Immigrate to Canada as a Plumber
JUN 2, 2020
Not every boy or girl growing up wants to become a plumber. It is a labor-intensive, unglamorous occupation with a tough reputation. The truth is, if every little boy or girl knew what it cost to live comfortably, the real amount of hours they would have to dedicate to earning a living and the actual range in the job description of a plumber, they might think twice before following the herd to a university. Trade jobs have long been an in-demand profession around the world, and it is no different here in Canada. When a skill is in demand, those that have the skill get to set the price for their services, which is why experienced plumbers in Canada are making up to $97,500 a year. This is higher than engineers, accountants, and even most managerial positions. If you are interested in immigrating to Canada as a qualified plumber, know that it would not be a difficult process for you. You would need to choose the right immigration program and secure a job offer from a Canadian employer. Securing permanent residency could also very much depend on where you look for a job, but we will get to that.
Immigration ProgramsThere are over 80 immigration pathways for people to become permanent residents and eventually citizens in Canada. We will take a brief look at three of the most popular streams.
Express EntryThe most popular of the immigration programs, the Express Entry system can offer applicants permanent residency in as little as six months. This immigration stream is dedicated to people who work in managerial roles, professionals, and skilled trades workers. The requirements to be eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are as follows:
- Skilled work experience - at least two years work experience within the last five years in a skilled trade before you apply
- A valid full time job offer (minimum contract of one year) or a certificate of qualification as a plumber from a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.
- Language ability - certain aspect of your job will depend on your ability to communicate effectively with customers, for this reason, you will need to pass a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) test and earn a minimum CLB score of 4 in all four sections; reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Qualifications - there is no educational requirement, however it will boost your score if you have your qualification/certification credentials evaluated.
- Eligible - you must be eligible to immigrate to Canada, this means you cannot have a criminal record, you must be in good health and you must have legal status in the country you are living in now.
Provincial Nomination ProgramYou can apply for a provincial nomination in one of two ways. The first is to create an expression of interest in a particular province that you wish to live and work in on your Express Entry profile. If the province deems your skills to line up with their demands, they will issue you with a provincial nomination, which will contribute 600 points out of the overall 1,200 points available on your CRS, rocketing you to the top of the pool of candidates. The second would be to create a profile on the province you wish to live and work in on the government website and submit an expression of interest directly. If they are in need of your skills, they will invite you to apply directly to the province and will motivate your application for permanent residency to the Canadian government. The requirements of the Provincial Nomination Programs are very similar to the Express Entry eligibility requirements, sometimes not being as stringent. There are provinces with immigrations streams under their PNP’s that make provision for plumbers who wish to live and work in the province, such as:
- Ontario - Regional Immigration Pilot,
- British Columbia - Skills Immigration Pathway,
- Nova Scotia - Occupations in Demand Stream,
- New Brunswick - Skilled Worker Stream; and
- Yukon - Critical Impact Worker Category.