Federal Skilled Trades Program
An increasing number of people are applying under the Federal Skilled trades Program to become permanent residents of Canada. The Federal Skilled Trades Class Program is for individuals in their skilled trades who are currently working in Canada, OR who are applying from outside of Canada because they have a provincial trade’s person certification, OR because they have a valid job offer and a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in support of the job offer. The Federal Trades Class Program is for workers in the following occupations below:
- Industrial, electrical and constructions trades;
- Maintenance and equipment operation trades;
- Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;
- Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production;
- Minor Groups 632, chefs and cooks
- Minor Groups 633, butchers and bakers
For Applying, The Requirements Include:
- Live outside the province of Quebec
- Fulfill the required levels of English or French for every language ability.
- Minimum two years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade within the five years of applying.
- Full fill the job requirement for skilled trade as set out in NOC, and
- An offer of full time employment for at least one year* or a certificate qualification issued by a provincial or territorial body.
- Full-time work implies at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week, or an equal amount in part-time, paid work experience.
- In addition, to satisfying the requirements an applicant must show that they have sufficient money to live in Canada, and that they are not criminally, medically, or otherwise inadmissible.
There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if you want to earn points for your education under Express Entry, you either need:
- a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree
- an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report produced by an agency approved by CIC to show it is equal to Canadian education standards.
- meet the minimum language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 for reading and writing, and
- take a language test approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that shows you meet the level for speaking, listening, reading and writing.
You must show that you meet the requirements in English or French by including the test resultswhen you complete your Express Entry profile. Your test results must not be more than two years old on the day you apply for permanent residence