Federal Skilled Trade Program Canada
If You Are Part Of A Skilled Trade, You May Be Able To Move To Canada Permanently
Skilled Trades Are An Integral Part Of The Canadian Economy
The Federal Skilled Trade Program is another program offered under Express Entry for those who wish to remain a permanent resident. If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, we’ll walk you through how the federal skilled trades applications work, who classifies as skilled workers, and how the Express Entry process works.
To Qualify For The Federal Skilled Trades Program, You Must Meet Specific Requirements
The minimum requirements are as follows:
- A minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening and 4 for reading and writing in English or French
- 2 years of full-work experience in a skilled trade within 5 years before submitting your application
- A valid job offer of full-time employment by a Canadian employer that is paid or earned commissions (non-paid internships or volunteer work count)
It’s important to mention that each province decides which professions will be regulated. Since it is very difficult to obtain a provincial certification outside of Canada, this program is usually useful for skilled trade people who have an approved offer of employment, or who are already working in Canada with a work permit. Where a trade is not regulated, an offer of employment is mandatory.
If you meet the minimum requirements, you can complete your profile to enter the Express Entry pool that will be drawn throughout the year. Once completed, you will have to wait until your profile is assessed. You can only apply for permanent residence if you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
What Qualifies As Skilled Trades?
Skilled trades are organized under categories by the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Here are just some job requirements under each major group:
Major Group 72 Jobs
- Carpentry Trades
- Construction Trades
- Electrical Trades
Major Group 73 Jobs
- Heating & Refrigeration Mechanics
- Heavy Equipment Operators/Supervisor
- Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
- Railway Operators/Supervisors
- Truck and Bus Mechanics
Major Group 82 Jobs
- Agricultural Contractors/Supervisors
- Landscaping Contractors/Supervisors
- Logging and Forestry Operators/Supervisors
- Oil and Gas Drilling Operators/Supervisors
Major Group 92 Jobs
- Chemical Processing Operators
- Furniture Manufacturing/Supervisor
- Motor Vehicle Assembling/Supervisor
- Power System Operators
- Water and Waste Treatment Plant Operators
Major Group 632 Jobs
Major Group 633 Jobs
There Is Not A Minimum Education Requirement
They’re considered skill level B jobs and don’t actually require minimum education requirements, however, you will receive a higher score on your Express Entry profile and improve your chances of receiving an ITA if you went to school in Canada and received a diploma or degree from a secondary or post-secondary institution. If you’ve completed a foreign education, you can get extra points for proving that you’ve received your education from a designated organization that is equal to a Canadian educational institution.
Are You A Federal Skilled Trade Worker Who Needs Help Completing Their Express Entry Profile?
The Canadian immigration journey can be both exciting and stressful, especially when instructions aren’t clear or you have no idea where to start. This is where our professional and compassionate immigration team can come in. At Oro Immigration Services in Toronto, we help people from all over the world become permanent residents of our wonderful country through the Express Entry system. We help them navigate the online application system, understand their eligibility for programs like Federal Skilled Trades Program, and offer our support through the entire process.
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The Federal Skilled Trades Program is a great way to achieve your Canadian permanent residence goal through the Express Entry system. When you contact us today, we’ll ensure your goals are met. We look forward to helping you reach them.
Frequently Asked Questions
The program is for workers who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to one specific province’s economy. Candidates should want to live in that province, as well as become Canadian permanent residents. Individual provinces will have their own streams and requirements, giving preference to students, business people, skilled workers or semi-skilled workers.
No, the intention of express entry is to grant skilled immigrants with permanent residency in Canada. You will enjoy many of the same benefits as citizens, such as health care and the ability to work and live in any province of the country, but you don’t have the right to vote or run for office. Citizenship can be obtained after residents have been in Canada for a period of five years.
With Express Entry, Canada seeks to invite qualified, skilled immigrants who want to become permanent residents. This is a way to fill employment sectors where no Canadian workers are available. However, this doesn’t apply to every person and is just one way to obtain permanent residency. Many individuals who come here as students or temporary workers are able to stay after going through a formal application process.
No, you do not require a visa to apply for this program. The government will choose an eligible worker based on job offers, language abilities and educational background.
Once you receive permanent status in Canada, you are able to work and live anywhere in Canada – this includes Ontario and Quebec. Certain programs do however provide limitations on working in Quebec, but please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.