Canada’s High Demand Job Categories

Discover the professional and trades jobs Canada needs to fill the most

Shortlist of Occupations for Canadian Visas

Canada is always looking to bring the best and brightest to its shores.
 
The Canadian attitude towards immigration has always been good, and recent polling suggests Canadian's appreciation for skilled migrants remains strong.
 
For determined, experienced and hard-working newcomers there are plenty of opportunities in Canada. As of early 2019, estimates suggest nearly 500,000 jobs remain unfilled annually -- up from 250,000 a few years ago, and a huge number in country whose population has yet to top 40 million.
 
Canada remains selective when allowing foreign workers in, which is why the federal government and provinces restrict their list of required occupations.

The shortlist

The following list is a guide to all of the jobs which the Canadian workforce is currently lacking and that need to be filled by foreign workers. (NB: This list may be revised without notice, and is intended as a guide only).

PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS IN LAW, SOCIAL SERVICES, EDUCATION AND RELIGION
 
Paralegals, Social Services Workers and Occupations in Education and Religion, n.e.c.
Paralegal and Related Occupations
Community and Social Service Workers
Employment Counsellors
Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
Instructors and Teachers of Persons with Disabilities
Other Instructors
Other Religious Occupations
 
PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATIONS IN ART AND CULTURE
 
Librarians, Archivists, Conservators and Curators
Librarians
Conservators and Curators
Archivists
Writing, Translating and Public Relations Professionals
Authors and Writers
Editors
Journalists
Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
Creative and Performing Artists
Producers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations
Conductors, Composers and Arrangers
Musicians and Singers
Dancers
Actors and Comedians
Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
 
TECHNICAL AND SKILLED OCCUPATIONS IN ART, CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORT
 
Technical Occupations in Libraries, Archives, Museums and Art Galleries
Library and Archive Technicians and Assistants
Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
Photographers, Graphic Arts Technicians and Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
Photographers
Film and Video Camera Operators
Graphic Arts Technicians
Broadcast Technicians
Audio and Video Recording Technicians
Other Technical and Co-ordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting
Support Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and the Performing Arts
Announcers and Other Performers
Announcers and Other Broadcasters
Other Performers
Creative Designers and Craftspersons
Graphic Designers and Illustrators
Interior Designers
Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
Artisans and Craftpersons
Patternmakers - Textile, Leather and Fur Products
Athletes, Coaches, Referees and Related Occupations
Athletes
Coaches
Sports Officials and Referees
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation and Sport
 
SKILLED SALES AND SERVICE OCCUPATIONS
 
Sales and Service Supervisors
Retail Trade Supervisors
Food Service Supervisors
Executive Housekeepers
Dry Cleaning and Laundry Supervisors
Cleaning Supervisors
Other Service Supervisors
Technical Sales Specialists, Wholesale Trade
Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade
Insurance and Real Estate Sales Occupations and Buyers
Insurance Agents and Brokers
Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
Retail and Wholesale Buyers
Grain Elevator Operators
Chefs & Cooks
Butchers and Meat Cutters - Retail and Wholesale
Bakers
Police Officers (Except Commissioned)
Firefighters
Technical Occupations in Personal Service
Hairstylists and Barbers
Funeral Directors and Embalmers
 
TRADES AND SKILLED TRANSPORT AND EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
 
