Top Canadian Immigration Programs for Low-Skilled Temporary Workers – The outbreak of the pandemic didn’t stop Canada from seeking for skilled foreign workers to come work in Canada and due to the increasing rate of retirees in the country, the demand for these foreign skilled workers are on the rise.
Canada is looking to welcome any immigrant that is willing and ready to contribute to the growth and development of the country and the door to immigrating to Canada is not closing anytime soon as the Canadian government has extended its immigration target to invite over 1.23million immigrants within the next three years and it has also designed various immigration programs to make it easy for immigrants to immigrate to the country regardless of your reason for immigrating.
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If you are a low-skilled worker and believe that immigration to Canada is only for the highly skilled and professional workers then you got the wrong information and we are glad we are here to change that orientation of yours. Even as a low-skilled worker, you can actually immigrate to Canada and start working; you will just have to go through the right immigration program as this will help to make your immigration process easier and faster.
Like we mentioned earlier that the Canadian government has designed several immigration programs to help immigrants move to Canada but it is not all the immigration programs that are for the low-skilled workers so we are going to be looking at the best immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada as a low-skilled worker.
You shouldn’t stop reading now as the best information is yet to come and we promise that you would be enlightened after reading this article to the end. So without boring you will much talks, let’s proceed with what we have for you.
What are low-skilled jobs?
These are jobs that usually require secondary school level education or high school diploma and also a job-specific training. The thing is, Canada needs foreign workers to fill many job openings in the low-skilled positions as these set of people also have their role to play in boosting the economy.
What Are The Immigration Programs For Low-Skilled Workers In Canada?
- The Provincial Nomination Program
This program is designed for the provinces in Canada and it is tailored at meeting the labour requirements for the provinces in Canada. It is a program for provinces in Canada to nominate immigrants to the province. It is designed by the Canadian government through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in partnership with the provincial government to help foreigners find work and settle in a particular province.
Each province in Canada is in charge of its own nomination and sets requirements for every candidate that want to come through the province nomination program. For you to get a nomination in any of the provinces in Canada, you will have to apply for an occupation that is in-demand in the province and receive a job offer from an employee in Canada.
This nomination by the province will have to be approved by the Canadian government and also your application for you to be able to get an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in Canada.
There are thirteen provinces in Canada but only eleven of these provinces have Provincial Nomination Program and these provinces are:
- Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
- British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
- New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
- Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
- Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
- Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
- Ontario Immigrants Nominee Program (OINP)
- Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
- Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
- Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)
These provinces have immigration streams under the Provincial Nomination Program and also the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) and the Ontario Immigrants Nominee Program (OINP) are known to invite a large number of low-skilled workers to apply for immigration to Canada and get Canadian permanent residence.
You can apply for permanent residence in Canada through the PNPs and this could be through the direct application process or the Express Entry linked to PNP.
- Direct Application Process
If you are applying through this process, you will have to apply by paper and submit your application through a mail or courier service. After this, you will have to wait for about 15 to 19months for your application result.
- Express Entry Application Process
Another application process under the PNP is the Express Entry linked to PNP. This is pretty quicker than the direct application and you will just have to wait for about 6 to 8 months for your application result. It could be either by expression of interest or the Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream.
For the Expression of interest, you are showing interest in a particular province when creating your profile online in the Express Entry System and this will allow the province to select your profile from the Entry draw pool directly. You will definitely have an edge here.
For the Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream, you will be applying for an occupation in-demand in the province.
- The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
The AIP is a pathway to get permanent residence for foreign skilled workers and international graduates who want to work and live in the Atlantic provinces of Canada. It is a program by the Canadian government in cooperation with the Atlantic Provinces to hire skilled workers to fill up labour shortages that they couldn’t fill up locally. For you to be eligible for this program, you must have a valid job offer from an employer in one of the four Atlantic Provinces which are Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador.
You must meet the eligibility requirements of age, work experience, education and language proficiency under the following programs under this Pilot program listed below.
- Atlantic High-Skilled Program
- Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program
- Atlantic International Graduate Program
Of the three programs we have highlighted under the AIP, the one for low-skilled workers is the Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program.
