Federal Skilled Trade Program

The Federal Skilled Trade Program(FSTP) is one of the 3 Federal economic programs under Express Entry. It was introduced in 2013. Due to labour shortage in Canada, IRCC aims to welcome approximately 400,000 immigrants per year under Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP). Eligible Skilled Trade Professionals usually obtain Permanent Residence of Canada within 06 months.

Under Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) the candidate may have low CRS score has there is “NO” education requirement. 

While applying under Federal Skilled Trade Program (FSTP) the candidate can only choose to reside in any province other than Quebec.

An eligible candidate can be invited under FSTP (Federal Skilled Worker Class) while residing outside Canada or inside Canada on a valid temporary status.

Federal Skilled Trade Program Eligibility and Requirements

  • To be eligible to apply under Federal Skilled Trade Program, the applicant should comply with the minimum requirement for the following:

Work experience in Skilled position

The applicants willing to apply under FSTP should have minimum of 2 years of full-time paid work experience in skilled trade occupation in past 05 years. The job duties performed by candidates should relate to the occupation description in their NOC. The applicants must have gained work experience in an occupation falling under NOC B trade groups as follows:

    • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades
    • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
    • Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
    • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
    • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks
    • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

Language Proficiency in English or French

The applicant can provide their Language Test results in English or French from approved listed organizations which are IELTS, CELPIP, TEF Canada or TCF Canada. The minimum score required to be eligible is CLB/NCLC 5 in speaking and listening module and CLB/NCLC 4 in reading and writing module.


There is “NO” minimum Education requirement to be eligible to apply under FSTP. But if the candidates wish to increase their CRS Score/points, they may include their education obtained from Canada or outside Canada. However, for candidates with foreign education are required to provide an ECA (Educational Credential Assessment) for each credential obtained. The ECA must be for immigration purposes and from the designated organization which are WES, IQAS, ICAS, CES or ICES.

  • Valid job offer from a Canadian employer for at least duration of 01 year or Certificate of Qualification in a particular skilled trade issued by Canada
  • A certificate of qualification is a certified exam which demonstrates that the candidate is qualified to practice trade in Canada in the specific province/territory

The province/territory oversees the education and training.

While applying under FSTP, the candidates may require to provide “Proof of funds” to prove whether they have the enough funds to get themselves and their dependent family members settle in Canada, unless:

  • they are currently residing Canada with a work authorization or
  • have a valid job offer from Canadian employer

Note: The candidates applying under FSTP must be not inadmissible to enter Canada.
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