Welcome to Canada

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Congratulations! You have taken a big step. Moving to a new country takes courage. It also creates exciting opportunities and new beginnings. Taking the time to learn what to expect — and what is expected of you — will help you succeed. This guide tells you a little about what it’s like to live in Canada. It also lets you know who can help if you need more information. We hope it will help you adapt to your new life. Be assured that those who already live in Canada add their wishes for your happiness and success in your new country.

Your first year in Canada will be emotional and full of change. You may be looking for a place to live, a job, and schools for your children. You will probably make many new friends. Some of them will know how it feels to move to a new community or new country.

Regardless of your situation, being a newcomer may mean giving up some familiar things for a new way of life. As a result, you may feel anxious or afraid, especially during the first few days and weeks. Almost all newcomers experience these emotions as they settle in. Feeling at home in a new country takes time.

The best way to adjust to your new community is to become involved! Do not hesitate to speak English or French, even if you make mistakes. Understanding and speaking one of Canada’s official languages will help you adapt more easily. As you talk with the people you meet, you will feel more in control of your new life. Use each day as an opportunity to learn. Ask questions whenever you need to. Most people are pleased to help. Canadians believe in the spirit of community. No matter which city or town you choose to live in, you will find people who can help you adapt to your new life, and fit into Canadian society.

In the weeks, months and years ahead, you will have many opportunities to participate fully in Canadian life. Take them. You and your family can grow together, side by side with other Canadians, and make a better life for everyone. This is your new home. Welcome to Canada!

This web page is devoted to helping new Canadian immigrants integrate into the new Canadian way of life.As a newcomer to Canada, adjusting to a new country, culture, people, weather and a new way of life, brings about various challenges.However, when you are aware of what to expect, it becomes a little easier to begin the transition process.


Canada Entry Express Program

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In order to benefit the country’s economy, Canada will move to recruit international talent more actively from 2015. According to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Chris Alexander, the new model is an important step in the transformation of current canadian immigration system in a faster and more flexible system, with a focus on meeting the economic needs and market in Canada.

The Express Entry (EE), previously called Expression of Interest(EOI), will allow Canada to fill jobs for which there are no Canadian professionals available. The EE candidates who receive a job offer or provincial valid indication through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada quickly.

The EE will give priority to the most qualified candidates for the jobs available, regardless of who signed up first. The new format is intended to clear the backlog in the processing of applications for residence, bringing to Canada the anticipated number of workers, and offer residence cards within 6 months for selected candidates. Once approved by the EE, applicants may apply for permanent residence through the following programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class, and a part of the Provincial Nominee Program.

According to Alexander minister, “the Express Entry program will completely change the landscape of immigration and Canadian economy to revolutionize how the country attracts skilled immigrants and allowing them to enter the job market faster. Our government is actively involved with employers and provincial and territorial partners to launch the Express Entry program, in January 2015, is a success. ”


Effective May 1, 2014, the FSW will be accepting an overall total of 25,000 new applications. Applicants must have at least one year of work experience in one of 50 eligible occupations. A maximum of 1,000 applications will be accepted per eligible occupation.

Applicants under the FSW program will be assessed according to the same criteria as 2013. Applicants are assessed on a points grid that takes into account important factors such as education, language skills, work experience, age, and adaptability to Canada. All applicants must meet minimum language requirements in either English or French.

To prepare for the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will begin accepting applications under new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), starting May 1, 2014. These measures will ensure a steady supply of skilled workers who are settling in Canada permanently and helping to supplement the Canadian workforce in areas where there are skills shortages.

With the FSWP backlog on track for elimination this year, a new cap of 25,000 applications will provide the appropriate number of applications to support expected admissions in 2015. The list of eligible occupations – reflecting the latest labour market needs – will be more than doubled, from 24 to 50 occupations

The CEC cap will be re-set at 8,000 applications, as of May 1, 2014, to cover the transition period leading up to Express Entry.

So the bottom line is the program will start taking applications May 1, 2014. Only take 1000 per occupation, among 50 occupations. They will not process it until January 2015 and at that time they will choose the best who will be processed further.



