If approved, it will now be easier for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada. In Citizenship and Immigration Canada's news release dated April 10, 2012, it announced its intention to create a new Skilled Trades Program, as part of the plan to modernized Federal Skill Worker Program (FSWP).
The proposed FSWP Skilled Trades program would create a means for skilled tradespersons to be assessed based on criteria geared towards their reality, putting more emphasis on practical training and work experience rather than formal education. The new skilled trades stream would avoid some of the complexities of the traditional points grid. Skilled trades applicants will, however, need to meet minimum language requirements, given the importance of language as a determinant of immigrant success. [Source]
This new program may be implemented later this year. My guess is it will be implemented this coming July 2012 in time for the Ministerial Instruction 5.
Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, accompanied by Michelle Rempel, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and M.P. for Calgary Centre-North, speaks to workers at the Bow II construction site, announcing the intention to create a new Federal Skilled Trades Program as part of the government’s economic program focused on jobs, growth, and prosperity. – Calgary, AB / Image Credit: http://cic.gc.ca
Read more about the proposed changes to FSW Points System.