Kenney to ease foreign credential requirements for more skilled trades

Employment Minister Jason Kenney is slated to announce an agreement with the provinces to recognize 10 new occupations, incuding welders, carpenters and electricians, to improve foreign-credential recognition.

Welders, carpenters and electricians among 10 new occupations to be added to the list

Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander are expected to announce new additions to the foreign credential recognition list at events in Vancouver and Toronto, respectively. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Employment Minister Jason Kenney is slated to announce an agreement with the provinces to recognize 10 new occupations, incuding welders, carpenters and electricians, to improve foreign-credential recognition.

Kenney will provide details Friday in Vancouver, while Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will make a similar announcement in Toronto.

At last week's meeting of labour ministers in Charlottetown, the lawmakers announced the addition of 10 new target occupations aimed at easing credential requirements for foreign-born Canadians.

On Friday, Kenney and Alexander will announce the precise occupations.

Changes could lessen need for temporary workers: Official

They include several skilled trades, a government official said.

The official also said one of the goals of easing credential requirements is to help lessen the need for temporary foreign workers by making better use of the talent that's already in Canada.

Kenney announced a major overhaul of the government's embattled temporary foreign worker program last month, but western premiers have complained the crackdown is unduly hurting their provinces, where there is a shortage of skilled workers in some industries.