Job Opportunities for Immigrants in Canada 2021


If you have decided to migrate to Canada, you are probably looking to get a new job. Canada’s job market caters to all types of workers, whether you are a skilled worker or a young professional with limited experience looking for job opportunities for immigrants, there are numerous opportunities you can explore.


Covid-19 adversely impacted several economies, but it also forced businesses and countries to adapt to the new normal. The shift to remote work and utilization of technology is a positive trend in the aftermath of the pandemic. Now, several more opportunities have opened to people without distance posing as a barrier. This change applies across several sectors and irrespective of what industry you are a part of, you will benefit.


Every year Canada welcomes over 350,000 thousand immigrants and workers because of its robust economy and need for workers. Canada’s immigration minister, Marco Mendicino believes that immigrants fill important in-demand jobs and some creative and innovative newcomers even create jobs by starting businesses in the country.


As we look at the best job opportunities in Canada for this new year, the prognosis is good for most sectors. If you have a specialized skill set, good English or French language abilities, and are motivated, there’s a job for you in this great country.


Find out more details about the top jobs in Canada for 2021, salaries, and visa options below.


Top 15 Jobs in Canada in 2021

  Occupation Average Annual Salary in CAD
1 Administrative assistant $43, 875
2 Customer service representative $34, 125
3 Sales associate $37, 050
4 Driver $44, 234
5 Accounts payable and receivable clerk $34, 750
6 Registered nurse $80, 126
7 Project manager $90, 675
8 General labourer $31, 919
9 Welder $43, 875
10 Electric engineer $74, 997
11 Software developer $85, 600
12 Merchandiser $31, 346
13 Accountant $58, 500
14 HR manager $78, 975
15 Financial advisor $77, 739



Top 5 Immigration programs in Canada and the Types of in-demand jobs under those programs



  1. Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

The pilot will help address the labour needs of the Canadian agri-food sector, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production, by testing a new industry-specific approach.


The pilot provides a pathway to permanent residence for experienced, non-seasonal workers in specific industries and occupations. It will run until May 2023.


Job opportunityJob Opportunities for Immigrants in Canada 2021

To apply for permanent residence under the Agri-Food Pilot, you need:


  1. Eligible Canadian work experience in one or more of the eligible industries and occupations
  2. A full-time, non-seasonal job offer from a Canadian employer in one of the eligible industries and occupations (outside of Quebec)
  3. To meet or exceed the language requirements
  4. To meet or exceed the educational requirements
  5. To have settlement funds (if applicable)
  6. To maintain temporary resident status (if already in Canada)


To apply to the Agri-Food Pilot, you need to

  1. Show eligible work experience in an eligible industry and eligible occupation, and
  2. have a job offer for full-time, non-seasonal work in an eligible industry and occupation in Canada (outside of Quebec)


Eligible Industries

Industries are classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). You can see specific industry definitions by searching the industry codes below on the NAICS website.

Your employer needs to include the industry code in your job offer.


Eligible industries under the pilot are:


  1. Meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116)
  2. Greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114)
  3. Animal production, excluding aquaculture
  4. Cattle ranching and farming (NAICS 1121)
  5. Hog and pig farming (NAICS 1122)
  6. Poultry and egg production (NAICS 1123)
  7. Sheep and goat farming (NAICS 1124)
  8. Other animal production (NAICS 1129)


Eligible Occupations

Occupations are classified by the National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. You can see the duties for each occupation by searching the National Occupational Classification website.

Eligible jobs for each eligible industry are listed below.

For meat product manufacturing (NAICS 3116), eligible jobs are


NOC B 6331 – Retail butchers

NOC C 9462 – Industrial butchers

NOC B 8252 – Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

NOC D 9617 – Food processing labourers

For greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production, including mushroom production (NAICS 1114), eligible jobs are

NOC B 8252 – Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

NOC C 8431 – General farmworkers

NOC D 8611 – Harvesting labourers

For animal production, excluding aquaculture (NAICS 1121, 1122, 1123, 1124 and 1129), eligible jobs are

NOC B 8252 – Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

NOC C 8431 – General farmworkers


Application limits by eligible occupation

There are annual limits on the number of applications that will be processed for each eligible occupation.

Starting on January 1 of each year, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. This pilot will last for 3 years.


  1. Home Care providers Immigration Pilots

As of 18 June 2019, Canada has introduced two new home caregiver pilots to help home support providers immigrate to Canada. They serve as replacements for the LCP (Live-in Caregiver Program), which was closed to new applicants at the same time. But fear not, under the new home care provider pilots you will be able to apply for permanent residence if you have a valid job offer or already have work experience in Canada as a caregiver as well as meet the eligibility requirements.


