Federal Skilled Trades Program


The new Federal Skilled Trades Program (FTSC) will allow individuals with job offers or appropriate certification to work in certain occupations to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency in any Canadian Province or Territory other than Quebec.

Minimum Requirements

Canadian Federal Skilled Trades (Professional) applicants must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  1. Have offers of employment from up to two employers in Canada of at least one year duration OR a Certificate of Qualification from a provincial or territorial body;
  2. Provide proof of basic language proficiency from a designated language testing organization, demonstrating that the applicant meets the minimum threshold set by the Minister (Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, 4 for reading and writing);
  3. Have obtained twenty-four months of qualified work experience in the skilled trade in the last five years; and
  4. Be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.

The program will accept a maximum of 3000 total applications in its first year in order to ensure speedy processing times.

List of Eligible Occupations

Within the overall 3000 application limit, CIC will be accepting up to 100 applications for each of the skilled trade occupations set out in the following group (FSTC Group A):

• 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

• 7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

• 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

• 7271 Carpenters

• 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

• 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

• 8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry

• 8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying

• 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services

• 8241 Logging machinery operators

• 8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

• 9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing

• 9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

• 9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing

• 9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing

• 9241 Power engineers and power systems operators

• 9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

Within the same overall 3000 application limit, CIC will be accepting an unlimited number of applications from each of the skilled trade occupations set out in the following group (FSTC Group B):

• 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

• 7233 Sheet metal workers

• 7235 Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters

• 7236 Ironworkers

• 7237 Welders and related machine operators

• 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)

• 7242 Industrial electricians

• 7243 Power system electricians

• 7244 Electrical power line and cable workers

• 7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers

• 7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers

• 7251 Plumbers

• 7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

• 7253 Gas fitters

• 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

• 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

• 7313 Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

• 7314 Railway car men/women

• 7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

• 7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics

• 7371 Crane operators

• 7372 Drillers and blasters — surface, mining, quarrying and construction

• 7373 Water well drillers

• 8231 Underground production and development miners

• 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

• 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators