Immigration Minister Jason Kenney 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.
The federal government is working with provinces, territories and labour groups to draw up a list of occupations that will be eligible.
It's expected to include electricians, welders, heavy equipment mechanics and pipefitters.
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