Federal Skilled Trade


The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC, formerly known as the Federal Skilled Trades Program) is the only federal economic immigration program that singles out workers in trades occupations. The program allows qualified tradespersons from around the world to immigrate to Canada permanently.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Work Experience: Have accumulated at least two years of full-time work experience (or the equivalent in part-time work experience) in the skilled trade within the last 5 years.
  • Language Proficiency: Meet the required language levels for each language ability (speaking, reading, listening, and writing) by submitting results of a language test recognized by the government of Canada. The required minimum results are Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing.
  • Intention of stay:Plan on living outside the province of Quebec.
  • Job Offer/ Certificate of Qualification: Have a full-time offer of employment in that skilled trade for a period of at least one year from up to two Canadian employers OR hold a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade from a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.
  • Eligible Trades: Currently, eligible trades occupations under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system are organized under these groups:
    • Major groups:
    • 72 - industrial, electrical and construction trades,
    • 73 - maintenance and equipment operation trades
    • 82 - supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
    • 92 - processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
    • Minor groups:
    • 632 - chefs and cooks
    • 633 - butchers and bakers
  • Settlement Funds: You must have enough funds to financially support you & your family in Canada.

Important Insights

  • Proof of funds are not required to you are legally working in Canada and have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
  • Paid part-time work experience counts towards the minimum experience requirement.
  • Self-employment experience counts towards the minimum experience requirement.
  • Every province has their own criteria to assess the trade criteria.
  • No minimum education requirement to apply under this program.


How we can help?

We will be conducting a FREE assessment of your profile and determine your eligibility for Federal Skilled Trade. Upon the assessment, an unbiased review will be provided on your profile. If eligible we will assist in facilitating the Federal Skilled Trade application. For more details contact, info@trustcosmicimmigration.ca or 905-564-1888.