Fact Sheet — Federal Skilled Trades Program

Overview

Launched in January 2013, the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) helps to facilitate the immigration of skilled tradespeople to Canada. Applicants are selected according to criteria geared towards their reality, placing more emphasis on practical training and work experience rather than on formal education.

Advantages to Employers

Given Canada's aging workforce and the continued demand for certain skilled trades in the natural resource, agriculture and construction sectors, immigration is considered to be part of the solution for trades' renewal.

Employers can help qualified temporary foreign workers transition into permanent residence through the program by making them a qualifying job offer. For more information, see the fact sheet on Arranged Employment.

How It Works

Applicants to the FSTP must:

  • Have EITHER a one-year qualifying job offer OR a Provincial/Territorial certificate of qualification in a qualifying skilled trade to demonstrate that the individual can be employed in Canada;
  • Meet minimum language proficiency thresholds in either English or French: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in speaking and listening (i.e. the applicant can effectively participate in and understand routine conversations); and CLB 4 (fluent basic proficiency) in reading and writing;
  • Have at least two years of work experience (within the last five years) in one of 90 eligible skilled trades; and
  • Satisfy the employment requirements set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system, with the exception of licensing requirements, which are addressed separately.

Altogether, there are 90 occupations currently eligible for processing under the FSTP. There is an annual cap of 5,000 applications, with sub-caps of 100 for each occupation.

Successful FSTP applicants must also meet admissibility requirements, including health, safety and security assessments.

For further information, please see the following news releases:

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