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Canada plans to make it easier for skilled tradespersons to become permanent residents in order to fill the ever growing gap between the jobs and available labour to take those jobs in construction, natural resources and similar industries.
While announcing its government’s intentions to transform Canada’s immigration system into a flexible and fast system that depends more on jobs, growth and prosperity, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said, “Our Government recognizes that our country faces a critical shortage in certain skilled trades.”
He further added, “That’s why we are taking concrete steps to address this problem at a national level.”
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) intends to introduce an independent and efficient program for skilled tradespersons later in 2012.
Skilled tradespersons are in high demand in Canada particularly in the natural resources and construction sectors. Skilled trades include a number of occupations in construction, transportation, manufacturing and service industries.
The existing criteria for federal skilled worker includes factors such as age, formal years of education, language ability etc and applicant must score at least 67 points out of 100. However, tradespersons usually do not have many years of formal education. Thus, only three percent of the federal skilled workers allowed to enter country are tradespersons.
The new proposed Skilled Trades Program will enable the tradespersons to be assessed with more emphasis on practical training and work experience rather than formal education.
Tradespersons will also have to demonstrate their basic minimum skills in either of the Canadian official language due to importance of language in their success and inheritability in the Canadian society.
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