How To Immigrate To Canada As A Chemical Engineer

How To Immigrate To Canada As A Chemical Engineers
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The latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada shows the number of chemical engineers immigrating to Canada gradually rose again last year after dropping to about half the usual number during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, 25.8 per cent more chemical engineers became new permanent residents of Canada as the number of these professionals immigrating here to take Canada jobs hit 195, up from 155 in 2021.

At the lowest point during the pandemic, in 2020, only 135 internationally-trained chemical engineers made that move.

The current level of immigration to Canada by chemical engineers, whose occupation is given the code 21320 under the newly-implemented National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system, is still far below the high of 355 chemical engineers who moved here in 2015.

The current level of immigration by chemical engineers is also still 65 per cent below the pre-pandemic level of 260 chemical engineers gaining their permanent residency here in 2019.

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The demand for chemical engineers, though, is widely expected to be strong in the coming years in those provinces which have industries that require their services.

These are the professionals who research, design, and develop chemical processes and equipment, oversee the operation and maintenance of industrial chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, resource, pulp and paper, and food processing plants and perform duties related to chemical quality control, environmental protection and biochemical or biotechnical engineering.

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They are usually employed by employers in the manufacturing and processing industries, consulting firms, government, research and educational institutions.

The federal government’s job-hunting and career-planning website, Jobbank, pegs the job prospects for chemical engineers over the next three years at “good” for Alberta, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and “very good” – its highest rating – for Quebec.

The job-hunting website listed 282 such jobs across Canada in early May – and that doesn’t include the many other job titles often given to chemical engineers, including:

  • adhesives engineer
  • biochemical engineer
  • biotechnical engineer
  • chemical process control engineer
  • chemical process engineer
  • chemical project engineer
  • environmental chemical engineer
  • industrial hygiene engineer
  • industrial waste treatment engineer
  • liquid fuels engineer
  • petrochemical engineer
  • polymer engineer
  • pulp and paper engineer
  • refinery engineer
  • waste treatment engineer

These are jobs that Jobbank data shows pay a median annual salary of $97,500 based on a standard 37.5-hour work week.

Federal Skilled Worker Program And BC PNP Tech Pilot Offer Pathways To Immigration

Foreign nationals who want to immigrate to Canada and gain their permanent residency here can apply through the Express Entry Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, where chemical engineer is listed as one of 370 eligible occupations.

Under the FSW, applicants must create a profile and submit it to the Express Entry pool. The profiles of candidates in the pool are then ranked using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).


When there is an Express Entry draw under the FSW, the highest-ranked candidates are chosen for an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Candidates receiving an invitation must submit a complete application within 60 days.

All candidates applying under the FSW must have suitable education, work experience, age and language ability in English or French.

To qualify for admission to the Express Entry Pool under the FSW, applicants must:

  • possess one-year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment within the previous 10 years in one of the eligible occupations listed under the applicable NOC Classification system, and;
  • that work experience must be classified under the TEER categories 0 (management occupations), 1 (occupations that usually require a university degree), 2 (occupations that require a college diploma, apprenticeship training of 2 or more years, or are supervisory) or 3 (occupations that require a college diploma, apprenticeship training of less than two years, or more than six months of on-the-job training) of the NOC, and;
  • score sufficient points under the skilled worker point grid comprising of six selection factors. The current pass mark is 67 points.

The applicant must also undergo language testing from a recognized third party and demonstrate intermediate-level language skills in English or French corresponding to the Canadian Language Benchmark of 7.

He or she must possess suitable settlement funding and undergo a successful security background and medical examination.

Chemical engineers can also improve their chances of gaining their permanent residency by getting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nomination from British Columbia.

BC PNP Tech Pilot Prioritizes 29 Occupations For Immigration

Canada’s westernmost province, its BC PNP Tech Pilot prioritizes 29 occupations for immigration to British Columbia, including that of chemical engineer.

Foreign nationals who want to immigrate to Canada can do so through one the three  system programs and apply for permanent residency online if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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Canadian employers can also recruit and hire foreign nationals through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The Global Talent Stream (GTS), a part of the TFWP, can under normal processing situations lead to the granting of Canadian work permits and processing of visa applications within two weeks.

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