Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program offers potential immigrants who are qualified in a skilled trade the opportunity to become a permanent resident of Canada in an attempt to ensure that the country attracts and retains a skilled workforce. The Canadian Government and Immigration Department developed the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) in 2013 in order to address the growing shortage of skilled workers in areas that were experiencing rapid growth due to the increasing strength of the economy. The economic immigration program was developed at the request of Canadian businesses and employers who were struggling to hire enough skilled workers to help them complete their work on time. 

The Canada Federal Skilled Trade Program now operates through the Canadian Express Entry immigration selection system.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Demonstrating that an applicant has at least an intermediate grasp of either English or French. Which means a minimum of CLB/NCLC level 5 in Speaking & Listening and CLB/NCLC level of 4 in Reading & Writing sections. 

  • Have atleast 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within last 5 years.

  • Meeting the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification

  • have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority

Skilled Work Experience

Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these groups of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades

  • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades

  • Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production

  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators

  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks

  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

Do you need assistance in preparing an application for Canadian permanent residence? If so, book an appointment with our licensed immigration consultant who can assist you in your goals. 

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