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This article was copied from other news spots regarding Minister Jason Kenny's revamp of the immigration system.

Canada’s Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced on Monday December 10, 2012,  a new a new Federal Skilled Trades Programis being launched on January 2, 2013, in a bid to meet country’s growing requirements for skilled tradespersons.  Canada will accept up to 3000 tradespersons during the first year of the launch of the Federal Skilled TradesProgram for foreign professionals who meet certain criteria. The tradespersons must have two years work experience and meet the minimum language requirements.

Jason Kenney has said that the newly introduced Skilled Trades Stream will assist in meeting the labour shortages and with new changes the immigration system will be fast and flexible working for Canadian economy.

“The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country,” said the Minister Kenney in a statement, “and support economic growth.”

“For too long, Canada’s immigration system has not been open to these in-demand skilled workers,” added Jason Kenney. ” These changes are long overdue and will help us move to a fast and flexible immigration system that works for Canada’s economy,” the Minister said.

The  foreign nationals must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the Skilled Tradesprogram. The applicants will require to:

  1. 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;
  2. meet a basic language requirement;
  3. 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
  4. 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.

The minister said that cap for the Skilled Trades Program for the first year has been set at 3000 in order to ensure that there is no backlog and application are processed promptly.

The new program will help the tradespersons to immigrate to Canada without competing with the highly skilled professionals under the Federal Skilled Worker program for Canadian permanent residency.

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