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Top Engineering Jobs & Skills To Immigrate to Canada in 2021

Engineers everywhere are in demand.Engineers are in high demand in Canada following the economic downfall caused by the pandemic

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The median annual salary for engineers in Canada in 2021 is projected as $75,200. A report from Randstad Canada finds bottom 10% of engineers are expected to make $45,900 or less in a year, whereas the top 10% of earners can take home more than $104,500. 

Whatsoever be the case, Canada remains appealing to global talent for easy immigration. In another survey, US employers have shown an increased willingness to expand to Canada in search of an immigrant talent pool. 

 How Canadian Labour Market Forces Influence Immigration

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In study by Statistics Canada, immigration and Canadian employment rates and wages were compared from 2000 to 2019. The results are more than encouraging for prospective immigrants who wish to permanently settle in Canada.. Click here to know more. 

If you’re an engineer with work experience in any discipline and are keen on experiencing better career growth and a high lifestyle, Canada is the country to work & settle. 

Top 8 Engineering Jobs in Canada in 2021

The construction industry in Canada is now seen as an essential service in many provinces. Even though the Engineering & Construction industry is taking a hit, along with the oil and gas sector, the demand for jobs in Canada for engineers is likely to rise later this year & beyond.  

With a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) certification under your belt, your employment prospects are excellent in Canada.The following is a brief overview of the top 8 jobs in Canada for engineers in 2021 that foreign workers should consider while immigrating

Civil Engineering Technician Quality Assurance Technician 
Engineering Manager Industrial Engineer
Project Manager Planning Co-ordinator
Blueprint Engineer Director of Engineering
  1. Civil Engineering Technician: “Civil engineering technician is a new entry on the 2021 edition of in-demand engineering jobs. Technicians in civil engineering assist engineers in a variety of fields, such as structural engineering, construction, environmental engineering, and transportation.
  2. Quality Assurance Technician: “Quality assurance technicians, also sometimes known as quality control technicians typically work in manufacturing and monitor manufacturing processes to ensure that the end product their employer produces meets a predetermined set of guidelines.”
  1. Engineering Manager: “Their role overlaps a lot with project engineering, in that they often oversee project requirements and execution. They also have a leadership role to play and are expected to supervise other engineers.”
  1. Industrial Engineer: “Industrial engineering is often used in fields such as manufacturing, energy, and IT, among many others. The broad applications of industrial engineering make it an adaptable speciality.” 

In-Demand Skills & Certifications Required to Secure an Engineering Job in Canada in 2021

As in previous years, the most sought-after skills by employers in Canada are software skills used in the engineering fieldWhat is most surprising is the ability to display proficiency in both English and French puts foreign-born engineers at an undue advantage.

AutoCAD Quality Assurance Structural Engineering (SE) Engineer in Training (EIT)
Instrumentation Solidworks Professional Engineer (P.Eng/PE) Certified Engineering Technologist (C.Tech/CET)
Autodesk Revit French bilingualism Computer-Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) Electronic Systems Technician (EST)

To know more about current openings in Canada’s tech job market & your best immigration options to qualify, ask our consultants to guide you through.  

Options for Engineers to Immigrate to Canada in 2021

Job opportunities for immigrant engineers in Canada may not be uniform throughout the territory. Regional differences will contribute to varying job market conditions depending on factors like:

  • Geography (say, coastal regions of Canada may be best for marine engineers)
  • Industry (say, the oil and gas industry has a heavy presence in Alberta)
  • Ontario & British Columbia forms the IT hub of Canada and employs thousands of immigrant engineers every year.  

You’ll likely find great engineering jobs in several Canadian cities with the right guidance and choice of cities. Canada also offers an exclusive engineering bridging program. Such programs are the most preferred way to transition your international experience/training and gain Canada-specific work experience. 

Finding Engineering Job Outlook in Canada

Here is a useful resource, click on the link.  

You can explore the trend analysis for Engineering jobs in Canada in 2021. You segregate and explore the market situation in Canada depending on occupation, wages, prospects. For instance, here is a detailed outlook of Software Developers in Canada, showing Job opportunities, Labour market conditions, Wage analysis, and more. 

Canada Immigration Programs for Engineers

Canada is eyeing at welcoming nearly 1.2 million new immigrants in the next three years. Over 60% of the said target is expected to be achieved with the help of economic-class immigration programs. Some of the most prominent immigration pathways for foreign Engineers to immigrate to Canada in 2021 are as follows: 

  • British Columbia Tech Program
  • Ontario Tech Pilot
  • Alberta Express Entry stream 
  • Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas stream 
  • Saskatchewan Occupation-In demand
  • Other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) for Provincial Nominations.
  • Express Entry System for Permanent Residency.  

Foreign skilled workers even without any work experience inside Canada may stand a chance to qualify for permanent residency through the Express Entry system. It will depend upon their age, education, work experience outside Canada, and language proficiency in English or French. 

In some other cases, specific provincial programs like British Columbia Tech Program, Ontario Tech Pilot. the Alberta Express Entry stream, Manitoba Skilled Workers Overseas, Saskatchewan Occupation-In demand stream picks eligible skilled workers to apply for provincial nomination. A provincial nomination will quicken your process of obtaining permanent residency.  

