What is FSTW?

The Express Entry system manages three federal immigration programs, one of which is the Federal Skilled Trades Worker (FSTW) program. Like every Express Entry program, the FSTW program also ranks interested applicants against one another by relying on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Each year, economic programs such as the Federal Skilled Trades program, welcome over half of all immigrants as skilled workers to Canada. It is a fast option for qualified tradespeople to obtain Canadian permanent residence with a perpetual right to live and work in Canada.

Why Should You Work a Trade Job in Canada?

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It is a known fact that Canada places utmost importance on university education, and it was ranked the most educated country in the world in 2020. The country has an abundant supply of qualified educated professionals yet faces a shortage of qualified skilled trade workers. Fast-growing industries require skilled trade workers who would take up jobs such as manufacturing. Workers with hands-on trade skills are therefore in demand to fill this shortfall.

Job fulfilment

A healthy work-life balance is an essential part of the Canadian work environment. Job fulfilment follows when you work in a society that offers you appropriate benefits including proper paternity leave, required leave days, and even unemployment insurance. Moreover, trade jobs facilitate social interaction while working which offers a valuable social network. In addition, when your employers reward your work, you get a chance to easily step up on your career ladder.

Top 10 Trade Jobs In-Demand in Canada:

  • Electrician
  • Truck driver
  • Cooks, bakers, & chefs
  • Welder
  • Driller
  • Plumber
  • Administrative assistant
  • Graphic designer
  • Carpenter
  • Mechanic

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FSTW - Trade Job Requirements

As an applicant, you will only qualify for the FSTW program if you have at least two years of full-time (or an equivalent part-time) work experience in a skilled trade.You must have obtained this work experience within the last 5 years. The program only considers your work experience relevant when you have obtained it after having been granted the certification to practice the trade in your residence country.

Skilled trades are classified by Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) code into the following occupation groups:

Major Group 72Industrial, electrical and construction trades
Major Group 73Maintenance and equipment operation trades
Major Group 82Supervisors and technical jobs in production such as natural resources, agriculture and related
Major Group 92Processing, manufacturing and utility supervisors and central control operators
Minor Group 632Chefs and cooks
Minor Group 633Butchers and bakers

You must have a valid employment offer of a full-time position that shall last at least 12-months or you should have a certificate of qualification in a skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority.

Reach Level 4 (minimum) of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) on an English or French language test that is approved.

You must show an intention to live outside of the province of Quebec.

FSTW - Application Process

Now that you have an overview of how the FSTW program works, the steps below will throw some light on the application process:
  • 01

    Provide proof of at least two years of relevant full-time (or equivalent part-time work experience).

  • 02

    Make sure your trade falls under the recognised list of trades.

  • 03

    Meet other eligibility criteria such as language tests, a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a qualification certificate issued by a province or territory in Canada.

  • 04

    Create an online Express Entry profile on the IRCC website. Fill in the required personal information (self-declared or documented), such as work history, and proof of language ability.

  • 05

    Improve your profile and CRS ranking if it fails to reach the cutoff. Proof of education level, completing additional work experience, retaking a language test, or being eligible under one of the Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Programs explicitly meant for tradespersons are some of the routes to boost your score.

  • 06

    Receive an invitation to apply. You will have to submit a completed application within 60 days if you and your family are eligible for permanent residence.

  • 07

    Complete a medical examination, provide criminal background checks for security, and submit an e-application.These will get screened for potential medical and criminal inadmissibility.

  • 08

    Reviewing of e-application by a Canadian immigration officer. You will be contacted if any other documentation or information is required.

  • 09

    Receive confirmation of permanent resident status. The majority of Federal Skilled Trades Class applications require less than six months of processing time. If you are a selected candidate, you will receive a confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) document.

  • 10

    Apply for your PR card once you have your confirmation of status. You may use this as proof of your Canadian status when travelling outside Canada.

Where can you live in Canada?

Under this program, you must live outside the province of Quebec because it selects its own skilled workers under a separate skilled immigration program called the Quebec Skilled Trades Program. You should, therefore, apply to the relevant authorities in Quebec for the same if you choose to live in Quebec.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is ideal for immigrants who wish to live and work in British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB), Ontario (ON), New Brunswick (NB), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Newfoundland (NL), or any of the other Canadian territories.

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