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Work In Canada As A Skilled Tradesperson

Are you a tradesperson with experience in plumbing, electrical, construction, maintenance, HVAC, agriculture, cooking, bakery or manufacturing works? The Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program invites tradespersons from across the world to come work and settle in Canada. One of the world’s most developed countries, Canada is facing a shortfall of tradespeople and this is your opportunity. Y-Axis can help you identify your approach to this program and assist you at every step of your application.

Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program Details

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. As long as you meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as per the National Occupational Classification, and can meet the minimum eligibility criteria, you are in a great position to apply for the FSTP Program. The key features of this program are:

  • Get Invited by IRCC with CRS as low as 199
  • More than 100 designated trades and occupations
  • Applicants are not required to prove their level of education to enter the pool.
  • Great opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Documents Required

The documentation required for the Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program includes:

  • Current passport and travel history
  • Meet the required language levels
  • Must have spent at least 2 out of the past 5 years in your trade
  • Your trade must fall under the National Occupationnel Classification list
  • While there is no educational requirement having a Canadian education or equivalent foreign credential can improve your Express Entry ranking
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Other supporting documents
How Y-Axis Can Help You?

Y-Axis offers end-to-end support to help make your application process smoother. Our services include:

  • Immigration documents checklist
  • Complete application processing
  • Forms, documentation & application filing
  • Updates & follow up
  • Job search services
  • Relocation and post-landing support in Canada

Y-Axis has helped thousands of individuals work and settles abroad. Rely on our proven processes to help you through your Canada Federal Skilled Trades Program process.

How do I apply for FSTP?

Through Express Entry which manages the applications for 3 economic immigration programs –

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP]
  • Canadian Experience Class [CEC]
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP]

To increase your chances of being invited to apply for Canada PR – When in the Express Entry pool, lodge Expression of Interest [EOI] with provinces/territories that are part of the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

Do I have to show proof of funds for FSTP?

Generally, proof of funds is needed when applying under FSWP or FSTP.

But, no proof of settlement funds is needed if the applicant –

  • Currently has work authorization in Canada, and
  • Has a valid job offer from a Canadian employer.

Do note that both conditions must be met.

What skill level is needed for FSTP?

Occupations that come under FSTP all require Skill Type B as per the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification [NOC].

What are the conditions for applying to the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

A one-year full-time work offer from a Canadian company or a certificate of qualification from a provincial, territorial, or federal governing authority.

The Canadian Language Benchmark offers a language competency score in either French or English (CLB).

Within the last five years, you must have worked full-time for at least two years.

You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the job criteria of your skilled profession.

Unless you have a valid job offer or can legally work in Canada, proof of sufficient funds for you and your family to settle in Canada.

Is there any educational requirement for FSTP?

There is no educational requirement for FSTP.

What skill level is needed for FSTP?

Even if there are no education requirements, an applicant who wants to earn points for his CRS score under the Express Entry system must provide:

  • Proof of education- Canadian High School or Post-Secondary certificate, diploma or degree
  • International applicants with a foreign degree must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by CIC
What is the Express Entry of Canada?

An online application management system, Express Entry is used by the federal Government of Canada for managing applications for Canadian permanent residence from skilled workers that want to settle in Canada.

What is the Federal Skilled Trades Program of Canada?

Commonly referred to as simply the FSTP, the Federal Skilled Trades Program is one of the three economic immigration programs of Canada that are handled through the Express Entry system. 

What is the difference between FSWP and FSTP?

Here, by FSWP is meant the Federal Skilled Worker Program. To be eligible for the FSWP, skilled work experience in either managerial, professional, or technical jobs and skilled trades will be required. As per the National Occupational Classification (NOC), such jobs would be at Skill Type 0, Skill Level A, or Skill Level B respectively. 

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), on the other hand, is for those looking to take up permanent residence in Canada based on their being qualified in a skilled trade.  

Which jobs are eligible for Express Entry FSTP?

Skilled trades eligible for applying for a Canada PR visa through the FSTP are, as per the NOC –  

  • Industrial, electrical and construction trades (NOC: Major Group 72), 

  • Maintenance and equipment operation trades (NOC: Major Group 73), 

  • Supervisors and technical jobs – in agriculture, natural resources, and related production (NOC: Major Group 82), 

  • Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators (NOC: Major Group 92), 

  • Chefs and cooks (NOC: Minor Group 632), and 

  • Butchers and bakers (NOC: Minor Group 633) 

I want to immigrate to Quebec. Can I apply for Canada PR visa under the FSTP?

