Canadian Skilled Worker Program (All You Need to Know)

The Canadian Skilled Worker program is designed for individuals who have been selected to immigrate to Canada due to the work experience and skills that they possess. Canadian immigration is open to qualified individuals from all over the globe thanks to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, which is part of the Express Entry system.

The goal of the program is to find the people who have the best chance of fitting in with Canadian society. Alongside the Canadian Experience Class, it is one of the two primary government programs that the Express Entry system offers to attract skilled workers.

If you want to work in one of the 370 jobs that qualify for Express Entry and you meet the minimum entry requirements, you can also send your profile to the Express Entry Pool. Find out everything you need to know about Canada’s skilled worker program below.

Canada Skilled Worker Program: Everything You Need to Know

For a candidate to be eligible for the Canadian Skilled Worker Program, they must meet the following requirements:

  • Have at least one year of full-time paid work experience or the equivalent of part-time work experience in one of the 370 eligible occupations listed in the applicable National Occupational Classification system within the last 10 years.
  • The work history must fall into one of the four categories of the Technical Education and Experience Requirements (TEER) system: category 0 (administrative occupations), category 1 (professions that typically require a university degree), category 2 (professions that require a college diploma, apprenticeship training of 3 or more years, or are supervisory),
  • Earn enough points on the experienced worker point grid, which includes six criteria for hiring.
  • Pass an independent language exam demonstrating proficiency at the intermediate level in English or French, as measured by the Canadian Language Benchmark of 6.
  • Have access to adequate settlement money.
  • 6. Pass both a physical and a background check successfully for security purposes.

Criteria Used for Selection

There are six criteria that a candidate must meet before they are granted immigration to Canada. In order to be considered, applicants need to score 68 points out of a possible 100.

Selection criteria include the level of education, fluency in the target language, work history, references, and the ability to adapt to new situations.

Candidates for the Canadian Skilled Worker Program must get a score of 68 or higher on the skilled worker evaluation grid. This means that they have the right education, work experience, and language skills.

Education, fluency in the French language, years of experience in the workforce, age, having a job lined up in Canada, and adaptability all factor into the final score.

1. Education

Doctorate holders receive the maximum amount of points possible for their education level (26).

 A trusted third party will assess foreign qualifications and provide an estimated Canadian equivalence.

2. Language

Minimum score requirement of 17 points; the maximum possible score of 29 points Only applications from people who can show they can speak English or French, which are both official languages in Canada, with an intermediate to a high level of skill will be looked at.

Candidates who otherwise qualify must earn a total of 17 points in this criterion. The maximum number is 25, and it increases in accordance with the level of language proficiency demonstrated.

There is a potential for an additional four points for a second recognized language.

3. Work History

10 points minimum, 16 points maximum. To participate in this program, you must have a minimum of one year of work experience in a profession that is eligible, and a maximum of five years may be taken into consideration.

4. Age

Candidates who are between the ages of 18 and 37 will receive up to 12 additional points for their application.

The allocation will decrease by one point for each year after the age of 37, and after the age of 47, there will be no more points granted.

5. Work Arrangements

People who can show that they have a real job offer in Canada get more points. A qualified employment offer is contingent upon a favorable labor market impact assessment being conducted on the candidate.

The candidate’s potential employer must show that hiring a foreign worker will be good for their business.

Candidates who have an offer of employment that has been verified will receive 10 points in this category and an extra 6 points in the adaptability selection factor, for a total of 16 points.

6. Adaptability

Applicants with at least 12 months of full-time experience in a managerial, professional, technical, or skilled craft job in Canada will be given the most attention. As was already said, if a job offer is accepted, the person will get five points for adaptability.

Additional factors that can be taken into account and weighed as part of this criterion for choosing are: possessing a close adult relative who is currently residing in Canada; possessing a history of education or employment in Canada; and possessing knowledge of either English or French, two of Canada’s official languages.

Processing time for Canadian skilled worker applications

For the duration of one year, a candidate’s profile in the Canadian Skilled Worker Express Entry system will be considered active and eligible for selection.

If you are chosen from the pool of applicants to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA), you will have sixty days to send the Government of Canada a complete application and any supporting documents.

Generally, the time it takes for the Canadian government to complete an Express Entry application and issue a permanent residence visa is six months.

There are other variables that could lengthen the time it takes to complete your request, such as:

  • The level of complexity and/or comprehensiveness of your application
  • How quickly and easily the officer can verify the data you gave on your application
  • Including one or more additional members of your family in your application.

Eligible Federal Skilled Worker Occupations

Senior administrators in the areas of finance, communications, and other business services; legislators; and top-level government managers and officials

Managers in the health care, education, social services, and membership sectors Managers in the commercial and media sectors

Managers in the following fields: construction, transportation, production, and utilities; finance; human resources; purchasing; other administrative services; banking, credit, and investment; advertising, marketing, and public relations; telecommunication carriers; postal and courier services; advertising, public relations, and purchasing.


Candidates who meet these requirements will be asked to create an Express Entry profile and apply for the Federal Skilled Worker program.

However, applicants should be aware that they must also satisfy Canada’s fundamental admissibility criteria. It’s possible to be deemed inadmissible to Canada due to things like a

criminal record or a serious health issue. The aforementioned steps are mandatory components of Canada’s qualified skilled worker program.