The eligible occupations include many widely practiced professions. They are as follows:

  1. Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services (NOC 0013)
  2. Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. (0015)
  3. Financial managers (0111)
  4. Human resources managers (0112)
  5. Purchasing managers (0113)
  6. Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers (0121)
  7. Managers in health care (0311)
  8. Construction managers (0711)
  9. Home building and renovation managers (0712)
  10. Managers in natural resources production and fishing (0811)
  11. Manufacturing managers (0911)
  12. Financial auditors and accountants (1111)
  13. Financial and investment analysts (1112)
  14. Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers (1113)
  15. Other financial officers (1114)
  16. Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers (1212)
  17. Property administrators (1224)
  18. Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  19. Civil engineers (2131)
  20. Mechanical engineers (2132)
  21. Electrical and electronics engineers (2133)
  22. Petroleum engineers (2145)
  23. Information systems analysts and consultants (2171)
  24. Database analysts and data administrators (2172)
  25. Software engineers and designers (2173)
  26. Computer programmers and interactive media developers (2174)
  27. Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians (2232)
  28. Construction estimators (2234)
  29. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians (2241)
  30. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics (2243)
  31. Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263)
  32. Computer network technicians (2281)
  33. Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors (3011)
  34. Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  35. Specialist physicians (3111)
  36. General practitioners and family physicians (3112)
  37. Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
  38. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists (3141)
  39. Physiotherapists (3142)
  40. Occupational therapists (3143)
  41. Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists (3214)
  42. Medical radiation technologists (3215)
  43. Medical sonographers (3216)
  44. Licensed practical nurses (3233)
  45. Paramedical occupations (3234)
  46. University professors and lecturers (4011)
  47. Psychologists (4151)
  48. Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
  49. Translators, terminologists and interpreters (5125)
  1. Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations (1123)


Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (Investor Class)

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The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is a provincial immigration program established by the Government of Ontario in 2007. The main purpose of the program isto respond to the local economic development needs, as well, to increase the economic benefits of immigration, based on the economic priorities and labor market conditions. The province nominates individuals and their familiesfor permanent resident status in Canada.

Over the past years, Ontario PNP has gain its significance in Ontario’s labor market and economy:

“The Government of Canada recognizes the crucial role that the Provincial Nominee Program plays in meeting local labor market needs”, said Minister Kenney. “The PNP has made great strides in sharing the benefits of economic immigration across the country”. The PNP has also become the second largest source of economic immigration to Canada.



  • No language requirement;
  • No interview requirement;
  • No quota limit;
  • The investors will have a chance to get involved in the project to expand the businesses in Ontario;
  • Investors will have the chance to obtain a work permit even before the immigration status is granted, they can arrange children’s education, enjoy the Canadian social, educational and medical welfare;
  • Both Federal Immigrant Investor and Federal Entrepreneur Programs have been terminated.


Program Requirements


Nominee Project Requirement:

The amount of the investment is at least three million dollars.


Nominee Individual Requirement:

The investor’s net household worth shall exceeds two million dollars.


Investment Requirement:

Investors need to invest more than one million dollars in the project.


Economic Impacts:

The project must bring positive effects to the Ontario economy.


Job Creation:

The investment must create at least five net permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Ontario.


Prepare for life in Canada

Prepare for life in Canada

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It is important before you move to Canada to research the most suitable place for you and your family to live and the best ways to find support as you build your new lives. These pages will help you prepare for your move.


Prepare to work

Finding a job in Canada may be different from finding a job in your home country. Make sure you are prepared to work in Canada.


Get your credentials assessed

Find out if your foreign education, work experience or professional credentials are equivalent to the standards set for Canadian workers. Get your credentials assessed.


Prepare financially

The information will help you to estimate how much it will cost you to live in Canada.


Choose a city

Canada is a large country with many places to live, each with its own weather, culture, services and more. Even if you have friends and family living in Canada, take time to think about what you want your new life to be like.


Learn English and French

Speaking either English or French can help you to adapt to life in Canada by making it easier to get a job, communicate with Canadians and talk with your children in the language they learn at school.


Get to know Canada

Canada may be very different from your home country, which means there is a great deal to learn about and explore before you arrive here.


