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Construction trades included in new category-based immigration policy

Construction trades included in new category-based immigration policy

OTTAWA — The federal government has announced it is introducing “category-based selection” for Express Entry, Canada’s economic immigration management system.

The process will allow Canada to issue invitations to apply to prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training or language ability.

This year, category-based selection invitations will focus on candidates who have work experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions; trades, such as carpenters, plumbers and contractors; transport and other categories.

Proficiency in French is another category.

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” stated Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser in a release. “These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed.

“Put simply, Canada’s immigration system has never been more responsive to the country’s social or economic needs.”

Further details on the timing of invitations for individual categories and how to apply will be announced in the coming weeks.

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