Federal Skilled Trades Program - Express Entry

1 Benefits and Advantages of the Program:

  • There is no education requirement
  • Language requirement is low
  • Faster processing time (6 months or less for most applications)
  • Online application system is fast and convenient
  • This program may be advantageous for those who have a certificate of qualification in an eligible skilled trade
  • The whole family receive permanent residence once the principal applicant is approved.

2 Suitable Groups:

Suitable for people with a special skill, knowledge or ability which can be obtained at a college, technical school or through specialized training, such as chefs and cooks, bakers, auto repair specialist, welders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.

3 Detailed eligible FSTP occupations list:

NOC Occupations
6321 Chefs
6322  Cooks
6331  Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale
6332  Bakers
7201  Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7202  Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
7203  Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades
7204  Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
7205  Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
7231  Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
7232  Tool and die makers
7233  Sheet metal workers
7234  Boilermakers
7235  Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters
7236  Ironworkers
7237  Welders and related machine operators
7241  Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7242  Industrial electricians
7243  Power system electricians
7244  Electrical power line and cable workers
7245  Telecommunications line and cable workers
7246  Telecommunications installation and repair workers
7247  Cable television service and maintenance technicians
7251  Plumbers
7252  Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
7253  Gas fitters
7271  Carpenters
7272  Cabinetmakers
7281  Bricklayers
7282  Concrete finishers
7283  Tilesetters
7284  Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
7291  Roofers and shinglers
7292  Glaziers
7293  Insulators
7294  Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
7295  Floor covering installers
7301  Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
7302  Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7303   Supervisors, printing and related occupations
7304  Supervisors, railway transport operations
7305  Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators
7311  Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
7312   Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313   Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7314   Railway carmen/women
7315   Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
7316   Machine fitters
7318   Elevator constructors and mechanics
7321   Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
7322   Motor vehicle body repairers
7331   Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
7332   Appliance servicers and repairers
7333   Electrical mechanics
7334   Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
7335   Other small engine and small equipment repairers
7361   Railway and yard locomotive engineers
7362   Railway conductors and brakemen/women
7371   Crane operators
7372   Drillers and blasters-surface mining, quarrying and construction
7373   Water well drillers
7381   Printing press operators
7384   Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
8211   Supervisors, logging and forestry
8221   Supervisors, mining and quarrying
8222   Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
8231   Underground production and development miners
8232   Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
8241   Logging machinery operators
8252   Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
8255   Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
8261   Fishing masters and officers
8262   Fishermen/women
9211   Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
9212   Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
9213   Supervisors, food, beverage and associated products processing
9214   Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
9215   Supervisors, forest products processing
9217   Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
9221   Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling
9222   Supervisors, electronics manufacturing
9223   Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing
9224   Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing
9226   Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
9227   Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly
9231   Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
9232   Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
9235   Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
9241   Power engineers and power systems operators
9243   Water and waste treatment plant operators

4  Eligibility Requirements:

  • 1 Age: no age limit but applicants between the age of 18 and 46 can get CRS award points .
  • 2 Work Experience: at least 2 years of full-time (or equivalent in part-time) work experience (non-continuous allowed) in an eligible skilled trade within the last 5 years
  • 3 Language Ability: CLB 5 for speaking and listening; CLB 4 for reading and writing
  • 4 Job Offer: LMIA approved full-time employment from up to 2 employers for at least 1 year OR, a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.
  • 5 Adaptability: applicants can get CRS award points if they meet the CRS adaptability criteria.
  • 6 Proof of Funds: required (amount is based on the applicant's family size) unless the applicant is currently authorized to work in Canada and have a valid offer of arranged employment from an employer in Canada.
  • 7 Other Requirements: must be admissible to Canada, must pass medical examination, must intend to live outside the province of Quebec, need ECA for foreign credentials.

The following table shows the minimum amount required for the applicant:

(The funds required are determined by the principal applicant’s family size, including both accompanying and non-accompanying dependants, using 50% of the current low income cut‑off (LICO) for applications received on or after April 1, 2019.):

Number of family members 2020 funds required (in Canadian dollars)
1 $12,960
2 $16,135
3 $19,836
4 $24,083
5 $27,315
6 $30,806
7 $34,299
For each additional family member, add $3,492

5 Application Process:

  • Getting documents ready (e.g. ECA, official language test results)
  • Submitting the Express Entry profile
  • Waiting for an invitation to apply (ITA)
  • Receiving an ITA (valid for 60 days)
  • Submitting complete application for permanent residence
  • Medical exam and permanent residence online application
  • Receiving Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and PR Visa
  • Landing in Canada and receiving permanent resident card

6 Related Expenses:

 Government Fees:

  • Application fee: principal applicant: $1,040 (incl. $550 processing fee and $490 permanent residence fee); spouse or common-law partner: $1,040; dependent children: $150/per child.
  • Expenses reimbursement: actual expenses such as notary, translation, delivery and postage, etc.
  • Medical examination fee and police certificate fee
  • Aladdin Immigration professional service charges (excluding any government or third party charges)