Learn what you can bring to Canada

Find out what you can bring when you cross the border to Canada.


Bring the right documents

Make sure you have the right documents when you cross the border to Canada.


Get help adjusting to Canada

Take a few minutes to answer questions using the Living in Canada tool. It will provide you with important information about resources and services that can help you adjust to life in Canada.

Engenheiro Civil

Com o boom das Indústrias Canadenses, os Engenheiros Civis estão em alta demanda

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Em todo o mundo, os engenheiros civis estão entre os principais motores do crescimento econômico e social. No Canadá, um país com uma economia em rápida expansão, a necessidade de engenheiros qualificados nunca foi tão grande. Os engenheiros civis que vêm para o Canadá são capazes de tirar proveito de um dos mercados de trabalho mais acolhedoras e bem remunerados do mundo, e muitos são capazes de ficar no Canadá permanentemente como residentes permanentes do Canadá.

A Necessidade de Engenheiros Civis

Engenharia civil é um dos maiores ramos de engenharia, que compreende cerca de um quinto de toda a disciplina. Apesar de sua popularidade, o Canadá está enfrentando uma escassez drástica de engenheiros civis qualificados. Isto é devido a uma série de fatores, incluindo a expansão de projetos de todo o país e uma força de trabalho que é, em média, formada por pessoas mais velhas e mais perto da aposentadoria do que outras áreas de engenharia.

Enquanto os engenheiros civis são cobiçados em todo o Canadá, as províncias de British Columbia e Alberta estão com maior urgência de especialistas neste campo. De acordo com Statistics Canada, 2013 foi o primeiro ano que o “excesso de oferta” de engenheiros civis no país chegou a zero. Isto significa que, estatisticamente, a profissão está em o pleno vigor. No ritmo atual, espera-se que milhares de empregos no ramo da engenharia civil sejam preenchidos até o ano de 2020.

Como poucos graduados canadenses perseguem essa carreira, muitos empregadores estão procurando no exterior os trabalhadores que necessitam. Shawn Paulson, um recrutador de engenharia com sede em Edmonton, disse o seguinte em uma entrevista ao Financial Post:

“Nós mostramos um aumento de 25% nas contratações em geral a cada ano, e esses são todos os engenheiros. Só no ano passado nós contratamos mais de 600 profissionais relacionados com a engenharia. Infelizmente, no Canadá não temos um número de graduados suficientes no momento”.

Engenheiros Civis encontram o sucesso no Canadá

Uma vez no Canadá, os engenheiros civis se beneficiam de bons empregos e salários competitivos. Devido a suas habilidades estarem em alta demanda, eles têm a flexibilidade de trabalhar em quase qualquer lugar que desejarem, desde que obtenham a certificação necessária.

Até mesmo, os recém-formados em engenharia civil com experiência profissional limitada são muito procurados. Na verdade, o salário de nível de entrada para este campo é um dos mais altos no Canadá. O salário dos novos licenciados em engenharia figura na faixa dos US$ 60.000,00. Profissionais com alguma experiência e com um nível avançado podem conseguir salários acima de $100,000.00 dólares.

Com tanta demanda por suas habilidades, os engenheiros civis podem escolher não apenas o seu local de trabalho, mas também o tipo de trabalho que desejam fazer. Eles são, portanto, muitas vezes capazes de trabalhar em áreas diretamente relacionadas com a sua experiência, em cidades em expansão ou próximo da fronteira canadense.

“Com uma população crescente na necessidade de serviços, sem esquecer de mencionar o setor de recursos naturais, extremamente rentável, os engenheiros são necessários mais do que nunca no Canadá, ajudando a atender às necessidades atuais e futuras. Mais do que qualquer outra atividade profissional, suas habilidades são verdadeiramente recompensadas nos níveis mais altos”.

Vir para o Canadá como Engenheiro Civil

A qualquer momento, um engenheiro estrangeiro pode viajar para o Canadá como um trabalhador temporário, desde que tenham recebido uma oferta de trabalho válida e obteve a autorização de trabalho necessária. No entanto, há também muitas opções para engenheiros civis para imigrar diretamente para o Canadá como residentes permanentes.

