Canada announces pathway for newcomers with experience in the trades

On August 1, 2023, new Immigration Minister Marc Miller announced that the first trades round for category-based selection will open this week. This is a part of the new Express Entry process announced in May to allow Canada to fill specific labour needs by issuing invitations to prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training or language ability.

Canada has been facing a labour shortage in many areas. This category will focus on candidates with trades expertise — including carpentry, plumbing, and welding — to help the construction sector attract the skilled talent it needs across the country. These category-based selection rounds will continue throughout the year, alongside general invitation rounds, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks.

According to the Immigration Minister: “It’s absolutely critical to address the shortage of skilled trades workers in our country, and part of the solution is helping the construction sector find and maintain the workers it needs. This round of category-based selection recognizes these skilled trades workers as essential, and I look forward to welcoming more of these talented individuals to Canada,”

Express Entry is Canada’s flagship application management system for those seeking to immigrate permanently through the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and a portion of the Provincial Nominee Program.

A complete list of eligible jobs for the new categories is available on the IRCC website.

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