Canada is a good choice not just for experienced professionals, but also for young international students planning to study abroad. The country is lauded world-over for its quality education and easier immigration policies. In fact, as per a report, over 30% of international students who got Canadian bachelor’s degrees and almost 50% of international students who graduated with master’s degrees became permanent residents (PR) within 10 years since they got their study permit.

CanApprove has been the regional leader in immigration and overseas education consultancy for over two decades. We can help you expedite your visa documentation process, career counselling, overseas education counselling, pre-departure & post-arrival immigration support, and much more. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your best immigration option depending on your work profile.  

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Guide: BC PNP Tech for Express Entry Candidates

British Columbia had recently announced to make its tech pilot project a permanent immigration program. This is said to favor tech talents who wish to immigrate to British Columbia for better career opportunities. 

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If one digs deeper, candidates registered in the federal Express Entry pool are at a greater advantage with this latest announcement. How you may ask? 

A prerequisite to BC Tech Program is qualifying for either of two provincial streams: the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC. If you are already registered in the Express Entry pool, you have completed the first step.

From there, you have to be eligible for one of the Express Entry BC subcategories: 

  • Skilled Worker,
  • Healthcare Professional, 
  • International Graduate, or 
  • International Post-Graduate.

As an Express Entry candidate with a successful provincial nomination, you are eligible to get 600 points added to your overall score. This is enough to boost your rankings in the federal pool and make you eligible to receive invitations for Canada PR in the subsequent Express Entry draw. 

Additionally, the decision to issue permanent residency will depend on your qualification for any one of the three federal immigration programs: the Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program, or Federal Skilled Trades Program. 

Eligibility for BC PNP Tech Program 

Foreign Tech workers bound for British Columbia can qualify for priority immigration through the new BC PNP Tech program. A job offer in any of the following 29 eligible occupations is mandatory to receive nominations under the stream. 

  • 0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
  • 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting, and performing arts
  • 2131 Civil engineers
  • 2132 Mechanical engineers
  • 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
  • 2134 Chemical engineers
  • 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
  • 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 2175 Web designers and developers
  • 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
  • 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
  • 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • 2281 Computer network technicians
  • 2282 User support technicians
  • 2283 Information systems testing technicians
  • 5121 Authors and writers
  • 5122 Editors
  • 5125 Translators, terminologists, and interpreters
  • 5224 Broadcast technicians
  • 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
  • 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
  • 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography, and the performing arts
  • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
  • 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

The Advantage with British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program

Receiving a provincial nomination will not automatically make you eligible for permanent residency. However, BC PNP can do better by offering options for immigration candidates to continue working in the province throughout the immigration application process. 

Further, it offers the following advantages: 

  • The Tech program is among the pathways that allow candidates to skip the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which can be a costly and lengthy process.
  • The BC PNP also offers work permit support letters for nominees so they can apply for a new work permit or renew their current status while they wait to get permanent residency
  • The BC PNP prioritizes applications for people who have job offers in the 29 key technology occupations. Once you submit a complete application, your file will be assigned to a dedicated processing team within one business day. 
  • The provincial government webpage says processing times for 80 percent of BC PNP applications is 2-3 months from receipt, but Tech applications typically get processed in a shorter amount of time.

Do you wish to immigrate to Canada soon? Now is the right time to plan for immigration as Canada is targeting to welcome over 1.2 million new immigrants in the next three years.

Find out your chances of qualifying for Canadian immigration by taking a free assessment online

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3-Step Immigration For Entrepreneurs To Grow Their Business in Canada

BC PNP Regional Pilot Guide

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers different streams for eligible entrepreneurs to migrate and expand their business in Canada. 

The Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Regional Pilot is for foreign entrepreneurs who are planning to start a new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to purchase an existing business can register and apply under the EI – Base Category of the BC PNP.

Why is this better? Lower net worth requirement and investment capability when compared to the BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category program. 


In general, this is also a great Canada Permanent Residence (PR) program as there is no age limit and the language requirement is only CLB level 4!

What type of businesses are allowed? – Businesses set up to gain profits, create full-time equivalent jobs for Canadian residents or permanent citizens, raise the community’s economy, link community profiles page are welcome in British Columbia.

Further, only businesses falling under the three-digit NAICS codes set-up by each community are allowed.

Get in touch with our consultants to know your business eligibility in British Columbia. 

Begin Your Immigration Process- BC PNP EI-Regional Pilot

STEP 1: Determine your Eligibility

To be considered eligible for the BC PNP EI Regional pilot, a potential entrepreneur applicant must have:

Minimum Personal Net Worth (in CAD) $300,000
Minimum Investment (in CAD) $100,000 in the proposed business. 

Note: The BC PNP will not consider any investment made prior to the date of the invitation.

