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New caps for various immigration categories

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year’s launch of Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model. 

Express Entry will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system that will address Canada’s economic and labour market needs. 

 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 Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), starting May 1, 2014. 

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.

 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. 

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 tradespeople, the FSTP cap will be increased to 5,000 applications. 

All 90 skilled trades designated under the program regulations will now be eligible for consideration, although sub-caps remain in order to ensure appropriate representation of occupations.

The CEC cap was reset at 8,000 applications, on May 1, 2014, to cover the transition period leading up to Express Entry.

Effective May 1, the following measures are in place regarding the processing of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). 


Federal Skilled Worker Program 

Federal Skilled Workers are chosen based on their ability to prosper in Canada. They are assessed on six factors, including language, education, work experience, etc. 

Overall cap of 25,000 applications in eligible occupations stream.
Cap of 500 applications for PhD eligibility stream.
No limit on applicants who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.
Sub-caps of 1,000 applications for each of the 50 eligible occupations below.
Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services. 
Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services. 
Financial managers. 
Human resources managers. 
Purchasing managers. 
Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers. 
Managers in health care. 
Construction managers. 
Home building and renovation managers. 
Managers in natural resources production and fishing. 
Manufacturing managers. 
Financial auditors and accountants. 
Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers. 
Other financial officers. 
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations. 
Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers. 
Property administrators. 
Geoscientists, oceanographers. 
Civil engineers. 
Mechanical engineers. 
Electrical and electronics engineers. 
Petroleum engineers. 
Information systems analysts and consultants. 
Database analysts and data administrators. 
Software engineers, designers. 
Computer programmers and interactive media developers. 
Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians. 
Construction estimators. 
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians. 
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics. 
Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety. 
Computer network technicians. 
Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors. 
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses. 
Specialist physicians. 
General practitioners and family physicians. 
Dietitians and nutritionists. 
Audiologists and speech-language pathologists. 
Physiotherapists. 
Occupational therapists. 
Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists. 
Medical radiation technologists. 
Medical sonographers. 
Licensed practical nurses. 
Paramedical occupations. 
University professors and lecturers. 
Psychologists. 
Early childhood educators and assistants. 
Translators, terminologists and interpreters. 


Federal Skilled Trades Program 

For people who want to become permanent residents based on qualifications in a skilled trade.

Overall cap of 5,000 applications.
All 90 skilled trades from the following groups are eligible (with sub-caps of 100 applications each): 
Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades.
Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades.
Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production.
Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators.
Minor Group 632: Chefs and cooks;
Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers.


Canadian Experience Class 

This program is for people who already have skilled work experience in Canada and want to immigrate permanently.

Overall cap of 8,000 applications.
Sub-caps of 200 applications each for any NOC B occupation.


Six ineligible occupations 

Administrative officers.
Administrative assistants.
Accounting technicians/bookkeepers.
Cooks.
Food service supervisors.
Retail sales supervisors.

“With these measures in place for our key economic programs, we are ensuring that 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.”


Quick facts on the new caps

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

Canada will invest $14 million over two years and $4.7 million per year ongoing to ensure the successful implementation of Express Entry.
For more information and regular updates on Canadian immigration, log on to the government website, www.cic.gc.ca




Posted: Jun 2, 2014

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