Federal Skilled Traders

The Federal Skilled Trader Class is one of the three programs of the Express Entry system. Qualified candidates must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada, create an online Express Entry profile, and receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence before they may make an application.

Under the recently started Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), the applicant is able to obtain “permanent residency” in Canada by working in a certain trade. The goal of the FSTC is to accommodate the demands of the Canadian workforce.

Generally, FSTC applicants may have lower CRS scores than other Express Entry programs – Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class.

In order to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class, an applicant must:

  • Have job offers from up to two employers in Canada of at least one year duration OR a Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial body
  • Meet the minimum language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum benchmark
  • Have a minimum twenty-four months of qualified full-time (or equal part-time) work experience in the skilled trade in the last five years before applying
  • Demonstrate the skills and experience for the job as per the NOC code and show that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.
  • Applicants must plan to reside outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec has its own immigration system.
  • Not be inadmissible in Canada

A Certificate of Qualification proves that the applicant is certified to work in certain skilled trade in Canada. With a Certificate of Qualification, applicants show they have passed a certification exam or met all the requirements to exercise their trade in a specific province or territory. 

Skilled work experience eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into one of the following of the 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.


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