New Canadian Immigration Program for Skilled Trades Opens

The Federal Skilled Trades Program was launched on Wednesday to acclaim from construction industry leaders

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officially launched the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) on Wednesday, and plans to admit up to 3,000 permanent residents through the program in 2013.

Applicants of the FSTP must meet three general requirements to be eligible for the program:

  • meet the minimum language requirements of the program,
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equivalent amount of part-time work experience) in an accepted skilled trade within five years of the date of the application,
  • have a Certificate of Qualification or a job offer(s) from up to two Canadian employers that totals at least one year of full time work

Construction industry leaders have welcomed the program, which they say could mitigate the pressing labour shortages they are facing in many of the trades.

“Today’s announcement is good news for the construction industry because the need for workers with trade skills will continue to grow as Alberta’s economy grows,” said Merit Contractors Association in Alberta vice-president Bill Stewart.

Canadian Construction Association president Michael Atkinson had similar praise for the program:

“The Canadian Construction Association is especially pleased to hear today’s announcement that the new federal Skilled Trades Program to be launched on January 2nd, 2013.”

In order to make it easier for skilled trades persons to immigrate to Canada, CIC created the FSTP with no post-secondary education requirements and lower language proficiency requirements than the well-known Federal Skilled Worker Program.



    hi i am very iterested for the skilled trade working right now in one of the biggest construction company the laing o’rourke or barclay mowlem working as heavy equipmet operator for 6years multi skiled,and as the company give as a memo that our project is finish soon.thats why i am looking for my next job and i find this skilled trade of canada.i am very interested,so please give me some tips or advice what i the best i can do.thanks you so much.


    Hi i am very interested for the skilled trade program. I am working right now in one of the automobile dealer of Mitsubishi Motors at India Jameshedpur . I am working as service manager ,,including work shop supervisor,I have 16 year experience in maintenance,I have applied 2004 but my case is closed by chc so I am again apply for canada. please give me some tips or advice what i the best i can do.thanks you so much.

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  • Need trucking job, tanker trailor contract.

  • Hi i’m a industrial electrician since i came out of school and i’m very interested in the new federal skilled program any advice for what i can do???thanks.

  • Wow, that’s nice. Can IT people also apply for this program?

  • My name is Muhammad Altaf

    I am also interest working labour. I have lot of experience uae and pakistan. My education

  • hi my name nilesh patel and i have over 5 year cnc machinist and over 3 year in quality dept. my edu. is certificate in tool & die in indogerman college in amadabad. can i apply in this trade or elegible for that or not?

  • vikramjeet singh

    hi im vikramjeet i’m working as a carpenter in punjab . i also have a

    certificate of wooden work from cidc delhi . i’m very working last 10 year. i’m very much interested to go canada . please give me advise

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