International Section
April 2014 Issue
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Skilled Trades Program Offers Canadian Job Opportunities To Global Workforce

Qualified non-Canadian applicants may now gain access to work in Canada, thanks to the Federal Skilled Trades Program, launched on January 2, 2013. The program, designed to meet the needs of Canada’s current labor shortage, targets individuals in several specific and highly skilled career trades.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept up to 3,000 people who qualify for jobs that appear on the occupation list, ranging from carpenters and machinery operators to power system electricians and mining engineers — all of which are currently in demand in Canada.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the following criteria must also be met in order to qualify for the new Skilled Trades Program:

  • A valid offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory in a qualifying skilled trade
  • A minimum of two years’ work experience in the occupation within the last five years;
  • A meeting of all employment requirements set forth by the National Occupational Classification system (with the exception of licensing requirements.)
  • A language proficiency in either English or French

“The new Skilled Trades Program will address serious labor 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.”

Application forms for the Federal Skilled Trades Program can be found on the CIC website. The CIC is estimating that applications will be processed within 12 months.

Key Points:

  • Canada’s Skilled Trades Program offers new career opportunities for foreign workers.
  • Up to 3,000 applicants will be accepted as part of the new federal program.
  • Applicants must meet the requisite qualifications.

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