FEDERAL SKILLED TRADES PROGRAM

“The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions of the country, and support economic growth,” Minister Kenney said.

The Federal skilled Trades Program has been brought into the Express Entry system to give it shorter processing times and aims to fill the demand for trades people in Canada.

The Federal Skilled Trades Program will complement other avenues already in place for skilled trades-persons to immigrate to Canada, such as the Canadian Experience Class(also in Express Entry) and Provincial Nominee Programs.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Have proficiency in French or English,
  • have at least two years of full-time work experience (or an equivalent amount of part-time work experience) in a 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
High Demand Jobs
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Structural metal and plate work fabricators and fitters
  • Ironworkers
  • Welders and related machine operators
  • Electricians (except industrial and power system)
  • Industrial electricians
  • Power system electricians
  • Electrical power line and cable workers
  • Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • Plumbers
  • Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • Gas fitters
  • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • Railway carmen/women
  • Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors
  • Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • Crane operators
  • Drillers and blasters – surface, mining, quarrying and construction
  • Water well drillers
  • Underground production and development miners
  • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
Moderate Demand Jobs
  • Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades
  • Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
  • Carpenters
  • Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
  • Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
  • Supervisors, logging and forestr
  • Supervisors, mining and quarrying
  • Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling services
  • Logging machinery operators
  • Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • Supervisors, mineral and metal processing
  • Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
  • Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • Power engineers and power systems operators
  • Water and waste treatment plant operators

If you have experience on any of the above occupations and are ready to become a Permanent Resident of Canada please contact us.

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