Unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers applying to immigrate to Canada are looking to find work in the country in whatever sector of the economy they can. For this reason, we have compiled a few top industries in Canada that are in-demand in several of the 13 provinces and territories. This guide makes it easier to assess which of the sectors you may already be qualified for or which of the up-and-coming fields in an unskilled area that you may not have known that you are suitable for.

There are plenty of different routes towards immigrating to Canada with the most popular and largest quotas being invited through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and Express Entry programs. This is all a part of the federal government’s plans to welcome over a million foreign nationals into the economy within the next three years. This article focuses on the pathways that allow candidates to settle in a specific province or territory in a specific occupation but if you are a skilled/experienced worker, you should consider the federal programs as well.

1. Engineering

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Engineers in Canada are considered skilled workers with a skill level A according to the National Occupation Classification (NOC). The best province for engineers to work in the country would be Alberta where this profession garners the highest income. Workers can get paid anything from $60, 200-$102, 340 CAD per year.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
British Columbia
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
Saskatchewan
  • International Skilled Worker Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
New Brunswick
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
Northwest Territories
  • Skilled Worker
Yukon
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker

2. Healthcare

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Healthcare is a big sector in Canada with a lot of areas not having enough professionals to service the demand, especially considering that public healthcare is paid for by the government. Not only will you be paid well ($271,000 CAD on average for family physicians) for filling this position but doctors are also an essential part of every Canadian community.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
British Columbia
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
Saskatchewan
  • International Skilled Worker Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Physician Stream
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
Northwest Territories
  • Skilled Worker
Yukon
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker

3. Food and Hospitality

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While this industry can be quite demanding, the average salary stands at $22,128, CAD, above that offered for unskilled work in most countries. With free basic education for your family as well as free public healthcare, you don’t need to have a degree to have a high standard of living in Canada.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
Prince Edward Island
  • Labour Impact Category
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
Northwest Territories
  • Employer Driven Program
Yukon
  • Critical Impact Worker

4. Long-haul Truck Driving

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A surprising occupation that is in-demand in Canada is long-haul truck driving. Seen as semi- or unskilled work, truck driving is actually a very lucrative occupation (earning an average of $48,376 CAD per year) with only a driving permit and a bit of experience needed to work in the country on a temporary work permit. From here, you are free to apply for permanent residence through one of the streams below.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
Saskatchewan
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
Prince Edward Island
  • Labour Impact Category
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
Yukon
  • Critical Impact Worker

5. Technology

Someone touches an interactive computer platform.

The tech sector is certainly one of the fastest-growing top industries in Canada with many pilots being developed by different immigration bodies to increase the number of individuals available to fill these vacancies. A software developer in Canada earns an average of $90,000 per year, far above the national average salary.

PNP Streams

PNP Streams
ProvincePrograms
Alberta
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
British Columbia
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
Saskatchewan
  • International Skilled Worker Category
Manitoba
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Ontario
  • Human Capital Category
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Skilled Worker Stream
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
New Brunswick
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
Northwest Territories
  • Skilled Worker
Yukon
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker

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