O programa do trabalhador qualificado de Quebec, confere muitos pontos aos engenheiros civis, cuja profissão esteja listada na província, nas áreas de formação e campos de estudo. Uma vez no Canadá, os engenheiros que imigraram através deste programa podem procurar trabalho nas cidades de Quebec ou em setores de recursos naturais. Eles, também, podem buscar emprego em outros lugares no Canadá.

Além disso, Engenheiros Civis estão na lista atual de profissões aptos para o Programa Federal do Trabalhador Qualificado. O FSWP está aceitando apenas 300 aplicações para cada carreira, os candidatos interessados devem estar ciente de que uma ação rápida é a diferença entre imigrar para o Canadá ou não. Uma vez esse limite seja atingido o programa se fechará até novo edital.

Se uma pessoa já está trabalhando no Canadá como um engenheiro civil, ele/ela está apto para se inscrever no Programa Provincial de Skilled Worker na província de sua residência, ou através dos programas federais ou Quebec Experience Class.

No geral, há muita oportunidade para o engenheiro civil que deseje vir para o Canadá. Com essas habilidades valiosas, esses engenheiros serão bem vindos ao Canadá, que está pronto para recebê-los em sua nova casa.


Transitioning from Semi-Skilled Worker Status to Canadian Permanent Residency


Over 300,000 temporary foreign workers currently reside in Canada. They perform vital jobs in a wide array of professions and skill levels. Economic prosperity in Canada is increasingly dependent on workers who perform ‘semi-skilled’ occupations. These workers can be found in a range of key sectors, including but not limited to trucking, hospitality, construction, and manufacturing.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), semi-skilled work requires a secondary-school level of education, and/or on the job training in order to perform. However, it does not necessarily require post-secondary education. Semi-skilled occupations are classified as ‘C’ level in Canada’s National Occupation Classification (NOC), which organizes Canadian jobs according to their industry and the level of skill required to perform them. In addition to semi-skilled (NOC ‘C’ level) jobs, there are skilled jobs (NOCs A and B levels) and managerial jobs (NOC 0 level). Below semi-skilled are unskilled jobs, which are classified as NOC level D.

Most economically-driven Canadian immigration programs require workers to have experience in a ‘skilled’ job (NOC 0, A, or B levels). However, semi-skilled workers already in Canada may have a number of immigration options available to them, should they choose to pursue a Permanent Residency application.

In this article, the first in a two-part series, we will explore the various programs that offer permanent residency options to semi-skilled (and sometimes unskilled) workers:


Options for Semi-Skilled Workers

All economic immigration programs with semi-skilled worker streams come under the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). These programs are tailored to suit the labour needs of individual provinces. As such, no two are exactly the same. Interested applicants are encouraged to research what sort of regulations and requirements a program needs before applying.

In this article, we will briefly outline five PNPs that include a semi-skilled worker component. Next, we will explore the final five PNPs. Be aware that applicants to all PNP programs now are required to meet minimum language requirements in either English or French:


Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP):


Employer Driven Stream/Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Semi-skilled workers in the following five industries may be eligible to apply to this stream: Food and Beverage Processing, Hotel and Lodging, Manufacturing, Trucking, Foodservice.

An unlimited amount of candidates in the fields of front desk/clerk, room attendant, food and beverage processors, heavy haul truckers of all types, and food services will be accepted by the program until November 28th, 2013.

Applicants must be currently living in Alberta and working in the province for at least six months. Minimum total work experience in the field ranges from 6 months (trucking) to three years (food and beverage).

English language requirements for semi-skilled workers applying through the AINP program are less stringent than requirements for skilled workers

Strategic Recruitment Stream/Compulsory and Optional Trades Category

A range of skilled and semi-skilled occupations are eligible for this program. Applicants must be currently residing in Alberta on a valid work permit, and must possess both an invitation from Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and an Alberta Qualification Certificate.


Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP):


Long Haul Truck Driver Stream

Truck drivers must be working in the industry in Saskatchewan for a minimum of 6 months, and have a total of 2 years of experience. They must have an eligible job offer from an employer in the field.

