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Canada Increases Intake Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program
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Canada Increases Intake Under the Federal Skilled Worker Program

On May 1, 2014, the Government of Canada implemented major changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class.
Under new policy, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism substantially increased the number of applications to 25000 in the reference year with a quota of 1000 applications in each of the 50 new High Demand Occupations.

This represents outstanding economic opportunities for many candidates who value Canada’s high stature in the global migration market” says Attorney Colin Singer, Managing Partner of immigration.ca and Global Recruiters of Montreal – grnmontreal.com

The announcements will also affect the Federal Skilled Trades Programand the Federal Experience Class.

Federal Skilled Trades Program:

This program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

Major changes include:

  • Overall cap of 5,000 applications
  • All 90 skilled trades from the following NOC Skill Level B groups are eligible (with sub-caps of 100 applications each):
    • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades;
    • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades;
    • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production;
    • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;
    • Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks;
    • Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers.

Find out whether you qualify under the Federal Skilled Trades Program by completing our free on-line evaluation for trade workers.We will provide you with your evaluation results within two (2) business days.

Canadian Experience Class:

This program is for people who already have skilled work experience in Canada and want to immigrate permanently.

Major changes include:

  • Overall cap of 8,000 applications
  • Sub-caps of 200 applications each for any NOC B occupation
  • Six ineligible occupations: administrative officers (NOC code 1221), administrative assistants (1241), accounting technicians/bookkeepers (1311), cooks (6322), food service supervisors (6311), and retail sales supervisors (6211).

Federal Skilled Worker Program:

Federal Skilled Workers are persons with suitable education, work experience, age and language abilities under one of Canada’s official languages and who are selected as permanent residents under six selection factors which demonstrate their likelihood to become economically settled in Canada.

To qualify for admission to Canada as a skilled worker, without an approved offer of employment, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  1. Eliminatory condition:
    1. Possess at least one year of applicable experience in one of 50 major high demand occupations listed in one of the National Occupational Classification categories

Applicants, who possess applicable work experience in one of the eligible occupations, will be eligible for continued processing as a skilled worker and must also meet each of the following essential selection conditions:

2. Essential selection conditions:

    1. Possess one-year, within the previous 10 years, of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment; AND
    2. The work experience must be classified within Skill Type 0 (Managerial Occupations), Skill Level A (Professional Occupations), or Skill Level B (Technical Occupations and Skilled Trades) within the meaning of the National Occupational Classification system; AND
    3. Score sufficient points under the skilled worker point grid comprising of six selection factors.  The current pass mark is 67 points;
    4. Undergo language testing from a recognized third party and demonstrate intermediate level language skills in English or French corresponding to the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7)
    5. Possess suitable settlement funding;
    6. Undergo a successful security background and medical examination.

Find out whether you qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program free on-line evaluation for Skilled Workers. We will provide you with your evaluation results within two (2) business days.

Federal Skilled Workers – Eligible High Demand Occupations:

Eligible High Demand Occupations:

Eligible High Demand Occupations:

  • 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services
  • 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c
  • 0111 Financial managers
  • 0112 Human resource managers
  • 0113 Purchasing managers
  • 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers
  • 0311 Managers in health care
  • 0711 Construction managers
  • 0712 Home building and renovation managers
  • 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
  • 0911 Manufacturing managers
  • 1111 Financial auditors and accountants
  • 1112 Financial and investment analysts
  • 1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers
  • 1114 Other financial officers
  • 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
  • 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers
  • 1224 Property administrators
  • 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2145 Petroleum engineers
  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2234 Construction estimators
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 3011 Nursing co-coordinators and supervisors
  • 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3111 Specialty physicians
  • 3112 General practitioners and family physicians
  • 3112 Dietitians and nutritionists
  • 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142 Physiotherapists
  • 3143 Occupational therapists
  • 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215 Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216 Medical sonographers
  • 3233 Licensed practical nurses
  • 3234 Paramedical occupations
  • 4011 University professors and lecturers
  • 4151 Psychologists
  • 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
  • 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters

Occupational codes refer to the National Occupational Classification (external link).

Find out whether you qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or other programs in Canada by completing our free on-line evaluation for Skilled Workers. We will provide you with your evaluation results within two (2) business days.