Canada – Job Categories

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).

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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
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
Sports Officials and Referees
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation and Sport

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
Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
Gas Fitters
Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades
Sheet Metal Workers
Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
Welders and Related Machine Operators
Blacksmiths and Die Setters
Carpenters and Cabinetmakers
Masonry and Plastering Trades
Concrete Finishers
Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
Other Construction Trades
Roofers and Shinglers
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
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

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

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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