During the past few weeks I’ve been doing some research on the Federal Skilled Trades Program. I was trying to find out how anyone abroad could apply to the Permanent Residence using this program and without a job offer.
Having a job offer from abroad for an electrician, plumber, welder and so on is not easy. Not at all. And most of the time, these trades are subject of scams by unscrupulous people promising what they don’t have and taking advantage of those looking for a brighter, better future.
I thought it was not going to be hard. Given that the Program says that you need a certificate of qualification in your skilled trade issued by a provincial or territorial body that CIC had done their homework and already set up something with said bodies. But not.
What I thought and What it was
I really thought that CIC had done things differently. I was thinking of hundreds of people abroad with experience in many of the listed trades and what a great chance they could have if they could be able to obtain the certification for their trade from home.
I thought that, given how short of skilled workers they say they are, they were going to provide better tools and be able to make that people get faster into the program.
I don’t know… may be I’m too naive.
So the thing is I decided to write to every single Provincial and territorial body in Canada related to trades. I started from the Red Seal website and its list of Provincial & Territorial Contacts. I looked for the Media Contact in every site and wrote a note to them saying I was from a website, that I was writing a story about the FSTP and that I needed to know how the Province/Territory was going to help those people abroad that wanted to obtain their certificate and be able to apply to the Program.
Only a few of them wrote back. None had an adequate solution to the problem. If you want to apply for the Certificate of Qualification, you have to be in Canada. That’s it.
Come to Canada, spend a few months here, pay a lot of money, go back to your country, apply.
How is that possible? Do they really think that an electrician, a welder, a a plumber has enough money for that? Not in the Third World as I know it.
This program is not for the Workers. It’s for the Employers
It’s the conclusion I arrived to. This plan was not made to help you plumber, electrician, welder dreaming with about a nice future in Canada.
This Plan is made for the Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, BC employer willing to hire workers and, probably, providing the certification here.
This plan is made for the unscrupulous vultures always flying around the workers and ready to take their money for nothing.
It’s disappointing. I was really expecting this plan to be the answer to the prayers of many skilled workers around the globe.
I know. It’s all politics and business. So let’s shut the f… up and move on.