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New Federal Skilled Trades Program to benefit Canadian manufacturers

Published by Stephanie Brooks on December 10, 2012

The new Skilled Trades Stream announced today by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney, is a critical move that will support Canadian manufacturers experiencing skills shortages and support economic growth, according to CME, the country’s largest and most influential trade and industry association.    

“Canadian manufacturers coast-to-coast feeling the effects of a labour and skills shortage on their operations will experience some reprieve from this critical program,” says CME President & CEO, Jayson Myers. “Further, it allows for a faster and more effective immigration system for those that apply, facilitating the process and getting skilled tradespeople to work more quickly.”  

The program, to be launched January 2, 2013, outlines four requirements to ensure applicants have the right skills and experience to succeed in their trades in Canada, including:

1. Having an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to ensure that applicants are “job ready” upon arrival;
2. Meeting a basic language requirement;
3. Having a minimum of two years of work experience as a skilled tradesperson, to ensure that the applicant has recent and relevant practice as a qualified journeyman; and
4. Having the skills and experience that match those set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC B) system, showing that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

CME applauds the federal government’s efforts to ensure industry has the capacity to work efficiently and productively. “Having an immigration system that is flexible contributes to the overall productivity of our economy,” adds Myers.  

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.  

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