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All You Need To Know About The Canadian Federal Skilled Workers Program

All You Need To Know About The Canadian Federal Skilled Workers Program

The Canadian government has since developed skilled and unskilled programs to lure qualified and competent workers into the country. Canada’s economy is one of the best in the world and its government is determined to keep it that way.

The Canadian FederalSkilled Workers program is designed specifically for skilled workers with foreign work experience to pursue their careers in Canada. This program is one of the most successful means that people from different parts of the are immigrating to Canada.


This article is centered on the processes and requirements involved when applying for a Canadian Federal Skilled Workers Program.

Basic Requirements

For you to be eligible to apply for this program, you must meet all these basic requirements stated below.

  • Must be a skilled worker with vast experience
  • Solid language/communication ability
  • Must be educated

Selection Criteria

Apart from the above basic requirements, you will also be assessed based on the following factors given below.

  • Age
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Job offers
  • Language skills
  • Communication skills
  • Adaptability

These factors are graded using a 100-point grid. Each of the six factors has a definite score assigned to them and applicants are graded based on their performances. The minimum required pass mark is 67.

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Minimum Work Experience

During the application, you will be assessed based on your expertise and accrued work experiences to determine if you qualify. To qualify, you must have had a skilled work experience in any of the following National Occupational Classification jobs listed below.

  • Managerial jobs (Skill Type 0)
  • Professional jobs (Skill Type A)
  • Technical (knowledge-based jobs) and skilled trades (skill level B)

You must prove that while working under any of the above job types you diligently dispatched the relevant duties required by you as contained in the occupational description of NOC. Note that all information provided will be verified with the organizations you have worked with.

The following details are essential to boost your chance under the work experience category. Your work experience must:

  • Match your job application type
  • Be an active participant in the job type over the last 10 years
  • Have earned salary/wage while working
  • Have at least 1-year continuous active service or 1,560 hours total

Part-Time Work Experience

For part-time jobs, the following requirements apply.

  • Must have earned salary/wage while working
  • Volunteer/ unpaid jobs are not considered
  • Have a total work hour of 1,560 hours (it can be a combination of different part-time jobs)

Student Work Experience

The work experiences accrued during your study programs may count if they meet the following minimum requirements.

  • Must have been a paid job
  • Had no gaps of employment in between – that is the job was continuous
  • Meets all other requirements stipulated for this program

Language And Communication Ability

To test your language and communication ability you must provide proof. This requires that you take a language test to verify your ability to:

  • Write
  • Read
  • Listen
  • Speak

You must acquire a minimum score of 7 according to the Canadian Language Benchmark in all 4 areas listed to qualify. You will be required to upload this proof to your Express Entry Profile during your application.

Note that your language tests are valid for a maximum of 2 years. Only valid results will be accepted during your application.


Your level of education is another factor that will be assessed during your application. For applicants who studied in Canada, you will be required to provide any or all of the following.

  • A Canadian secondary school certificate
  • Post-secondary school (tertiary school) certificate

International applicants with foreign education will be required to provide these documents.

  • A complete credential 
  • An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to prove that your foreign education certificate is in line or equal to the issued educational certificate in Canada for:
  1. Secondary school certificate
  2. Post-secondary school certificate

Proof Of Funds

You must provide financial proof that you can provide for yourself and your family if allowed to settle in Canada. Except in special cases that you:

  • Currently, work legally in Canada
  • Have a valid job offer from a Canadian company or employer. 
  • Eligible to enter Canada 

 Note: There may be some additional requirements as the process is deemed to change depending on the requirements of the immigration department of Canada.

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