They must possess Saskatchewan Class 1A license and be able to drive to the United States.

Hospitality Sector Pilot Project

Food/Beverage Servers, Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helpers, and Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff may be eligible under this stream

Applicants must be living in Saskatchewan and must have worked for at least 6 months in one of the above industries.


British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP):


Strategic Occupations Stream/Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category

Semi-skilled workers in the following three industries may be eligible to apply to this stream: Tourism and Hospitality, Long-Haul Trucking, and Food Processing.

Both semi-skilled and unskilled (NOC levels C and D) workers may be eligible to apply provided they are living and working in Northeastern British Columbia. This is provided as part of the Northeast Pilot Project.


New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP):


Skilled Worker Applicants with Employer Support Stream

Workers in occupations at NOC C and D levels in the following industries may be eligible for this program: business, health, sales, trades/transportation, natural resources, and manufacturing. They must have been working for more than a year with their New Brunswick employer. They must also receive an eligible job offer from the employer.

Applications to this program are assessed on a points scale. Applicants must meet the 50 point mark to qualify for the program. Points are allocated on the basis of age, education, work experience, language ability and overall adaptability.


Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP):


Employer Direct Stream

NOC C and D level workers may be eligible for this program provided that they have been living and working in Manitoba for 6 months prior to submission of their application. They must hold an eligible job offer from a Manitoba employer.


Canada, terra dos engenheiros.

Você sabia que o Canadá é considerado a terra dos Engenheiros? Um pesquisa recente apontou que até 2020 irão surgir até 16.000 vagas na área

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De acordo com uma pesquisa realizada pela *Randstad Canada, em parceria com a Engineers Canada, com o tema “Projeções da Engenharia para 2020”, revela que o crescimento do mercado em British Columbia, Alberta e demais províncias renderá grandes oportunidades de trabalho para os profissionais da Engenharia nos próximos anos.

Segundo dados, aproximadamente 16.000 vagas de emprego estarão disponíveis até 2020 nas regiões citadas. Anualmente, são necessários 900 profissionais para suprir o mercado em Alberta. Já em Manitoba, o aumento está na área da Engenharia da Construção, que requer profissionais qualificados.

As empresas de BC receberão engenheiros migrando de diversos locais durante a próxima década”, disse Stephen McCrum, Vice-Presidente da Randstad Engenharia. “Nosso próximo foco é contratar engenheiros especializados e experientes para substituir os trabalhadores que se aposentam”, completou McCrum. A idade média dos trabalhadores em British Columbia é maior do que em outras províncias, o que aumenta a necessidade de substituição.

Além de garantir uma visão mais ampla sobre os principais fatores que irão interferir no crescimento econômico e industrial no período entre 2011 e 2020, o relatório da pesquisa sugere uma melhoria no planejamento de recursos humanos para os trabalhadores da área e reforça que a melhor estratégia para os próximos anos é reter os profissionais com mais experiência no mercado de trabalho, disponibilizando programas de desenvolvimento, com o objetivo de acelerar a produção dos recém-graduados.

Conheça as regiões que possuem mais oportunidades:

Saskatchewan: As diversas ramificações da profissão estão presentes na província, mas as restrições das vagas são um problema para aqueles que buscam uma oportunidade nesse mercado. Alguns projetos contam com a atuação de engenheiros que estão disponíveis no mercado, especialmente aqueles que trabalham em minas. Mesmo sendo um mercado relativamente pequeno, a região de Saskatchewan tem uma demanda grande para projetos pontuais.

Alberta: Junto com a British Columbia, Alberta é um dos melhores mercados para engenheiros no Canadá. Em 2012 houve um superaquecimento da profissão. Porém, a falta de engenheiros qualificados e com experiência prejudicou a evolução do mercado. Outro fator interessante foi o aumento do número de inscritos para cursos nessa área, o que implica uma maior concorrência.

British Columbia: A província está entre os dois mercados mais fortes de Engenharia no Canadá. Atualmente enfrenta a falta de profissionais qualificados nas áreas relacionadas com mineração, metalurgia e petróleo. Por outro lado, a Engenharia da Computação e Engenharia Industrial estão bem equilibradas. Isso faz com que as empresas de engenharia de BC procurem por profissionais nas províncias ao redor, mas encontra dificuldades para atraí-los devido à remuneração.

