This article is the fourth in a five-part series which deep dives into the Express Entry Program for skilled workers. Part IV covers an overview of the requirements for the Federal Skilled Trades program.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program in Canada differs slightly from the Federal Skilled Worker program. Although both make up parts of the EE program in Canada, there are differences in the requirements and number of candidates invited to apply.
The list of eligible occupation categories is also more nuanced and includes the following occupation categories:
These occupations are classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level B. These jobs are primarily skilled trades and technical jobs that typically require a college diploma, apprenticeship or co-op training. This program was created to address the ongoing shortage of people who are qualified in specific trades, while simultaneously addressing key areas which stimulate economic development.
Similar to the Federal Skilled Worker program, there are various factors that affect eligibility. Amongst these factors, applicants are also evaluated on their economic viability to thrive in Canada. The requirements for this program are:
To qualify for this program, applicants need a minimum of 2 years of experience in one of the occupation categories in the last 5 years.
Applicants need to demonstrate intermediate speaking and writing proficiency in either English or French. To see the list of tests accepted by Immigration Canada and book your exam, head over here.
Applicants must also prove that they have a job offer for a total period of at least 1 year, or if you can prove you’re qualified for the job through a Canadian certification, a job offer isn’t required. Keep in mind your certification will have to be validated through one of the Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory bodies.
If you believe you meet the requirements, you may qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker program! Visit the Immigration Canada website here to see the full details.
Our last article in this series will cover the requirements under the Canadian Experience Class program. Check it out here.