FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM
The FSTP is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. A valid job offer of 1 year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade is needed.
Applications are processed through the Express Entry selection system. The applicant must make an expression of interest by creating an online Express Entry profile.
- 2 years of full-time (30 hours/week) work experience or part-time (15 hours/week) work experience totaling 3,120 hours in the last 5 years.
- 30 hours/week for more than 1 job will count.
- Time counted over 30 hours/week will not count.
- CLB 5 in speaking and listening.
- CLB 4 in reading and writing.
- Meet job requirements for the skilled trade as set out in a NOC B position.
Skilled work experience in a NOC B position:
Must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.
- 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades
- 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
- 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
- 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
No education is required.
To improve a candidate’s rank in the Express Entry pool it can be done 2 ways:
School in Canada you can get points for a certificate, diploma or degree from Canada:
- High school or post-secondary institution
- Points can be received for a foreign education if the candidate has acquired an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA).
Proof of funds:
- You must show you have enough money for yourself and your family to settle in Canada, unless you are currently able to legally work in Canada and have a valid job offer from an employer.
Each province or territory assesses trades and credentials differently. Learn more about being assessed by going to the province or territories website.