Manitoba: O crescimento do mercado de engenharia na província está concentrado nos projetos de recursos e utilidade para gerar e transmitir energia elétrica, como Engenharia da Construção. Manitoba também sofre com a falta de profissionais qualificados e que tenham experiência na área.

*Randstad Canada é uma organização canadense líder em Recrutamento e Soluções de Engenharia. Como está localizada no país, entende as necessidades de recrutamento e demanda dos empregadores e candidatos a emprego em todos os níveis e setores.


Skilled Work Experience

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Skilled work experience lies at the heart of many of Canada’s immigration programs. Some, like the Federal and Quebec Skilled Worker programs, even have ‘skilled work’ right in their name.

Many potential immigrants may be unclear as to what constitutes ‘skilled work’ for the purposes of immigration. Moreover, some may not know if their own experience is considered ‘skilled’ by immigration authorities. This article provides a background on skilled work experience and the importance it plays in many immigration processes.

What is ‘Skilled Work’?

The Government of Canada maintains a database of every field of work conducted in the country. It is known as the National Occupation Classification (NOC) database. Within the NOC database, jobs are broken down into the following levels:

  • 0 level – Managerial jobs;
  • A level – Professional jobs (usually requiring a university degree);
  • B level – Technical jobs (usually requiring post-secondary education, apprenticeship or 2+ years of on-the-job training);
  • C level – Semi-skilled jobs (usually requiring completion of secondary school and limited training);
  • D level – Unskilled jobs (no formal educational requirements, possible limited training).

When immigration officials refer to skilled workers, they are usually speaking of individuals with experience in an NOC 0, A or B level job. To browse the NOC database.

Who needs to be Skilled?

Many immigration programs were created to specifically target skilled workers. Immigrants arriving through a skilled worker program make up the largest percentage of new Canadian Permanent Residents each year. The following programs have skilled worker streams:

Federal Skilled Worker Program: This program includes three streams (Skilled Worker, Arranged Employment, PhD). Applicants to the Skilled Worker program must, at this time, have work experience in one of 24 eligible professions, all of which fall under NOC 0, A or B levels.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program: Applicants to this program must have education and experience in one of 146 areas of training/fields of study. These fields mostly fall into NOCs 0, A and B.

Canadian and Quebec Experience Class Programs: These programs require 1 year of skilled (0, A, or B level) work experience in Canada.

Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs): PNPs vary from province to province. However, all programs have a stream that was designed to facilitate immigration for skilled workers living in the respective province. In addition, many PNPs have streams dedicated to bringing in targeted workers in certain professions, including those considered semi-skilled.

How to Prove Skills?

It is not enough to simply claim experience in a skilled profession; immigration authorities ask that applicants provide proof of their education and work experience. While programs vary slightly, applicants should expect to provide some or all of the following information:

  • Resume/CV;
  • Educational diplomas (with Canadian equivalency documents);
  • Reference letters from current and former employers;
  • Any professional certifications;
  • Pay stubs and other proof of employment.

Of course, the documents required to prove skilled work experience will vary depending on the applicant and their profession.

Skilled worker immigration has for years been at the core of Canada’s immigration system. It is part of what makes Canada the successful economy it is today. Recent changes, such as requiring applicants to provide Canadian educational equivalency results, help newcomers arrive prepared than ever before to quickly find a good job and transition to life in Canada.

For individuals whose jobs are considered semi- or unskilled, there are still many ways to come to Canada. One is by finding a job as a temporary foreign worker. Another is to come to Canada as a student, building skills and preparing for a possible permanent residency application. Regardless of the path taken to Canadian Permanent Residency, successful applicants are able to become members of one of the most diverse, open, and economically prosperous societies on earth.


