Merit Canada supports New Skilled Trades Stream

Open Shop construction sector applauds initiative to address skilled labour shortage

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Merit Canada, representing Canada's open shop construction associations, strongly supports the new Federal Skilled Trades Program announced today by Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.

"These changes are long overdue," said Terrance Oakey, President of Merit Canada.  "The immigration system must respond better to the needs of employers to ensure those immigrating to Canada have the skills required to obtain long-term stable employment."

Oakey pointed out that it is sound public policy to have an immigration system that works to ensure long-term growth and prosperity for Canada. "The four criteria outlined by Minister Kenney today ensure that immigrants will have jobs waiting for them so they can provide for their families," said Oakey.

According the Construction Sector Council, there will be a shortage of over 300,000 skilled tradespeople in Canada by end of the decade.  "These changes are a positive step forward that will allow employers to address the massive skilled workers shortage facing our industry," Oakey said.

Merit Canada was established in November 2008 as a united national voice for eight different provincial Open Shop construction associations.  Open Shop construction represents approximately 70% of the Canadian construction industry, and our member companies directly employ approximately 60,000 people.

SOURCE: Merit Canada

For further information:

Terrance Oakey
President, Merit Canada
terrance.oakey@meritcanada.ca
(613) 601-2350

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