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Changes needed to boost skilled trades immigration

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) should consider regular special Express Entry draws to boost the number of skilled tradespeople invited to apply for permanent residence, says Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman.

“The number of tradespeople being pulled from the Express Entry pool has been diminishing, despite a huge demand for them,” says Seligman, principal of Seligman Immigration Law, explaining that the group was disproportionately affected by the federal government's major change to the scoring system in 2016.

“If there were special draws for trades, that may solve the problem,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Peter Baraian