Top Cities in Canada for Young Professionals

There are plenty of young professionals who are looking to immigrate to Canada or are already working in the country on a temporary work visa after completing their studies. Those who have post-secondary credentials, as well as some work experience, have an advantage in terms of achieving permanent residence because of their age and ability to settle in any of the regions in Canada.

While a lot of people between the ages of 20 and 30 tend to think that they will find more opportunity in Canada’s larger centres, sometimes the opposite is true, depending on their qualifications. There tend to be more vacancies in smaller areas where locals are unable to fill them as well as more affordable housing that better suit the needs of young adults who have no dependents. Read on to discover the top cities in Canada for young professionals and see which immigration pathways you qualify for.

Victoria - British Columbia

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The city of Victoria in British Columbia is the largest on the list and is well-equipped in terms of support programs for young professionals to settle in the area. This is also a city where you will find the second-largest amount of millennials in the whole of Canada! The average monthly rent for a young professional’s apartment is $1, 200 per month while the average salary is $49, 451.

British Columbia PNP
ProgramStreams
Skills Immigration
  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Healthcare Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category
Express Entry British Columbia
  • Skilled Worker Category
  • Health Care Professional Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Post-Graduate Category
Entrepreneur Immigration
  • Entrepreneur Immigration Category
  • Entrepreneur Immigration — Regional Pilot
  • Strategic Projects Category

Edmonton - Alberta

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The petrochemical and engineering industries are booming in Edmonton, Alberta, where the minimum wage is at a high $15.00 per hour. 21% of the local population is made up of youth and the rent is a conveniently low $864 per month! With over 24, 700 new jobs opening up in the city, it’s arguably the most lucrative place to find yourself as a young professional wanting to immigrate to Canada.

Alberta PNP
ProgramDescription
Alberta Opportunity StreamFor candidates who are working in an in-demand occupation or have recently graduated in an in-demand occupation.
Alberta Express Entry StreamFor candidates who are already in the Express Entry pool and are wanting to achieve a nomination.
Self-Employed Farmer StreamFor candidates who are looking to own or establish a farm in Alberta and have the relevant funds and experience required.

Kitchener-Waterloo - Ontario

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The city of Kitchener-Waterloo in the province of Ontario has a median family income of $78, 000 which is higher than the national average at $71, 011 per year. With a low crime rate and a buzzing technology hub (as well as big manufacturing, aerospace and food processing industries), well-paying occupations are in abundance. Young adults will find it easy to walk into one of these positions and will be met with affordable rent prices averaging $800 per month.

Ontario PNP
ProgramStreams
Human Capital Category
  • Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Ontario Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream
Employer Job Offer Category
  • Foreign Worker Stream
  • International Student Stream
  • In-Demand Skills Stream
Business Category
  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • Corporate Stream

Other Ways to Immigrate


While immigrating through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is the most direct way to settle in a particular province (especially when working in an in-demand occupation), there are other ways to immigrate and still choose your region. The most popular of these is the Express Entry system which manages the federal programs which allows skilled/experienced workers to get their visas.

Express Entry

The Express Entry system was created in 2015 to umbrella the three federal programs and fast-track them to be processed in as little as six months. These programs are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class.

In order to apply, candidates need to create an online profile through the Express Entry portal, stating which of the federal programs they are looking to be considered for. These profiles are then scored according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which awards points for meeting certain criteria. Profiles are then entered into the Express Entry pool where the highest-scoring candidates are selected in draws that typically happen every two weeks. They are then issued with Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in Canada.

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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