How to Immigrate to Canada as an Unskilled Worker in 2020

Are you interested in starting a new life in one of the most welcoming countries in the world? Canada may be just the place that you’ve been looking for. In this article, we take a look at which jobs in Canada are available for unskilled workers and how to immigrate to Canada in 2020.      

Despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is still processing visa applications for foreign workers who want to make the move to Canada. So much so that the Government has actually made it simpler and quicker for certain occupations to apply for visas, by waiving the need for employers to supply Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which is a document needed before they can start hiring international employees. Normally, recruiters would have to advertise jobs in Canada for at least 3 months before being able to hire foreign workers.      

Canada wants to invite 1 million newcomers to Canada by 2022 (401,000 immigrants just in 2021 alone), and you could be one of them! So let's take a closer look and which jobs qualify under immigration programs for unskilled work as well as some of the best ways to apply for a Canadian visa as an unskilled worker.       

What are Unskilled or Low Skilled Jobs in Canada? 

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There are thousands of jobs in Canada in almost every sector of the labour market, but knowing how your job is classified according to the Government is very important as it will help you to find out which immigration and visa programs you qualify for. So let's take a look at how to determine what your skill level your occupation is and how to immigrate to Canada in 2020 in 3 easy steps.    

1. What’s My Code?

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) code is how the government determines the level of skill associated with your occupation. Canadian immigration programs are usually divided into two general skill types or levels: skilled and low-skilled or unskilled. Your skill type shows which industry or sector your occupation falls under in the Canadian labour market. Your skill level refers to the type of qualification or training that your occupation requires. Below are the skill types and levels:  

NOC Skill Type
0Management occupations
1Business, finance, and administration occupations
2Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
3Health occupations
4Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
5Occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport
6Sales and service occupations
7Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
8Natural resources, agriculture, and related production occupations
9Occupations in manufacturing and utilities The first digit of most NOC codes identifies the Skill Type of the occupation.

NOC Skill Level
AOccupations that usually require a university education
BOccupations that usually require college education or apprenticeship training
COccupations that usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training
DOccupations that usually require on-the-job training

High-skilled jobs in Canada are usually classified at skill level or type 0, A, or B while unskilled or low-skilled occupations are usually classified as type C or D. Certain Canadian immigration programs will refer to occupations as semi-skilled, which means that you will qualify if your NOC skill level A, C or skill type 0

There are hundreds of jobs in Canada that fall under skill level C and D, many of which are in high demand in Canada at the moment. Some examples of skill level C jobs fall in food processing, transportation, and hospitality sectors such as industrial butchers, long-haul truck drivers, and food and beverage servers. Occupations that fall under skill level D include fruit pickers, cleaning staff, and oil field workers.   

For more information on the highest paying in-demand jobs for unskilled workers in Canada in 2020 visit our blog here.

2. Where is My Job In-demand?

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Each province and territory has different labour market needs and its own immigration programs which means that if you want to be successful in your Canadian visa application you need to know where to look for a job before applying for a visa to immigrate to Canada in 2020. Below is a list of high-demand jobs in Canada for unskilled workers in each province.     

Top in-demand Jobs in Canada for Unskilled Workers in 2020
HospitalityFood & Beverage servers
Food ProcessingButchers
Poultry production workers
Food and beverage processing labourers
Metal ProcessingMetalworker, labourers, and machine operators
ConstructionLabourers and helpers
British Columbia
TransportationLong-haul truck driver
Food ProcessingFood and beverage processing labourers
Fish plant workers
HospitalityFood & Beverage servers
Food Counter Attendant/kitchen helper
Hotel front desk clerks
Building Superintendents
light duty cleaners
Food ProcessingButchers
poultry preparers
CaretakerHome support worker
TransportationLong-haul truck driver
Greenhouse worker
Harvesting Labourers
Food ProcessingButchers
Poultry preparers
ForestryLogging and forestry labourers
Poultry preparers
HospitalityFood and Beverage Server
Food Counter Attendant/kitchen helper
housekeeping/cleaning staff
TransportationLong-haul truck driver
Atlantic Provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador)
Food ProcessingButchers

For more information on how to get a job offer in Canada in 2020, visit our blog here. 

Ready to find out how to take the next step? Let's take a look at how to immigrate to Canada as an unskilled worker in 2020 and start your new life in a country with one of the highest qualities of life.    

How Can I Immigrate To Canada in 2020 as an Unskilled Worker?     

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There are 4 main ways to immigrate to Canada as an unskilled worker in 2020: the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, and the Agri-Food Pilot.  

1. Provincial Nominee Programs

The Provincial Nominee Program is aimed at foreign workers who want to immigrate to Canada and have a job offer. Each province and territory has its own unique program with its own set of qualifying requirements, designed to meet its labour needs. The easiest way to receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply for permanent residence)

2. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is aimed at foreign workers who want to immigrate to one of Canada’s Atlantic provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. In order to apply, you would need to select the Intermediate-skilled Stream and check that you meet all the requirements, including having a full-time job offer in Canada, specifically in one of the four provinces mentioned previously.

3. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is aimed at foreign workers who are interested in moving to one of 11 participating cities and towns in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. In order to qualify you will need a full-time job offer in Canada, specifically one of the communities mentioned above.

4. Agri-Food Pilot

The Agri-food Pilot, which is set to launch in May 2020, allows you to immigrate to Canada in the agricultural as well as meat manufacturing and animal production sectors. You will need at least 1 year of non-seasonal work experience as well as an offer for a valid full-time job in Canada. There are also certain language, financial, and secondary education requirements that need to be met. 

For information on how to immigrate to Canada in 2020 as a home support worker, visit our blog here.     

How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada

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Applying for a Canadian visa, especially as an unskilled worker, can be time-consuming and difficult to wrap your head around. With strict deadlines, procedures, and requirements, it can be easy to make a mistake that could cost you your chance to migrate to Canada. But with the guidance and assistance of one of our knowledgeable Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC’s). the process will be stress-free.  

When you choose to use our expert and government trusted service you will get:

  • An in-depth eligibility assessment
  • Guidance on which of 70+ immigration programs and visas to choose from;
  • An immigration plan tailored to your individual needs;
  • A review and submission of all application forms and documentation; as well as
  • Support through every step of the application process.

All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your eligibility assessment and let us take care of the rest. It’s just that simple! Your Canadian journey starts here.

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