With the objective to fill in the demand for tradespeople and to expedite the processing of their applications, Canada Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced the launching of the latest Federal Skilled Trades Program. This new program, which is set to be launched on January 2, 2013, intends to address the labour shortages in some of the country’s growing industries that include construction, natural resources, and other similar industries.
Included in the said program is a summary of the four significant conditions required for all aspirants. In particular, every Canada work visa applicant is obliged to:
• Obtain an employment offer in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to ensure that candidates are “job ready” upon arrival;
• Comply with a basic language prerequisite (French or English);
• Receive a minimum of two (2) years of work experience as a skilled professional working person (to assure that the applicant has up-to-date and relevant training as a qualified labourer); and
• Possess the skills and experiences that match those set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC B) system, proving that they have performed the essential duties for occupation.
During the first year of the Federal Skilled Trades Program, however, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept not more than 3,000 applications to handle results accordingly, to prevent backlogs, and to safeguard fast processing times. As of the moment, eligible occupations included on the list of skilled trades’ are electricians, welders, heavy-duty equipment mechanics, and pipefitters, while others will be announce prior to the program opening date.
As the country is currently experiencing distressing labour shortages, the opening of the Federal Skilled Trades Program is very timely and great news for Canada work visa applicants.
As posted in their website, IC is accepting applications from various skilled tradespeople, specifically from experienced tile setters, carpenters, plumbers, welders, pipefitters, mechanics, lube techs and tire changers. In addition, they are also still welcoming applications from qualified professionals, i.e. accountants, restaurant assistant manager, hotel assistant manager, chefs and cooks, as well as hotel room attendants.
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