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Federal Skill Trades Program (FSTP)
Federal Skill Trades Program (FSTP)

On January 2, 2013 the new Federal Skilled Trades Program started for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

Citizen and Immigration Canada will accept 3,000 completed applications for processing in the first year.

To apply, you must:

  • plan to live outside the province of Quebec (Note: The province of Quebec chooses its own skilled workers. If you plan on living in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers for more information),
  • meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening),
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience)* in a skilled trade within the five years before you apply,
  • meet all job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and
  • have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year** or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a provincial or territorial body.

*“Full-time work” means at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week, or an equal amount in part-time, paid work experience. For example: