The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is for people who want to become permanent residents of Canada based on being qualified in a skilled trade

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in an eligible skilled trade;
  • Meet minimum language levels in English or French;
  • Have an offer of full-time employment for a total of at least one year; or  
  • Have a certificate of qualification in your skilled trade issued by a province or territory
What kind of Work Experience do I Need?

Your work experience must be in a trade that is part of Skill Level B in the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).

You must have had that work experience during the last 5 years.


If you work in a skilled trade and possess a certificate to practice your trade in Canada issued by a Canadian authority, then this could be a great option for you. Conversely, if you do not have a certificate to practice your trade in Canada but you have a one‐year job offer to come to Canada to work in your trade, this another way to qualify for this program.

If you think you are eligible for this program or you are a Canadian employer looking to bring in a skilled tradesperson, it is best to contact us directly to discuss your options.

Skill levelMinimum level for all four language abilities
Skill 0 or ACLB 7
Skill BCLB 5