The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) is for people who want to become permanent residents of Canada based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

To be eligible to apply, you must:
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience in an eligible skilled trade;
  • Meet minimum language levels in English or French;
  • Have an offer of full-time employment for a total of at least one year; or
  • Have a certificate of qualification in your skilled trade issued by a province or territory
  • Ontario has Express Entry streams called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program that is specific to that province, should you choose to live in Ontario.
If you plan on living in Quebec, there is a different Quebec-selected skilled worker application process.

What kind of Work Experience do I Need?
Your work experience must be in a trade that is part of Skill Level B in the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC).
You must have had that work experience during the last 5 years.

How do I Apply to the FSTP?
If you are eligible to apply under the FST category, you may submit your profile to Express Entry. Express Entry is a new online application system for economic immigration categories, such as the FSTP.