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New rules to open border to skilled trades

posted Feb 10, 2012, 5:39 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Feb 10, 2012, 5:40 PM ]
Immigration minister plans to ditch preference for immigrants with university degrees
By Robert Hiltz, Postmedia News January 30, 2012 Vancouver Sun

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says changes are coming to Canada's immigration system to make it more flexible in an effort to combat labour shortages.

Kenney told CTV's Question Period that the government is planning to change the points system for selecting immigrants to recognize the skilled trades. This policy change would alter the focus of the traditional immigration preference away from university-educated migrants including engineers and doctors.

"People who are skilled tradespeople have an almost impossible job of coming to Canada under our current system because the skilled worker program basically selects people with advanced university degrees," Kenney said.

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