Licensed Engineer in Canada

Licensed Engineer in Canada

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Canada is looking for engineers of all kinds to help power its booming economy. These skilled workers, with expertise in a variety of disciplines, have knowledge that is vital to the operation of many public and private organizations. Engineers currently have a range of immigration options available to them, including the popular Federal Skilled Worker and Quebec Skilled Worker programs. Once in Canada, they can enjoy a welcoming labour market, high salaries, and an exceptional quality of life. However, an engineer cannot formally practice under the title Professional Engineer unless he/she has received the necessary licensing to do so by their chosen Canadian province or territory.

Engineering Regulations

Engineering is a regulated profession in Canada. Therefore, it is illegal to practice under the title of Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) without being properly licensed. However, an individual can work in the engineering field without a license provided he or she is supervised by a licensed engineer.

Regulation of engineering licenses is maintained by individual provinces and territories. One does not have to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in order to apply for a license to work in Canada. Prospective immigrants should make sure to apply for licensing in the province where they intend to settle and work upon arrival to Canada.

A list of the provincial and territorial bodies that regulate engineering certification can be found at the bottom of this article.

Each association offers two kinds of memberships: Engineer-in-Training and Professional Engineer. An Engineer-in-Training membership indicates that all academic requirements for a Professional Engineer license have been required, and that the applicant is in the process of completing additional requirements. A Professional Engineer license indicates that all outstanding requirements for membership have been completed, and allows an individual to practice engineering in their field and to use the title P. Eng. after their name.

Applying for Professional Engineer Certification

The process of receiving the Professional Engineer certification can take over a year. Application details, as well as specific document requirements, vary from province to province. However, all successful applications must satisfy requirements in the following five fields:

  • Academic Assessment;
  • Work Experience and References Assessment;
  • Language Competency Assessment;
  • Character Assessment; and
  • Professional Practice Examination.

Academic Assessment – All engineers must obtain a minimum level of education. This generally equates to at least a 4 year undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline or its equivalent. Holders of foreign academic credentials must have their credentials evaluated and given Canadian equivalency.

The provincial or territorial body to which an individual is applying may additionally require him/her to write examinations in any number of the following categories:

  • Basic studies examinations – testing ability in math, basic science, and engineering;
  • Complementary studies examinations – testing knowledge of applied engineering;
  • Discipline-specific examinations – testing knowledge in engineering science and design.

Work Experience and References Assessment – A minimum of 4 years of work experience in an engineering discipline is required to receive licensing in Canada (except Quebec). This includes at least 1 year of supervised work experience in Canada.

It is important to note that it is not required to wait to submit an application until 1 year of Canadian experience has been obtained. Other memberships may be granted in the meantime, and additional steps like the Academic Assessment can be completed while the 1 year of Canadian work experience is in progress.

Language Competency Assessment – Engineers must demonstrate their ability to communicate in either English or French. Many prospective immigrants will already have documents that attest to their language abilities, as this is required by many immigration programs. However, they should check with their specific provincial engineering licensing body, as additional evidence may be required.

Character Assessment – A list of character references must be provided. These references must include Professional Engineers, at least one of whom is licensed to practice in Canada. All must be willing to attest to an applicant’s honesty, integrity, and general good character.

Professional Practice Examination – All Professional Engineer applicants must pass this examination. In order to take the exam, an application for licensing must be in process. The exam is held twice a year. There is often an option, depending on the province or territory to which one is applying, to take the exam while overseas.

Study guides are available through provincial licensing bodies.

In Conclusion

Canada has taken steps to make the Professional Engineering licensing process available to individuals both in Canada and abroad.

Provinces and territories have many resources in place to help foreign-trained engineers obtain the certification they need to practice in Canada. This highlights the fact that Canada is in need of these talented professionals, and that we are truly willing to go above and beyond so that they choose our country as their new home.

Prospective immigrants with backgrounds in engineering are encouraged to begin their research and application process early so as to take advantage of the generous support Canada offers its future Professional Engineers.

To find out if you are eligible for one of over 60 Canadian immigration programs, please contact us.


