Canada is currently facing a labour shortage which has created thousands of job opportunities, for skilled, semi, and unskilled foreign workers alike. There are however certain occupations that have more available positions than others and are classified as in-demand. In-demand jobs in Canada can be found in all industries, from medical and IT professionals to truck drivers and farm workers, the opportunities are endless. Because certain provinces and territories have different labour market needs, different programs and streams have been created to help close the pending labour gap in each sector and help boost Canada’s economy. Each province or territory, therefore, has its own tailored Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) with various streams and subcategories dedicated to specific occupations and skill sets. But what is the Provincial Nominee Program and how does it work? Let's take a closer look.
How Does the PNP Work?
The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was designed to help address the labour gap that Canada is currently facing. Because no two provinces are the same, neither are Canadian PNPs, as each province or territory has its own industry-specific labour demands that need to be met. With specific labour needs come specific occupations that need to be filled, which is why all provinces and territories will have a list of in-demand jobs. Each PNP will also have specific streams and subcategories, each with its own set of requirements that will need to be met in order to qualify to apply for permanent residence. This often includes having a valid full-time job offer, particularly one of the in-demand jobs in Canada.
The more in-demand your occupation is, the more likely you are to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. The great part about these PNPs is that most of them have streams that are linked to the Express Entry system. By applying through one of these Express Entry-linked PNP streams, you will not only fast-track your visa application but also allows provinces to select your profile directly from the Express Entry draw pool and if nominated by the province you will receive a Provincial Nomination or PN. A PN is worth 600 extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, which basically all but guarantees that you will receive an ITA for permanent residency in Canada. What does this mean exactly? Having an in-demand job offer in Canada in a particular province or territory will make it more likely for you to receive a PN and this increases your chances of making your dream of living and working in Canada a reality.
It’s important to ensure that the province or territory you apply to has your specific occupation and skillset in demand. This will increase your chances of receiving a nomination significantly.
Choose Your Province to Find Out Where Your Job is In-demand in Canada
FAQ 1: Can I immigrate to Canada without a job offer?
Yes, you can immigrate to Canada without a job offer if you apply through a certain Provincial Nomination Program. Provinces such as Saskatchewan offer several pathways of immigration to Canada without a job offer via the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).
FAQ 2: Which provincial nominee program is easiest to apply for in Canada?
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is one of the easiest PNP’s to apply to because the Express Entry linked stream invites applicants with a CRS score of as low as 300 points.
FAQ 3: What is the most common job in Canada?
The most common job is a retail salesperson. This occupation ranks as the top job for women in the country and number two for men. It’s also on several provinces’ occupations in-demand lists, including Ontario, with the NOC code 6421.
Typical duties of a salesperson include:
- Ensure high levels of consumer satisfaction by providing superior sales service;
- Maintain presentable and in-stock condition of assigned sections of the store;
- Drive sales with product knowledge and market-driven enthusiasm; and
- Establish trust relationships with customers.
FAQ 4: Which professions are in high demand in Canada?
Here are the top 10 most in-demand occupations in Canada currently:
- IT and Support Desk Specialists;
- Administrative Assistants;
- Cyber Security Specialists;
- Web Developers;
- Mobile Application Developers;
- Big Data Scientists and Data Analysts;
- Digital Marketing Specialists;
- Logistics/Transportation Managers;
- Early Education Workers; and
- Health Care Support Workers for Seniors.
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