Contractors and Supervisors, Trades and Related Workers
Supervisors, Machinists and Related Occupations
Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications
Contractors and Supervisors, Pipefitting Trades
Contractors and Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades
Contractors and Supervisors, Carpentry Trades
Contractors and Supervisors, Mechanic Trades
Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment Crews
Supervisors, Printing and Related Occupations
Contractors and Supervisors, Other Construction Trades, Installers, Repairers
Supervisors, Railway and Motor Transportation Occupations
Supervisors, Railway Transport Operations
Supervisors, Motor Transport and Other Ground Transit Operators
Machinists and Related Occupations
Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors
Tool and Die Makers
Electrical Trades and Telecommunication Occupations
Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
Industrial Electricians
Power System Electricians
Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers
Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers
Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers
Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians
Plumbers, Pipefitters and Gas Fitters
Plumbers
Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
Gas Fitters
Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades
Sheet Metal Workers
Boilermakers
Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
Ironworkers
Welders and Related Machine Operators
Blacksmiths and Die Setters
Carpenters and Cabinetmakers
Carpenters
Cabinetmakers
Masonry and Plastering Trades
Bricklayers
Concrete Finishers
Tilesetters
Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
Other Construction Trades
Roofers and Shinglers
Glaziers
Insulators
Painters and Decorators
Floor Covering Installers
Machinery and Transportation Equipment Mechanics (Except Motor Vehicle)
Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile)
Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
Railway Carmen/women
Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors
Machine Fitters
Textile Machinery Mechanics and Repairers
Elevator Constructors and Mechanics
Automotive Service Technicians
Automotive Service Technicians, Truck Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers
Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
Other Mechanics
Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics
Electric Appliance Servicers and Repairers
Electrical Mechanics
Motorcycle and Other Related Mechanics
Other Small Engine and Equipment Mechanics
Upholsterers, Tailors, Shoe Repairers, Jewellers and Related Occupations
Upholsterers
Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners
Shoe Repairers and Shoemakers
Jewellers, Watch Repairers and Related Occupations
Stationary Engineers and Power Station and System Operators
Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators
Power Systems and Power Station Operators
Train Crew Operating Occupations
Railway and Yard Locomotive Engineers
Railway Conductors and Brakemen/women
Crane Operators, Drillers and Blasters
Crane Operators
Drillers and Blasters Ð Surface Mining, Quarrying and Construction
Water Well Drillers
Printing Press Operators, Commercial Divers and Other Trades and Related Occupations, n.e.c.
Printing Press Operators
Commercial Divers
Other Trades and Related Occupations
 
SKILLED OCCUPATIONS IN PRIMARY INDUSTRY
 
Supervisors, Logging and Forestry
Supervisors, Logging and Forestry
Supervisors, Mining, Oil and Gas
Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying
Supervisors, Oil and Gas Drilling and Service
Underground Miners, Oil and Gas Drillers and Related Workers
Underground Production and Development Miners
Oil and Gas Well Drillers, Servicers, Testers and Related Workers
Logging Machinery Operators
Logging Machinery Operators
Contractors, Operators and Supervisors in Agriculture, Horticulture and Aquaculture
Farmers and Farm Managers
Agricultural and Related Service Contractors and Managers
Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers
Nursery and Greenhouse Operators and Managers
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Contractors and Managers
Supervisors, Landscape and Horticulture
Aquaculture Operators and Managers
Fishing Vessel Masters and Skippers and Fishermen/women
Fishing Masters and Officers
Fishing Vessel Skippers and Fishermen/women
 
PROCESSING, MANUFACTURING AND UTILITIES SUPERVISORS AND SKILLED OPERATORS
 
Supervisors, Processing Occupations
Supervisors, Mineral and Metal Processing
Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Processing and Utilities
Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing
Supervisors, Plastic and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Supervisors, Forest Products Processing
Supervisors, Textile Processing
Supervisors, Assembly and Fabrication
Supervisors, Motor Vehicle Assembling
Supervisors, Electronics Manufacturing
Supervisors, Electrical Products Manufacturing
Supervisors, Furniture and Fixtures Manufacturing
Supervisors, Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Manufacturing
Supervisors, Other Mechanical and Metal Products Manufacturing
Supervisors, Other Products Manufacturing and Assembly
Central Control and Process Operators in Manufacturing and Processing
Central Control and Process Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
Petroleum, Gas and Chemical Process Operators
Pulping Control Operators
Papermaking and Coating Control Operators
 

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