The Federal Skilled Trades Program is the only federal economic immigration programme that gives people in the particular trades occupations a distinct priority for immigration to Canada.
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Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is the only federal economic immigration programme that gives people in the particular trades occupations a distinct priority for immigration to Canada. This makes the programme unique among federal economic immigration programmes.

Eligibility Requirements for the Federal Skilled Trades Program

Candidates for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are needed to meet the following requirements;

    • Complete language assessment for each of the four language abilities (speaking, reading, listening, and writing) by submitting the results of a language exam that is recognized by the government of Canada. The required minimum results are Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing;
    • Accumulated at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or the equivalent in part-time work experience) in the skilled trade during the 5 previous years; and be able to demonstrate that the skills and experience gained covers the essential duties of the occupation;
    • Meet all of the job requirements for that skilled trade as outlined in the National Occupational Classification.
    • Possess either a current job offer for full-time work for a total term of at least one year, or a certificate of qualification in the skilled trade, provided by a competent authority in one of Canada’s provinces, territories, or the federal government.
    • You are required to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you are currently able to legally work in Canada (already on a work permit) and have a job offer from an employer in Canada. In such case, you do not need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds.
    • You also have to meet the admissibility requirements of Canada.

Pro Tip:

The Federal Skilled Trades Program does not require applicants to have a certain level of education. There are, however, two different approaches that you can take in order to advance your position in the Express Entry pool.

  1. If you attended an educational institution in Canada, whether it be a secondary institution (high school) or post-secondary institution, you may be eligible to receive points for earning a certificate, diploma, or degree.
  2. If you have foreign education, you can obtain points for a completed educational credential if you have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for immigration purposes from an authorized organization showing that your education is equivalent to a Canadian certificate, diploma, or degree.

Qualified Trade Occupations:

At the moment, the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system categorizes qualified trades occupations as falling under these areas.

Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades

NOC CodeOccupation
7201Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7202Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7203Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
7204Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7205Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232Tool and die makers
7233Sheet metal workers
7235Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
7237Welders and related machine operators
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242Industrial electricians
7243Power system electricians
7244Electrical power line and cable workers
7245Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7247Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7252Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253Gas fitters
7282Concrete finishers
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291Roofers and shinglers
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295Floor covering installers

Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades

NOC CodeOccupation
7301Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7303Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7304Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314Railway carmen/women
7315Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7316Machine fitters
7318Elevator constructors and mechanics
7321Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
7322Motor vehicle body repairers
7331Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
7332Appliance servicers and repairers
7333Electrical mechanics
7334Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335Other small engine and small equipment repairers
7361Railway and yard locomotive engineers
7362Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7371Crane operators
7372Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
7373Water well drillers
7381Printing press operators
7384Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production

NOC CodeOccupation
8211Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231Underground production and development miners
8232Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8241Logging machinery operators
8252Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
8261Fishing masters and officers

Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors

NOC CodeOccupation
9211Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213Supervisors, food and beverage processing
9214Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9215Supervisors, forest products processing
9217Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
9221Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
9222Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9223Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
9224Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9226Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9227Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
9231Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing
9235Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9241Power engineers and power systems operators
9243Water and waste treatment plant operators

Minor Group 632: Chefs and cooks

NOC CodeOccupation

Minor Group 633: Butchers and bakers

NOC CodeOccupation
6331Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale

Steps Involved for FSTP Application:

Step #1:

Check to see if you are eligible to enter in the FSTP as the first step.

Step #2:

If you meet FSTP or Express Entry eligibility requirements, you must take an IRCC-recognized English and/or French test. If you studied abroad in a qualifying programme, you can claim additional CRS points by getting an ECA.

Step #3:

Submit your Express Entry profile on the IRCC website, please note that there is no fees associated to create express entry profile.

Step #4:

Watch IRCC’s Express Entry draws to see if you get an Invitation to apply (ITA).

Step #5:

Once you receive an ITA, submit your permanent residency application by the deadline, Most permanent residency applications are processed within six months by IRCC.