Internationally-trained construction millwrights and industrial mechanics are in massive demand in Canada, meaning foreign nationals can immigrate here, take those Canada jobs and get their permanent residence.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced earlier this year that Canada’s Express Entry system will begin targeting 82 jobs in healthcare, technology, trades, transport and agriculture this summer – including construction millwrights and industrial mechanics.
The flagship Express Entry selection system has previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.
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.
Immigration Minister Sean Fraser is hoping that opening up the Express Entry system to these occupation-targeted draws will help alleviate Canada’s labour shortages.
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“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said Fraser.
“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.”
Job Bank, the federal job-hunting and career-planning website, is forecasting a shortage of 1,900 workers to fill these jobs in Canada over the coming nine years.
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“For construction millwrights and industrial mechanics, over the period 2022 – 2031, new job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand are expected to total 35,900, while 34,000 new job seekers arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility are expected to be available to fill them,” notes Job Bank.
“Although the labour shortage conditions seen in recent years were expected to be temporary, the projected number of job seekers is not expected to be large enough to return this occupation to balance conditions over the projection period. As a result, the shortage conditions will become more structural, continuing over the 2022 – 2031 period.”
Construction Millwrights And Industrial Mechanics’ Job Prospects Forecast To Be Good In Four Provinces
Job Bank is forecasting the job prospects for construction millwrights and industrial mechanics to be good in Saskatchewan, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador over the next three years.
The job-hunting website forecasts job prospects for this occupation to be moderate in all the remaining provinces for which there is data.
Foreign nationals seeking to get their permanent residence through an occupation-targeted Express Entry draw 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.
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The opportunities are certainly there.
There were already 635 job listings for construction millwrights and industrial mechanics, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 72400, posted on Job Bank in July, some of them from employers hoping to hire more than one employee .
Most of those jobs were in Ontario and Quebec. As Canada’s most populous province, Ontario had 229 openings for construction millwrights and industrial mechanics while the francophone province of Quebec had 192 such job postings.
Construction Millwrights And Industrial Mechanics Can Earn Up To $88,725 Per Year
British Columbia had 64 jobs for construction millwrights and industrial mechanics, Alberta 33, New Brunswick 38, and Saskatchewan 35.
In Canada, the median hourly wage for construction millwrights and industrial mechanics is $32 but that varies from a low of $20 right up to $45.50, reveals Job Bank.
Based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week, that means construction millwrights and industrial mechanics could expect to earn a top median annual income of $88,725.
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.