The demand for skilled trade workers in Canada is through the roof. It is common knowledge that a whole generation of youth opted out of hands on work and followed the trend to Universities to attain the same qualifications shared by thousands of others, making it a lot harder to get ahead in the saturated professional world. In Canada, the result is all our skilled trade workers are aging out of the workforce leaving a gaping hole in the middle. Young people are slowly cottoning onto the fact that a well paying career is waiting in the trades, but it will be a long time before the demand for skilled trade workers is fully met in the Great White North. Carpenters are amongst the top five most in-demand trades, and also amongst the top 5 best paid trades in Canada. The average salary for a qualified journeyman carpenter in Canada is $65,026 a year, which is 27% higher than the average national salary. You will have a number of immigration options available to you, chief of which is the Skilled Trades Program, an immigration stream falling under the Express Entry Program which could see you become a permanent resident of Canada in as little as six months.
How You Can Immigrate To Canada
The Express Entry Program is Canada’s premium immigration stream. It was created in 2015 with the intent of fast tracking talented foreign workers immigration applications so that they can move to Canada quickly and efficiently. There are three sub-streams in the program:
- 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; Carpenters fall into 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 - at least two years work experience within the last five years in a skilled trade 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 aspect 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.
You should get assessed by the provincial authority immediately upon your arrival in Canada. By all means grab a bowl of poutine and a beer first, but then get assessed! Each province will have their own independent body to assess your skills, so make sure you get assessed in the province you want to work in. An alternative to Express Entry is to apply directly to the province you want to live and work in through the Provincial Nomination Program. If the province has a need for skilled carpenters (just about all the provinces need all types of skilled trade workers) they will motivate your application for permanent residency to the Immigration Refugee Council of Canada with a provincial nomination.
Atlantic Immigration Pilot
If you don't feel like waiting, you can always secure a valid job offer, a temporary work permit and come on over and start working. If you’re smart you will look for a job in the most beautiful region of our country, Atlantic Canada. Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island & Nova Scotia have together created the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, an immigration program aimed at both skilled and unskilled people with job offers in Atlantic Canada. A labour shortage in this region has caused these four provincial governments to open their doors wider than ever before to foreign workers in order to address the labour needs of each province. So a valid job offer, the intention to live and settle in Atlantic Canada as well as meeting the eligibility requirements means you can submit your application for permanent residency right away.
Become an Carpenter in Canada
If you are not already a certified carpenter, we urge you to consider doing your apprenticeship in Canada. Carpenter apprenticeships usually take four years to complete, just like any university degree. The major difference is you will be earning a salary while you’re doing your practical work during your apprenticeship! You will start at around 50% of what a qualified carpenter earns, increasing month by month until you reach the level of certified carpenter also known as a journeyman.
You will do around 1,540 hours of practical work with 8 week blocks of technical training per year for four years before writing your final examination to become certified. All of this will only cost around $2,000 a year, including textbooks, classes, personal protective equipment and registration with the trades union. In comparison, university tuition fees can cost up to $20,000 a year for foreign students.
Permanent residency will be very easily attainable as most provinces not only urgently need qualified carpenters, but also want their skilled tradesmen to stick around. After all, why would they want to train you only to have you take your expertise elsewhere, boosting some other country or province’s economy.
How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada
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