A new immigration program aimed at getting skilled workers into Canada faster starts Jan. 2. Ottawa says the new rules will help address labour shortages. To qualify, applicants will need to already have a job offer or be pre-qualified by a province or territory. They'll also have to meet language requirements and have a minimum of two years of work experience in a skilled trade. The program will accept a maximum of 3,000 applications in the first year. Ottawa is working with the provinces and labour groups to draw up a list of occupations that will be eligible.
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