The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for people who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

Within the 3,000 cap for 2013, no more than 100 new applications for one occupation will be considered for processing each year.

To apply, you must:

  • meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (speaking, reading, writing, and listening),
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience)* in a skilled trade within the five years before you apply,
  • meet all job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), 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 provincial or territorial body.

*“Full-time work” means at least 30 hours of work over a period of one week, or an equal amount in part-time, paid work experience. For example:

  • if you worked 15 hours per week in one job over four years, or
  • if you worked a total of 30 combined hours per week in more than one job over two years.

Following occupations are accepted for the year 2013

Group A – Jobs with sub-caps of 100 applications each (and their corresponding 2011 NOC code)

  • 7202 – Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • 7204 – Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • 7205 – Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • 7271 – Carpenters
  • 7301 – Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • 7302 – Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • 8211 – Supervisors, logging and forestry
  • 8221 – Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • 8222 – Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
  • 8241 – Logging machinery operators
  • 8252 – Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • 9211 – Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • 9212 – Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • 9214 – Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • 9231 – Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • 9241 – Power engineers and power systems operators
  • 9243 – Water and waste treatment plant operators

Group B – no sub-caps (2011 NOC code)

  • 7231 – Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • 7233 – Sheet metal workers
  • 7235 – Structural metal and plate work 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
  • 7251 – Plumbers
  • 7252 – Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • 7253 – Gas fitters
  • 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
  • 7318 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 7371 – Crane operators
  • 7372 – Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
  • 7373 – Water well drillers
  • 8231 – Underground production and development miners
  • 8232 – Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • 9232 – Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators