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How to Immigrate to Canada as an Engineer

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Are you an engineer looking to emigrate to a country where your skills are recognized? In Canada, there are many ways to apply as a skilled worker, including highways and traditional roads. The federal government has revealed its intention to add more than one million workers to its workforce over the next three years, including hiring skilled and in-demand workers to stimulate the local economy in different sectors.

Find out how to immigrate to Canada as an engineer through various skilled worker programs, including the Express Entry system and the individual streams of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that require these skills. You can earn up to $ 300,000 per year as a Senior Engineer in select Canadian provinces / territories, making 2019 the best time to start your career there. Our service can help guide you every step of the way on your journey to obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Why Work As an Engineer in Canada?

Canada needs engineers for a number of sectors that are currently not covered by the local workforce due to a lack of skills. It is therefore not only a trade in demand, but also a trade for which Canadian employers are prepared to pay higher wages. There are also several different avenues open in the field of engineering, such as civil, chemical, IT and electrical, not to mention professions specializing in a combination of skills.

You can earn anywhere from $ 50,000 per year as a entry-level worker to $ 300,000 per year as a senior in your engineering field. Starting your career in Canada early (and gaining work experience in Canada) can make a big difference to your income later. There are also the added benefits of free basic education and free public health care to ensure that you and anyone you depend on are taken care of. Another advantage is that you can choose which provinces / territories you would like to settle in as they all have room for engineers in one or the other stream.

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Available Immigration Programs for Engineers

There are several ways to immigrate to Canada with specific programs for skilled workers. You can enter the application process through two main routes, either PNP streams or the Express Entry system which expedites applications in three main programs. These two paths overlap in that some PNP flows fall under the Express Entry system and candidates from the Express Entry pool can apply for a Provincial Nomination (NP). You can find these feeds below.

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Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The provinces and territories listed below offer several streams of skilled workers that engineers can apply for. Applicants can also check which provinces / territories list engineering as a in-demand profession on the National Professional Code (NOC) list. For example, Mechanical Engineers are coded in the CNP 2131 category and are required in most provinces, although they may have a different name (with the same code listed).

PNP Streams Open to Engineers
Province Programs For Engineers Average Salary P.A.
Alberta
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream (NOC: 0211 – Engineering managers; 2131 – Civil Engineers; 2132 – Mechanical Engineers; 2133 – Electrical & Electronic Engineers; 2231 – Civil Engineering Technologists & Technicians)
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • $150,000
British Columbia
  • BC PNP Tech Pilot (NOC: 2131 – Civil Engineers; 2132 – Mechanical Engineers; 2133 – Electrical & Electronics Engineers; 2134 – Chemical Engineers; 2147 – Computer Engineers)
  • Express Entry British Columbia
  • $70,000
Ontario
  • Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • In-Demand Skills Stream
  • $60,000
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker in Manitoba (NOC: 0211 – Engineering Managers; 2131 – Civil Engineers; 2132 – Mechanical Engineers; 2133 – Electrical & Electronics Engineers; 2141 – Industrial & Manufacturing Engineers; 2147 – Computer Engineers)
  • Skilled Worker Overseas
  • $65,000
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • $60,000
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
  • $60,000
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry (NOC: 2131 – Civil Engineers)
  • Nova Scotia Express Entry Labour Market Priorities
  • Skilled Worker Stream (Skilled Workers Pathway)
  • $60,000
Northwest Territories
  • Northwest Territories — Express Entry Stream
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Impact Worker Stream
  • $65,000
Saskatchewan
  • International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer
  • International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand (NOC: 7311 – Industrial Mechanics)
  • International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry
  • $100,000
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Critical Worker Stream
  • $45,000
Yukon
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • $80,000

Express Entry System

The Express Entry system was created in 2015 by the Canadian federal government to expedite (a turnaround time of just six months) its skilled / educated worker programs. These programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Engineers immediately fall under the Skilled Worker category and are therefore eligible to apply for the programs included in the Express Entry system, in particular the Federal Skilled Worker program. They must create an online profile that measures their qualifications, training and other factors using the Comprehensive Assessment System (CRS). Applicants are awarded points accordingly and then enter the Express Entry pool which measures their score against other applicants in a draw that typically takes place every two weeks.

CRS Criteria Awards Points For:

  • Age
  • CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Level of Education (in and outside Canada)
  • Work Experience (in and outside Canada)
  • Arranged employment
  • Provincial nomination achieved
  • Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
  • Your spouse’s profile (if married)

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