Minimum Language Proficiency Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4
Work Experience 
  • 3 or more years of experience as an active business owner-manager; or
  • 4 or more years of experience as a senior manager; or
  • a combination of 1 or more years of experience as an active business owner/manager and 2 or more years of experience as a senior manager.
Level of Education  have either a postsecondary credential OR experience as a business owner/manager with 100% ownership of the business for at least 3 out of 5 years;


STEP 2: Conduct a Community Exploratory Visit

The province allows you to evaluate your business opportunities, refine business model, perform market research, and connect with local contacts by conducting a community exploratory visit. 

A referral from the local community in British Columbia will be given only if your business aligns with the community’s target industries. A referral from the community will further strengthen your business proposal and thus your chances of immigration. 

If you require a visitor visa – Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) to conduct an exploratory visit, CanApprove is here to assist you. 

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You are also encouraged to learn more about each community’s unique economic development priorities and how your business plans may align with their needs:


STEP 3: Register Your Business Plan Online With BC PNP

After identifying the community, it is time to start developing a business plan for your new business. 

Your new business plan should typically include the following: 

  • business concept, 
  • preliminary investment breakdown, 
  • job creation plan, 
  • financial projections and 
  • the positive benefit to the community. 


For the sake of your convenience, legal experts at CanApprove are here to help you customize your business plans. Fill-in this online assessment to get started! 

Express your interest to immigrate as an entrepreneur in British Columbia by registering your profile online. Please note that registrations are allowed only once the community referral is obtained. 

Once you have registered in the provincial pool, your profile will be ranked along with other registrants. Each profile is evaluated as per the given table: 

BC PNP EI Regional Pilot
Scoring Sections Points
Self-declared Experience & Ownership 24
Net Worth 6
Total Personal Investment 10
Jobs 15
Community Population 6
B.C.’s Regions 12
Adaptability 67
Business Concept Commercial Viability 30
Transferability of Skills  15
Economic Benefits 15
Maximum Score  200


Only the highest-ranking profiles receive invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through BC PNP EI Regional Pilot draws. You may talk to us about how you can boost your score. 

You have up to 120 days from the date of invitation to submit a complete profile. It should contain all supporting documents like:

  • community referral, 
  • valid language test, 
  • identity documents,
  • your net worth reports, and 
  • a detailed business plan. 

BONUS STEP: Apply for Canada PR

  1. You have to obtain a Work Permit to arrive and set-up your business in Canada. Meanwhile, your spouse or common-law partner may apply for an open work permit. Dependent minors will be eligible for study permits to attend elementary or secondary school (if applicable). 
  1. After fulfilling the terms and conditions of your performance agreement, you must submit a final report to the BC PNP. Based on the report and the evaluation of your performance agreement, you may be nominated by BC PNP for permanent residence. It may take upto four months for the assessment process to complete. 
  2. With a successful provincial nomination in hand, you may apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canada PR. 

No sooner said than done, CanApprove will always be there to assist you at every stage of your Canada Immigration!

Addressing Most Common Concerns – BC PNP EI-Regional Pilot

CanApprove is a registered immigration expert with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Over the last two decades, CanApprove has assisted eligible economic-class immigrants such as entrepreneurs, investors, foreign skilled/semi-skilled workers, international students, and their family members to migrate to Canada.  

Based on our experience, we have designed these FAQs on BC- PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot for your clarity: 

Are exploratory visits mandatory? Yes. They are mandatory for the new regional pilot program.
Should the investments be proven as Liquid Investments? BC PNP only requires proof of your net worth which can include assets such as stocks, bonds, and real property. 

Once you receive the work permit and arrive in B.C, you must transfer your proposed amount of investment into a local Canadian bank.

What is the 20-month period in BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot? The 20-month period is to establish your business and start operations while meeting the terms of your performance agreement.
Am I allowed to bring any key personnel? Apart from your spouse and dependents, you may bring no one else. All staff must be hired in Canada.
What is a Performance Agreement? A performance agreement will set out the terms that must be adhered to while operating your business during your work permit period. This may vary for each business. 

Once the provincial authorities are satisfied with your performance agreement terms, you may apply for a provincial nomination. BC PNP conducts monthly draws to invite eligible candidates.

How long to obtain Permanent Residency? Under 5 years. 

Eligible candidates can apply with IRCC for Canada PR after receiving a successful provincial nomination. 

What are ‘Job creation’ terms? You must create at least one full-time equivalent (FTE) job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You may choose to hire temporary workers but only after creating at least one FTE.
Am I allowed to have partners? It is a requirement that you must own at least 51% of the business you plan to establish.

You may associate with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident businessman, but under the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot stream, you are not allowed to associate with a foreign businessman (Co-registrant).

Stay in touch with our immigration coordinators for further details and kick-start your plan to grow your business in Canada. 

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot Draws in 2020

With the release of the new Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, Canada is set to prioritize business-class immigration for issuing permanent residence in Canada. Here is how BC PNP invited foreign entrepreneurs to apply for a provincial nomination.  

Date Qualifying Provincial Score Invitations Sent
October 20, 2020 109 5
September 1, 2020 128 <5
July 28, 2020 123 5
June 2, 2020 118 9
April 6, 2020 107 18
February 4, 2020 116 5
January 14, 2020 111 7


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