Open Shop construction sector applauds initiative to address skilled
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,"
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
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