Federal Skill Trade Program

One of the programs controlled by the Express Entry immigration system is the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). The FSTP is a program that allows foreign trade workers with experience in certain trade occupations to come to Canada. It isn't the sole option for talented workers seeking permanent residency in Canada. There are other options for unskilled immigrants to get to Canada, but they will not be through a fast-track scheme like Express Entry.
The Federal Skilled Trades Class evaluates applicants on a pass/fail basis, with applicants having to meet the following four requirements:
Have offers of employment in an eligible skilled trade (NOC Skill level B) from one or two Canadian companies for at least one year, OR hold certification of qualification for that trade from a Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory agency;
Provide proof of adequate language skills in one of Canada's two official languages;
Have worked in a skilled trade for 24 months in the last five years after receiving a trade qualification, if applicable;
Be qualified to meet the job offer(s) or trade requirements in Canada, as indicated by the NOC;
Applicants must demonstrate that they have a basic command of the English or French language in all four language abilities: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. To determine proficiency, only test results from a CIC-approved language testing organization will be accepted.
The IELTS for English and the TEF for French are two of the most widely used language tests. In each language ability, applicants must earn the following scores:
















Eligible Trades and Caps on application
  • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations;
  • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades;
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and services;
  • 7271 Carpenters;
  • 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades;
  • 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews;
  • 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry;
  • 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying;
  • 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services;
  • 8241 Logging machinery operators;
  • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers;
  • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing;
  • 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities;
  • 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing;
  • 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing;
  • 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators;
  • 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators.

Applications in the following trades will be accepted until the total Class cap of 3000 is reached, with no sub-cap applying:

  • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors;
  • 7233 Sheet metal workers;
  • 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters;
  • 7236 Ironworkers;
  • 7237 Welders and related machine operators;
  • 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system);
  • 7242 Industrial electricians;
  • 7243 Power system electricians;
  • 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers;
  • 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers;
  • 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers;
  • 7251 Plumbers;
  • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers;
  • 7253 Gas fitters;
  • 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics;
  • 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics;
  • 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics;
  • 7314 Railway carmen/women;
  • 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors;
  • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics;
  • 7371 Crane operators;
  • 7372 Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction;
  • 7373 Water well drillers;
  • 8231 Underground production and development miners;
  • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers;
  • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators;



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