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    Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

    Canada Needs Skilled Tradespeople!

     

    The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) was established to offer a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Canada to qualified skilled foreign tradespeople in dozens of high-demand occupations (such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers and welders). Many of these skilled trades are related to jobs in such occupation categories as:

    • Construction, Electrical and Industrial
    • Equipment Operation and Maintenance
    • Supervisors and Technical Jobs in Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production
    • Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities Supervisors and Central Control Operators

    Skilled foreign tradespeople and their eligible family members who are granted a PR Visa to Canada through the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) are authorized to live and work in Canada long-term, receive free basic healthcare (after a brief waiting period), get access to educational programs, and have the opportunity to enjoy the high standard of living that Canada is famous for. Another great benefit of being issued a PR Visa to Canada through the FSTP is the option to apply for Canadian citizenship after living in Canada as a permanent resident at least four years and meeting other criteria!

     

    Who Can Apply for the FSTP?

     

    In order to qualify for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), an applicant must have a minimum of two years of full-time paid work experience during the past five years in a trade that is eligible for the FSTP. Dozens of jobs in Canada qualify for the FSTP, particularly in the construction industry, oil & gas sector, trades related to heavy machinery, and various technical fields, among many others. Currently, all of the skilled trades eligible for the FSTP will be listed under the NOC Skill Level B category in the following groups (groups 72, 73, 82 and 92 each have several specific occupations listed as eligible for the FSTP):

    • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades
    • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
    • Major Group 82, supervisors & technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture & related production
    • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
    • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks, and
    • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

    Skilled foreign workers will also need to meet the requirements for employment in their FSTP-eligible trade as defined by the NOC system. 

     

    Examples of some of the dozens of occupations that qualify for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) include the following (effective January 1, 2015):

    • Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors
    • Appliance Servicers and Repairers
    • Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
    • Bakers
    • Bricklayers
    • Butchers
    • Cabinetmakers
    • Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians
    • Carpenters
    • Central Control and Process Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
    • Chefs
    • Concrete Finishers
    • Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications Occupations 
    • Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Equipment Operator Crews
    • Contractors and Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Services
    • Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades
    • Cooks
    • Crane Operators
    • Drillers and Blasters - Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
    • Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers
    • Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
    • Elevator Constructors and Mechanics
    • Floor Covering Installers
    • Gas Fitters
    • Glaziers
    • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
    • Industrial Electricians
    • Insulators
    • Ironworkers
    • Logging Machinery Operators
    • Machine Fitters
    • Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
    • Motorcycle, All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Other Related Mechanics
    • Oil and Gas Well Drillers, Servicers, Testers and Related Workers
    • Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics
    • Other Small Engine and Small Equipment Repairers
    • Painters and Decorators (Except Interior Decorators)
    • Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators
    • Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
    • Plumbers
    • Power Engineers and Power Systems Operators
    • Power System Electricians
    • Printing Press Operators
    • Pulping, Papermaking and Coating Control Operators
    • Railway and Yard Locomotive Engineers 
    • Railway Carmen/Women 
    • Railway Conductors and Brakemen/Women
    • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
    • Roofers and Shinglers
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
    • Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
    • Supervisors, Electrical Products Manufacturing 
    • Supervisors, Electronics Manufacturing
    • Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing 
    • Supervisors, Forest Products Processing
    • Supervisors, Furniture and Fixtures Manufacturing 
    • Supervisors, Logging and Forestry
    • Supervisors, Mineral and Metal Processing 
    • Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying
    • Supervisors, Motor Vehicle Assembling 
    • Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing
    • Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
    • Supervisors, Plastic and Rubber Products Manufacturing 
    • Supervisors, Printing and Related Occupations 
    • Supervisors, Railway Transport Operations
    • Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers 
    • Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers
    • Tilesetters
    • Tool and Die Makers
    • Water and Waste Treatment Plant Operators 
    • Water Well Drillers
    • Welders and Related Machine Operators

     

    Please note that in addition to the above trades, there are many other occupations that also qualify for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

     

    Furthermore, be aware that certain occupations related to trades (such as particular management occupations) may not qualify for the FSTP, but may be eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) if they are classified at NOC Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B. For example,  Construction Managers (NOC 0711) are classified as NOC Skill Type 0 (Managers) and not eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), but they do qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). If this sounds a bit confusing, don't worry - our authorized immigration consultants who we work with can evaluate your details and inform you about which Canadian immigration program you are most likely to be eligible for. 

     

    An applicant for the FSTP must be able to prove that they have acceptable English or French language abilities necessary for their particular trade (as measured by such language evaluation exams as the IELTS or TEF).

     

    Additionally, applicants for the FSTP long-term work visa to Canada must have a qualifying Canadian job offer OR a “certificate of qualification” from one of the provinces or territories where they want to live and work in Canada. 

     

    Although an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is not a requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), there is potential to receive more points toward Canadian immigration on the new "Express Entry" Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Therefore, obtaining an ECA is recommended by the Canadian government for FSTP applicants. The optional ECA is an assessment of an applicant's educational credentials (e.g., vocational training, college or university degree, etc.) to determine to what extent they compare to the education or other training received in Canada for the same or a related field or occupation.

     

    As with each type of work visa to Canada, applicants for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) must meet health and character requirements and provide “proof of funds,” among other criteria.

     

    Keep in mind that skilled foreign workers who want to live and work in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec should apply for a unique Quebec immigration program known as the Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers Program

     

    Our ICCRC-registered Immigration Consultants can review your CV and relevant details to evaluate whether your occupation and profile meet the requirements for the FSTP or another Canadian immigration program. To receive your personalized assessment of your options for immigration to Canada, click here!    

     

    NOTE: On January 1, 2015, Canada's government launched its new "Express Entry" system for skilled foreign workers who want to apply for a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to Canada through the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and certain other "economic immigration" programs. A key goal of the new "Express Entry" Canadian immigration system is to speed up the approval of skilled foreign workers for a PR Visa to Canada so they can help meet the needs of Canadian businesses. To learn more about the new "Express Entry" Canadian immigration system, click here!

     

    To learn more about jobs in Canada that may be available for eligible immigrants, visit HERE.

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