The new Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) 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 . Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) have officially launched the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) on January 2, 2013

The scheme is intended to help skilled tradespeople such as plumbers, electricians and metalworkers to attain Canadian permanent resident status. It will do this by focusing on skills and trades qualifications and less on academic learning and linguistic ability .

In order to qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa, Canadian Federal Skilled Trades (Professional) applicants must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

  • An offer of employment in Canada or a ‘certificate of qualification’ from a province or territory which will certify that applicants are ‘job ready’ on arrival.
  •  Basic language skills
  • A minimum of two years’ recent work experience as a skilled trades person
  • To be able to demonstrate that they possess skills that match those set out in the National Occupation Classification system (NOCB)

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

In order to make it easier for skilled trades persons to immigrate to Canada, CIC created the Federal Skilled Trades Program with no post-secondary education requirements and lower language proficiency requirements than the well-known Federal Skilled Worker Program.

Group A –Sub-caps of 100 applications per trade

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

• Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
• Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
• Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
• Carpenters
• Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
• Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
• Supervisors, logging and forestry
• Supervisors, mining and quarrying
• Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
• Logging machinery operators
• Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
• Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
• Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
• Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
• Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
• Power engineers and power systems operators
• Water and waste treatment plant operators

Group B – no sub-caps

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

• Machinists and machining tool inspectors
• Sheet metal workers
• Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
• Ironworkers
• Welders and related machine operators
• Electricians (except industrial and power system)
• Industrial electricians
• Power system electricians
• Electrical power line and cable workers
• Telecommunications line and cable workers
• Telecommunications installation and repair workers
• Plumbers
• Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
• Gas fitters
• Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
• Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
• Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
• Railway carmen/women
• Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
• Elevator constructors and mechanics
• Crane operators
• Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
• Water well drillers
• Underground production and development miners
• Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
• Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

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