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Canada Semi-Skilled Worker


Low- / Semi-Skilled Workers (NOC C, D)

Most Canadian immigration programs require either post-secondary education or investment capital. If you don’t have either, you may still be able to become a permanent resident of Canada by applying through a Provincial Nominee Program aimed at lower skill workers. If you have temporary work experience in Canada, you may be able to use this to apply for permanent residence.

Most provincial nominee programs seek immigrants for work in certain low- or semi-skilled occupations if those occupations are in high demand. The occupation demand varies from province to province, with each province running projects and schemes to entice immigrants. Please be aware that not all provinces offer the semi-skilled category.

Each province has different conditions and criteria to apply.

Here are the general criteria to be eligible. You must:

  • Must have a clean police certificate;
  • Complete a medical exam if required education;
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Have proof of current status in your residing country;
  • Hold legal status during the entire application process, if you are currently in Canada;
  • Have the demonstrated ability and intention to live permanently in the province;
  • Have settlement funds to establish yourself in Canada;
  • Submit a English/French proficiency test result, for example:
    • An IELTS (International English Language Testing System) General Test with minimum scores of:Note: IELTS is adding more testing times by the end of July. Check regularly on the IELTS website for new testing times and dates.
      • Listening: 4.5
      • Reading: 3.5
      • Writing: 4
      • Speaking: 4
    • A CELPIP (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program) General Test with minimum scores of:Note: CELPIP has added more testing times. Check regularly on the CELPIP website for new testing times and dates.
      • Listening: 2H
      • Reading: 2H
      • Writing: 2H
      • Speaking: 2H
    • A TEF (Test d'Évaluation de Français) with minimum scores of:
      • Listening: 145
      • Reading: 121
      • Writing: 181
      • Speaking: 181

 

Eligible Occupations 

To view a chart of all the provincial rules regarding skilled and semi-skilled worker streams, click here.

 

Alberta

Industry: Food & beverage processing

  • Food and Beverage Production Worker (NOC 9617)
  • Bakery Production Worker (NOC 9617)
  • Food and Beverage Processing Equipment Cleaner (NOC 9617)
  • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters (NOC 9462)
  • Poultry Production Workers (NOC 9462) 

 

Industry: Hotel & lodging

  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6453)
  • Room Attendants (NOC 6661)
  • Front Desk Agent/Clerk (NOC 6435) 

 

Industry: Manufacturing (certification required)

  • Shipper and receiver (NOC 1471)
  • Production clerks NOC 1473)
  • Purchasing and inventory clerk (NOC 1474)
  • Heavy equipment operator (except crane) NOC 7421)
  • Oil and Gas well drilling workers 7 service operators (NOC 8492)
  • Machine operator, mineral & metal processing (NOC 9411)

 

Industry: Trucking

  • Long-Haul and Heavy Haul Truck Driver (NOC 7411)

 

Industry: Food services

  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6453)
  • Food Counter Attendants (NOC 6641)
  • Kitchen Helpers (NOC 6641) 

 

British Columbia

Industry: Travel & accommodation

  • Hotel Front Desk Clerks (NOC 6525)

 

Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations

  • Tour and Travel Guides (NOC 6531)
  •  Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides (NOC 6532)
  •  Casino Occupations (NOC 6533)

 

Occupations in Food and Beverage Service

  • Maîtres d’hotel and Hosts / Hostesses (NOC 6511)
  • Bartenders (NOC 6512)
  • Food and Beverage Servers (NOC 6513)
  • Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations (NOC 6711)

 

Cleaners (employed directly by hotels/resorts)

  • Light Duty Cleaners (NOC 6731)
  • Specialized Cleaners (NOC 6732)
  • Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents (NOC 6733)
  • Support Occupations in Accommodation, Travel and Facilities Set-Up Services (NOC 6721)

 

Other Elemental Service Occupations (employed directly by hotels/resorts)

  • Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Related Occupations (NOC 6741)
  • Other Service Support Occupations (NOC 6742)

 

Food processing

  • Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing (NOC 9461)
  • Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers (NOC 9462)
  • Fish and Seafood Plant Workers (NOC 9463)
  • Testers and Graders, Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing (NOC 9465)
  • Labourers in Food, Beverage and Associated Products Processing (NOC 9617)
  • Labourers in Fish and Seafood Processing (NOC 9618)

 

Industry: Long haul trucking

  • Long-Haul Truck Drivers (NOC 7511.1)

 

Manitoba

The Manitoba PNP website does not list the occupations that are in high demand in Manitoba. The Manitoba PNP will consider all applicants with Manitoba work experience but reserves the right to determine who is eligible and who is not eligible based on demand. Visit www.mbjobs.ca/‎ to find occupations that are in high demand in Manitoba.

 

New Brunswick

The New Brunswick PNP website does not list the occupations that there is a shortage of and / or are in high demand. The New Brunswick PNP is specifically geared towards applicants with NB work experience – most people outside of New Brunswick cannot apply – but the government reserves the right to determine who is eligible and who is not eligible, based on demand. Visit www.NBjobs.ca to find occupations that are in high demand in New Brunswick.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland & Labrador PNP website does no list the occupations that there is a shortage of and / or are in high demand. The Newfoundland PNP will consider all applicants with work experience in the province but reserves the right to determine who is eligible and who is not eligible based on demand. Visit www.jobsinnl.ca to find occupations that are in high demand in Newfoundland & Labrador.

 

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories nominee program does not list occupations that there is a shortage of and / or in high demand.  The NWT PNP will consider all applicants with work experience in the territory but reserves the right to determine who is eligible and who is not eligible based on demand and other factors. Visit www.iti.gov.nt.ca to find jobs that are in high demand in the Northwest Territories.

 

Nova Scotia

  • Food and beverage occupations (NOC 6513)
  • Retail salespersons (NOC 6421)
  • Store clerk (NOC 6622)
  • Kitchen helpers (NOC 6711)
  • Sales and service occupations (NOC 6623)
  • Visiting homemakers and housekeepers (NOC 6731)
  • Delivery drivers (NOC 7511)
  • Long shore workers and materials handler (NOC 7451)
  • Truck drivers (NOC 7511)
  • Information correspondence and library clerks (NOC 5111)

 

Ontario

Those with work experience in low- or semi-skilled occupations in Ontario are unable  to apply under the Ontario provincial nominee program. If you are working in a low- or semi-skilled occupation on a temporary work permit in Ontario, Immigroup advises that you consider moving to another province which has such options, or that you consider studying at an Ontario College or University. For more information, please contact us.

 

Prince Edward Island

  • Truck drivers (NOC 7511)
  • Customer service representative (NOC 6511)
  • Labourers (NOC 9619)
  • Food & beverage servers (NOC 6513)
  • Housekeeping attendants NOC 6731)

 

Quebec

To learn more about Quebec immigration options, please visit Immigration Quebec’s website.

 

Saskatchewan

  • Food / Beverage Server (NOC 6513)
  • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC 6711)
  • Housekeeping / Cleaning Staff (NOC 6731)
  • Long haul trucking (NOC 7511)

 

Yukon

The Yukon nominee does not list the occupations that there is a shortage of and / or are in high demand. The YNP will consider any applicant with work experience in Yukon but reserves the right to determine who is eligible and who is not eligible based on demand and other factors. Visit www.employmentyukon.ca to find jobs that are in high demand in Yukon.

 

Please note: Due to economic changes, the occupation list are subject to change.


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