Global Grid Immigration Solutions is a Canadian immigration consultancy firm based in Toronto (GTA).
Canada values its workforce! Especially when there is heavy demand for certified tradespersons and workers in growing industries such as construction, transportation or automation. The skilled trades salary in Canada averages to $60,869 per year or $31.22 per hour, which is way above the national average.
Now you can fulfill this dream, that too within a year’s time, if you qualify under any of the following categories of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):
Individuals who qualify under FSTP have a high possibility of immigrating to Canada permanently, along with their family and finding an excellent job opportunity.
RCIC will accept a maximum of 3000 applications in the Federal Skilled Trades Class in each calendar year.
Eligible trades are separated into two categories:
Applications in the following trades will be accepted up to a maximum of 100 or until the total Class Limit of 3000 applications is reached:
Applications in the following trades will be accepted until the total Class Limit of 3000 is reached, with no sub-limits applying:
Individuals interested in applying must ascertain first whether they meet all the minimum requirements of the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
The minimum requirements are:
Note: Your work experience must be for paid work (paid wages or earned commission—volunteer work or unpaid internships don’t count)
Trade certification in Canada comes under provincial authority and jurisdiction. Each province sketches out the vocations and professions that will be regulated and establishes regulatory bodies wherever applicable.
Provincial certification is often hard to attain if you are an outland applicant. Thus, this program is most beneficial to trades people who get a valid offer of employment from a recognized employer, or who are already in Canada working as temporary foreign workers. Not all trades are regulated in all of the provinces. Where a trade is not regulated, an offer of employment becomes mandatory.
Trades people who obtain an approved offer of employment for one year or more in their trade from a Canadian employer are also eligible to apply. The offer of employment will be evaluated to ensure that it is an eligible trade and that the hiring will have a neutral effect on the Canadian Labour Market.
Applicants must have at least a basic proficiency in English or French language, in all four language abilities i.e. speaking, listening, reading and writing. Only test results from an IRCC approved language third party testing agency will be considered to establish proficiency.
Two of the most commonly used language tests are the IELTS for English and the TEF for French. Applicants must obtain the following scores in each of the language abilities:
The individual and all his sponsored family members must be able to pass all applicable medical and security checks to be eligible for the program. They should be admissible to come to Canada. They may be denied entry into Canada if:
To participate in the program, you will need to show that you have enough funds to get you settled in Canada for the first time. You do not have to provide proof of funds if you are currently able to legally work in Canada, or if you have a valid job offer.
You need to take an English and/or French test by a third party language tester that has been designated by IRCC. You need to meet the following requirements at a minimum on your test(s):
It proves that a person is qualified to work in a certain skilled trade in Canada. This means that they:
In Canada, provinces and territories are in charge of education and training, including skilled trades apprenticeships usually decide on the standards and conditions used to assess and recognize foreign credentials for certain trades The regulatory body that governs trades in a province or territory must assess your training, trade experience and skills decides if you are eligible to write an exam to be certified To get a certificate of qualification, you will likely have to physically go to the specific province or territory to write the certification exam may need an employer in Canada to give you training and work experience before you are allowed to write the exam If your trade is not regulated by a province or territory (for example, airplane mechanic), it may be federally regulated. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials provides information on credential assessment for all regulated trades in Canada. Contact the provincial, territorial or federal regulatory body for more information.
In that case, to qualify for the Federal Skilled Trades Program you must have a qualifying job offer in your trade from a Canadian employer.
This means an offer of continuous, full-time employment from up to two Canadian employers, for at least 30 hours a week. The job offer must be for a period of at least one year. You must have a job offer if you do not have a certificate of qualification in your skilled trade issued by a Canadian province or territory. Under Express Entry, most job offers need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA verifies that Canadian labour market has a need for this type of worker, and that your employer(s) have tried to hire a Canadian or permanent resident first.
Not necessarily. Standards and conditions of training for specific trades vary depending on the province or territory. (for example, ways to register apprentices, training curriculum, how to get accredited/certified/licensed) It is up to you and your employer to make sure you have the documents needed to practice in the province or territory where you will work. When we assess your application, we may check that you meet the requirements to be certified, licensed or registered to work in a regulated occupation in Canada. If you have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer but do not meet the requirements, we must be satisfied that you are capable of doing the job you were offered and that you are likely to qualify to be licensed or certified when in Canada. Note: Even if you get certified in one province or territory, you may not be able to practise in another. After you immigrate, if you want to work in a different province or territory, check the requirements of the regulatory body that governs trades for that province or territory.
In the Federal Skilled Trades program, work experience in a trade can only count if you are qualified to independently practice that trade in the region where you got your work experience. If you are qualified in one country, you might work in another country that has different rules for practicing your trade. In that case, the work experience from the second country will only count towards the two-year work experience requirement if you also met the requirements to practice there independently. For example, if you are a plumber from Germany and worked for one year in Poland, you need to prove that you were certified to be a plumber in Germany, and that you were qualified to work in Poland according to Polish regulations at the time for this work experience to count.
In most cases, your current employer does not need to re-apply if they already got a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire you. For example, they do not need to re-apply if:
It depends on why your permit is exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Under Express Entry, some LMIA-exempt jobs count towards job offer points. For example, if you are working in Canada on a LMIA-exempt work permit that was issued under an international agreement or Federal-Provincial-Territorial agreement (or certain other cases), you don’t need your current employer to get an LMIA for your job offer to be valid. If your work permit is LMIA-exempt for any other reason, your employer still needs to get an LMIA to improve your chances of being invited to apply. These exemptions apply to temporary workers, but not to Express Entry. A valid job offer supported by an LMIA could get you more points under the Comprehensive Ranking System.
Not necessarily. If you are working in Canada on a post-graduation work permit, and have a valid job offer, your current employer will need to get an LMIA if: