Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)

The Canadian Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is designated for individuals who are interested to become permanent residents of Canada. The program offers potential immigrants who are qualified in a skilled trade the opportunity to rapidly become Canadian permanent residents in an effort to make sure that the country attracts a skilled work force.

This economic immigration program was appointed especially for the Canadian businesses and employers who struggle to hire a sufficient number of skilled workers to assist them complete the work as required.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program, you must meet the following general requirements:

  • Plan to live outside the province of Quebec since Quebec selects its own skilled workers.
  • Meet the required levels in English or French for each language.
  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience or an equal amount of part-time work experience.
  • Meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification.
  • Have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year.

Skilled work experience

Skilled Trades presently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into the following general categories of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • 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, and
  • Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers.

Contact us for further information about the Federal Skilled Trades Class or fill out a free Canadian immigration assessment form to learn more about your immigration options.