Skilled immigrants to be fast-tracked

Ottawa looks at changing immigration rules to meet the demand for skilled labour
||Last Updated: 04/08/2003

Employers will see a reduction in the red tape that now slows the entrance of much needed skilled workers, if proposed federal immigration changes go through.

The new rules would fast-track temporary workers into Canada, who have skills in certain trades such as high-tech and construction.

The new program would expand on the fast-tracking which has been done for high-tech sector workers during the past few years. Other areas experiencing extreme labour shortages are now being considered for fast-tracking. Engineering, truck transporation and food services and accommodations are other sectors which may be looked at.