There are plenty of Canada jobs for foreign nationals looking to immigrate to Canada as landscaping contractors and supervisors as municipalities and provincial and federal governments invest in parks and green initiatives.
Under the changes announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at the end of May, Express Entry will now feature occupation-targeted draws.
“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.
“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed.
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“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.”
Landscaping contractor and supervisor, under National Occupational Classification 82031 is one of the 82 occupations that will now be targeted under these new Express Entry draws.
That opens up opportunities for foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system if they can land any of the 138 jobs available for landscaping contractors and supervisors in Canada in early June – or any future such jobs that may open up.
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The greatest demand for landscaping contractors and supervisors in the spring of this year was in British Columbia and Alberta. Those two provinces in western Canada together accounted for 72.5 per cent of all these jobs in early June.
There were then 55 jobs for landscaping contractors and supervisors in British Columbia listed on Job Bank and another 45 in Alberta. Ontario, the country’s most populous province, was then posting 20 jobs for landscaping contractors and supervisors, Quebec another eight and there were six such jobs in the Atlantic Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
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Fuelling the growth in landscaping contractor and supervisor jobs was government investment in parks. The City of Edmonton is opening a new, 190-acre park this summer. British Columbia is investing $100 million in its Safety Rest Area Improvement program to improve amenities along its highways, including upping its game with landscaping and maintenance.
Ottawa is investing $40 million to plant 275,000 trees in two regions, Montreal and the Montérégie, while Winnipeg is hiring hundreds for seasonal jobs, including maintenance of its municipal-owned properties.
Landscaping Contractors And Supervisors Can Earn Up To 35.50 Per Hour In Canada
In Canada, the median hourly wage for these jobs is $27 but that varies from a low of $19.23 per hour right up to $35.50 per hour, reveals Job Bank.
Based on a standard 37.5-hour work week, that would be $69,225 at the upper end of the annual wage scale for landscaping contractors and supervisors in Canada.
Until this year, 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.
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.