Minister Kenney, Canadian Immigration, announces new Skilled Trade Federal Category for Permanent Residency in Canada

It is well known that Canada will soon face, and in some specific skill areas, already faces a shortage of skilled workers.  The new Federal Skilled Worker program addresses a small part of this issue for Canada.  The program will allow for 3000 potential skilled workers in named categories to apply for permanent residence starting January 2, 2013.  In order to qualify the applicant must:

  • have an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of qualification from a province or territory to ensure that applicants are “job ready” upon arrival;
  • meet a basic language requirement;
  • have a minimum of two years of work experience as a skilled tradesperson, to ensure that the applicant has recent and relevant practice as a qualified journeyman; and
  • have the skills and experience that match those set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC B) system, showing that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

This program moves in a different direction from the points system which heavily weights education, English or French language ability, work experience and financial resources.  The addition of qualified skilled workers to the Canadian marketplace is a welcome focus.
If you would like more information about this program or would like assistance preparing an application please contact Whistler Immigration.  Our immigration specialists would be happy to work with you.  Contact Paul Girodo at 604-962-8844 or send us your questions at

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