New caps for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class in Preparation for Canada’s “Express Entry” Model

Andrew Carvajal | Barrister & Solicitor | P: 416-915-4228 | F: 647-557-3222 | acarvajal@carvajal.ca

On May 1, 2014, new Ministerial Instructions regarding the processing of applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) were given out. These are the last FSWP, FSTP and CEC applications that will be accepted under the current system before the new “Express Entry” active recruitment model launches in January of 2015.

Amongst the most significant changes are the increased cap and list of eligible occupations under the FSWP. The cap has increased from 5,000 last year to 25,000 this year. The number of eligible occupations has doubled, from 24 last year to 50, making more categories of skilled workers eligible under this program. The FSTP cap were increased to 5,000 applications and the CEC cap was reset at 8,000 as of May 1.

New caps for Federal Skilled Worker Program

As of May 1, 25,000 new applications will be accepted under this program. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations and a maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation.

As was the case before, selection of successful applicants will be based on criteria that takes into consideration the applicant’s education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability within Canada. There is no cap on applications from individuals who have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer. The stream open to Canadian PhD holders or PhD students will be capped at 500 applications.

The new list of the 50 eligible occupations includes the following:

  1. Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013)
  2. Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
  3. Financial managers (0111)
  4. Human resources managers (0112)
  5. Purchasing managers (0113)
  6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  7. Managers in health care (0311)
  8. Construction managers (0711)
  9. Home building and renovation managers (0712)
  10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  11. Manufacturing managers (0911)
  12. Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
  13. Financial and investment analysts (1112)
  14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
  15. Other financial officers (1114)
  16. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)
  17. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
  18. Property administrators (1224)
  19. Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  20. Civil engineers (2131)
  21. Mechanical engineers (2132)
  22. Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
  23. Petroleum engineers (2145)
  24. Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  25. Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  26. Software engineers and designers (2173)
  27. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  28. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
  29. Construction estimators (2234)
  30. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
  31. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
  32. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
  33. Computer network technicians (2281)
  34. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
  35. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  36. Specialist physicians (3111)
  37. General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
  38. Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
  39. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
  40. Physiotherapists (3142)
  41. Occupational therapists (3143)
  42. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  43. Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  44. Medical sonographers (3216)
  45. Licensed practical nurses (3233)
  46. Paramedical occupations (3234)
  47. University professors and lecturers (4011)
  48. Psychologists (4151)
  49. Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
  50. Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)

 Federal Skilled Trades Program

This program will continue accepting application from individuals with experience in a skilled trade up to a 5,000 cap. All 90 skilled trades from the following list of “NOC Skill Level B” groups are eligible:

  • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in national resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
  • Minor Group 632: chefs and cooks
  • Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers

A maximum of 100 applications will be accepted under any single occupation.

Canadian Experience Class

This program will continue accepting applications from individuals who already have skilled work experience in Canada and want to immigrate permanently.

A new cap of 8,000 applications will be re-set on May 1. Any skilled occupation continues to be eligible except for the following: 1) administrative officers (NOC 1221); 2) administrative assistants (1241); 3) accounting technicians/bookkeepers (1311); 4) cooks (6322); 5) food service supervisors (6311); and 6) retail sales supervisors (6211).

Applications from individuals with a “NOC B” occupation continue to be capped at a maximum of 200 per occupation.

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