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Skilled Trades Stream


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Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades Federal Immigration Program

As of January 2, 2013, Canada is now accepting a new class of immigrant: skilled trades-people. The Skilled Trades Stream allows people with work experience in skilled trades, and Canadian job offers for those jobs, to come to Canada. For 2013, the program will be capped at 3000 applicants, but the number may go up in the future if the program is a success.

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If you have been trying to come to Canada using the skilled worker category you may be able to use the skilled trades stream to come, provided you meet the requirements.

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You may be eligible for the skilled trades stream if you:

  • Have basic language skills in either English or French. See below for details.
  • For English:
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 5 for speaking and listening
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 for reading and writing
  • For French:
  • Niveau de competence linguistique Canadien (NCLC) Level 5 for speaking and listening
  • NCLC Level 4 for reading and writing
  • Your experience falls into one of the accepted trades (see below) and your skills match the requirements
  • Must be able to prove that you have at least two years work experience in the trade and that experience is with the five years prior to filing your application. The work experience must be equivalent to:
  • 30 hours per week over 2 years, whether in one or more jobs
  • 15 hours per week at the same job over 4 years
  • Have a valid job offer to work in your trade in Canada (except Quebec) for at least 30 hours per week (in up to two jobs) for at least one year OR a certificate of qualification for that trade issued by a provincial or territorial organization.

 

Here are some examples of trades that are eligible:

  • Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers
  • Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
  • Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers
  • Plumbers, pipe-fitters and gas fitters
  • Carpenters and cabinetmakers
  • Masonry and plastering trades
  • Other construction trades
  • Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators
  • Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)
  • Automotive service technicians
  • Other mechanics and related repairers
  • Train crew operating occupations
  • Crane operators, drillers and blasters
  • Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, not elsewhere classified

 

FAQs

 

What is the skilled trades stream?

It is a new stream initiated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to allow skilled tradespeople – carpenters, plumbers, mechanics, etc. – to immigrate to Canada even though they don’t meet some of the requirements of other Canadian immigration programs, such as the skilled worker program. Applicants still need to meet all the requirements of this new, however, in the stream some typical requirements relaxed. Applicants need to

  • have a job offer in Canada;
  • have basic English or French language skills (speaking, listening, writing);
  • have at least two years recent work experience in the trade they are applying under;
  • work in a trade that is recognized as NOC B.

For the first year, the stream will be capped at 3000 applicants, with 100-applicant caps in each applicable sector for any managerial or contract jobs.

 

How do I apply?

You complete the entire application. If you are using Immigroup to apply, mail it to us at:

Immigroup
2558 Danforth Avenue, Suite 202
Toronto, ON
M4C 1L3

 

If you are applying directly to CIC, you should mail it to the Central Intake Office in Sydney.

Central Intake Office – Federal Skilled Trades

PO Box 8600
Sydney, NS
B1P 0G1

 

You can also apply online but you must have a recent version of Adobe Acrobat.

 

How much does it cost?

The government fees begin at $550 for the applicant’s permanent residence application but there are multiple fees involved in the process. If you are using a representative such as Immigroup to apply, the fees will be considerably more. Contact us to find out more information.

 

What are the requirements?

You need a job offer in a skilled trade recognized as skilled trade in Canada’s National Occupation Classification – or you need your skills in the trade recognized by a provincial or territorial body - and you need two years of experience in that trade. You need to able to communicate at a basic level in English or French.

 

How do I get a job offer?

There are many ways of getting a job offer from a company. Many companies advertise online. There are businesses and websites that offer employer – candidate matching services.

 

How do I get my skills recognized by a provincial or territorial body?

Though this depends on your particular trade, you may be able to find more information at some of the websites below:

 

 

Site

Federal

Foreign Credentials Office

Canadian Centre for International Credentials

Red Seal Inter-provincial Standards

Provincial / Territorial

 

Alberta

Apprentice and Industry Training Alberta

British Columbia

Welcome BC

Manitoba

Immigrate Manitoba

New Brunswick

Welcome New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Association for New Canadians of Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Careers Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Nunavut

Ontario

Ontario Immigration

Prince Edward Island

PEI Immigration

Saskatchewan

Sask Immigration

Yukon

Immigration Yukon

Please note that the province of Quebec does not participate in the Skilled Trades Stream.

 

How do I know if I meet the language requirements?

Your language requirements are normally assessed on a points-system. However, unique to the skilled trades stream, the language requirement is being downplayed: provided you meet the other criteria, you will only have to demonstrate CLB level 5 in speaking and listening and CLB level 4 in writing and reading.

 

CIC accepts two types of English-language tests: the Canadian English Proficiency Index Program (CEPIP) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see below for what CLB levels 5 and 4 mean for these tests.

 

Test

Skill Requirement

CB Level required for Stream

Minimum score to meet CB Level

CEPIP

Speaking

5

3L

Listening

5

3L

Reading

4

2H

Writing

4

2H

IELTS

Speaking

5

5

Listening

5

5

Reading

4

3.5

Writing

4

4

 

 

How do I know if my trade is “NOC A” or “NOC B”?

Canada’s ministry of Human Resources and Development Canada releases a new list of classifications after each census. If your trade is on that list then all you need to do is match your trade to its NOC number and you are all set.


 

Skill Level

Major Group

NOC Code

Description

A: Management and occupations requiring university education. Please note that each occupation code has a cap of 100 applications for 2013-14.

72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades

7202

Contractors, supervisors in electrical trades and telecommunications operations

7204

Contractors, supervisors in carpentry

7205

Contractors, supervisors in other construction trades, installers, repairers, and other services

7271

Carpenters

73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades

7301

Contractors, supervisors in mechanic trades

7302

Contractors, supervisors of heavy equipment operator crews

82: Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production

8211

Supervisors in logging and forestry

8221

Supervisors in mining and quarrying

8222

Contractors, supervisors in oil and gas and drilling services

8241

Logging machinery operators

8252

Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors, and specialized livestock workers

92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators

9211

Supervisors in mineral and metal processing

9212

Supervisors in petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

9214

Supervisors in plastic and rubber products manufacturing

9231

Central control and process operators in mineral and metal processing

9241

Power engineers and power systems operators

9243

Water and waste treatment plant operators

B: Occupations requiring college or apprenticeships

72

7231

Machinists 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 (not including industrial electricians and power system electricians)

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

73

7311

Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

7312

Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

7313

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

7314

Railway carpersons

7315

Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

7318

Elevator constructors and mechanics

7371

Crane operators

7372

Drillers and blasters for surface, mining, quarrying and construction

7373

Water well drillers

82

8231

Underground production and development miners

8232

Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

92

9232

Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

Please note that this is based on NOC 2011

 

If your application is based on a trade in NOC 2006, you will have to submit a Labour Market Opinion with your application. Immigroup can help you with this.

 

How recent does my work experience have to be?

Within the last five years before the date you submit your application.

 

How much work experience do I need?

You need the equivalent of two years work full-time experience. That can be acquired through:

-          30 hours per week over two years

-          15 hours per week over four years

-          15 hours per week in one job and 15 hours per week in an additional job (in the same trade) over two years

Please note that you can work for 30 hours