Globe and Mail article here.
Is my application eligible for processing?
In order for your application to be eligible for processing, you must either:
0111: Financial Managers
0213: Computer and Information Systems Managers
0311: Managers in Health Care
0631: Restaurant and Food Service Managers
0632: Accommodation Service Managers
0711: Construction Managers
1111: Financial Auditors and Accountants
2113: Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists
2143: Mining Engineers
2144: Geological Engineers
2145: Petroleum Engineers
3111: Specialist Physicians
3112: General Practitioners and Family Physicians
3141: Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists
3143: Occupational Therapists
3151: Head Nurses and Supervisors
3152: Registered Nurses
3215: Medical Radiation Technologists
3233: Licensed Practical Nurses
4121: University Professors
4131: College and Other Vocational Instructors
7213: Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades
7215: Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
7217: Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews
7241: Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
7242: Industrial Electricians
7252: Steamfitters, Pipe fitters and Sprinkler System Installers
7265: Welders and Related Machine Operators
7312: Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7371: Crane Operators
7372: Drillers and Blasters – Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
8221: Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying
8222: Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
9212: Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
NOTE: the occupations above are all Skill Type 0 (managerial occupations) or Skill Level A (professional occupations) or B (technical occupations and skilled trades) on the Canadian National Occupational Classification list.
Federal skilled worker applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be informed of this and will have their processing fee refunded.
Of the 112 comments on the Globe and Mail article, the majority appear to be supportive of the amendments - in essence, tying immigration to economics, with others objecting to increasing immigration numbers in general.
Carl White from Canada writes: I just don't see the wisdom of importing hundreds of thousands of people during a period when the economy is already hard pressed to generate jobs.Except for in a few highly specific cases, it can ony depress wages and increase unemployment further.Not to mention add to the crowding in some of Canada's urban centers and all the problems that attend that.
A. Nonymous from Canada writes: Nobody loathes, hates, detests or despises the CPC more than I, but I have to be honest and say that I really don't understand the problem with this one? Why in the world WOULD we let less-skilled (or no skills at all) immigrants in before or even in the same numbers as skilled workers? Why shouldn't they be (and stay) at the back of the line? Especially during an economic downturn, when the public assistance rolls typically swell. It is likely that a fair number of skilled and semi-skilled workers (i.e. auto industry) are soon to be looking for jobs that aren't there, what jobs are these unskilled immigrant workers going to get? I just don't get it.
Sassy Lassie from Canada writes: Bad news for the Liberals, they've used the immigrant vote to stay in power for decades. If the workers are skilled and educated less chance of them going to a Liberal designed ethnic/religious enclave ergo they won't vote Liberal.
Good stuff Harper, I hope he introduces measure to have give DNA testing to people coming in under the family re-unification plan. In the US and Europe massive frauds have been uncovered to the tune of hundreds of thousands of bogus family members.
I hope he fast trackes people from Europe, their credentials are equal to our educational and training standards. Ax third world professionals thou, their training and educational standards are fifty years behind ours.