Federal Skills Trades Program

The skilled workers who have experience in their country and want to move to Canada permanently can apply through the Federal Skilled Trade Program (FTSP). Applicants are required to meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply in this category:


  • Plan to live outside of Quebec;

  • Meet the minimum language requirements (CLB 5 speaking and listening, CLB 4 for reading and writing);

  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time experience) in a skilled trade within the last 5 years before you apply;

  • Meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification, and

  • Have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least one year OR a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.