Federal Skilled Trades

Are you a skilled tradesman wanting to become a permanent resident in Canada?


How does it all work?

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Minimum Requirements

To qualify for the Federal Skilled Trades program, you must meet some minimum requirements.

  • Skilled Worker Experience

    Your skilled trade must be classified under one of the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) job groups

    • Major Group 72 | Industrial, electrical and construction
    • Major Group 73 | Maintenance and equipment operation
    • 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
    Find your NOC Code
  • Language Ability

    For your language ability to be eligible, you must

    • Pass the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing
    • Take an approved test for writing, reading, listening and speaking
    • Enter your results in your Express Entry profile

    Note: Language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result

  • Education

    There are no education requirements, however it will improve your ranking in the Express Entry pool.

    Foreign Education

    If your education is from outside Canada, you can gain additional points for a completed educational credential with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) confirming the education you received is equal to a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian high school or post secondary school.

    Canadian Education

    If your education is from inside Canada, you can gain additional points for a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian high school or post secondary school.

Assessment Basis

After you meet the minimum requirements, you will likely have to go to the province or territory to be assessed for your trade. You may also need an employer in Canada to give you experience and training. Each province/territory process is different.

You must also be admissible to Canada and show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada

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Express Entry


The Federal Skilled Trades program is one of three programs under the Express Entry

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