Eligible Trades for Immigration to Canada

Do you have experience working in a trade?

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is a pathway for people experienced in eligible trades to immigrate to Canada. One of the requirements for this program is that you must have 2 years of full-time work experience in one of the eligible trades. Below you will find a list of Eligible Trades for Immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program – check if your trade is on the list. 

The eligible trades might change from time to time, so be sure to visit the Government of Canada website for up-to-date information. As of February 2018, the following are Eligible Trades for Immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program:

Industrial, electrical and construction trades: 

  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Cabinetmakers
  • Cable television service and maintenance technicians
  • Carpenters
  • Concrete finishers
  • Contractors and supervisors in the following trades:
    • Carpentry trades
    • Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • Machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
    • Other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers
    • Pipefitting trades
  • Electrical power line and cable workers
  • Electricians
  • Floor covering installers
  • Gas fitters
  • Glaziers
  • Industrial electricians
  • Inslulators
  • Iron-workers
  • Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
  • Painters and decorators
  • Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
  • Plumbers
  • Power system electricians
  • Roofers and shinglers
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers
  • Structural metal and plate-work fabricators and fitters
  • Telecommunications installation and repair workers
  • Telecommunications line and cable workers
  • Tile-setters
  • Tool and die makers
  • Welders and related machine operators

Maintenance and equipment operation trades:

  • Aircraft mechanics and inspectors
  • Appliance servicers and repairers
  • Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers
  • Contractors and supervisors in the trades listed below:
    • Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
    • Heavy equipment operator crews
    • Mechanic trades
    • Motor transport and other ground transit operators
    • Printing and related occupations
    • Railway transport operations
  • Crane operators
  • Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction
  • Electrical mechanics
  • Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
  • Machine fitters
  • Motor vehicle body repairers
  • Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  • Other small engine and small equipment repairers
  • Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c
  • Printing press operators
  • Railway Car-men/women
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • Railway and yard locomotive engineers
  • Railway conductors and brake-men/women
  • Water well drillers

Natural resources, agriculture and related productions:

  • Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
  • Contractors and supervisors in the trades below:
    • Landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services
    • Logging and forestry
    • Mining and quarrying
    • Oil and gas drilling and services
  • Fishermen/women
  • Fishing masters and officers
  • Logging machinery operators
  • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
  • Underground production and development miners

Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators:

  • Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing
  • Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators
  • Power engineers and power systems operators
  • Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators
  • Supervisors in the following trades:
    • Electrical products manufacturing
    • Electronics manufacturing
    • Food, beverage and associated products processing
    • Forest products processing
    • Furniture and fixtures manufacturing
    • Mineral and metal processing
    • Motor vehicle assembling
    • Other mechanical and metal products manufacturing
    • Other products manufacturing and assembly
    • Petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • Plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • Textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing
  • Water and waste treatment plant operators

Specialized service occupations:

  • Bakers
  • Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers
  • Chefs
  • Cooks

The next step

If you find your occupation on the list of Eligible Trades for Immigration to Canada under the Federal Skilled Trades Program, then your experience counts. In case you are not sure whether an eligible trades matches with your experience, look it up on the Government of Canada website. There you will see the duties and responsibilities for that trade occupation.  Your next step is to make sure that you meet the other requirements. You can see what the other requirements are by reading our article on The Federal Skilled Trades Program.

For more information about Eligible Trades for Immigration to Canada, please contact us.

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