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Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program is an immigration program for those individuals who are having an appropriate qualification and potential in skilled trades.  The program considers unskilled or semi-skilled workers who are willing to come, stay and work in Canada as a Permanent Resident of the country. The Canadian Government and Immigration Department introduced the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) in the year 2013 in order to address the shortage of skilled workers in provinces and cities that were experiencing rapid growth due to the increasing strength of the economy.

Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for Federal Skilled Trades Program, one must satisfy the following requirements and criteria to be economically established in Canada:

  1. Work Experience : The applicant must have at least 24 months of full-time experience (30+ hours per week) in a particular trade in the five years prior to the PR application submission. A total of 24 months of working in two or more jobs for a total of 30 hours/week, or a longer duration of part-time work (15+ hours each week) totalling 3,120 hours over a two-year period will also serve as your eligibility pass for work experience factor.

    1.  Language Proficiency

    If you want to immigrate to Canada through the Skilled Trades Program, you must demonstrate at least an intermediate level of English language proficiency. To demonstrate your language skills, you need to appear for a English language test through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) for English, or the Test d’Evaluation de Francais (TEF) for French (second official language of Canada). There are four modules of the chosen language: speaking, reading, listening and writing. The candidate is required to score above the minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) points in order to be found eligible for Federal Skilled Trades immigration program.


    1. For IELTS, the 2018 Federal Skilled Trades Program Canada requires CLB 5 for speaking (5.0+) and listening (5.0+), and CLB 4 for reading (3.5+) and writing (4.0+)
    2. For CELPI, the Federal Skilled Trades Program 2018 requires CLB 5 for speaking (5+) and listening (5+), and CLB for reading (4+) and writing (4+)
    3. For TEF, the 2018 Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program requires NCLC 5 for speaking (226+) and listening (181+), and NCLC 4 for reading (121+) and writing (181+)

    1. Permanent Job Offer or Skilled Trade Qualification

    Another mandatory condition as eligibility for Federal Skilled Trades Program is getting a valid Job offer letter from Canada. In the case of a permanent job offer, the applicant must be able to supply proof that they have been offered a full-time job offer in Canada that requires working them for 30 hours a week or more. This can also be applicable to two part-time job offers that will cover 30 hours a week. This factor has one exception. If the applicant is well-qualified and holds a certification in their area of skilled trade, then he/she need not necessarily require a job offer. Instead, the applicant just need to get their skilled trade qualifications certified.


    1. Satisfy Job Requirements

    The applicant must be able to meet the Job requirements laid down by the employer.

Federal Skilled Trades Program Eligible Jobs List

The following occupations are classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level B, and are eligible for the Canada Skilled Worker Trades Program.

NOC Skill Type B jobs are semi-skilled trades and technical jobs that typically require a college diploma or basic apprenticeship training. In general, the applicants who are skilled in trades that are facing labour shortage in Canada, such as welders, electricians, machinists, cooks, carpenters, mechanics and plumbers, are qualified to immigrate to Canada through FSTP program.

Below is the list of all the eligible profiles for the Federal Skilled Trades Program including the NOC job code for each occupation. If your Job profile is listed below, do not hesitate to contact Talent Connected WorldWide and get started with your process.

 

Minor Group 632 - Chefs and cooks

  • 6321 Chefs
  • 6322 Cooks

 

Minor Group 633 - Butchers and bakers

  • 6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale
  • 6332 Bakers

 

Major Group 72 - Industrial, electrical and construction trades

  • Minor Group 720 - Contractors and supervisors, industrial, electrical and construction trades and related workers
  • 7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  • 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

Minor Group 723 - Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades

  • 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 7232 Tool and die makers
  • 7233 Sheet metal workers
  • 7234 Boilermakers
  • 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
  • 7236 Ironworkers
  • 7237 Welders and related machine operators

 

Minor Group 724 - Electrical trades and electrical power line and telecommunications workers

  • 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
  • 7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians

 

Minor Group 725 - Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters

  • 7251 Plumbers
  • 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7253 Gas fitters

 

Minor Group 727 - Carpenters and cabinetmakers

  • 7271 Carpenters
  • 7272 Cabinetmakers

 

Minor Group 728 - Masonry and plastering trades

  • 7281 Bricklayers
  • 7282 Concrete finishers
  • 7283 Tilesetters
  • 7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

Minor Group 729 - Other construction trades

  • 7291 Roofers and shinglers
  • 7292 Glaziers
  • 7293 Insulators
  • 7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
  • 7295 Floor covering installers

Major Group 73 - Maintenance and equipment operation trades

  • Minor Group 730 - Contractors and supervisors, maintenance trades and heavy equipment and transport operators
  • 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations
  • 7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations
  • 7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

Minor Group 731 - Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)

  • 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
  • 7316 Machine fitters
  • 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics

Minor Group 732 - Automotive service technicians

  • 7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers

Minor Group 733 - Other mechanics and related repairers

  • 7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  • 7332 Appliance servicers and repairers
  • 7333 Electrical mechanics
  • 7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • 7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers

Minor Group 736 - Train crew operating occupations

  • 7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers
  • 7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women

Minor Group 737 - Crane operators, drillers and blasters

  • 7371 Crane operators
  • 7372 Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction
  • 7373 Water well drillers

Minor Group 738 - Printing press operators and other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

  • 7381 Printing press operators
  • 7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

Major Group 82 - Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production

  • Minor Group 821 - Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry

Minor Group 822 - Contractors and supervisors, mining, oil and gas

  • 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

Minor Group 823 - Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related occupations

  • 8231 Underground production and development miners
  • 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

Minor Group 824 - Logging machinery operators

  • 8241 Logging machinery operators

Minor Group 825 - Contractors and supervisors, agriculture, horticulture and related operations and services

  • 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

Minor Group 826 - Fishing vessel masters and fishermen/women

  • 8261 Fishing masters and officers
  • 8262 Fishermen/women

Major Group 92 - Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators

  • Minor Group 921 - Supervisors, processing and manufacturing occupations
  • 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • 9213 Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
  • 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • 9215 Supervisors, forest products processing
  • 9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing

Minor Group 922 - Supervisors, assembly and fabrication

  • 9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
  • 9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
  • 9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
  • 9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
  • 9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
  • 9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly

Minor Group 923 - Central control and process operators in processing and manufacturing

  • 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
  • 9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

Minor Group 924 - Utilities equipment operators and controllers

  • 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators
  • 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

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