Friday March 15 2013

Long-haul truck drivers permanent in British Columbia PNP


Canada, 1st November: The reformed British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program will include long-haul truck drivers permanently.

This is in response to a growing demand for long-haul truck drivers in B.C. (British Columbia).

Prior to these changes, a pilot project scheme was meant to consider immigration of long-haul truck drivers in

B.C. Long-haul truck drivers in great demand in B.C.-- The BCTA(British Columbia Trucking Association) has been urging for inclusion of truck drivers permanently in the BC PNP since the province was in short supply of such drivers while the demand for them was growing at an increasing rate in the provincial labor market.

However, head of the North American Truckers Guild, Larry Hall had criticized such a step saying BC was misleading potential immigrant workers by overestimating the earning capacity of long-haul truck drivers. And, at last, their demand has been given a green signal by the government.

The BC PNP will now include long-haul truck drivers under the Semi-skilled and Entry Level category. PNPs (Provincial Nominee Program) are aimed to enable foreigners with requisite skills and qualifications to move to various Canadian provinces.

The PNPs are designed in accordance with specific demands as well as labor markets of the individual provincial economies of Canada.

BC to target foreigners under PNP—BC says it will target immigrants having specific skill-sets and qualifications to come and live in British Columbia permanently. The province has a host of employment opportunities and will be inviting applicants from various corners of the world with special focus on immigrants from India, Latin America, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Although, the current annual limit for PNP nominations is 3,500, B.C. has asked Ottawa to increase the upper limit of PNP nominations so as to enable more immigrants to come to British Columbia and work here.

New changes in B.C. PNP will make it more effective in increasing development of the economy by promoting creation of jobs here, stated Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell.

B.C. PNP is crucial part of the job plan of the province, added Bell. The program results in job-creating investments and also provides workers with required skills needed for key sectors of the British Columbia, he claimed.

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