Immigrating to Canada as a Low-Skilled Worker in 2023

May 19, 2023


  • Sinethemba Phongolo

Immigrating to Canada as a low-skilled worker in 2023 is easier than it has ever been before. The economy doesn’t only depend on skilled workers such as doctors, teachers, engineers and software developers. Unskilled workers such as farm workers, truck drivers, waiters and janitors who are also considered to be the foundation on which large industries rely.

Canada has a goal of inviting over 500,000 immigrants as permanent residents per year by 2025, so this is the perfect time for foreign nationals to start their journey to Canada. With approximately 100 visa and immigration programs, individuals are sure to find the pathway that works for them.

If you were wondering what kind of low-skilled work is available in Canada then please take a look at the following information below.

Low-Skilled Occupations in Canada

Low-skilled occupations are usually in the fields of trade, primary (agriculture, animal husbandry and viniculture)and manufacturing industries, sales and services and certain assistant roles. It is classified according to the following National Occupational Classification (NOC) categories:

  • Skill Type C, which includes occupations that usually require a secondary school and/or occupation-specific training; and
  • Skill Type D, which includes occupations for which on-the-job training is provided.

The following table outlines a list of the Top Low-Skilled Jobs in Canada and the aggregate salaries accordinng to Study Abroad Aids.

Top 10 Low-Skilled Jobs in Canada
NOC Code Occupation Avg. Yearly Salary
 7511 Truck Driver $70,258
 6525 Hotel Front Desk Clerks $45,103
 9462 Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters $41,884
 6513 Food and Beverage Servers $32,356
 8431 General Farm Workers $36,939
 6312 Executive Housekeepers $48,583
 8252 Livestock Workers $33,150
 7237 Welders $52,112
 0725 Pipefitter $80,733
 7242 Industrial Electrician $79,322

There are five major Canadian immigration programs a foreign skilled worker can use to immigrate to Canada. Let's take a look a look at these programs begininning with Provincial Nominee Programs.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) offers immigrants who have a Canadian job offer the opportunity to move to Canada permanently and settle in one of the 13 provinces or territories. Each PNP has different programs that are aimed at meeting the labor market needs within the province or territory.

Applicants have the option of directly applying to a province they are interested in or they can apply through the Express Entry system. Those wanting to get to Canada sooner should apply through the Express Entry system which is significantly quicker. To increase your chances of success, applicants should apply to provinces where their skills are in demand.

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  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program

Another often used program to immigrate to Canada by low-skilled workers is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot allows foreign nationals to immigrate as permanent residents to one of the four Atlantic provinces, namely Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

This pilot is great for immigrating to Canada as a low-skilled worker. Starting from 2023, applicants do not require Canadian work experience to be eligible. Applicants will only require one year of foreign work experience and a job offer from a Canadian employer in one of the participating provinces.

Applicants can apply for the following program under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot:

Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program

  • To apply for this program, you must have at least one year's experience working in a position that requires a high school education or job-specific training;
  • You must have a high school diploma equal to a Canadian credential, for which you will need an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA report);
  • You will need to take an approved language test to prove you are proficient enough in English or French to live and work in Canada; and
  • You need to have proof of funds that meet the minimum required amount to support yourself as well as any dependents regardless of whether they are joining you in Canada or not.

If you want to move to rural Canada as a low skilled worker, then we recommned taking a look at the Rural and Nothern Immigration Pilot below which is a Canadian immigration program specifically designed to help prospective immigrants move to rural Canada.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) helps smaller communities in Canada by allowing them the opportunity to employ foreign skilled workers. Immigrants who are looking to live in rural Canada can apply for the positions and if successful, the community can recommend the applicants to the government for permanent residence.

11 communities are participating in the RNIP. They are located in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. One of the main requirements for this program is to have an offer for a full-time job from a Canadian employer. Several jobs are in high demand in the participating communities, they include:

  • Dental Industry
  • Financial services
  • Practical nurses
  • Food processing
  • Agriculture and Manufacturing

If you have experience in agriculture, we recommend using the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot to immigrate to Canada as a low-skilled worker in 2023.

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot creates a pathway for skilled farm and livestock workers to move to Canada and apply for permanent residence. Applicants will need to have a valid job offer and show they are experienced workers in one of the specified occupations within the meat production and agricultural sector, to apply for this program. Besides requiring one year of experience, applicants will also need the following:

  • Have a valid full-time, non-seasonal permanent job offer in Canada for which the salary must meet or exceed the prevailing wage;
  • A minimum CLB/NCLC score of 4 in either English or French;
  • Have a Canadian high school diploma or an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of a foreign equivalent or higher; and
  • Have enough money to support themselves and their family members, even if they won’t be moving to Canada with the applicant.

If you have family that you want to move to Canada with, we recommend using the Family Sponsorship program to bring your family to Canada through sponsorhsip once you have obtained permanent residency status.

Family Sponsorship

To foster further growth and address the need for families to immigrate together so they cannot be separated, the Canadian government has created several family sponsorship immigration streams that enable Canadian citizens and permanent residents to sponsor their family members and bring them to Canada as permanent residents.

These family sponsorship programs are divided into categories based on the relationship between the Canadian sponsor and sponsored family member. These categories include:

  • The Spouse/Partner Sponsorship Program,
  • The Parent and Grandparent Sponsorship Program
  • The Dependent Child Sponsorship Program
  • The Adoption Sponsorship Program
  • The Adopted Child Sponsorship Program
  • The Other Relative Sponsorship Program
  • The Canada Super Visa

If you want to move to Canada on a temporary basis, you can use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

If you’re unsuccessful in immigrating to Canada through an immigration visa program that grants you permanent residency status, then you can use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program as a means to gain Canadian employment that can make you eligible to obtain permanent residency status through the Express Entry Canadian Experience Class program.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign national workers when there are not any Canadian or permanent residents available to fill the position. Canadian employers can hire foreign semi-skilled workers through the following streams under the TFWP:

  • Low Wage Worker Stream
  • Agriculture Worker Stream
  • Home Care Provider Stream

Take Your Career to the Next Level in Canada This Year!

Canada is in need of supplementing their labor force with foreign workers as a consequence of their perennial labor shortages. Apart from the thousands of existing vacancies, many jobs are also created yearly. The country is therefore in need of not only skilled and semi-skilled workers but also low- and unskilled ones too.

Becoming a Canadian permanent resident comes with many benefits. As a Chilean permanent resident you will have the same benefits that come with being a citizen of the country. This includes having access to free universal healthcare, as well as free schooling for all children up to the high school level.


What are the Benefits of Moving to Canada as a Low-Skilled Worker?

The perennial labor shortages in Canada, particularly with regards to occupations that require very little to no experience or skills, ensures that there will always be a need for low-skilled foreign workers in Canada.

What is the Best Place to Move to Canada as a Low-Skilled Worker?

The best place to move to Canada as a low-skilled worker is Toronto since as the commercial capital of the nation it has the greatest variety of jobs and job opportunities in the country.

What is the Average Median Wage of a Low-Skilled Worker in Canada?

The average median wage for low-skilled workers as of 2023 is approximately $19.25 per hour or $37,538 per year.