Federal Skilled Trades Program begins accepting applications

The new Federal Skilled Trades Program began accepting applications on Jan. 2 and will accept applications from up to 3,000 workers in eligible trades.

The list of 43 eligible occupations was designed to reflect current labour market needs and ensure the program delivers a diverse range of skilled tradespeople to fuel Canada’s economy.

Within the 3,000, there will be no limit on 26 in-demand occupations, such as plumbers and crane operators.

Seventeen occupations, like carpenters, and contractors and supervisors for heavy equipment operator crews, will be subject to sub-limits of 100 applications each. In total, there are 43 occupations eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. Applications are expected to be processed within 12 months.

Criteria include: a valid offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory in a qualifying skilled trade; at least two years of work experience in the occupation within the last five years; and meeting the employment requirements set out in the National Occupational Classification system, with the exception of licensing requirements, which are addressed separately.

Previously, workers had to apply through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, which places significant emphasis on post-secondary education and high proficiency in Canada’s official languages.

The Construction Sector Council (CSC) predicts that the country will need 320,000 new construction workers by 2020. The CSC says about half of those jobs will have to be filled by foreign trained workers.

As of Jan. 2, skilled temporary foreign workers may apply to the Canadian Experience Class program within 12 months of Canadian work experience, sooner than the previously required 24 months.

January 2, 2013



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