Looking ahead to 2018 in terms of construction and engineering recruitment, the key drivers of this sector are likely to be real estate and infrastructure spending across the major cities.
Before reviewing each sector, let’s take a brief look at immigration topics.
Plan your move to Canada
At a federal level, Canada’s immigration system is primed to welcome highly-skilled construction and engineering professionals. Canada will continue to open its doors in 2018. Before engaging in employment, candidates must first be legally permitted to work in Canada.
Jobseekers from more than 30 countries, including the UK, Ireland, and Australia, may consider becoming a temporary resident in Canada through the International Experience Canada program. It provides individuals aged 30 or under (or 35 in some countries) with permits to live and work in Canada for one or two years.
For other options, see our guide to temporary work permits.
In addition to new arrivals on work permits, Canada is also expected to welcome more than a quarter of a million new permanent residents through its economic and Family Class programs in 2018 alone. Learn more about permanent residency here, including the Express Entry system used to select many of Canada’s economic immigrants, and the Provincial Nominee Programs that are on offer across the country.
Whether company sponsorship is the recommended immigration strategy for construction jobseekers and their potential employer depends on the company, the location, and the position. Consequently, it may not a a recommended strategy. Unlike Australia and much of the Middle East, gaining a temporary work permit via employer sponsorship is more difficult. It’s not as common for construction and engineering employers in Canada to provide job offer support for candidates outside the country. As such, we recommend pursuing your work permit options independent of a job offer, if possible.