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Immigration Rules Can be a Boost to European Migrants

Canada’s new immigration regulations, particularly a refocus on skilled trades-people, might be offering more opportunities for Eastern Europeans to migrate to the country.

For years, Canada had emphasized on highly skilled professionals such as doctors, engineers, IT experts, accountants, managers etc.

True, in a globalized economy, people with multi-lingual skills and with experience as managers possibly in more than one country is a must for a nation to develop.

However, Canada has also come under criticism for not facilitating the professional integration of such immigrants to come to the country. Most of the hurdles have come in the form of ‘Canadian Experience – euphemism for not having previous Canadian workplace experience, lack of Canadian certification etc.

As a result many of these immigrants have taken up jobs not appropriate to their qualifications.

But there are also openings for other professionals, notably those who are known as skilled trades people such as plumbers, carpenters, construction workers, crane operators, drillers and blasters etc.

In fact, the latest update from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) – the federal department regulating immigration — indicates that the cap for these professions under the Federal Skilled Worker Program is still open for this year.

While the cap for pharmacists and registered nurses, for example, has been reached, and for medical specialists and dentists will be soon reached, the following are still open:

  • Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
  • Mechanic Trades
  • Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
  • Plumbers (just 23 applications so far, while the cap is 500)
  • Welders and Related Machine Operators
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
  • Crane Operators
  • Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
  •  Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Services

To get the latest on the cap, visit the CIC page.

 

 

 

Traditionally, some of these trades, such as construction workers and plumbers, are ‘dominated’ by Italian and Portuguese who moved to Canada in the fifties to seventies, but most of them are on their way to retirement.

The advantage many Eastern European, and Southern and South Eastern European, skilled trades people will have is that they are perhaps the closest to understanding Canada’s building system, with its long, harsh winters and basements. In many warmer countries, the basement concept does not exist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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