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Federal Skilled Trades Program - Canada

An Overview of the Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Canadian government allows and encourages the immigration of skilled workers into Canada, with the goal that these immigrants will contribute positively to the economy. The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) allows skilled workers in the construction and manufacturing sectors to work in Canada and to settle under permanent resident visas.

The FSTP is one of the categories under Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s Express Entry system. Other than the Federal Skilled Trades Class, other Express Entry categories are Federal Skilled Worker Class and the Canadian Experience Class, as well as some Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

The greatest benefit of this program to the Canadian people is that the Canadian construction and manufacturing sectors have been struggling to find enough skilled workers trained in skilled trades like building, welding, crane operations, and plumbing. This program fills the gaps and allows Canadians to get much-needed experience.

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Eligibility Criteria

You can only apply for Federal Skilled Trades Class immigration through the Express Entry system. The application, therefore, begins with the completion of an Express Entry profile. You will get a score and a rank in the Express Entry pool and your Invitation to Apply (ITA) will be based these results. The eligibility criteria include:

1 Work experience: You must have worked for at least 2 years full-time (at over 30 hour weeks) in the 5 years before the application. If you were working part-time, the work must add up to 2 years of full-time work.

2 Language proficiency: You must demonstrate you have at least intermediate grasp of the 2 official languages in Canada: French and English. You could do this through the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or the CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) for English or the FEF (Test d’Evaluation de Francais) for French. The test measures speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The score should be above the minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level for the program.

3 Skilled trade qualification or a permanent job offer: You should get in touch with your trade’s regulatory body in the territory or province you want to work for your skilled trade qualifications to be certified. You could also come in through the program if you have gotten a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer. The job or jobs must add up to over 30 hours per week. You must provide proof of the job offer in your application.

4 You must intend to work outside Quebec. Quebec does not use the FSTP but instead has the alternative Quebec Skilled Trades Program.

Eligible Occupations

All occupations described by NOC (National Occupational Classification) Skill Level B are eligible for the program.

These are jobs that typically require apprenticeship training or college diploma and that are in high demand in Canada.

  • Electrical & construction
  • Agriculture & production
  • Industrial
  • Maintenance & equipment operations
  • Processing
  • Chefs & cooks
  • Butchers & bakers
  • Transport
  • Manufacturing

Why Hire a Lawyer?

The Skilled Trades category involves complex criteria and detailed documentary requirements. At the Law Office of Matthew Jeffery we are experienced with the Skilled Trades program and will make sure that your case is properly prepared and presented, reducing the time and trouble involved in the preparation of the application, and greatly reducing the risk of refusal or of serious complications during the application process.

For a free assessment of your qualifications under the Skilled Trades category, please fill out the Skilled Worker Free Assessment Form on our website, and we will contact you with further details if you are qualified to apply.

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