FSTC applications are assessed based on an applicant’s ability to become economically established upon immigration to Canada. Eligible candidates must make an expression of interest in immigrating to Canada through the IRCC Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada.
FSTC Applicants receive a pass or fail score, based on the following four requirements:
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;
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, CLB 4 for reading and writing;
have obtained 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work) in the skilled trade in the five years before applying; and
be able to demonstrate the skills and experience and that they have performed the essential duties of the occupation.
The program is quota based and limited to 3000 applications per year with sub quotas in many of the eligible categories of trade.
Skilled work experience eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Class fall into the following general Skilled Trades categories of the NOC:
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, and
Minor Group 633: butchers and bakers.
FSTC applicants must plan to reside outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers through a unique immigration system. If prospective applicants plan on living in Quebec, visit the Quebec Skilled Worker Program page for more information.
Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in the English or French language for speaking, listening, reading and writing. Only test results from a IRCC designated language testing agency are acceptable.
Two of the most commonly used language tests are the IELTS for English and the TEF for French. See Language Training for Canada. Required scores are: