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Updated July 2024

Canada beckons with a fantastic work-life balance, breathtaking landscapes, and a welcoming populace. No surprise then, that many dream of living and working here. To make that dream a reality, a work visa is essential. Securing a job in a high-demand field can significantly boost your chances of approval.

In this article, Wego explores the top Canada work visa jobs for 2024, giving you a head start on securing your dream and boosting your visa approval chances. Keep reading to discover in-demand professions and other insights!

Top in-demand Canada work visa jobs and industries

According to Statistique Canada, the country’s official statistics agency, 648,600 job vacancies have been registered as unfilled in the first quarter of 2024. Among them, the top occupations with the largest annual increases in job vacancies (in the first quarter of 2024) are:

  • technical occupations in therapy and assessment 
  • pharmacists 
  • banking, insurance and other financial clerks 
  • drafting technologists and technicians 
  • civil engineers 
  • web developers and programmers 
  • instructors of people with disabilities 
  • respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists 

Alternatively, according to an analysis conducted in the second quarter of 2023 on Canadian Business Conditions by Statistique Canada, the occupations expected to retain and recruit skilled employees are the following.

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Manufacturing

The specific in-demand profession for the manufacturing industry in Canada, as of July 2024, is manufacturing managers and civil engineers. 

Requirements

Manufacturing managers

The specific requirements of manufacturing managerial positions: 

  • completion of a college or university program in engineering or business administration is usually required.
  • five to ten years of supervisory experience in manufacturing are required.

Civil engineers

The specific requirements of working as a civil engineer in Canada:

  • a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or a related engineering discipline is required
  • a master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required
  • licensing from a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.)
  • engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination
  • the Canada Green Building Council offers Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, which some employers may require

Accommodation and food industries

The specific professions in demand in Canada’s accommodation and food sector, as of July 2024, include food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations, food and beverage servers, restaurant and food service managers, cooks, chefs, bakers, accommodation, travel, tourism, and related services supervisors.

Requirements

The specific requirements for working in the Canadian accommodation and food sector include:

  • prior experience in the specific profession you are applying for is usually required 
  • completion of secondary school is usually required 
  • completion of college courses related to the field you are applying for may be required as well 

Healthcare and social assistance 

The specific in-demand professions for the healthcare and social assistance industry in Canada, as of July 2024, are technical occupations in therapy and assessment, instructors of people with disabilities, respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists and pharmacists. 

Requirements

The specific requirements for the professions in demand in the healthcare and social assistance industry will wildly vary. However, the general requirement will include:

  • high school graduation certificates 
  • a bachelor’s degree 
  • a master’s degree might be a requirement
  • specific diploma courses certification in the field you are applying to 
  • necessary state licenses in the field you are applying to

Please check out official state and government websites for details on specific license requirements.

Construction 

The specific in-demand professions within the construction industry in Canada, as of July 2024, are concrete finishers, cement finisher apprentices, cement masons, and precast concrete finishers, as well as senior managers in construction, transportation, production and utilities.

Requirements

The specific requirements for the concrete finishers include:

  • completion of secondary school is usually required
  • completion of a two- to four-year apprenticeship program or over three years of work experience in the trade, as well as some high school, college, or industry courses in cement finishing, are usually required to be eligible for trade certification
  • trade certification for concrete finishers is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia
  • trade certification for cement masons is available but voluntary in Ontario
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified concrete finishers upon completing the interprovincial Red Seal examination

Wholesale trade

The specific in-demand professions within the wholesale trade industry in Canada, as of July 2024, are retail and wholesale trade managers, technical sales specialists – wholesale trade, and wholesale buyers.  

Requirements

The specific requirements needed for working in wholesale trade include

  • completion of secondary school is required
  • a university degree or college diploma in business administration or any other field related to the product or service being sold may be required
  • prior experience working in related retail or wholesale sales, which certifies one’s experience at increasing levels of responsibility 
  • you might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working

Retail trade 

The specific in-demand professions within the retail trade industry in Canada, as of July 2024, are retail trade managers, sales supervisors, and buyers. 

Requirements

The specific requirements needed for working in retail trade include: 

  • completion of secondary school is usually required
  • previous retail sales experience as a retail salesperson or sales clerk, cashier, telemarketer, door-to-door salesperson or rental agent is usually required
  • progression to management positions in retail trade is possible with additional training or experience

Finance and insurance

The specific in-demand professions within Canada’s finance and insurance industry, as of July 2024, are banking insurance and financial clerks, banking, credit and other investment managers, and insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers. 

Requirements

The specific requirements for working in the finance and insurance sectors will vary greatly. However, the general requirements of working in this field will include:  

  • a university degree or college diploma in business administration, commerce, economics or a related field is usually required
  • a master’s degree in business administration, finance, or management science may be required to manage large commercial loans
  • a recognized financial designation (CFA, CFP, CIM or others) from your state may be required
  • completion of company or other management training programs is usually required
  • prior experience within the industry, including supervisory experience, is required

Agriculture, forestry, fishing

The specific in-demand professions within Canada’s agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors, as of July 2024, are managers in natural resources production and fishing, managers in agriculture, managers in horticulture, agricultural and fish products inspectors, and forestry technologists and technicians. 

Requirements

The specific requirements for working in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing sectors vary and depend on the particular job or field you are applying to. However, the general requirements include: 

  • completion of college or vocational education programs
  • some jobs in this sector are characterized by on-the-job training and progression through experience
  • specialized courses related to farming, such as farm equipment mechanics, agricultural welding, tree pruning and pesticide application, are available
  • basic farm knowledge, usually obtained from working on a family farm, may be required for employment.
  • a course or certificate in first aid may be required

Is a visa necessary to work in Canada? 

To work in Canada, most foreign nationals need a work permit. There are two main types of Canadian work permits:

  • employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit, such as 
    • the name of the specific employer you can work for
    • how long you can work
    • the location where you can work (if applicable)
  • open work permit lets you work for any employer in Canada except for one listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions, or you can only get an open work permit in specific situations.

Please refer to our dedicated article on Canada work visa for more information. 

 

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