Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is for people who want to become permanent residents of Canada based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Meet required levels in English or French ( CLB 5 speaking and listening, 4 reading and writing )
  • Have 2 years of full-time ( or equivalent ) work experience in a skilled trade within 5 years before applying
  • Meet all job requirements for that skilled trade according to the National Occupational Qualification
  • Have a job offer ( LMIA approved ) of full-time employment from up to two employers for at least 1 year or  a Certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial body.

What kind of work Experience do I need for Federal Skilled Trades Program?

Your work experience must be in a trade that is part of Skill level B in the Canadian National Occupational Qualification. You must have had that work experience during last 5 years but it doesn’t have to be continuous.


For more information about the express entry click here