UncategorizedJune 13, 2022by prominent.contentThe Federal Skilled Trades Program was established in 2013 to alleviate Canada’s skilled trades labour deficit.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is an Express Entry economic immigration program.

It was established to alleviate Canada’s shortfall of skilled trade workers as the baby boomer generation retires. This, paired with Canada’s low birth rate, means that there aren’t enough trained trades employees to fill the void, and immigration is critical to sustaining the skilled crafts sector in the future.

What exactly is the FSTP?

The FSTP is a designated pathway for skilled trade employees to obtain permanent residency in Canada. The qualifying requirements differ from those of other Express Entry programs in that they are limited to a single National Occupation Classification (NOC), skill level, and occupation (Skill level B). There are also several educational and linguistic requirements.

Candidates must meet the following criteria to be eligible for th FSTP:e
  •  At least two years of skilled trades work experience in the five years preceding application
  • A minimum Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 for speaking, listening, and reading and writing on their English or French language test.
  • Provide evidence of finances (if applicable)
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Professional work experience

  • To be eligible for the FSTP, candidates must have at least two years of paid, full-time work experience or an equivalent amount of part-time experience during the last five years before applying in any of the NOC occupational categories listed below. All of these key organizations are classified as NOC skill category B:
  •  Major Group 72, industrial, electrical, and building trades
  •  Maintenance and equipment operation trades, Major Group 73
  •  Major Group 82, natural resource supervisors and technical jobs
  •  resources, agriculture, and allied manufacturing
  • Major Group 92, which includes processing, manufacturing, and utilities
  •  supervisors and operators of central control system
  •  Chefs and cooks, Minor Group 632
  • Butchers and bakers, Minor Group 633
Language Prerequisites

Candidates for the FSTP must have a basic level of proficiency in either English or French. They must have a CLB score of five in speaking and listen and a CLB score of four in reading and writing.

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Evidence of funds

Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient funds to maintain themselves and any dependent family members in Canada. The sum grows in proportion to the number of people you help. The bank or financial institution where you hold your money will provide proof of funds, which will indicate your average account balances over the last six months as well as any outstanding obligations. This is not required if you are already employed in Canada or have a valid job offer from a Canadian business.

Number of family members Funds required in CAD
1 $13,310
2 $16,570
3 $20,371
4 $24,733
5 $28,052
6 $31,638
7 $35,224
Each additional family member $3,586
Obtain an assessment from a province or territory.

In Canada, skilled trades are governed by provincial and territory governments. Candidates for the FSTP will very certainly require some experience and training from a Canadian business. The procedure varies by province and area. More information is available on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.


For FSTP candidates, there are no specific educational requirements. Candidates for the FSTP, on the other hand, can improve their chances of becoming a permanent residence through Express Entry by receiving an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) or demonstrating that they have completed secondary or post-secondary education in Canada.

Next steps

After determining their eligibility for the FSTP, candidates can go online and create an Express Entry profile on the IRCC website. Following the submission of your profile, IRCC will provide you with a CRS score. This score is determined by characteristics such as your age, employment experience, language skills, and education, among others.

The score you earn is compared to the scores of other candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Those with the top scores will be invited to apply (ITA) for permanent residence. You have 60 days after receiving your ITA to submit your application. The IRCC will then review your materials and make a final decision on your application.


Due to the pandemic, Express Entry invites to FSTP candidates have been halted from December 2021. Invitations will, however, resume in early July of this year. IRCC hopes to remove the backlog of applications and reduce processing timeframes for new applications to six months. Express Entry will once again be the primary option for Canada to welcome economic class immigrants, according to the Immigration Levels Plan 2022-2024. Canada expects to receive over 110,000 Express Entry immigrants by 2024.