Immigrate To Canada As A Land Use Planner: All You Need To Know 

Immigrate To Canada As A Land Use Planner: All You Need To Know
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The Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) says the shortage of land use planners in Canada is forecast to persist for at least the next nine years despite a healthy number of Canada job seekers to fill the available positions.

“Over the period 2022 – 2031, the number of job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand for landscape architects, urban and land use planners and land surveyors is expected to total 2,700, while the number of job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility is expected to total 2,700,” the COPS website forecasts.

“As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at very similar levels over the 2022 – 2031 period, the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years will not clear and is expected to persist over the projection period.”

That means foreign nationals with the qualifications and experience to be land use planners, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 21202, are facing an ideal situation to gain their permanent residence in Canada as the demand for these workers continues to outstrip the supply.

In addition to retiring Baby Boomers taking their leave, the new jobs for land use planners in the coming years are expected to be fuelled by Canada’s commitment to shifting to greener technologies.

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“Given the nature of their work, demand for workers in this occupational group will be supported by public and private investment in large infrastructure projects related to the transformation of the economy towards more green technology,” notes the COPS website.

“Demand for greener buildings and environmentally-conscious designs is likely to keep growing over the next decade.”

The job-hunting website had 151 job listings for land use planners in late September.

With Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announcing earlier this year that Canada’s Express Entry system will begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including land use planner – foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Canada are now looking at a new opportunity to immigrate to Canada.

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The flagship Express Entry selection system has previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.

Candidates will need at least six months of continuous work experience in Canada or abroad within the past three years in one of these occupations to be eligible, experience that can have been gained while working in Canada as temporary foreign workers with a work permits or as an international student with a student visa.

In Canada, the median hourly wage for land use planners is $43.96 but that varies from a low of $28.82 right up to $59, reveals Job Bank.

Land Use Planners Can Earn Up To $115,050 Annually In Canada

Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means these workers could expect to earn a top median annual income of $115,050.

Under the changes announced at the end of May, the Express Entry streams, including the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) will now be more responsive to labour market needs.

“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

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“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed.  We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities.”

Canada first signalled its intention to start occupation-specific draws through Express Entry in June last year, when changes were made to the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act to allow invitations based on occupations and other attributes, such as language ability.


The majority of Canada’s provinces have been issuing occupation-specific invitations for several years.

Under the changes to the act, the immigration minister is required to consult provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners, before announcing new categories.

IRCC must also report to parliament each year on the categories that were chosen and the reason for the choices.

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) says the number of occupations facing shortages doubled between 2019 and 2021. From 2018 to 2022, federal high skilled admissions accounted for between 34 and 40 per cent of overall French-speaking admissions outside Quebec, which manages its own immigration intake.

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Colin Singer
Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.