Skilled Immigration To Canada as an Early Childhood Educator (NOC 4214)


Canada is open to welcome nearly 1.2 million new immigrants in the next three years. About 60% of the total target will be achieved through economic-class programs through which foreign skilled workers, international students, foreign entrepreneurs are set to become the largest beneficiaries.


In this edition of the career blog, we explore the opportunities and requirements to immigrate as an Early Childhood Educator in Canada.

Career Pathways Available To Early Childhood Educator In Canada

Early Childhood Educators (NOC 4214) is classified as Skill type B. They are employed in child-care centres, daycare centres, kindergartens, agencies for exceptional children, and other similar settings. Various job roles under this occupation include:

  • Early childhood educators plan, organize and implement programs for children between the ages of infancy and 12.
  • Early childhood educator assistants provide care for infants and preschool- to school-age children under the guidance of early childhood educators.
  • Early childhood educators and assistants lead children to stimulate and develop their intellectual, physical, and emotional growth and ensure their security and well-being.

Some commonly used job titles in the Canadian labour market for Early Childhood Educators are Child care workers – daycare, Nursery school teachers, etc. More related occupations also include:

  • Managers in social, community, and correctional services (NOC 0423);
  • Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (NOC 4413);
  • Elementary school and kindergarten teachers (NOC 4032).

Get in touch with our consultants to determine your eligibility to immigrate as an Early Childhood Educator in Canada.

Education And Training In Canada To Become Early Childhood Educator

Early childhood educators and assistants are regulated everywhere in Canada except New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut. It means that in addition to an assessment of your academic and professional qualifications, you may be required to obtain a license to practice in most provinces in Canada. The licensing tests include:

  • Examination of your knowledge and competencies;
  • Proof of language proficiency;
  • Criminal record check;
  • Canadian work placement.

Early childhood educator (ECE), registered early childhood educator, early childhood educator assistant (ECEA), child care assistant (CCA), child development supervisor, child development worker, and child development assistant are some of the titles and/or certifications used in regulations governing this occupation.

Education/Training Institutes in Nova Scotia

Candidates having graduated in Canada have even better chances of qualifying for permanent residence.

Diploma Program Training Institutes in Nova Scotia

Region/Area Training Institute
Halifax/Metro Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education
Truro/Central Jane Norman College
Cape Brenton/Sydney Island Career Academy
Cape Brenton/Sydney NSCC- Marconi Campus
Annapolis Valley NSCC- Kentville Campus
South Shore/Yarmouth NSCC- Burridge Campus
Northern NSCC – Cumberland

Degree Program Opportunities

Region/Area Training Institute
Halifax/Metro Mount Saint Vincent University, Child and Youth Study

Contact our overseas education counsellors to know the admission criteria in each of these institutions.

Canadian Labour Market Information For Early Childhood Educator

Hourly Wage Across Canadian Provinces

Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) usually earn between $14.00/hour and $27.00/hour in Canada. People working as “early childhood education worker” are part of this group.

Canadian Province Hourly Wage ($/hour)
Alberta 17.00
British Columbia 18.00
Manitoba 14.15
New Brunswick 16.00
Newfoundland and Labrador 15.50
Northwest Territories 22.05
Nova Scotia 17.00
Ontario 19.75
Prince Edward Island 16.05
Saskatchewan 15.00
Nunavut 20.88
Yukon Territory 20..82


Employment Requirement For Early Childhood Educator

For Early childhood educators in Canada:

  • Completing a two- to four-year college program in early childhood education or a bachelor’s degree in child development is required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association for early childhood educators (ECE) is usually required.

For Early childhood educator assistants in Canada:

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Experience in child care is required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association for early childhood educators (ECE) may be required.

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for immigration.

Permanent Residency Options In Canada As An Early Childhood Educator

Canada offers multiple options for prospective immigration candidates to study, work and settle permanently.

We’ve listed the top 4 ways for you to migrate to Canada as an early childhood educator:

  • Express Entry system;
  • Provincial Nominee Program;
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; and
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
  1. Express Entry System: Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) manage applications for three federal immigration programs, namely the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skills Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canada Experience Class (CEC).

Early childhood educators are classified as level B as per the National Occupation List, making them eligible to qualify and apply for any program under the Express entry system.

The points-based system assesses every registered profile on age, education, work experience, language proficiency in English or French. The evaluated profiles are further ranked following the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

IRCC conducts Express Entry nomination draws every fortnight to issue invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residency to highest-ranking candidates.

  1. Provincial Nominee Program: The job prospects of Early Childhood Educator is extremely demanding in provinces like Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Yukon Territory.

Other immigration-heavy provinces like Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta have fair chances of employment as Early Childhood Educators.

Top Canadian Provinces That Need Early Childhood Educators & Assistants 
Province Immigration Stream
Manitoba Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream
Prince Edward Island Express Entry & Labour Impact Categories

Candidates with an active Express Entry profile are at a distinct advantage after securing a provincial nomination. They get 600 additional points added up to their overall CRS score. This will effectively guarantee them an invitation to apply for permanent residency in subsequent federal draws.

  1. Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot: Foreign skilled workers with a valid job offer in one of the participating communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia can qualify for immigration. Early Childhood Educator as an occupation is in high demand in Manitoba & Saskatchewan. Applying through RNIP may improve your chances of qualification.

Being an employer-specific pilot, applicants must show their intent to live in the community. All other requirements include work experience, language proficiency, minimum education criteria, and proof of financial stability.

  1. Atlantic Immigration Pilot: An extension of RNIP is the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) which focuses on the immigration of foreign skilled workers in the Atlantic region of Canada. It includes New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

Early Childhood Educator is in huge demand in Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island. Applying through AIP may improve your chances of qualification.

Canada has recently announced the extension of AIPP and will be available until December 31, 2021, until further extension.

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For detailed analysis and maximizing your chances of qualification for Canadian immigration, contact CanApprove.

2 thoughts on “Skilled Immigration To Canada as an Early Childhood Educator (NOC 4214)

  • Sandy
    Luisse Humirang says:

    Good day, I’m enquiring about a skilled migration. I have a Diploma or Early childhood and care from Australia with 5 years of experience. I would like to know more information about living and working in Canada. Thank you.

    • Sandy

      Hi Lussie,

      Greetings! We are glad to help you. There are great possibilities for you to get into Canada, live and work there. Please get in touch with our immigration coordinator on WhatsApp. Thank you

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