Let’s look at some of the requirements for the program:
- You must have worked for 30hours per week for one year in the job area or position or work experience in at the National Occupational Classification (NOC) for jobs under low-skilled workers
- You must have a Canadian secondary or post-secondary certificate from a recognized institution or a foreign degree or diploma that is equivalent to the Canadian standard along with an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report
- You must have a job offer from an employer in any of the participating provinces
- You must meet the language requirements and take an approved test that shows that you can communicate fluently in either of the official languages in Canada that is English or French
- You must prove that you have sufficient funds to support your stay in Canada and also any other family member moving to Canada with you.
- Agri-food Immigration Pilot
This program is designed to meet the labour needs of the agri-food sector in Canada and this pilot program allows foreign skilled workers to become permanent residents in Canada.
For you to be eligible for this pilot program;
- You must have an eligible job offer
- You must have an eligible work experience
- You must meet the language requirements
- You must meet the educational requirements
- You must prove that you have sufficient funds to settle in Canada
The thing about this program is that it has a limited number of applications that are processed each year and it is treated on a first come first serve basis and so you should start your application early if you want to go through this program as a low-skilled worker.
- The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
This is a program designed to help the smaller communities in Canada strengthen their economies and so it allows foreigners to apply for jobs posted by employers in Canada who are part of the participating communities. Through this program, successful applicants can get permanent residence to live and work in Canada.
One interesting thing about this program is that as a foreigner, you become aware of the jobs that are in demand in Canada and also the community where the jobs are available. So through this, you get to know the best jobs in Canada and where to find them.
Working in these communities will help you to save cost as they basically have a low cost of living unlike the urban areas and also since there are no much competition for jobs in the part of Canada, there will be high demand for labour and also the employers will be willing to pay higher salaries or wages.
There are about five participating provinces with eleven participating communities in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and we will be looking at them shortly.
- Brandon in Manitoba
- Thunder Bay in Ontario
- Timmins in Ontario
- North Bay in Ontario
- Claresholm in Alberta
- Vernon in British Columbia
- West Kootenay in British Columbia
- Sudbury in Ontario
- Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario
- Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan
To go through this program, you must meet the requirements set out by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) which are:
- You must meet or exceed the language requirement
- You must meet or exceed the educational requirement
- You must have a qualifying work experience
- You must meet the community-specific requirements
- You must show that you will live in the community you are recommended for
- You must prove that you have enough money to support your movement to the community
How do I apply for the RNIP?
There are four steps to apply for permanent residence in Canada through this program and we will be showing you these steps.
- Find an eligible job with an employer in one of the participating communities
- Once you have a job offer, you will have to submit your application for recommendation to the community
- You must meet the IRCC eligibility requirements and also the community-specific requirements
- If a community recommends you, you can then apply for permanent residence.
- The Temporary Foreign Worker Program
This is another immigration program where low-skilled workers can go through to immigrate to Canada. It allows employers in the country to hire foreign skilled worker temporarily to fill up labour shortages and invite people with skills, training and experience to contribute to the growth of the economy.
A lot Canadian employers go with this program as it allows them fill up job positions easily and faster with even skilled and professional workers. The country wants to continue growing and developing in all sectors so having labour shortages is not what the country wants at this time as these foreign skilled workers will bring their work experience, expertise and skills to contribute to the growth and development of the country and its economy.
A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) document is needed if you are applying through this program as this document is given to the employer by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) showing that there are no Canadian citizens or permanent resident available to fill up the job position and so there is a need to hire a foreign skilled worker.
The program has streams through which you can actually apply for a work visa, and Low Wage Worker Stream is one of the streams here.
If you are reading this part of the article, it means you followed the article through to the end and so you must have seen the best immigration programs through which you can immigrate to Canada even as a low-skilled worker. Going through the right immigration program will make your immigration process hitch-free.
So look closely at the immigration programs we highlighted in this article and see the one which you meet the eligibility requirement so you can start your application process and immigrate to Canada as a low-skilled worker and you should know that some of these programs also offer you an opportunity to become a permanent resident in Canada.
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