Skilled Trades Stream Announced By Canadian Government

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced that a new Skilled Trades Stream will be introduced to help bring skilled tradespeople to parts of Canada that are in dire need of skilled workers.


Minister Kenney

During the program’s first year, which opens on January 2nd, 2013, the program will accept 3,000 applicants to make sure that applications can be processed quickly and efficiently.

Requirements for new Skilled Trades Program

The requirements for the new Skilled Trades Stream are:

– The applicants must have a job offer in Canada.
- The applicants need to have basic French or English skills, but do not need to have the level of proficiency that is required for the Federal Skilled Worker Program. 
- The applicants for the Skilled Trades Stream must be able to prove that they have a minimum of two years of experience working in that trade, and that they’ve worked in the trade recently.
- The trade itself must be a certain type of trade as described by the government. 

Because this new program is accepting such a limited amount of applications, it is expected to be extremely competitive. January 2013 is very fast approaching, so if you want to be considered for this Skilled Trades Stream you should act as soon as possible.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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