Canada's Federal Skilled Trades Program opens for business
07 January 2013
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Canada's new immigration programme for tradespeople opened for applications on 2nd January 2013. The scheme is intended to help skilled tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians and metalworkers to attain Canadian permanent resident status. It will do this by focussing on skills and trades qualifications and less on academic learning and linguistic ability than the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP); tradespeople typically did not gain enough points to come under FSWP.
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Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney first announced the scheme in 2012. On December 10th 2012, he announced that in order to be successful, applicants will need:
An offer of employment in Canada or a 'certificate of qualification' from a province or territory which will certify that applicants are 'job ready' on arrival.
Basic language skills
A minimum of two years' recent work experience as a skilled tradesperson
To be able to demonstrate that they possess skills that match those set out in the National Occupation Classification system (NOCB)
Mr Kenney told reporters on December 10th that the list of trades that would qualify for the FSTP would be published before 2nd January 2013.
The list features two groups of trades. In Group A there will be a sub-cap of 100 applications in each trade. In Group B, there will be no sub-caps.
The full list is set out below.Group A Sub-caps of 100 applications per trade
Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
Supervisors, logging and forestry
Supervisors, mining and quarrying
Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
Logging machinery operators
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
Power engineers and power systems operators
Water and waste treatment plant operators
Group B no sub-caps
Machinists and machining tool inspectors
Sheet metal workers
Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
Welders and related machine operators
Electricians (except industrial and power system)
Power system electricians
Electrical power line and cable workers
Telecommunications line and cable workers
Telecommunications installation and repair workers
Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
Elevator constructors and mechanics
Drillers and blasters - surface, mining, quarrying and construction
Water well drillers
Underground production and development miners
Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
Speaking at the launch of the FSTP in Ottawa on 2nd January 2013, Mr Kenney said 'the new Skilled Trades Program will address serious labour shortages that some regions of the country are facing and will help grow Canada's economy Canadian employers have long been asking for ways to get the skilled tradespeople they need to meet demands in many industries.'
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