DAILY NEWS Dec 11, 2012 5:09 AM - 2 comments

New immigration program targeted at skilled trades to start in 2013

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By: The Canadian Press

Mississauga, ON - A new immigration program aimed at getting skilled workers into Canada faster will start on Jan. 2, 2013. Federal Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the new rules will help address labour shortages.

To qualify, applicants will need to already have a job offer or be pre-qualified by a province or territory. They’ll also have to meet language requirements and have a minimum of two years of work experience in a skilled trade.

The program will accept a maximum of 3,000 applications in the first year.

The federal government is working with provinces, territories and labour groups to draw up a list of occupations that will be eligible. It’s expected to include electricians, welders, heavy equipment mechanics and pipefitters.

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Dave Schmidt

I totally agree with Lorne, we should not be importing workers unless the unemployment rate is near 0%. I work at Conestoga College and we have the capability and available capacity to train hundreds more skilled trades workers. The trades need to be promoted better in the early years, it is not all just about computers.

Posted January 3, 2013 09:48 AM

Lorne Seip

Sounds like the late 70's and early 80's all over again and we never learned from that plan, we are just repeating history. When I was an apprentice there were employer benifits that promoted the apprenticeship program and as soon as the these benifits dry up so do the apprenticeships. We need to promote skilled trades in this country, starting in junior schools and working with students all the way through there school career. To guide them in the direction that we as a country see as required skills in the future. Not everyone can be a Doctor or a lawyer, but most of us can become a skilled Trades person if given the chance.
Lets start working with our students and we won't have shortages in the skilled trades. Germany has did this for years and they still compete in the world market and have 1 of the best life styles in the world

Posted December 27, 2012 06:42 AM

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