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New Federal Skilled Trades Program accepting applications

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By: On-Site staff

The Government of Canada’s Federal Skilled Trades Program, designed to address the country’s skilled labour shortages, officially began accepting applications on Jan. 2, 2013.

The program will accept upwards of 3,000 applications from specific trades in its first year.

In total, there are 43 occupations eligible under the new program. Out of those 43 occupations, 26 of them have no limit to the number of applications that will be received (within the 3,000 application limit), while the remaining 17 occupations will have a limit of 100 applications each.

Here are the current lists for occupations that qualify under the Federal Skilled Trades Program:

Group A – Jobs with sub-caps of 100 applications each (and their corresponding 2011 NOC code)

  • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7271 Carpenters
  • 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
  • 8241 Logging machinery operators
  • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
  • 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

Group B – no sub-caps (2011 NOC code)

  • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 7233 Sheet metal workers
  • 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
  • 7236 Ironworkers
  • 7237 Welders and related machine operators
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • 7242 Industrial electricians
  • 7243 Power system electricians
  • 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers
  • 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7253 Gas fitters
  • 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 7314 Railway carmen/women
  • 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 7371 Crane operators
  • 7372 Drillers and blasters - surface, mining, quarrying and construction
  • 7373 Water well drillers
  • 8231 Underground production and development miners
  • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

To obtain an application for the Federal Skilled Trades Program, click here.

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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Ida Gibson

Have equal efforts been made to provide these opportunities to current Canadian citizens? Most apprenticeship programs for our current citizens seem to have things like no/low wages, extremely lengthy time requirements in classroom and on-site that make it impossible for our youth or those changing careers to support themselves. (no consideration for family). However, we taxpayers support an individual immigrant to the tune of about $28,000 a year and provide medical and dental care on top. Why not pay this $28,000 a year through a federal work program to current citizens of this county to participate in a program to fill these trade positions? Only after this is done should taxpayers be expected to support someone from outside the country to come here, get paid, and fill the job positions.

Posted January 13, 2013 04:32 PM

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