New caps for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, and Canadian Experience Class Programs

Posted on April 23, 2014

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year’s launch of Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model.

To prepare for the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will begin accepting applications under new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program and Canadian Experience Class, starting May 1, 2014 (until April 30, 2015).

Federal Skilled Worker Program: New cap of 25,000 applications. The list of eligible occupations – reflecting the latest labour market needs – will be more than doubled, from 24 to 50 occupations.

Federal Skilled Trades Program: Cap will be increased to  5,000 applications. All 90 skilled trades designated under the program regulations will now be eligible for consideration, although sub-caps remain in order to ensure appropriate representation of occupations.

Canadian Experience Class: The cap will be re-set at 8,000 applications, as of May 1, 2014, to cover the transition period leading up to Express Entry.

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