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New immigration caps to be introduced for skilled workers in Canada

by Ray Clancy on April 24, 2014

New caps for key economic immigration programmes have been announced in Canada as part of the preparation for next year’s launch of the Express Entry scheme.

Express Entry is described as a new active recruitment model which will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system that will address Canada’s economic and labour market needs.

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To support Canada’s need for skilled trades people, the FSTP cap will be increased to 5,000 applications

To prepare for the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will begin accepting applications under new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Programme (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Programme (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) from 01 May 2014.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said that these measures will ensure a steady supply of skilled workers who are settling in Canada permanently and helping to supplement the Canadian workforce in areas where there are skills shortages.

He explained that with the FSWP backlog on track for elimination this year, a new cap of 25,000 applications will provide the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015.

It means that the list of eligible occupations, reflecting the latest labour market needs, will be more than doubled, from 24 to 50 occupations.

To support Canada’s need for skilled trades people, the FSTP cap will be increased to 5,000 applications. All 90 skilled trades designated under the programme regulations will now be eligible for consideration, although sub-caps remain in order to ensure appropriate representation of occupations.

The CEC cap will be reset at 8,000 applications from the beginning of next month to cover the transition period leading up to the launch of Express Entry.

These are the last FSWP, FSTP and CEC applications that will be accepted under the current system before Express Entry launches in January 2015.

CIC said that the application caps ensure that the immigration programmes continue to address labour market needs and that backlogs are not created.

The latest FSWP occupation list was developed based on recent labour market data from Employment and Social Development Canada and input from the provinces and territories on regional labour market needs.

Alexander also said that Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 will invest $14 million over two years and $4.7 million per year ongoing to ensure the successful implementation of Express Entry.

“With these measures in place for our key economic programmes, our government is ensuring our immigration system is addressing Canada’s economic and labour market needs while reducing backlogs and improving processing times,” said Alexander.

“We look forward to the launch of Express Entry next January, which will be a major step forward in attracting the skilled workers we need and have them working in Canada faster,” he added.

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