Federal Skilled Trades Program

The Federal skilled trades program is for the candidates belonging to the category of skilled workers and are willing to become permanent residents in Canada. They can only be eligible for immigration if they qualify the skilled trade program.

How does this program work?

The minimum requirements for this program are:


Skilled work experience

By skilled work experience, we expect a candidate to have prior working experience of at least 2 years under a full-time job or an equivalent experience under a part-time job. They should also meet the job requirements for a particular skilled trade as stated by the National Occupational Classification.
i) Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades professional jobs (skill type A)
ii) Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
iii) Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture, and related production
iv) Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators
v) Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks
vi) Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers


Language Criteria

Candidate must fulfill the mandatory language requirements to be proficient in both Canada’s official languages, English and French.
They are required to clear tests based on:
i) writing
ii) reading
iii) listening
iv) speaking
candidate must achieve the minimum benchmark of 5 for speaking and listening tests and 4 for reading and writing evaluation.



There are no educational requirements for the federal skilled workers trade program. But, only if you are educated, you can improve your rank in the express entry pool significantly. There are two ways to do this:

For Canadian students:

Candidate can avail points for a certificate, diploma, or a degree from any:
Canadian secondary intuition (high school) OR post-secondary institution.

For foreign students:

i)Complete educational credentials
ii)Educational credential assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes from a recognized institution evaluating the equality of your educational level to any Canadian certification, degree, or diploma from secondary or post-secondary institution.


Proof of funds

Under the federal skilled workers trade program, it is mandatory to show your proof of funds to the Canadian government unless:
i) you are legally allowed to work in Canada
ii) Have a valid employment offer from a Canadian employer.


Application selection assessment

If the candidate succeeds to fill up the minimum requirements of the program, further application selection is done on the basis of the following factors:
• Age
• Education
• Prior work experience
• Job offer validity
• No language barrier ( English or French language skills)
• Capability to adapt
All of these factors are evaluated on a scale of 100 Points. The minimum passing ratio is for 67 points. Your score depends on how well you perform under each criteria.


Use of selected application

Your selected application is put in the pool of thousands of applications along with your score. Candidates are then shortlisted according to the highest ranking. They are then invited for an interview.

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