List of National, Provincial and Territorial Engineering Associations:

Engineers Canada (National Body)

  • Foreign Credential Recognition Program
  • 180 Elgin Street, Suite 1100
  • Ottawa ON K2P 2K3 Canada
  • Phone : 613-232-2474
  • Phone (alternate): 1-877-408-9273
  • Fax : 613-230-5759
  • Email : newcomers@engineerscanada.ca
  • http://www.engineerscanada.ca/e/


Alberta – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

  • 1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Avenue NW
  • Edmonton AB T5J 4A2 Canada
  • Phone : 780-426-3990
  • Phone (alternate): 1-800-661-7020
  • Fax : 780-426-1877
  • Email : email@apegga.org
  • http://www.apega.ca/


British Columbia – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)

  • Suite 200, 4010 Regent Street
  • Burnaby BC V5C 6N2 Canada
  • Phone : 604-430-8035
  • Phone (alternate): 1-888-430-8035
  • Fax : 604-430-8085
  • Email : apeginfo@apeg.bc.ca
  • http://www.apeg.bc.ca/


Manitoba – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM)

  • 870 Pembina Highway
  • Winnipeg MB R3M 2M7 Canada
  • Phone : 204-474-2736
  • Phone (alternate): 1 (866) 227-9600
  • Fax : 204-474-5960
  • Email : apegm@apegm.mb.ca
  • http://www.apegm.mb.ca/


New Brunswick – Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick

  • 183 Hanwell Road
  • Fredericton NB E3B 2R2 Canada
  • Phone : 506-458-8083
  • Phone (alternate): 1-888-458-8083
  • Fax : 506-451-9629
  • Email : info@apegnb.com
  • http://www.apegnb.com/


Newfoundland and Labrador – Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador (PEGNL)

  • P.O. Box 21207
  • 10 Fort William Place, Suite 203
  • St. John’s NL A1A 5B2 Canada
  • Phone : 709-753-7714
  • Fax : 709-753-6131
  • Email : main@pegnl.ca
  • http://www.pegnl.ca/


Northwest Territories – Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists

  • 201, 4817-49th Street
  • Yellowknife NT X1A 3S7 Canada
  • Phone : 867-920-4055
  • Fax : 867-873-4058
  • Email : napeg@napeg.nt.ca
  • http://www.napeg.nt.ca/


Nova Scotia– Engineers Nova Scotia

  • 1355 Barrington Street, P.O. Box 129
  • Halifax NS B3J 2M4 Canada
  • Phone : 902-429-2250
  • Phone (alternate): 1-888-802-7367
  • Fax : 902-423-9769
  • Email : info@engineersnovascotia.ca
  • http://www.engineersnovascotia.ca


Nunavut – Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists

  • 201, 4817-49th Street
  • Yellowknife NT X1A 3S7 Canada
  • Phone : 867-920-4055
  • Fax : 867-873-4058
  • Email : napeg@napeg.nt.ca
  • http://www.napeg.nt.ca/


Ontario – Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)

  • 40 Sheppard Avenue West, Suite 101
  • Toronto ON M2N 6K9 Canada
  • Phone : 416-224-1100
  • Phone (alternate): 1-800-339-3716
  • Fax : 416-224-8168
  • Fax (alternate): 1-800-268-0496
  • Email : MSaldanha@peo.on
  • http://www.peo.on.ca/


Prince Edward Island – Engineers PEI

  • 135 Water Street
  • Charlottetown PE C1A 1A8 Canada
  • Phone : 902-566-1268
  • Fax : 902-566-5551
  • Email : info@EngineersPEI.com
  • http://www.engineerspei.com/


Quebec – Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ)

  • Gare Windsor, bureau 350
  • 1100, avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
  • Montréal QC H3B 2S2 Canada
  • Phone : 514-845-6141
  • Phone (alternate): 1-800-461-6141
  • Fax : 514-845-1833
  • Email : info@oiq.qc.ca
  • http://www.oiq.qc.ca/


Saskatchewan – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)

  • 2255-13th Avenue, Suite 104
  • Regina SK S4P 0V6 Canada
  • Phone : 306-525-9547
  • Phone (alternate): 1-800-500-9547
  • Fax : 306-525-0851
  • Email : apegs@apegs.sk.ca
  • http://www.apegs.sk.ca/


Yukon – Association of Professional Engineers of Yukon (APEY)


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