Canadian jobs with best prospects for foreigners

Canada is looking to absorb more than one million foreign workers between now and 2025 to take up jobs in all sectors as the country coasts through economic rejuvenation after the pandemic era.

Canada’s job vacancy report for the first quarter ended March 2022 (Q1 2022) shows more than 900,000 job vacancies in January 2022.

Canada’s Express Entry system is the fastest and most efficient route to permanent residence for workers with the right skills and experience.


Successful applicants in the Express Entry system and their families are able to work and live anywhere in Canada., quoting Randstad’s jobs trending in Canada, lists below occupations that are in high demand.


Need for foreign workers

The job vacancy rate in Canada was at an all-time high in the first quarter of 2022. While various jobs are in-demand across Canada, several have seen especially strong growth in recent years.

Canada’s labour force continues to be in a great position to welcome newcomers. With a current high job vacancy rate, there is a major demand for skilled workers to fill the available positions.

Randstad’s “15 top jobs trending in Canada in 2022” shares the top jobs in Canada and industries have experienced tremendous growth in recent years.

Overseas candidates with experience in one of these in-demand occupations are expected to have strong prospects in the Canadian labour market this year.

1.   Key account manager

Key account managers represent strategic partnerships for their business, providing sales and customer service efforts to help retain profitable clients.

Individuals in this role are needed to help support businesses toward achieving success in a post-pandemic economy.

NOC code: 0601

Average median hourly wage: $50.00

2.   Developer

Developers have remained in high demand through the pandemic as businesses continue to turn to technical solutions.

Due to strong demand, there are also several Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) options for candidates with work experience in these occupations.

NOC codes:  21742175

Average median hourly wage: $38.46

3.   Marketing manager

It is expected that there will be over 19,000 marketing, public relations, and advertising manager jobs created by 2028.

Marketing managers help businesses implement marketing strategies both online and offline. To meet the demand for this occupation, provinces like Ontario often invite Marketing Managers directly from the Express Entry pool.

NOC code: 0124

Average median hourly wage: $43.27

4.   Registered nurse

Jobs in the healthcare sector are in-demand across Canada. Due to a labour shortage during the pandemic, nurses have been receiving a growing number of bonuses and perks.

Because there is such high demand for nurses, there are also several immigration options available to overseas candidates with experience in nursing.

NOC code: 3012

Average median hourly wage: $40.00

5.   Driver

Drivers are in increasing demand across Canada as the economy booms post-pandemic.

Drivers that operate large commercial vehicles or handle local deliveries will have a strong advantage in the Canadian labour market.

NOC codes:  7511751275137514

Average median hourly wage: $19.50

6.   Customer service rep

Customer service reps (CSR) help problem-solve with customers in person, by email, via virtual chat, or through a phone call.

CSRs continue to be in high demand in Canada’s post-pandemic economy.

NOC codes:  65526551

Average median hourly wage: $19.00

7.   Welder

Canada expects to add 23,000 welding positions to the economy by 2028. Welding roles are in particularly high demand in British Columbia and Prince Edward Island.

However, those with welding experience are likely to have a strong advantage throughout the nation.

NOC codes:  65526551

Average median hourly wage: $19.00

8.   Engineer

Various types of engineers are in-demand across Canada, whether they work with physical or virtual infrastructure.

As Canada faces a shortage of engineers, employers look to overseas candidates to fill labour market gaps.

NOC codes:  21312132, 2133,  2134,  2141,  2142,  2143,  2144,  2145,  2146,  2147, 2148

Average median hourly wage: $44.00

9.   Accountant

Accountants are vital to the operations of a successful company. As businesses grow in a post-pandemic economy managing finances becomes an increasingly important factor in maintaining success.

Accountants can expect to find job opportunities throughout the country with potential growth within the next years.

NOC code: 1111

Average median hourly wage: $35.75

10. Cloud architect

As more and more Canadian companies move toward remote work, cloud architects are needed to help support and implement cloud solutions.

For this reason, an increasing demand is expected for cloud architects in 2022.

NOC code: 2171

Average median hourly wage: $41.03

11. HR manager

Human Resource (HR) managers help ensure businesses are complying with labour laws, help to reduce staff turnover, and support company growth.

Canada’s post-pandemic economic boom has led to employment growth. HR managers are needed to help onboard new employees and help manage company growth.  As such, HR managers are in demand across Canada.

NOC code: 0112

Average median hourly wage: $49.74

12. Electrician

Canada is expected to need 23,400 electricians from 2019-2028 to fill labour market gaps. Only 20,300 job seekers are expected to be available to fill these roles.

Electricians are vital to keeping operations in Canada going. For this reason, electricians in all areas are in-demand across the country this year.

NOC code: 7241, 724272437245, 7246

Average median hourly wage: $30.00

13. IT project manager

IT project managers help to oversee, plan, and implement a business’s IT goals. The Canadian tech industry is booming with most tech jobs being in demand across Canada.

IT project managers are needed in response to this growing demand for labour.

NOC code: 0213

Average median hourly wage: $52.88

14. Mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineers play an important role in various industries across Canada. If you have the right credentials, experience, and education you are likely to find a mechanical engineering job in Canada.

NOC code: 2132

Average median hourly wage: $42.00

15. Accounting clerks

Accounting clerks help to prepare important financial documents related to a business’s accounts such as bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements and other financial statements.

As companies continue to grow in a post-pandemic economy, accounting clerks are essential to maintaining operations.

NOC code: 1431

Average median hourly wage: $22.56

Job and Industry Trends for 2022

According to Canada’s job vacancy report from the first quarter of 2022, there were over 900,000 unfilled positions at the beginning of 2022.

Sectors with the highest vacancies included:

  • Health care and social assistance
  • Accommodation and food services
  • Retail trade
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services;
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Wholesale trade and
  • Other services (excluding public administration)

Work and live in Canada

Canada’s Express Entry system continues to be the fastest and most efficient route to permanent residence for workers with the right skills and experience and results in successful applicants and their families being able to work and live anywhere in Canada.

Many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are geared towards skilled workers with specific work experience. If your work experience is in demand, you may be eligible for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Provinces select candidates with in-demand experience and skills. If you have work experience in one of the above in-demand jobs in Canada, you may be eligible for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

With an increase in job vacancy rates, an aging Canadian workforce and the current immigration target of welcoming more than one million newcomers in the next three years now is the best time for foreign nationals looking for employment to take that first step toward Canadian immigration!

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