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As a craftsman to Canada

Canada is considered a classic immigration country. The country has a lot of experience with foreign workers. Particularly “skilled workers”, who also include craftsmen such as carpenters, roofers and bricklayers, are sought after in Canada. Because many young Canadians choose to study instead of learning a trade.

Because of this, there is a lack of artisans in Canada. If you are looking for a job in Canada and don't necessarily want to move to the big cities, but are ready to go to the countryside, you have a good chance of finding a job as a craftsman in Canada. In addition to having completed vocational training and work experience, a good command of the English language is a prerequisite. If you want to move to the province of Quebec, you should also speak French.

The salaries in Canada are generally lower than in Germany, with the cost of living being about the same. Employees in Canada are less well protected than in Germany. As a rule, there is no protection against dismissal and there is no Christmas bonus or 13th month salary. On average, employees only have the right to two weeks of paid vacation per year. Those who want to take more vacation can usually do so, but have to take this vacation unpaid.

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How to Get a Work Visa to Canada

For so-called “skilled workers”, the Canadian immigration authority “Citizenship and Immigration Canada” (CIC) has developed the “skilled worker and professionals” program, which facilitates the immigration of sought-after professions, such as craftsmen. The authority uses a points system to determine the extent to which a person from abroad is suitable for immigration to Canada.

In addition, the individual provinces of Canada have their own immigration programs. They issue visas for professional groups that are wanted in a particular province.

The selection criteria for the "skilled worker and professionals" program include:

  • good language skills in English and / or French
  • job qualifications
  • Work experience
  • age
  • marital status

In order to receive an unlimited residence permit ("Permanent Residence Status"), the candidate must meet further criteria. However, the most important requirement for a work visa or permanent residence permit is that one has professional training and work experience in a profession that is needed in Canada.

Which occupational groups are wanted in Canada can be found on the "Priority Occupation List" (POL). Since craftsmen are in short supply in Canada, the skilled worker and professionals program enables them to get a residence and work permit even without a job offer in Canada. Your application will be processed more quickly, so that you can travel to Canada after just a few months in order to start the application process for a job there immediately upon arrival.

Recognition of professional training in Canada

Each of the Canadian provinces is responsible for its own education system. For this reason, it is advantageous if you can have your own professional qualification recognized as a “Red Seal” qualification. With a “Red Seal” qualification, you can work anywhere in the country and are not limited to one Canadian province to practice the profession. You can find out which professions are included in the “Red Seal” program and how you can get recognition in the Red Seal program.

Prerequisites for professional recognition under the Red Seal program are:

  • an apprenticeship certificate with a certificate of proficiency or journeyman's certificate
  • Passing the job-specific Interprovincial Standards Examination.

Craftsmen will also be hired without a Red Seal exam if they take the exam within 180 days.

General information on the recognition of school, professional and university degrees in Canada is also available from the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials.

How to Find Craftsman Jobs in Canada

The most likely way to find a job in Canada when applying for a job in Canada from Germany is through the Internet. Well-known big job exchanges are: monster, workopolis, canadajobscity.com or careerjet.ca. At "the construction job" you will find job offers that are specifically aimed at job seekers from the construction industry. Anyone who is already in Canada should also study the job advertisements in the local daily newspapers.

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