be filled: officials

Like the Maytag man in the old TV commercial, Dave McFadden sits beside the phone hoping it will ring.

As a human resources manager, McFadden waits for local high schools to call for a co-op placement in one of the shops at Barrie Welding and Machine on Anne Street.

“I got one phone call this year, I used to get 12 to 15 calls,” he lamented inside Georgian College’s skilled trades building, Wednesday.

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Manitoba Funds Programs to Boost Trade Jobs in the North

New funding announced by the province on Wednesday will invest in programs linking students to careers in trades.

“Training in trades means access to better jobs and with the Skill Build program we’ll help more students get valuable hands-on learning opportunities and get ready to make the transition to trades training,” said Education Minister Nancy Allan during an announcement at Tec Voc High School. “Bringing more technical vocational programming into our classrooms in rural communities will allow students to learn and contribute to their local community and economy.” read more…

National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2012 kicks off

Skills/Compétences Canada (S/CC)—a not-for-profit organization promoting careers in skilled trades and technologies—kicked off National Skilled Trades and Technology Week 2012 on Monday at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, in Gatineau, Que. The weeklong event, which includes interactive student skills activities across the country hosted by Skills/Compétences Canada and its member organizations, highlights the “shortage of skilled trade and technology workers and the tremendous career opportunities this presents for youth”.

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