With greater autonomy over the selection of newcomers, Quebec has its own immigration programs.  Quebec is not a part of the federal Express Entry system or the Provincial Nominee Program.  If you plan on living in Quebec after you get your Canada PR visa, you must explore the Quebec immigration programs available.  

Can I settle anywhere in Canada if I get my Canada PR visa through FSTP?

Yes. When you make your Express Entry profile, you will be asked where in Canada do you plan on living after being granted your Canada PR visa. You don’t have to settle in that province or territory.  

However, if you get your Canada PR visa through Canadian PNP, you will be required to settle within the province/territory that nominated you. 

What is the difference between PNP and FSTP Canada?

The PNP is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) which helps to migrate to Canada though 2 options:

  • Paper based process: Select a suitable province and required eligibility qualification must be satisfied. Then submit and Express of Interest (Express of Interest)
  • By Express Entry help: Applicant must create Express Entry profile and submit mandate documents in the Express Entry pool

The PNP allows provinces and territories to nominate immigrants who meet their specific economic needs. If the applicant is a skilled professional with experience in technology, finance, education, marketing or healthcare, PNP program is a perfect choice to get a PR in Canada.

Points to remember

The applicant must have relevant professional experience. The applicant must have a CRS score of 400 points or higher. The Eligibility changes according to the Provinces. But the basic documentation that is needed to apply for PNP are:

  • Valid passport
  • Completely filed application form
  • Language skills certificate
  • Proof of funds
  • Educational, Work experience and other personal documents

Federal Skills Trade Program (FSTP): The FSTP is a points-based system that assesses immigrants on their skills, work experience, and education. FSTP is also used to migrate to Canada only if you have a job as per National Occupational Qualification (NOC) and meets eligibility criteria.

It is one of the programs managed by Express Entry System.

Points to remember      

The applicants with minimum of 2 years of experience in skill trade that is listed under NOC is actually eligible for Canadian PR.

Applicant with good CRS score will receive Invited to Apply (ITA).

What is Federal Skilled Trades Program Canada?

The Federal skilled Trades program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. As long as you meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as per the National Occupational Classification, and can meet the minimum eligibility criteria, you are in a great position to apply for the FSTP Program.

It’s open to people who have at least two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade and meet other requirements, such as being able to speak English or French.

The FSTP is one of the program under Express Entry System.

Eligibility criteria for FSTP:

Eligibility Factors

Requirements to satisfy


Not Specified


Fluency in English or French


Either studying Ph.D. or already has a Ph.D.

Work Experience

2 years’ experience in Skilled Trade

1 year work which has NOC – Specified Occupations

Employment arranged

A full time or permanent employment given by Canadian Employer

The basic documentation that is needed to apply for PNP are:

  • Valid passport
  • Completely filed application form
  • Language skills certificate
  • Proof of funds
  • Educational, Work experience and other personal documents
How much CRS score required for Canada PR?

The minimum CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score required for a Canadian Permanent Resident application is 467 points. This score is based on the candidate’s age, education, work experience, and other factors. While this minimum score may seem high, it is important to remember that the CRS is a highly competitive scoring system.

CRS score is used by Canada to assess and score your profile and Background information. These points are awarded based on different human capital factors. The CRS uses a point-based system to rank Express Entry candidates. A job offer is not required under the CRS, but candidates with a valid job offer or provincial nomination receive additional points under the CRS. It works on

  • Skills

  • Education

  • Language ability

  • Work experience

  • Other factors

Any applicant who submits a profile to the Express Entry pool of candidates is assigned a CRS score out of 1200 points. Approximately every two weeks, the Canadian government conducts an Express Entry draw, where they issue a round of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to the highest-ranking candidates.

To receive a nomination from a province will result in an additional 600 points toward one’s CRS score, essentially guaranteeing an invitation to apply for permanent residence. For individual provinces, the CRS score varies according the requirements set by each province.

 Factors that affect CRS

 Maximum Points we can get

Human capital factors

460 (with spouse) , 500 (without spouse)

Skill Transferability


Spouse or Common – Law Factors


Additional points




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