The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is one of the programs that is managed by the Express Entry immigration system. The FSTP is designed for foreign trade workers with work experience in eligible trade occupations to immigrate to Canada. It is not the only pathway for skilled workers to apply for permanent residence in Canada. There are also other ways to immigrate to Canada in an unskilled capacity but this will not be through a fast-track program like this one under Express Entry.

The first step is to check if you qualify as a skilled trade worker according to the federal government. You can then apply through the Express Entry system. In addition, you will also need to have a valid job offer/certificate of qualification in order to be considered eligible. Achieving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the Express Entry system is your ultimate goal to be considered for permanent residence in every province of Canada (apart from Québec) and with the exception of receiving a provincial nomination from a Canadian province or territory. You will then need to settle in the province/territory that endorsed you.

What is the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

The candidates’ ability to have solid establishment economic-wise after Canadian immigration determines the eligibility of the Federal Skilled Trades Program.

As a requirement, the applicants must apply through the Express Entry System to express their interest to immigrate to Canada.

The Federal Skilled Trades program grants candidates with work positions or proper documentation to work in particular professions to attain Canadian permanent residency in Canadian provinces excluding Quebec.

If you are qualified in a skilled trade, you could easily get PR in Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

If your occupation falls under any acceptable FST categories, this option for your immigration to Canada is probably the best

Processing times

Eighty percent of full applications are handled within 6 months or less.

Minimum Work Experience for FSTP

In order to be eligible, an applicant needs to show two years of work experience within the last five years under any of the acceptable skilled trade jobs. Also, your job duties must match the job duties an immigration officer expects under the job category you apply.

Minimum Language Requirements for Federal Skilled Trades Program

Only one of the below-mentioned tests must be taken and only one of the tests per language is enough to be taken.

  • CELPIP: Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (Only CELPIP General is acceptable. Don’t take General-LS)
  • IELTS: International English Language Testing System (Only IELTS General is acceptable. Don’t take IELTS Academic)
  • TEF Canada: Test d’évaluation de français
  • TCF Canada: Test de connaissance du français

Note: The second language test is not mandatory. However, it could enhance your Express Entry CRS score significantly.

The following table shows the minimum scores under each ability of the test for the FSTP applicants.

IELTS GeneralEnglish 553.5
TEF CanadaFrench226181121
TCF CanadaFrench6369342

Two ways: Job Offer or Certificate of Qualifications

To apply for the Federal Skilled Trades program an applicant should have either of these:

  • A valid job offer under any of the FSTP job categories from a Canadian employer, OR
  • A certificate of qualification issued by Canadian federal, provincial, or territorial authority

Other Requirements

Besides all the above-mentioned requirements for being eligible for CIC Federal Skilled Trades program, there are following factors that may affect your Express Entry CRS score:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience outside Canada
  • Spouse or common-law partner’s education and knowledge of official languages
  • Sisters or brothers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and live in Canada

The majority of FSTP applicants do not receive enough CRS scores to compete with the CEC and FSWP applicants. That’s why the government of Canada usually runs special rounds of invitation (ITA) for the FSTP applicants twice a year. So if your points are not good enough, don’t get disappointed. You could have a chance within the next six months or so.

The government of Canada runs special rounds of invitation (ITA) for the FSTP applicants only a few times a year. Because the majority of FSTP applicants do not receive enough CRS score to compete with the CEC and FSWP applicants. If your points are not good enough, don’t get disappointed. You could have a chance within the next six months or so.

List of Jobs for the Federal Skilled Trades Program List

Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades

NOC CodeNOC Title
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 services
7231Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232Tool and die makers
7233Sheet metal workers
7235Structural metal and plate work 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
7282Concrete Finishers
7284Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291Roofers and shingles
7294Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295Floor covering installers

Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades

NOC CodeNOC Title
7301Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7303Supervisors, printing and related occupation
7304Supervisors, railway transport operations
7205Supervisors, 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
7332/td> Appliance servicers and repairers
7333Electrical mechanics
7334Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
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 CodeNOC Title
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 utility supervisors and central control operators

NOC CodeNOC Title
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
9222Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
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 CodeNOC Title

Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

NOC CodeNOC Title
6331Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale

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