How to Immigrate to Canada as a Plumber – Trade jobs are becoming top jobs in most countries of the world and in Canada, it is no exception. Trade jobs are very important as they also drive the economy of a country.
In Canada, the trade jobs are among the occupations that are in high demand in the country and plumbers are one of them. If you are a plumber wanting to immigrate to Canada, you are on the right track as the country has initiated plans to invite over a million immigrants to the country provided you are willing to contribute to the economic growth and development of the country.
Plumbers are highly needed in most of the provinces in Canada as their work ranges from installing and preparing of pipes to fixing of plumbing fixtures like sinks, bathtub, toilets and pipes carrying water away from homes. They are also among the most paid trade jobs in Canada as a plumber can earn about $39, 000 to $97, 000 an average annual salary.
Since plumbing is one of the occupations in-demand in Canada, you will have to look for the province or territory in Canada where skill is in-demand as Canada is looking to bringing competent and skilled immigrants to the country fill up shortages in labour and also contribute to the economic growth of the country.
There are over 90 immigration programs that the Canadian government has set out to help it meet its immigration targets in the next three years. Canada is one of the countries of the world currently experiencing an influx of immigrants and this is because apart from the immigration target it has, immigrants get to enjoy some amazing benefits like better standard of living, better educational system, security, multicultural etc.
In this article, we will be looking at how you can immigrate to Canada as a plumber as we will be revealing the most suitable immigration programs for you as a plumber to help you immigrate to Canada and through which you can also get permanent residence in Canada.
Let’s take you out of your suspense and get to what we have for you in this article. Some of the best immigration programs for you as a plumber are:
The Express Entry System
The Express Entry Program is an online immigration program that you can use to gain permanent residence in Canada. It is a pathway where skilled workers can immigrate to Canada quickly and even settle in Canada. in this program, you will create and complete an online profile within 60days and you will have to fill up some information in the profile and these information are:
- Work experience or training
- Language fluency test results in English or French
- Educational qualification (not really necessary for trade jobs)
- Provincial nomination (if nominated)
After completing your profile, you will be placed in a pool with other applicants where you will be given a score and ranked based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
In this ranking system, a score will be given to each applicants based on the requirements you filled while creating the profile and you are expected to meet or exceed the CRS cut-off score for you to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
Even if you are not successful the first time, you can actually improve you CRS score by securing a valid job offer, including your spouse or partner or having a family member in Canada. So you can get yourself ready for the next draw and boost you chances of success. The Express Entry draws are done twice in a month.
The Express Entry Program is managed under three programs and the one in which a plumber can go through to apply for immigration to Canada is the Federal Skilled Trades Program and you can also go through the Canadian Experience Class.
The Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) The program is for qualified trade workers and journeymen. The plumbers fall into the building and construction trades under the National Occupation Classification (NOC Code) 7251. When applying through this program, you don’t necessarily need a job offer although it will boost your chances of being sent an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.
The Canada Experience Class is another federal program under the Express Entry System and it is for people that already have Canadian work experience and want to become a permanent resident in Canada.
What are the requirements for the Federal Skilled Trades Program?
For you to qualify for the program there are some requirements you will have to meet and some of them are:
- You must have a valid job offer which is a full-time
- You must have a skilled work experience of at least two years in the skilled trade
- An educational qualification is not necessary but it will boost your score and
- You must take the approved language test in English or French in writing, speaking, listening or reading and you must get a minimum score of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 in all abilities.
- You must prove that you have sufficient funds to help you settle in Canada and also take care of any other family member coming with you unless you have a valid job offer.
- You must have no criminal record and also have sound health
The Provincial Nomination Program
This program another great immigration program and it is designed for provinces and territories in Canada to help fill up labour shortages in the provinces and there is cooperation with the Canadian government under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as regards to this program. Each province sets out its own requirements and is responsible for nominating candidates depending on how eligible they are and if they meet the requirements the province has set out and the Canadian government will then approve the candidates to be invited to Canada.
As a plumber, you have an edge of getting nominated as this is one of the trade jobs in-demand in many provinces and if you have enough experience, you can easily get a job offer from an employer in any of the province you want to reside in.
There are eleven provinces that have their own Provincial Nomination Programs but we will be listing out the provinces in Canada where plumbers are in high demand and their immigration program.
- Manitoba– Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick– New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
- British Columbia– British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Ontario– Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
All these provinces offer competitive salaries to plumbers.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
This is a pretty fast way to immigrate to Canada and you can do this by securing a valid job offer and get a temporary work permit in Canada. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is for the four Atlantic Provinces in Canada which are Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. These provinces work together to set up this Pilot program and also in cooperation with the Canadian government in order to hire both skilled and unskilled foreign workers.
The Pilot Program is a way to fill up labour shortages in the region and this has created a lot of opportunities for foreign skilled workers. So as a plumber, you could be on your way to Canada if you meet the requirements set up by this region.
- You must have a valid job offer
- You must pass the language proficiency test
- You must be in good health
- You must have no criminal record
- You must have the intention to live and settle in Atlantic Canada.
With these and some other eligibility requirements, you can apply for permanent residence also.
The Rural Northern Immigration Pilot
This pilot program is community-driven as it is tailored at bringing professionals and skilled trade workers to rural communities in Canada so help contribute to the growth and development of the communities.
In this program, the communities have their own requirements just like the Provincial Nomination Program and this requirements are tailored to meets its economic needs.
For you to be eligible through this program, you will need a valid job offer for an employer in the community and also prove that you have the intention of staying in the community and adapting to live there.