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Pre-publication: proposed regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC); new regulations introducing the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

Pre-publication: proposed regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC); new regulations introducing the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

I am pleased to inform you that on Saturday, August 18th, the Government of Canada pre-published proposed regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the new Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC). Pre-publication in Part I of the Canada Gazette provides the public with an opportunity to review and comment on a proposed regulation.

As the flagship program for economic immigration to Canada, the FSWC is an important federal lever for immigrant selection.  The FSWC supports Canada’s economic growth by selecting immigrants with essential and transferable skills that contribute to success and adaptability in the Canadian labour market.

The proposed amendments to the Federal Skilled Worker Class, which selects immigrants based on their ability to become economically established in Canada, are intended to improve the selection of skilled workers, by putting more emphasis on factors that have been demonstrated to lead to positive economic outcomes such as language proficiency, age, and Canadian work experience. The new proposed regulations would streamline the arranged employment factor and improve its integrity and labour market responsiveness, and introduce a mandatory assessment of foreign educational credentials against Canadian educational credentials. Points for education would be awarded based on the equivalency of a foreign educational credential to a completed educational credential in Canada. Together, these changes would increase the labour market readiness of FSW applicants, who have been selected for their high quality human capital.

The proposed regulatory package also includes measures to reduce the length of work experience required of skilled workers in the CEC. This change would make the CEC more flexible and even more responsive to Canada’s labour market needs by expediting the transition to permanent residence of those already working successfully in Canada.

To make immigration more accessible for skilled tradespersons, a new program for skilled trades would be added in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.  The proposed Federal Skilled Trades Class would create a means for skilled tradespersons to be assessed based on criteria geared towards their reality, putting more emphasis on practical training, work experience, and language proficiency, rather than classroom education.

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You are invited to review the draft proposal and provide your feedback on the regulatory changes.   The Regulations outlining the changes were pre-published in the Canada Gazette on Saturday August 18th, 2012, and will be posted for 30 days.

We encourage you to share this notification with your networks.

Please send your comments to Selection@cic.gc.ca .

Sincerely,

Susan E. MacPhee

Director, Economic Immigration Policy and Programs

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

365 Laurier ave. West, Ottawa, ON K1A 1L1

Telephone:  613-954-4214

Fax: 613-954-0850

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