MILTON, ON, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Welding Bureau applauds
last week's announcement by federal Citizenship, Immigration and
Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney to create a new Federal Skilled
Trades Program addressing the growing demand for skilled tradespersons.
In Canada welding is a high demand trade, one that is critical for the
success of many major development projects across the country. However,
Canada's ability to create skilled welders has been outpaced by
industry demand, producing an imbalance that can only currently be
corrected through immigration of skilled welders.
"For a long period of time, many of the federal skilled trade
immigration initiatives have been consumed with red tape, did not
successfully address the demand for skilled labour, and created
barriers that caused the ongoing shortage in the country's welding
industry," said Dan Tadic, executive director of the Canadian Welding
Association (CWA). "This initiative, however, seems to limit the
barriers and is a step in the right direction that will assist with the
growing demand for welders from coast to coast."
Craig Martin, vice president of the Office of Public Safety for the
Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB), shares similar sentiments as Mr. Tadic.
"CWB Group has been working diligently for some time in many countries,
pre-qualifying welders so they meet Canadian standards and are
job-ready before immigrating to Canada," said Mr. Martin. "We've
developed relationships with training institutions in the Philippines
and Suriname so their programs adhere to Canadian standards for
training and certification. We have also certified companies and
qualified welders from countries extending beyond our borders for
several years. A program like this is a proactive step forward because
it will further allow more CWB qualified welders to enter the country,
provide exceptional craftsmanship and fill the ongoing shortage."
As Canada's only national welding body and membership association, both
the CWB and CWA have a vested interest in the success of this new
federal program. At a basic level, growth in the ranks of properly
qualified welders, as handled through CWB, helps protect the safety of
Canadians by providing a uniform level of welding knowledge and
qualification across the country. A new immigrant welder with CWB
qualifications is a "known entity" in the welding industry - allowing
employers to provide work for these new Canadians without worrying
about their ability to do the work required.
Here is a link to the official news release. http://news.gc.ca/web/article-eng.do;jsessionid=ac1b105330d7ab99ab80a1624bf8bdafe5c4df1c4605.e38RbhaLb3qNe3uQby0?mthd=tp&crtr.page=1&nid=711719&crtr.tp1D=1
About CWB Group
The CWB Group is a not-for-profit organization that is nationally
responsible for the certification of welding companies and
qualification of welders, ensuring Canadian code and standard
compliance, and best practices are met by all welding establishments
and educational institutions across Canada. For over 65 years, the CWB
has been at the forefront of maintaining public safety while
administering various CSA standards, certified welding companies,
consumables and qualified welders.
SOURCE: The Canadian Welding Bureau
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