The FSTC allows individuals with job offers or appropriate certification to work in certain occupations to obtain Canadian permanent residence in any Canadian
province or territory other than Quebec.

In order to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Federal Skilled Trades applicants must:

  • have offers of employment from up to two employers in Canada of at least one year duration OR a Certificate of Qualification* from a provincial or territorial body;
  • provide proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum threshold set by the Minister — Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing;
  • have obtained 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work)  in the skilled trade in the five years before applying; and
  • be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

Skilled work experience eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into the following general Skilled Trades categories 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.

Federal Skilled Trades Class and Express Entry

The FSTC is one of three programs managed by the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system. This means that in order to begin the process immigrating to Canada as
a tradesperson must first create an online Express Entry profile to get a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and become ranked against other candidates in Express Entry pool.

Generally, FSTC candidates may have lower CRS scores than other Express Entry candidates — Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)and Canadian
Experience Class (CEC) — because they are not required to prove their level of education to enter the pool.