Canada Immigration Objectives for Skilled Workers
Two of Canada’s objectives in immigration are “to permit Canada to pursue the maximum social, cultural and economic benefits of immigration”1 and “to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy in which the benefits of immigration are shared across all regions of Canada.”2
In order to facilitate these objectives, Canada has several programs and options for skilled workers. They are as follows:
- Provincial Nominee Program: Skilled Worker — the Provinces and Territories in Canada have an agreement with the Federal Government of Canada that allows them to nominate immigrants who wish to work and settle in their province. This program falls under the Express Entry System.
- Federal Skilled Worker — a nationwide program for skilled workers who wish to reside and work in any province or territory in Canada except Quebec. This program also falls under the Express Entry System.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program — this nationwide program (except for Quebec) started on January 02, 2013. This is anticipated to create a streamlined process for skilled trades persons to immigrate and become permanent residents of Canada to meet Canada’s growing labour shortages in construction, natural resources and similar industries. This program falls under the Express Entry System.
- Quebec Skilled Worker — for those who wish to reside and work in Quebec only. Must apply for a CSQ (Certificat de sélection du Québec) if you would like to go to use the Quebec skilled worker stream.