The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.
To be eligible, applicant must:
Skilled work experience
Skilled Trades currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these major and minor groups of the NOC:
These major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations. (All are NOC skill type B.)
Applicant must show that he/she did the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC, including all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.
If he/she does not show that his/her experience meets the description in the NOC, Canada will not accept the application.
Federal Skilled Trades Program applications must be made based on the 2011 version of the NOC. However, if the application includes a Labor Market Impact Assessment from Employment and Social Development Canada based on the 2006 version of the NOC, it will be accepted by Canada as long as the applicant’s occupation corresponds to a 2011 NOC code that is eligible for the program.
There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if applicant wants to earn points for his/her education under Express Entry, he/she either needs:
Applicant must show that he/she meets the requirements in English by including the test results when he/she completes the Express Entry profile. The test results must not be more than two years old on the day he/she applies for permanent residence.
If applicant is married to a person who also meets the above conditions, he/she can decide which one of the two will apply as the principal applicant.
Applicant will likely have to go to the province or territory to be assessed. He/She may also need an employer in Canada to give experience and training.
Applicant should ask the counselor about the body that governs trades for the province/territory where he/she would like to live and work. The process is different depending on where the applicant wants to go.
Each province has different details about whether the applicant needs a certificate of qualification to work in that province or territory in a specific skilled trade:
For more information, please contact us.