Federal Skilled Trades Program

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Federal Skilled Trades Program

The ‘Federal Skilled Trades Program’ is among the three programs under the Express Entry system of Canadian Immigration. It is intended for skilled workers looking to become Permanent Residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. The FSTP requires you to have a valid job offer of full-time employment for an entire period of a minimum of twelve months or; a certificate of qualification in the skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority.


The skilled trades for the “Federal Skilled Trades Program” are organized under these major groups of National Occupation Classifications (NOC):

GroupSkilled Trades
Major Group 72Construction and Industrial electrical trades
Major Group 73Equipment operation and maintenance trades
Major Group 82Technical jobs and Supervisors in natural resources agriculture and related production
Major Group 92Processing manufacturing, utility supervisors and central control operators
Minor Group 632Cooks and Chefs
Minor Group 633Bakers and Butchers

Your work experience must meet the description in the specific NOC, or your application will be refused. The CIC CRS calculator/tool helps you calculate your Express Entry points for this program (CRS Tool). Once your score matches/surpasses the current draws, Express Entry Canada invites you to apply for this program to become a Permanent Resident of Canada.


Minimum requirements for this program:

Skilled Work ExperienceYou must have a minimum of 24 months of work experience in a skilled trade and should be:
• in one of the above mentioned skilled trades;
• For a full-time position; or equivalent time in a part-time position;
• Within the last five years of application.
EducationThere is no minimum education requirement for this program, but you can escalate your CRS points by:
• Obtaining a Diploma, Degree or Certificate from a secondary or post-secondary institution in Canada;
• Getting an Education Credential Assessment report for your foreign education through a designated organization.
Language ProficiencyYou must take one of the approved language tests, i.e. IELTS, CELPIP-G, TEF Canada or TCF Canada and get a minimum language score of CLB 5 in speaking and listening; and CLB 4 in reading and writing.
Proof of FundsYou should show that you have sufficient funds for yourself and your family to be able to settle in Canada, except if:
- You are presently able to work in Canada, or;
- Have a valid job offer in Canada
Other determining factorsAuthorized Trade Assessment; Admissibility; Age; Marital Status; Close Relatives in Canada etc.

Advantages of this program:

  • Fully electronic application system
  • Faster processing times than Provincial Nomination Programs
  • No limit to the number of applicants who can apply to the Express Entry Pool via the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

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