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How to Immigrate to Canada as a Machinist

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Are you an experienced machinist or machine operator looking for a path to permanent residency in Canada? Then you’ve come to the right place. We have everything you need to make applying for a visa easy and simple. However, before you can immigrate to Canada, we need to make sure you find out which immigration programs and pilots you qualify for and which program will give you the best possible chance of success. Canada offers more than 80 visa options to choose from, and we’ll help you make the right choice.

Canada will invite 341,000 people to settle in Canada in 2020. 195,800 of these will be admitted through economic immigration programs such as Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs. These two programs are the most popular not only because they are much faster than other programs, but they also offer the most seats and will invite a total of 159,600 people to move to Canada.

According to neuvoo, machinists can expect to earn an average salary of $48,737, while experienced machinists can earn up to $66,427. With hundreds of machine operator jobs currently available in Canada, and with the right work experience, qualifications and education, you could be on your way to Canada sooner than you think.

Jobs in Canada for Machinists

There are currently hundreds of jobs for mechanical engineers in Canada. Finding a job abroad is a daunting process, but with online platforms like eJobbo, it becomes easier to connect with potential Canadian employers who offer jobs in your industry. For tips on how to find a job in Canada, check out our blog here. Below are some types of machinist jobs and their salary requirements. The following occupations are not only available in certain provinces in Canada, but are also in high demand:

Jobs in Canada for Machinists
NOC Code Occupation Average Salary (CAD)
7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors $48,737 – $66,427
Example titles: Automotive machinist, Aviation machinist, General machinist, Machine shop inspector, Machined parts inspector, Machining inspector, Machinist, Machinist apprentice, Tooling inspector.
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping, and erecting trades and related occupations $64,350 – $88,127
Example titles: Automotive machine shop foreman/woman, Blacksmith foreman/woman, Boilermaker foreman/woman, Boilermaker supervisor, Ironwork contractor, Ironworkers foreman/woman, Machine shop supervisor, Machinists foreman/woman, Machinists supervisor, Maintenance machine shop foreman/woman, Metal mould and metal patternmakers supervisor, Sheet metal workers supervisor, Structural metal fitter supervisor, Tool and die inspectors supervisor, Tool and die makers foreman/woman, Welder supervisor.

What Do I Need to Immigrate to Canada as a Machinist?

Before you can move to Canada as a machinist or machine operator, you must meet certain requirements, especially in terms of qualifications relevant to your profession. It is important to know that these may vary depending on your qualifications, occupation and the province or territory in which you are seeking employment. Below are the requirements you must meet to live and work in Canada as a machinist.

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  • Completion of secondary or high school;
  • Work experience(usually at least 1 year depending on the program and province/territory);
  • Journeyman/woman trade certification in machining, tool and die making, or other related metalworking trade;
  • four-year apprenticeship or combination of work experience and industry courses(NOC7231);
  • *Trade certification is available but not compulsory in all territories and provinces; and
  • *Red seal endorsement also available yet optional (allows for interprovincial mobility).

All qualifications must be assessed to ensure they meet Canadian standards. This means that you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to count towards Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points when applying for your visa.

How Do I Apply for a Canada Visa as a Machinist and beyond?

Applying for a Canadian visa as a machine operator may seem like a daunting task, but we have highlighted 4 simple steps that are essential when applying for your visa.

Step 1: Choose your province or territory.

It is important to know where you want to live and work in Canada because once you have accepted your dream job in Canada, your work permit will only allow you to work for the same employer in that particular province or territory for at least one year. This is true, for example, if you choose to immigrate to Canada through a program such as the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). So before you apply for your visa, do your research to make sure you have chosen the best place for you and your family to call home.

Step 2: Assess your education.

If you earned your degree outside of Canada, you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA). An ECA certifies that your secondary and post-secondary qualifications are valid and meet Canadian standards. It also allows you to apply for CRS points when you apply for your Canadian visa, and it is also a requirement for some immigration programs such as the Federal Skilled Workers Program, which falls under the Express Entry system. Fortunately, machine operator occupations in Canada are classified as Skill Level B, which means you can apply under the Express Entry program as long as you meet the other criteria. Below is a list of organizations that may test your qualifications:

  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies;
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada;
  • World Education Services;
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS); and
  • International Credential Evaluation Service.

Step 3: Choose your immigration program.

There are many different ways to immigrate to Canada in 2020 as a machinist or machinist, but we’ve selected the top 4 options that will give you the best chance of success when applying for a visa, depending on where the most machinist jobs in Canada are in demand:

  1. Express Entry system;
  2. Provincial Nominee Program;
  3. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot;
  4. Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

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