What is a building without windows? Many people will admire skyscrapers whose facades are made entirely of glass panes, or beautiful residential buildings with huge windows that provide residents with a beautiful view and plenty of natural light.
Few people will think, “Hey, it took a professional to install that window perfectly and safely,” and that’s where glaziers have an advantage. One of the most unassuming professions in the world means good demand and even better wages.
Have you ever thought about immigrating to Canada as a glazier? We suspect that the first thing you want to know is whether you will find a job and how much you will earn.
- Glaziers are very much in-demand in Canada, as with all other trades, so the odds of you being able to find a job are very good.
- Glaziers typically earn around $63,900 a year in Canada. This is 21% higher than the average trade worker salary, which also gives an indication to the demand for qualified glaziers
So what are the options when it comes to immigration and permanent settlement in Canada? There are many opportunities for skilled workers to settle in Canada, live and work there full time, and eventually become Canadian citizens.
How You Can Immigrate To Canada
The first option is the Express Entry Program, Canada’s premium immigration program. Launched in 2015, the program is designed to expedite the immigration applications of talented foreign workers so they can come to Canada and start work as quickly as possible. The program includes three immigration streams depending on your occupation and qualifications:
- Skilled Worker Program – for people with managerial or professional qualifications and experience;
- Skilled Trades Program – for qualified trades workers and journeymen under one of the following major groups:
- Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades; Glaziers are in this group
- Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
- Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
- Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
- Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks
- Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers
- Canada Experience Class – for people who fall into one of the above two categories and have at least one year of experience working in Canada already.
Skilled Trades Program Requirements
- Skilled work experience – you must have at least two years work experience within the last five years as a qualified glazier before you apply
- A valid full time job offer (minimum contract of one year) or a certificate of qualification as a plumber from a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.
- Language ability – certain aspects of your job will depend on your ability to communicate effectively with customers, for this reason you will need to pass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test and earn a minimum CLB score of 4 in all four sections; reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Qualifications – there is no educational requirement, however it will boost your score if you have your qualification/certification credentials evaluated.
- Eligible – you must be eligible to immigrate to Canada, this means you cannot have a criminal record, you must be in good health and you must have legal status in the country you are living in now.
When you arrive in Canada, you must be assessed by a provincial authority! Each province has its own independent body that assesses your skills. So make sure you get assessed in the province where you want to work. An alternative to Express Entry is to apply directly to the province where you want to live and work through the Provincial Nomination Program. If the province has a need for skilled glaziers (pretty much all provinces need all types of skilled workers), they will justify your application for permanent residence to the Immigration Refugee Council of Canada with a Provincial Nomination.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
If you don’t want to wait, you can always get a valid job offer and a temporary work permit and then come over and start working. If you like peace, tranquility, dense green forests and the sea, you will be looking for a job in the most beautiful region of our country, Atlantic Canada. The four maritime provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia have jointly launched the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, an immigration program aimed at both skilled and unskilled workers specifically seeking employment in Atlantic Canada.
Due to the labor shortage in this region, the governments of these four provinces have opened their doors wider than ever to foreign workers to fill the gaps in each province’s labor market. So if you have a valid job offer, intend to live and settle in Atlantic Canada, and meet these requirements, you can submit your permanent residency application immediately:
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
- Work Experience – you must have at least 1,560 or one year of consecutive work experience as a glazier in the last five years;
- Education – you must have completed your apprenticeship and be a qualified journeyman to be eligible for this category;
- Score a minimum of 4 on a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test such as the IELTS or TEF;
- Proof of Funds – you will need to show you have enough funds to support you as well as any dependents when you arrive in Canada; and
- You must be admissible to Canada.
Become an Glazier in Canada
If you are not yet a certified glazier, we recommend that you consider training in Canada. Glazier apprenticeships typically last four years. You will complete 1,620 hours of practical work per year and 6 weeks of technical training. At the end of your apprenticeship, you can take the Interprovincial or Red Seals exam, and if you have this qualification, the world is open to you.
In your first year of training, you will earn about 55% of what a qualified glazier earns. In the second year of training, that rises to 60%, 65% in the third, and 70% in the fourth.
There are many paths to permanent residency for people who complete an apprenticeship in Canada, because most provinces not only need skilled glaziers, they want their skilled workers to stay in Canada. The last thing any logical government agency wants is for the human capital trained by their institutions to leave the province and serve the economy of another province or country.