The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is an immigration initiative established in 2013. Its primary goal is to invite international tradespeople to fill roles highly sought-after by Canadian employers. From 2015 onwards, the Canadian Government has processed FSTP applications through the Express Entry online system.

Which occupations qualify for immigration under the Federal Skilled Trades?

Only the following occupations in the training, education, experience, and responsibilities (TEER) 2 or 3 are eligible to participate in the FSTP:

Technical trades and transportation occupations included in the category of occupations whose NOC begins with 72

All eligible occupations under the Major group 72
  • 72010 – Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
  • 72011 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 72012 – Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
  • 72013 – Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 72014 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers.
  • 72020 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 72021 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 72022 – Supervisors, printing, and related occupations
  • 72023 – Supervisors, railway transport operations
  • 72024 – Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
  • 72100 – Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 72101 – Tool and die makers.
  • 72102 – Sheet metal workers
  • 72103 – Boilermakers
  • 72104 – Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
  • 72105 – Ironworkers
  • 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
  • 72201 – Industrial electricians
  • 72202 – Power system electricians
  • 72203 – Electrical power line and cable workers
  • 72204 – Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • 72205 – Telecommunications equipment installation and cable television service technicians
  • 72300 – Plumbers
  • 72301 – Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 72302 – Gas fitters
  • 72310 – Carpenters
  • 72311 – Cabinetmakers
  • 72320 – Bricklayers
  • 72321 – Insulators
  • 72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 72401 – Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • 72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 72403 – Railway carmen/women
  • 72404 – Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • 72405 – Machine fitters
  • 72406 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 72410 – Automotive service technicians
  • 72420 – Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  • 72421 – Appliance servicers and repairers
  • 72422 – Electrical mechanics
  • 72423 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • 72429 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
  • 72500 – Crane operators
  • 72501 – Water well drillers
  • 72999 – Other trades and related occupations

Maintenance and equipment operation trades occupations included in the occupation category whose NOC begins with 73

All eligible occupations under the Major group 73
  • 73100- Concrete finishers
  • 73101 – Tilesetters
  • 73102 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • 73110 – Roofers and shinglers
  • 73111 – Glaziers
  • 73112 – Painters and decorators
  • 73113 – Floor covering installers
  • 73310 – Railway and yard locomotive engineers
  • 73311 – Railway conductors and brakemen/women
  • 73401 – Printing press operators
  • 73402 – Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction

Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production whose NOC begins with 82

All eligible occupations under the Major group 82
  • 82010 – Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 82020 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • 82021 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
  • 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
  • 82031 – Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators included in the category of occupations whose NOC begins with 92

All eligible occupations under the Major group 92
  • 92010 – Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 92011 – Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • 92012 – Supervisors, food and beverage processing
  • 92013 – Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • 92014 – Supervisors, forest products processing
  • 92015 – Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
  • 92020 – Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
  • 92021 – Supervisors, electronics and electrical products manufacturing
  • 92022 – Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
  • 92023 – Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
  • 92024 – Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
  • 92100 – Power engineers and power systems operators
  • 92101 – Water and waste treatment plant operators

Chefs, Cooks, Butchers and Bakers

All eligible occupations under the Minor groups 622 and 632
  • 62200 – Chefs
  • 63200 – Cooks
  • 63201 – Butchers – retail and wholesale
  • 63202 – Bakers

Federal Skilled Trades Program requirements

If your profession falls under technical trades, such as an electrician, construction worker, equipment technician, welder, mechanic, agricultural technician, cook, truck driver, butcher, or baker, you may be eligible for immigration through the FSTP. The main requirements of the FSTP are:

  • Proficiency in English or French at CLB 5 for speaking and listening (Equivalent to IELTS 5.0 and CELPIP 5) and CLB 4 for writing and reading (IELTS 4.0 for writing and 3.5 for reading and CELPIP 4).
  • Two years of work experience within the last five years in an occupation in the TEER 2 or 3.
  • An official job offer from a Canadian employer for a period of at least one year OR having a certificate of qualifications in their profession (license to practice) issued by a federal or provincial professional community.

Additional details about this program can be found on our news portal.

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