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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.

The program, which is considered helping address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country, and supporting economic growth, will be launched on 2 January 2013, according to Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

“For too long, Canada’s immigration system has not been open to these in-demand skilled workers. These changes are long overdue and will help us move to a fast and flexible immigration system that works for Canada’s economy,” the Minister indicated.

The program outlines four requirements to ensure applicants have the right skills and experience to succeed in their trades in Canada, including:

  • Have a job offer in Canada.
  • Have basic proficiency in French or English, but not at the level required by the skilled worker.
  • Can prove they have recently worked in the trade and have a minimum of two years’ experience.
  • Can show their occupation falls within the list of eligible trades and skills.
  • Has the required education, experience and skills to perform the occupation in Canada.
  • Is either currently working in Canada, has an offer of employment in Canada or has a certificate of qualification from the trade/skill assessing body in Canada

As stated in the announcement, the CIC will begin accepting applications for the new program on 2 January 2013, but will accept just 3,000 applications in the program’s first year to keep processing times to a minimum.

Eligible occupations will include trades like electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics and pipefitters. The department is working on the list of skilled trades’ occupations that are experiencing acute labour shortages and which will qualify under the program.

“As promised in Economic Action Plan 2012, we are creating a new immigration stream to facilitate entry of skilled tradespersons,” added Minister Kenney. “The Federal Skilled Trades Program will help transform Canada’s immigration system into a fast and flexible system focused on jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.”

The Federal Skilled Trades Program will complement other avenues already in place for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada, such as the Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Programs.

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Source: Hanna Eliasson | Migration Expert Canada Wednesday | December 12, 2012