Federal Skilled Trades Program

Canada’s Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is a category of immigration under the Express Entry system designed to attract skilled tradespeople who have practical experience in specific skilled trades occupations. The program aims to address labour shortages in various trades sectors across Canada and offer these skilled workers a pathway to permanent residence.


How do candidates apply for the FSTP through the Express Entry system?

Like other Express Entry categories, candidates interested in the FSTP need to create an online profile through the Express Entry system. They are ranked based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and more, using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

What are the eligible trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)?

The FSTP focuses on specific skilled trades occupations that are in demand in Canada. These occupations are listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system and include jobs such as electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, heavy equipment operators, and more.

What is the work experience requirement for the FSTP?

To be eligible for the FSTP, applicants need to have at least two years of full-time work experience (or equivalent part-time experience) in a skilled trade within the last five years. The work experience must be in an eligible occupation.

What are the job offer or certification requirements for the FSTP?

Applicants need to have either a valid job offer from a Canadian employer for at least one year or a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.

How are candidates selected for permanent residence through the Express Entry draws?

Candidates with high CRS scores are invited to apply for permanent residence through regular Express Entry draws conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

What language proficiency is required for the FSTP?

Applicants need to demonstrate proficiency in English or French through approved language tests, which assess their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

What are the benefits of having a high CRS score in the FSTP?

A high CRS score increases the likelihood of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence during the regular Express Entry draws. Higher scores reflect stronger qualifications and improve candidates’ chances of successful immigration.

What are the settlement funds requirements for the FSTP?

Unless currently authorized to work in Canada and in possession of a valid job offer, applicants need to demonstrate that they have sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their family members upon arrival in Canada.

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