What is a building without windows? Many people will marvel at skyscrapers who’s facades are made up entirely of glass panes, or beautiful residential buildings with massive windows that offer the occupants scenic views and a lot of natural light. Not many people will think, ‘hey, it took a professional to put that window perfectly and securely in place’, and that is where glaziers have the advantage. One of the world's most unassuming occupations means good demand and even better wages. Have you ever considered immigrating to Canada as a glazier? We guess that first you would want to know if you’ll 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 immigrating and becoming a permanent resident in Canada? As it turns out for skilled trades workers, there are many pathways that will allow you to settle, live and work in Canada full time and eventually become a Canadian citizen.
How You Can Immigrate To Canada
The first option is the Express Entry Program, Canada’s premium immigration stream. Created in 2015, the program was designed to fast track talented foreign workers immigration applications so that they can move to Canada and start working as quickly as possible. The program has 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.
You will need to get assessed by a provincial authority upon your arrival in Canada! 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 glaziers (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 like peace, quiet, dense green forests and the ocean you will look for a job in the most beautiful region of our country, Atlantic Canada. The four maritime provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia have together created the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, an immigration program aimed at both skilled and unskilled people with job offers specifically in Atlantic Canada.
Due to a labour shortage in this region, these four provincial governments have opened their doors wider than ever before to foreign workers in order to address the gaps in the labour markets of each province. So a valid job offer, the intention to live and settle in Atlantic Canada and meeting these eligibility requirements means you can submit your application for permanent residency right away:
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 already a certified glazier, we urge you to consider doing your apprenticeship in Canada. Glazier apprenticeships usually take four years to complete. You will do 1,620 hours of practical work a year and 6 weeks of technical training. At the end of your program you can write the interprovincial or Red Seals exam, and once you have this qualification, the world is your oyster.
During your first year of your training you will earn around 55% of what a qualified glazier makes. In your second year of training this will increase to 60%, 65% in the third and 70% in the fourth.
There are many pathways to permanent residency for people who train in Canada as most provinces not only need qualified glaziers, but also want their skilled tradesmen to stick around. The last thing any logical governing authority would want is the human capital their institutions trained, to leave and service another province or country’s economy.
How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada as a Glazier
The immigration process can be complicated, there are numerous forms that have to be completely faultless and supported with various documents. There are tough deadlines that have to be met and the last thing anyone needs is to have to resubmit their application over and over because of a few silly unforced errors. By choosing to use our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the Canadian visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the Canadian government to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them for you.
We handle the paperwork while you choose your dream job in Canada. All you have to do is complete our online form by clicking the link below and we’ll take care of the rest. It's just that simple.