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Let your skill in a chosen trade get you to Canada with FSTP

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is meant for you if you are a skilled foreign who wants to become a Canadian permanent resident. You will be offered Canada PR on the basis of your qualification in a skilled trade.

Minimum requirement for FSTP

If you want to be eligible, you must:

  • Meet the language proficiency levels required
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of experience in full-time work or an equal amount in part-time work in a skilled trade, not more than 5 years counting back from the time of application
  • Satisfy the requirements of the job for that skilled trade as stated in the NOC (National Occupational Classification). The only exception is in the case where a certificate of qualification is needed
  • Possess a
    • Valid offer to a full-time job for a minimum period of 1 year, or
    • A certificate of qualification issued by a Canadian authority in a provincial, federal, or territorial scope, in the skilled trade

Experience in a skilled work

Skilled trades for FSTP are organized under the following groups of the NOC:

  • Minor Group 633: Butchers & bakers
  • Minor Group 632: Chefs & cooks
  • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing & utility supervisors, and central control operators
  • Major Group 82: Supervisors & technical jobs in agriculture, natural resources, and related production
  • Major Group 73: Trades in maintenance & equipment operation
  • Major Group 72: Trades in industrial, construction, and electrical

The Major Group occupations all belong to skill type B. You are required to demonstrate that you have performed the duties set out in the lead statement of NOC’s occupational description. The description includes all the necessary duties as well as lists most of the main duties.

The work experience counts only after you qualified to practice the job independently.


Even if there are no educational requirements for FSTP, you may improve your Express Entry ranking in the following ways:

  • Study in a school in Canada, meaning a diploma, certificate, or degree from:
    • A Canadian secondary institution, or
    • A post-secondary institution
  • Get your foreign education ranked after an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is done for purposes of immigration from a designated organization. It shows that your education aligns with a diploma, certificate, or degree from:
    • A Canadian secondary institution, or
    • A post-secondary institution

Language Skills

You must:

  • Have a minimum CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) score of 5 for listening and speaking, and a CLB score of 4 for writing and reading
  • Have taken approved language tests
  • Enter the test results in your Express Entry profile

The language tests have a validity of 2 years from the date of declaring the test result. It’s necessary that the test result is valid on the date you apply for a Canada PR visa.

Proof of Funds

You must show that you have sufficient funds to meet the expenses of yourself and your family while settling in Canada. The exceptions to this are:

  • If you are at present able to legally work in Canada, and
  • If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer

Above all, you must be admissible to Canada.

By immigrating to Canada via FSTP, you can plan to live anywhere in Canada but the province of Quebec. The reason is that Quebec has its own system to select skilled workers.

Even though you will specify a location to live and work in Canada while you create your profile you are not obliged to live only in that location.



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