Canada starts its new immigration scheme which targets skilled tradespeople

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In January 2012 Canada launched its new immigration scheme that is open for skilled tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians and metalworkers.

The program will be more focused on the skill and the trades qualification of the applicants than on their formal education and academic credentials.

The reason for the introduction of the program is that tradespeople were not being able to gain enough points in order to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP).

At the same time, there is a noticeable shortage of skilled tradespeople in Canada.

The Canadian Government has announced that during the first year only 3000 applications for the program will be accepted so it is advisable that you should apply as soon as possible.

In order to be successful most of the applications will need to fulfil the following criteria.

  • An offer of employment in Canada or a ‘certificate of qualification’ from a province or territory which will certify that applicants are ‘job ready’ on arrival
  • Basic language skills
  • A minimum of two years’ recent work experience as a skilled tradesperson
  • To be able to demonstrate that they possess skills that match those set out in the National Occupation Classification system (NOCB)

The Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney said that the list of trades which will be accepted under the program will be divided into two groups.

In Group A there will be a sub-cap of 100 applications in each trade. In Group B, there will be no sub-caps. According to him, the new program will help Canada to overcome some significant labour shortages.

He hopes that the program will be a significant contributor to the growth of the Canadian economy.

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