The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) provides an exceptional opportunity for skilled tradespersons across the globe to become permanent residents in Canada. The program is unique, prioritizing immigration for trades occupation workers in response to labour shortages across the nation. With the added benefit of the Express Entry system, FSTP applications are often processed within a few months.



FSTP is a fast-track option for qualified tradespeople. To qualify, a candidate must have two years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) work experience in a skilled trade, garnered within the previous five years post certification in their country of residence.Additional eligibility criteria include:

Once these conditions are met, a candidate is eligible to submit an Express Entry profile for FSTP. However, candidates must also meet Canada’s basic admissibility requirements, which include certain criminal and medical checks.


After meeting the requirements, a candidate can submit an Express Entry profile to the IRCC. Submitting a profile does not guarantee Canadian permanent residence, but assigns a CRS score that will be considered in future Express Entry draws for Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence.When creating an Express Entry profile, an FSTP candidate needs to submit certain documents, including:

Candidates are encouraged to improve their CRS score if it is below the lowest ranking FSTP candidate score, which since the launch of the Express Entry system in 2015, has been 199 points.

FAQs for the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)

The FSTP caters to a variety of trades including, but not limited to, industrial, electrical, construction, and equipment operation trades. It’s best to consult the National Occupational Classification (NOC) to determine if your specific trade is eligible

Yes, once approved under the FSTP, you can bring your spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependent children, to Canada.

While both are pathways to Canadian immigration, the FSTP is designed specifically for skilled tradespersons. It generally requires lesser language proficiency and emphasizes hands-on work experience in a specific trade, whereas FSWC is geared towards those with professional work experience in various fields.

Having a job offer or a provincial/territorial certification greatly improves your chances under the FSTP, but it’s not an absolute requirement. However, meeting one of these conditions is crucial for eligibility.

The CRS score determines your ranking in the Express Entry pool. The higher your score, the better your chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA). If your score is below the typical cut-off, it’s beneficial to consider ways to enhance it.

Yes, a previous rejection from another immigration program does not prevent you from applying under the FSTP. However, it’s crucial to understand the reason for the previous refusal and ensure you meet all FSTP criteria before applying.

The FSTP application, like other Express Entry programs, has associated fees. This includes the primary application fee, and if applicable, the Right of Permanent Residence Fee. There may also be additional costs for medical exams, police certificates, and language testing.

If you meet the criteria for the FSTP, you can create an Express Entry profile and potentially transition to permanent residency. However, you’ll still need to meet all the essential requirements of the program.