These are two separate programs and applications must be made under the specific program your offer and skills are suited to. Applying to the wrong program could see your application for permanent residence denied.

The 2 new immigration pilots, available to Home Care Providers are:

The Home Child Care Provider Pilot; and

The Home Support Worker Pilot.

Both 5-year pilots are aimed at helping foreign skilled and experienced home child-care providers and home support workers relocate to Canada and gain permanent residency.

Let’s take a closer look at the requirements to determine whether you are eligible to apply for the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot.


Home childcare providers

Home childcare providers help parents look after children and may be required to help out with household duties. Care can be provided either in their own homes or in their employer’s homes which is different from the Live-in Caregiver Program which requires caregivers to live in their employer’s home.


This program is open to applicants with the following job titles:


  • Babysitter;
  • Au pair;
  • Child care live-in-caregiver;
  • Child care provider – private home;
  • Nanny;
  • Parent’s helper;
  • Foster parent;
  • Babysitter – fitness centre; and
  • Babysitter – shopping centre.


Home support workers

Home support workers help seniors, people with disabilities, and individuals in rehabilitation by providing personal care and companionship during times of recovery, incapacitation, and family disruption. Duties include but are not limited to preparing meals, feeding, bathing, changing dressings, administering medications, and other routine housekeeping duties. Care is in their employer’s or client’s homes, in which the home support worker may be required to live. Home support workers may also care for children however it must not be their primary responsibility.


This program is open to applicants with the following job titles:

  • Attendant for persons with disabilities – home care;
  • Family caregiver;
  • Home support worker;
  • Housekeeper;
  • Live-in caregiver – seniors;
  • Personal aide – home support;
  • Personal care attendant – home care;
  • Respite worker – home support;
  • Doula; and
  • Home visitor – infant care.


The most beneficial factor between these programs and the LCP is that it enables you to change employers, if so desired, as well as allows your family members to join you in Canada.


You may be eligible to apply for the Home Child Care Pilot or the Home Support Worker Pilot if you meet the following requirements.


Valid Job Offer

First and foremost you will require an official offer from a Canadian employer which shows it will be a full-time position wherein you work a minimum of 30 hours a week. It needs to be clear that there is a real need to hire you and may not be from an embassy, high commission, or consulate. The offer may not be for work in the province of Quebec.


  • Home Childcare Pilot – The children must be under 18 years of age and cared for in your own home or your employer’s home but you do not have to live in your employer’s home.
  • Home Support Worker Pilot – The person may be cared for in your own home or your employer’s home but you do not have to live in your employer’s home.



  1. British Columbia Tech Pilot

British Columbia launched its Tech Pilot in May 2017. The BC PNP Tech Pilot is not a stand-alone program per se. Rather, it is an expedited system for processing applications submitted made to existing streams, and which also meet the specific requirements of the Pilot. In this sense, the BC Tech Pilot is quite similar to the federal Express Entry system. The major difference is that the BC Tech Pilot, as the name suggests, processes only tech workers, whereas Express Entry handles all applications for Federal Skilled Immigration.


Two of the five BC immigration streams that can qualify for the Tech Pilot are aligned with Express Entry, and three are not.


The BC Tech Pilot identifies 29 specific technology occupations that qualify. Every week, the program issues invitations to candidates who qualify. A candidate must: qualify one of the five allied existing streams, and have a job offer (lasting for at least one year, with a minimum of 120 days left at the time of application) in one of the 29 identified fields. The benefits of this pilot include priority processing over other immigration applications; weekly draws; and dedicated concierge service to guide employers.


Eligible tech workers such as mechanical engineers, database analysts, editors, and technical sales specialists.


  1. Ontario Skilled Trades Stream

The Skilled Trades (ST) stream is one of Ontario’s PNP streams that is aligned with Express Entry, which means that a candidate needs a valid Express Entry profile to be eligible for the stream.


Ontario, through this stream, chooses its future newcomers to the province under a set of specific requirements.


The OINP goes through all the candidates already in the Express Entry pool and sends Notifications of Interest (equivalent to invitations to apply) to the ones whose profile corresponds best to their needs. ​


The ST stream has minimum eligibility requirements, however, Ontario does not send Notifications of Interest to every candidate that meets these minimum criteria. In fact, Ontario conducts periodic ST draws, and each draw has its own criteria (in addition to the minimum criteria), such as a minimum CRS score, etc. More information is available in the draw history section of this guide. If nominated, a candidate will receive an additional 600 CRS points in their Express Entry profile, thus guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply.


As of May 13, 2021, the processing times for a Skilled Trades stream application are estimated to be between 120 to 150 days. However, some applications may need more time to be processed if more complex or necessitate more documents and/or information.


Eligible trade workers include electricians, bakers, and plumbers, etc.


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