Federal Skilled Trades Program

Canada, The northern face of America, is among the top booming trade nations of the world. In order to keep up with its work pace, each year hundreds of trade persons are hired from all across the globe to come and work for the country, and even settle in Canada. The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) was established to offer a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa to qualified skilled foreign tradespeople in dozens of high-demand occupations (such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers and welders). Though the programs open gates to skilled traders from all across the world, Federal Skilled Trades Program has a strict criterion that must be met to qualify. 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

The program allows individuals with job offers or appropriate certification to work in certain occupations to obtain Canadian permanent residence in any Canadian province or territory other than Quebec. 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 it is classified under 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).

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!