Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
The FSTP is part of an effort by the Canadian government to welcome more skilled trade workers to Canada to address labour shortages in its trade occupations. Canada has an aging population and low birth rate, which is why it relies more on immigration to support its labour force and economic growth. The skilled trades are an area of significant need. IRCC launched the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) in 2013 to offer a dedicated immigration pathway to skilled trade workers.
IRCC uses Express Entry to manage skilled worker applications for three economic class skilled worker immigration programs including the FSTP
In order to be eligible for the FSTP, you must:
Under the Express Entry, successful FSTP candidates are usually able to obtain their permanent residence within six months.