Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

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The Federal Skilled Trades Program is one of the three economic immigration programs in Canada. The Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program is for individuals who want to apply for permanent residency based on their qualifications in a skilled trade.

Eligibility Requirements for FSTP

To be eligible to apply for Canadian PR under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

1. Minimum Work Experience

  • An applicant must have a minimum of 2 years full-time, or the equivalent in part-time work (3,120 hours), in a skilled trade within 5 years of submitting an application.
  • The applicant must have performed both the actions described in the lead statement and a substantial number of the main duties listed in the NOC description of the occupation.
  • Applicants must have an offer of employment in Canada
  • Must be for at least one year of full-time work.
  • Must be skill level B (technical occupations and skilled trades) in one of the eligible occupations.
  • Must have wages and working conditions comparable to those offered to Canadians working in the occupation.
  • Can be made by up to two employers.


  • A Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial body.
  • To get a certificate, the provincial or territorial trades authority must assess your training, trade experience, and skills to decide if you are eligible to write an exam to be certified.

2. Eligible Job Groups for FSTP

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

3. Education Requirements

  • No education requirement under Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • To earn points for education under Express Entry, applicants either need a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree or a completed foreign credential with an educational credential assessment (ECA) report from an agency approved by IRCC.
  • The ECA must be less than five years old on the date of application.

4. Language Requirements

  • Applicants must show proof of sufficient settlement funds to support themselves and their dependents once they arrive in Canada.
  • Applicants under this program are NOT required to show the proof of settlement funds if:
    • they are currently able to legally work in Canada.
    • they have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.

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FAQS: Federal Skilled Trades Program

What is the difference between FSTP and FSWP?

In FSTP, you can immigrate to Canada without any degree or education but it is not possible in FSW. You need a job offer in case of FSTP, while FSW candidates can immigrate without one. Source: FSTP vs FSWP

Where can I find Federal Skilled Trades Program Occupation List?

All the FSTP jobs are organized under Skill Level B, which is now TEER 3-5. Simply go to NOC’s website and search for your Job Title.

How many CRS points are required for FSTP in Canada?

You typically require a minimum of 67 points out of 100 if you wish to be eligible under the Express Entry System.

What is the general processing time for FSTP in 2022?

Generally, it takes around 6 months for Express Entry applications to be processed. But FSTP applications is expected to rise to 36 months in 2022 because of over-achieved targets as per this plan by IRCC.

What is sufficient proof of funds in FSW?

You must have enough money to support yourself and your family in Canada, unless

  • already able to legally work in Canada and
  • have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada

For 2 Family members, 1 spouse and 1 child, you need $16,449.

Source: Proof of funds

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