Immigrate to Canada as a Butcher

Immigrate to Canada as a Butcher

March 7, 2021


  • Robynn Farrell

Canada’s meat processing industry needs experienced industrial butchers and employs the largest number of people in the food industry, with almost 72,000 workers, according to Ibis World. Not only is there a current demand for butchers in almost every province in Canada but the industry is expected to see a further 3.4% industry growth. When you choose to immigrate to Canada as a butcher, not only can you expect an average salary of about $17.71 per hour ($42,301 per year) but both you and your loved ones can get permanent residence through one of 5 main Canadian immigration programs.

To speak to one of our consultants and have your eligibility assessment done by a verified service, simply click the link below or continue reading to find out which provinces need butchers and how to get there.

How Do I Become a Butcher in Canada? 

butcher cutting prime meat on chopping board | immigrate to Canada There are many ways to immigrate to Canada as a butcher. Butchers are listed as an in-demand occupation in Canada, in almost every province, and with expected growth and expansion in the meat processing industry forecast over the next five years, the high demand can only increase along with it. We’ve listed the top 5 Canadian immigration options for butchers, below: 
  1. Express Entry System;
  2. Provincial Nominee Program;
  3. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot;
  4. New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot; and
  5. Atlantic Immigration Pilot

1. Express Entry System

speeding train blurr | immigrate to Canada The Express Entry system is one of the fastest ways to immigrate to Canada. It manages 3 Canadian federal economic immigration programs and has become an integral part of helping Canadian employers recruit skilled international workers and help them relocate to Canada in as little as 6 months Candidates are ranked according to factors such as their age, language skills, education, and work experience according to the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) and will receive a CRS score. Once you have an active online Express Entry profile, you will be entered into biweekly draw pools, from which the highest scoring candidates will be chosen to apply for permanent residence in Canada.

2. Provincial Nominee Program

Ontario skyline at sunset | immigrate to Canada The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows you to immigrate to Canada if you are a skilled or semi-skilled worker and have experience in a profession that is in demand or can contribute to the economic success of the province or territory. Each province/territory has its own PNP with its own specific requirements that must be met to be considered eligible. If you are successful in your application you will receive a provincial nomination, which is worth 600 extra CRS points which could all but guarantee that you receive an ITA for Canadian permanent residence.

It is important to note that there are two different National Occupation Classification (NOC) Codes for butchers:
    • NOC 6331: Butchers, meat cutters, and fishmongers (retail and wholesale); or
    • NOC 9462: Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and related workers.
Below are some of the provinces which urgently need butchers:  
Top Canadian Provinces That Need Butchers
NOC Code Province/Territory Immigration Stream
NOC 9462 British Columbia Alberta Express Entry Stream Alberta Opportunity Stream
NOC 9462 Manitoba Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
NOC 6331 Newfoundland & Labrador Skilled Workers Stream
NOC 9462 NOC 6331 Ontario Employer Job Offer Category: In-demand Skills Stream Human Capital Category: Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
NOC 9462 Prince Edward Island Critical Workers Stream
NOC 6331 & 9462 Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers Stream
 There are, of course, other provinces that need experienced butchers however these are currently the top regions searching for qualified applicants.

3. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

rural farm land at sunset | immigrate to Canada The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program designed to assist smaller regions with the recruitment of skilled and experienced international workers. As an experienced butcher, you can immigrate to Canada if you have a valid job offer in one of the participating communities, specifically located in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. You will be required to show that you intend to live in the community and have a qualifying job offer from a designated community organization as well as have sufficient and relevant work experience, meet the minimum language and educational requirements, and have enough money to support yourself and your loved ones who will be immigrating to Canada with you.

4. New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

The New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is similar to the Rural immigration Pilot however is more industry-specific rather than community-specific. Those who have experience in the meat processing and mushroom production sectors are eligible to apply. You will need a non-seasonal job offer as well as meet other minimum requirements in order to be eligible to apply for permanent residence through this Canadian immigration pilot.

5. Atlantic Immigration Pilot

Covehead harbour lighthouse Prince Edward Island Canada at sunset | immigrate to Canada The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) was implemented to help skilled and semiskilled international workers find permanent residence in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador,
  • Prince Edward Island,
  • New Brunswick; and
  • Nova Scotia.
Those who meet the minimum requirements of having a valid job offer, necessary language skills, and settlement funds, to name a few, can apply to immigrate to Canada through the AIP.

How We Can Help You Immigrate to Canada as a Butcher

prime cut of beef steak on ice | Immigrate to Canada Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be a lengthy and complicated process, with a copious amount of forms and documents to complete and strict submission dates, we wouldn’t blame you if you felt apathetic about getting started on your application. But that's what we’re here for. At MDC, we take the stress and hassle out of planning to relocate abroad. Our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are ready to evaluate your eligibility, review all documentation and submit all documentation on your behalf.

Using an RCIC not only gives you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA but will make the entire process simple and stress-free. We handle the paperwork while you choose your dream job in Canada. All you have to do is fill out our application form to receive your assessment today and we’ll take care of the rest. It's just that simple.