McLennan Ross first reported last April on Citizenship and
Immigration Canada's ("CIC") plans for a new Skilled
Trades Immigration Stream. As per CIC's subsequent news release on December 10th, the program
began accepting applications yesterday, January 2nd, 2013. A
further news release was made on December 27th highlighting the widespread
praise the new program has been receiving. Historically it has been
very difficult for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada,
and this program should facilitate them being able to do so,
thereby alleviating the skills shortage prevalent in a variety of
Applicants will have to meet four specific requirements to
qualify for the program as follows:
have an offer of employment in Canada or a certificate of
qualification from a province or territory;
meet a basic language requirement (less than that for other
federal skilled workers such as professionals and managers);
have a minimum of two years of recent and relevant work
experience as a skilled tradesperson; and
have the skills and experience that match those set out in
Service Canada's National Occupational Classification (NOC) B
category, showing that they have performed the essential duties of
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