Canada Immigration from Ecuador

November 5, 2021


  • Nadine Wolfe

Did you know that approximately 25,000 Ecuadorians currently live in Canada? People from Ecuador have been moving to Canada for various reasons, such as wanting better employment opportunities, to provide a better quality of life for their families, or simply wanting to start afresh in a new country.

Canada is the perfect place to immigrate to because the country plans to welcome thousands of immigrants over the next few years.Canada welcomed 45,000 immigrants in September this year and has not yet reached their target, so if you’re thinking of Canada immigration from Ecuador this is the place for you.

There are over 100 immigration programs geared towards making Canada immigration easier. Let’s talk about some of the best ones that might be your way to getting a permanent residence visa Canada.

How to Immigrate to Canada from Ecuador

There are a number of immigration programs that you can apply through if you are from Ecuador and wish to obtain a Canadian permanent residence visa. These include the following:

  • Express Entry
  • Provincial Nominee Programs
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Family Sponsorship

What is Express Entry

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Canada's Express Entry system is used to select candidates to immigrate to Canada through a number of different Federal Economic Immigration programs. The Express entry system offers the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class. To apply through Express Entry, you need to meet a number of requirements:

The key to making sure you have a good chance of having your application approved is to choose a program that suits what you are looking for. Before applying, you should also make sure that you meet the requirements of the program you want to apply for.

Let’s look at the criteria for each of these programs:

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)

If you would like to move to Canada and have a specific province in mind, Canada’s PNPs might be the way to go. There are 11 provinces that have PNPs available and over 80 PNPs. Each PNP has their own criteria, so you’ll need to consult the requirements for the province that you are applying to. However, there is a broad set of criteria that you need to consider when applying for Canada’s PNP.

Your chances of getting you application approved will depend on the following:

  • Work experience which matches that province’s in-demand employment opportunities
  • Language proficiency levels
  • Education level
  • Skill level
  • Whether you will be able to contribute to the country’s economy
  • Whether or not you have a true interest in settling in that province or territory

Did you know that British Columbia (BC) is popular among people seeking to immigrate to Canada? This is because of the easy application process. British Columbia invites applicants to apply for permanent residence who have a minimum of two years work experience.

British Columbia’s economy is growing and the province requires skilled workers in high-demand occupations. The Skilled Worker category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way you can help BC grow their economy and gain permanent residency.

Let’s have a closer look at the BC PNP Skilled Worker requirements.

To qualify for this category, you must:

  • Have a valid job offer from a B.C. employer
  • The job must be listed in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) as skill type 0, A or B
  • Have a wage offer in line with B.C. wage rates for occupation
  • Have at least 2 years of work experience
  • Prove that you will be able to financially support yourself and family members who are dependent on you
  • Meet the minimum language requirements (for NOC B occupations)

The Federal Skilled Trades Program

Site worker

To apply for Canada immigration through this program, you need to meet the following requirements:

Have skilled work experience

  • Part time work experience is acceptable as long as the hours you worked add up to 1,560 hours a year
  • You are allowed to work more than one part time job to get the hours you need to apply
  • Work experience you gained as a student will also count towards your minimum requirements if:
  • the work was paid, continuous and meets all the requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker program

Language ability

To meet the language ability requirements, you must:

  • Take an approved language test in English or French which will assess your skills in:
  • reading
  • writing
  • listening and
  • speaking
  • Achieve a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all 4 abilities


If you attended a school in Canada, you must have a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian

  • secondary institution(high school)or
  • post-secondary institution

If you attended a school in a foreign country, you must have:

  • a completed credential and
  • an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes from a designated organization
  • You’ll need this to prove that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian high school or post-secondary institution

Proof of funds

You must prove that you can financially support yourself and your family during your move to Canada and while you settle in. This does not apply to you if:

  • You are currently able to legally work in Canada
  • You have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer


You must be able to enter Canada legally.

Family Sponsorship Program

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If you want to move to Canada from Ecuador, and you would like to bring your family along, we’ve got you covered. Canada values family and does not want you to leave your loved one behind. The Family Sponsorship program allows you to financially sponsor your family members so they can come and join you in Canada.

Who can become a sponsor?

To become a sponsor, you need to be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Currently living in Canada
  • If you are a Canadian citizen living outside of Canada, you must prove that you plan to live in Canada when the family member you want to sponsor, becomes a permanent resident
  • You cannot sponsor someone if you are a permanent resident living outside of Canada
  • You must be able to prove that you are receiving government benefits for reasons other than a disability
  • You must also be able to prove that you can provide basic needs for yourself, spouse or partner, your dependent children, or your spouse’s dependent children


How long does it take to process family sponsorship in Canada?

Sponsorship applications take approximately 12 months to process, but they can take longer depending on the nature of your case.

Who can I sponsor under the Family Sponsorship program?

You are able to sponsor your:

  • Spouse, Common Law Partner or Conjugal partner
  • Dependent children
  • Father or Mother
  • Grandfather or Grandmother
  • Orphan and Adopted Child under the age of 18
  • Sibling,niece or nephew, or grandchild

What is the minimum income to sponsor an immigrant in Canada?

Although there is no specific income requirement for sponsorship applications, this is a helpful general guideline to give you an understanding of the amount of finances you need to have.

Income required for the 3 tax years right before the day you apply (sponsors applying in 2021)
Number of people you’ll be sponsoring 2020 2019 2018
2 people $32,270 $41,007 $40,379
3 people $39,672 $50,414 $49,641
4 people $48,167 $61,209 $60,271
5 people $54,630 $69,423 $68,358
6 people $61,613 $78,296 $77,095
7 people $68,598 $87,172 $85,835

Now that you know about how to obtain a permanent residence visa, you can pick the program for you and start applying. Your Canada immigration journey should be exciting and not stressful. Let our trusted RCICs help your visa application process step by step.