Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) has unveiled a plan to increase the number of foreign tradespeople admitted to Canada in a streamlined process. According to CIC, the Federal Skilled Trades Program is intended to address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country, including Northern Ontario and Alberta, as well as increase the number of skilled tradespeople required to support economic growth.
Beginning January 2, 2013, CIC will be accepting applicants under the new Skilled Trades Stream who:
Applicants affected by this change will no longer be required to meet the demands of the traditional points system that is currently applied to workers under the Federal Skilled Worker Program; however, CIC has stated that it will only accept 3,000 applications under the Skilled Trades Stream in 2013.
If you have any questions about how the new Federal Skilled Trades Program will work, how these changes might affect your business, or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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