Skilled Trade Categories

Express Entry draws are conducted by the Canadian government to invite candidates from the Express Entry pool to apply for permanent residency. The draws are based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which takes into account factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and more.

In some cases, Canada has conducted draws that were specific to candidates with skills in certain trades or occupations. These draws were often referred to as "Program-Specific" or "Targeted" draws. They were designed to address specific labor market needs and prioritize candidates with skills and experience in certain trade occupations that were in demand in Canada.

For example, Canada has conducted draws targeting candidates with experience in the Canadian NOC (National Occupational Classification) codes such as 72 (industrial, electrical, and construction trades), 73 (maintenance and equipment operation trades), and 82 (supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture, and related production).

These draws would have a lower CRS score requirement compared to regular draws, making it easier for candidates with experience in the targeted occupations to receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

Keep in mind that the information I provided is based on the situation up to September 2021. The immigration policies and procedures might have changed since then. I recommend checking the official website of the Government of Canada's immigration authorities or consulting with a professional immigration consultant for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding Express Entry draws and skilled trades categories.

Here are some examples of skilled trade categories for Canada:

  1. Industrial, Electrical, and Construction Trades (NOC 72): This category includes various trades related to construction, maintenance, and repair of structures and equipment. Some examples of occupations in this category are:
    • Electricians
    • Plumbers
    • Carpenters
    • Welders
    • Heavy Equipment Operators
    • Steamfitters and Pipefitters

  2. Maintenance and Equipment Operation Trades (NOC 73): This category involves trades that focus on the maintenance and operation of machinery and equipment. Some examples of occupations in this category are:
    • Machinery Mechanics
    • Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights)
    • Construction Equipment Operators
    • Automotive Service Technicians

  3. Supervisors and Technical Occupations in Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Related Production (NOC 82): This category includes occupations related to supervising and managing operations in natural resource industries, agriculture, and related production. Some examples of occupations in this category are:
    • Supervisors in Mining and Quarrying
    • Supervisors in Agriculture and Horticulture
    • Supervisors in Forestry
    • Industrial Fishing and Aquaculture Supervisors

1 - 2 years of full-time work experience or an equal amount of part-time experience. 

2 - Language ability - with language 5 CLB for listening and speaking. 
And 4 CLB for reading and writing

3 - Have a valid job offer or a certificate of qualification in Trade Programs

4 - Education is not mandatory but of course, if you want to increase your chances in CRS scores then you can show your educational qualification and get those extra scores. 

Documents needed:

1 - Passport
2 - Medical exam (not needed if you did not leave Canada since the last was done)
3 - PCC (not needed if you did not travel outside Canada and stayed in any country for more than 6 months)
4 - Proof of funds - not needed if you have a valid job offer in Canada
5 - Birth Certificate - if not in English then translation needed
6 - Marriage Certificate - if married
7 - Digital Photograph
8 - Any other documents - depending upon your situation to support your application. 

Canada's immigration programs, such as the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), and Express Entry, have pathways for skilled trade workers to apply for permanent residency. These programs often have specific requirements related to work experience, language proficiency, and other factors.

Please note that immigration policies and programs can change over time. It's essential to check the official website of the Government of Canada's immigration authorities for the most up-to-date information about skilled trade worker categories and eligibility criteria.

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Disclaimer: The following information is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Kindly review the legal disclaimer before proceeding.