, OTTAWA, Dec 11 – Canada’s immigration minister announced Monday a push to attract more foreign electricians, welders, pipefitters and other trades people to address an acute labor shortage.
“We are creating a new immigration stream to facilitate entry of skilled trades persons,” Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement.
The move “will help address serious labor shortages in some regions of the country,” he said, noting that the immigration system has “for too long” ignored this class of migrant.
The new program will launch on January 2, he said, with the goal of attracting up to 3,000 immigrants in the first year as construction and resources development soars in Canada.
Applicants will be required to have a job offer in Canada, speak French or English, have a minimum of two years work experience as a trades person, and possess a skill that is in demand in this country.
A full list of skilled trades occupations that qualify for this streamlined immigration program will be announced in the coming weeks, the government said.