Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Crafting a New Life in Canada

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) offers a unique path to Canadian immigration for individuals skilled in various trades. If you’re talented with tools, machinery, or craftsmanship, this could be your ticket to a prosperous life in the Great White North.


Haven’t caught up with our previous articles? You can find an introduction to Canada’s immigration, an overview of the Express Entry system, or dive into the Federal Skilled Workers Program. Ready to learn more about FSTP? Let’s forge ahead!

What is the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

Canada’s economic success depends on various industries, including construction, manufacturing, and natural resources. Skilled tradespeople are the backbone of these industries, and the FSTP aims to fill gaps in the labor market by attracting foreign talent.


Unlike the Federal Skilled Workers Program, which focuses on managerial and professional roles, the FSTP targets individuals with skills in specific trades.

Who Qualifies for the FSTP?

To qualify for the FSTP, you must meet specific criteria related to your trade, work experience, language ability, and more:


1. Trade Classification: Your trade must be listed under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level B.

2. Work Experience: You must have at least two years of full-time work experience (or equal part-time) in a skilled trade within the last five years.

3. Language Ability: Although the requirements are slightly lower than the FSWP, you still need a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5 for speaking and listening, and 4 for reading and writing.

4. Job Offer or Certificate: A valid job offer of at least one year or a certificate of qualification in your trade issued by a Canadian province or territory.

5. Admissibility: You must meet standard admissibility requirements, such as a clean criminal record and good health.

Crafting Your Express Entry Profile

Much like the FSWP, the Federal Skilled Trades Program operates under the Express Entry system. You’ll need to create an Express Entry profile and be assessed through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). If you’re new to Express Entry, check our detailed guide here.

Provincial Opportunities

Some provinces may have particular needs for specific trades. You may want to explore the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), which we’ll cover in a future article. A provincial nomination can add valuable points to your CRS score.

What Happens After an Invitation to Apply (ITA)?

If you receive an ITA, you’ll need to submit your full application with all required documents within 60 days. This includes your job offer or certificate of qualification, language test results, Educational Credential Assessment (if applicable), and more.

Once approved, you’re on your way to becoming a permanent resident of Canada, with the opportunity to further your trade and contribute to the Canadian economy.


The Federal Skilled Trades Program shines a spotlight on the essential role that tradespeople play in Canada’s economic fabric. It acknowledges the art of craftsmanship and offers a path for skilled tradespeople to build a new life in Canada.

Whether you’re a welder, plumber, electrician, or any other skilled trade professional, Canada is waiting to welcome your expertise. Explore the FSTP and see if this is the pathway designed for you.

Stay tuned as we continue our series, unpacking more pathways, and providing insights into Canada’s vibrant immigration landscape. Questions? Thoughts? Feel free to engage with us below.