A new international study that will help British and Irish trained tradespeople assess their skills against Canadian criteria is being supported by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC.)

An agreement has been signed between the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the UK’s National Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC.)


CIC is providing support to the ACCC to conduct the study and UK NARIC will act as a subcontractor.

The project is a component of the CIC-funded Canadian Immigrant Integration Programme, which provides newcomers with labour market information and to help them gain employment that reflects their skills, credentials and experience.

The study will identify how British and Irish trade qualifications match up against Canadian requirements across several skill areas that are in high demand across Canada.

The trades include heavy duty equipment technician, construction electrician, welder, carpenter, steamfitter, pipefitter, plumber, machinist, industrial mechanic and power line technician.

More specifically, UK NARIC will develop an electronic guide, in consultation with provincial and territorial apprenticeship authorities, to help assess the alignment of British and Irish trade qualifications with Canadian training and certification requirements.

CIC said that this will assist Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) applicants to better understand the requirements and expectations for tradespeople in the Canadian labour market.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is designed to address serious labour shortages and help to boost an immigration system that is focused on economic growth. CIC is accepting a maximum of 3,000 applications each year in the FSTP.

‘Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long term prosperity. This project will help employers find the skilled employees they need to expand their businesses, succeed and help newcomers get a job at their skill level faster,’ said Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney.