Canada is planning to start a new residence scheme in order to attract skilled tradespeople which will help booming industries, who are in a desperate need for workers. It was announced by the Canadian Immigration minister Jason Kenney that the new residence scheme will start from January 2013.
The scheme will allow foreigners who have more than two years experience in a registered trade such as electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, pipefitters and others to obtain a permanent residence for Canada. The complete list of the professions that will participate in the program will be released later in 2013. In addition to having work experience, in order to be eligible to participate in the program, all of the applicants must have already secured a job offer from a Canadian company. Most of the demand for these workers comes from the Canada’s oil, gas and construction industries that have been boosted by high commodity prices and a resilient domestic economy. According to Mr Kenney these companies are in need for new people who will help them to fuel their growth and the economic prosperity of the country.
In 2013, up to 3,000 people will be accepted through the scheme – known as the Federal Skilled Trades Programme – but this is expected to rise in future years. It is expected that the federal skilled trades scheme will help a lot of foreign workers to avoid the strict education requirements of the points-based residency scheme, the federal skilled worker programme.
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