The Canadian government has announced plans to speed up the entry of thousands of skilled expatriates in order to help its oil, gas and construction industries grow.
Canada's immigration minister Jason Kenney said that a new permanent residency scheme will be introduced in January, and is set to approve the applications of 3,000 skilled expats.
Industry in Canada has been able to grow due to high commodity prices and a robust domestic economy,
Mr Kenney said that businesses across the country were therefore “desperately crying out for skilled tradespeople to help them fuel their expansion, their growth and our economy’s prosperity”.
Listed professions include electricians, welders, heavy duty equipment mechanics, and pipefitters, although a full list is expected later this year.
Applicants will need to display two levels of experience, and prove they have a job offer in Canada, or a certificate from a province stating they have a right to work there.
Last week, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) claimed that nearly a third of businesses in the country were short of skilled labourers, doubling the proportion of the year before.