Federal Skilled Trades

Come to Canada in the Federal Skilled Trades program!

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST) is one of the three federal immigration programs served by the Express Entry system. It is designed for skilled workers working in various trades and technical occupations.

Program eligibility

In order to meet the eligibility criteria, the candidate must meet minimum language requirements for all four categories of language proficiency; have at least 2 years of work experience in their trade in the last 5 years; meet the requirements for this trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC); and have a valid full-time job offer of at least 1 year or a certificate of qualification (license to work) in this skilled profession issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial, or federal authority.

What trades are eligible for Federal Skilled Trades Program

The only eligible for this program trades are industrial, electrical and construction trades; maintenance and equipment operation trades; supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production; processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators; cooks and chefs; and bakers and butchers.

Eligible occupations are consolidated in the following NOC groups:

  • 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 utilities supervisors and central control operators
  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks
  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

The major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations, and they are all skill type B.

Federal Skilled Trades Express Entry Draw

Since candidates for this program do not always have higher education, they receive much fewer points than candidates for the Federal Skilled Workers program. And although they can be selected in the regular invitation round of Express Entry, this happens infrequently.

For that reason, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2017 decided to hold several draws a year only for Federal Skilled Trades candidates. In these draws, IRCC sends ITAs based on eligibility for the program requirements, ignoring candidates with higher scores.

So far, the Department of Immigration has already held several invitations rounds exclusively for the Federal Skilled Trades program. There were six such rounds in the history of Express Entry, two rounds each year.

In 2017, IRCC held FST draws on May 26 (The lowest CRS score was 199 points) and November 1 (241 points) and invited 905 tradespeople.

In 2018, IRCC held FST draws on May 30 (288 points) and September 24 (284 points) and invited 900 applicants.

In 2019, IRCC held FST draws on May 1 (332 points) and October 16 (357 points) and invited 1,000 candidates.

Are you working in one of the eligible trades and would like to move to Canada permanently? Contact Intercontinental Global Immigration Solutions Corporation for professional advice and step-by-step guidance. We will provide you with the full consultation about immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades program.