It’s no secret that IT professionals are one of the most in-demand occupations in Canada at the moment. With tech hubs like Ontario and British Columbia constantly in search of tech gurus to join their community, thousands of jobs are being made available. But Canada is unfortunately not able to keep up with the demand.
Due to a waning birth rate and early retirement, Canada has had to look abroad for the best that international talent has to offer and has developed various immigration programs to help assist with the Canadian visa application process.
This includes the ever-popular federal immigration system known as the Express Entry system or (unofficially) the “Express Entry Lotto” by some. The difference is, the Express Entry system has way better odds than the national lottery and could be your next step towards a bright new future in one of the most dynamic countries in the world.
On average IT professionals can expect to earn around $72,361, depending on your qualifications, experience and where you are located but if you’re a seasoned IT professional with years of experience in your arsenal, you could look forward to earning around $123,014 to $170,011 per year!
Add some phenomenal perks such as attractive work benefits, job satisfaction, free healthcare and free public education for your young ones, high quality of life in one of the most tolerant and multicultural countries in the world...what more could you ask for?
Oh, and did we forget to mention the bustling cities, vibrant culture and nightlife? Or if you're looking for a change of pace and scenery, how about some of the most awe-inspiring sights such as over 46 national parks and over 2 million lakes to explore on your vacation?
Sound like a dream? Well, pinch yourself because it’s all real and available to you right now!
Give yourself the best chance of landing your dream job in this amazing country and let us help you with your Canadian visa application.
Not sold yet? Keep reading to find out what your best immigration options are and how we can set you on your path to a new life in Canada as an IT professional.
Which Tech Professions Are In-demand in 2020 in Canada?
As mentioned earlier experienced and highly skilled IT professionals are among the most sought after workers in Canada. We narrow down the Top 10 Tech Occupations that Canada is looking for and what you can expect to earn annually. The top 6 occupations will allow you to qualify for both the Ontario(ON) and British Columbia (BC) Tech Draws whereas all of the occupations on the top 10 qualify for BC draws.
|Top 10 Canadian 10 Tech Occupations|
|Job Title||Average Salary/Year|
|1. Software engineers and designers (ON & BC)||$45,000 - $157,188|
|2. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (ON & BC)||$74,997 - $98,294|
|3. Computer engineers (ON & BC)||$77,025 - $130,943|
|4. Web designers and developers (ON & BC)||$46,859 - $79,659|
|5. Database analysts and data administrators (ON & BC)||$80,906 - $137,540|
|6. Computer and information systems managers (ON & BC)||$100,006 - $170,011|
|7. Graphic Designers and Illustrators (BC only)||$45,831 - $77,913|
|8. User Support Technicians (BC only)||$51,617 - $63,083|
|9. Computer network technicians (BC only)||$58,500 - $70,785|
|10. Information systems testing technicians (BC only)||$56,050 - $65,020|
Top Ways to Immigrate to Canada as an IT Professional
Take the Expressway
There are 3 main ways that you can immigrate to Canada as a tech professional. Perhaps the most popular and successful is the Express Entry system. The Express Entry system, like any operating system, manages the components of the federal immigration program to ensure that they are functioning efficiently. These 3 programs are managed by the Express Entry system:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Program;
- The Federal skilled Trades Program; and
- The Canadian Experience Class.
As a tech professional, you may be able to qualify to apply through The Federal Skilled Worker Program.
The Express Entry system is a points-based system that ranks you according to factors such as your age, language skills, education, experience and ability to adapt in Canada. Your profile will then be entered into draws that usually take place every 2 weeks and if you are among the top-scoring candidates will be selected to receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for permanent residence in Canada.
The great part about the Express Entry system is that it allows provinces and territories to select profiles directly from the draw pool and issue them with PN (Provincial Nominations), which are worth 600 points alone! Seeing as you can score a maximum of 1200 points, having a PNP will set you way ahead of the pack and give you an added edge.
Both Ontario and British Columbia have Tech streams or categories that allow the provinces to have targeted draws to help fill their need for highly skilled IT workers.
The OINP has a Human Capital Priorities Stream which is aimed specifically at recruiting people from the Express Entry system with stellar technological skills. There are 6 job titles that qualify for this immigration option.
Ontario has already had its first tech targeted draw, which was held on January 15, 2020, where 954 Express Entry candidates received an invitation to apply for a PN. Be sure to visit our blog to find out Why You Should Consider Moving to Ontario in 2020.
BC PNP has a Tech Pilot that allows skilled workers with a 1-year full-time job offer to fast-track their visa application. Most applications are processed in less than 2 - 3 months, with 29 key qualifying occupations.
What if I Don’t Qualify for Express Entry?
Not to worry. Just because you don’t qualify for Express Entry, doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. You may still be eligible to apply directly through the Provincial Nominee Program of your choice. The only difference is that your visa application may take a bit longer.
We recommend applying through these provinces as they are not only Canada’s tech hub but are specifically looking for skilled tech professionals and it would be more likely that you would be able to find a job, which is required in order to be considered eligible to apply through most PNP streams.
- OINP (Ontario Provincial Nominee Program); OR
- BC PNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
How We Can Help You
With so many employment opportunities and 70+ immigration programs and visa options to choose from, the process can become quite overwhelming and confusing. But it doesn't have to be. By using 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.
Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late. Simply complete our online evaluation application form and let us take care of all the fine print while you finalise your plans to live and work in Canada.