To help ensure that Canada’s foreign workers meet the country’s labor needs, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is co-sponsoring a study designed to help British and Irish workers assess their skills against the criteria required to work in Canada.
CIC is partnering with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Center (NRIC) to conduct a study to identify how British and Irish trade qualifications compare with Canadian requirements in nine skilled fields in high demand across Canada.
The skilled trades in demand within Canada highlighted in the study include:
- Heavy duty equipment technician
- Construction electrician
- Industrial mechanic
- Powerline technician
The ACCC will conduct the study—with support from CIC—with the UK organization acting as the study’s sub-contractor.
The labor study is part of the CIC’s Canadian Immigrant Integration Program, which is designed to provide newcomers to Canada with labor market information meeting their specific skills and experience.
The project also calls for the UK’s NARIC to consult with the provinces and territories, and develop an electronic guide assessing how well the British and Irish workers’ training aligns with regional needs within Canada. CIC believes this effort will help applicants in its Federal Skilled Trades Program to better understand the requirements of Canada’s evolving labor market.
Designed to address Canada’s serious labor shortages, the Federal Skilled Trades Program accepts a maximum of 3,000 applications each year.