What’s the best Canadian province for you? This may seem like a very simple question but the process of finding the right Canadian province for immigration for your occupation can be a surprisingly tough task.
Canada Immigration—Problem of Plenty
Canada has a pro-immigration government, immigrant-friendly policies, clearly-defined programs and streams to choose from, and close a hundred different options depending on whether you are a skilled worker, an entrepreneur, or an international graduate.
The problem that an ordinary person may face when comparing immigration options is the problem of plenty.
Immigration numbers favor Ontario but even Nova Scotia can be a good destination for you. Stick to the capital cities of the top three provinces or look for equally good options in other provinces too?
This problem of plenty impacts even international students because your choice of province will determine your eligibility for International Graduate streams of different PNPs.
So, how do you overcome this problem of plenty and ensure you choose the right Canadian province for work or immigration?
Tip 1—Analyze In-Demand Occupations of Different Provinces
One easy way to assess whether a province has good career opportunities for you is to analyze its PNP stream for In-Demand occupations in the province. A good place to start would be the number of entries in the province’s list of in-demand occupations.
A province with a very small in-demand or critical skills stream that does not include your occupation may not be the right Canada immigration destination for you. Of course, you may still get a job and may easily qualify for permanent residence.
But, the smarter option would be to find out whether there are other provinces where your skills are considered critical enough to automatically qualify for nomination.
Nova Scotia has an in-demand occupations streams for international graduates with two occupations and another similar stream for skilled workers of four occupations. New Brunswick, a small province, had 19 NOC codes in its last published list of in-demand occupations although it does not publish these anymore.
British Columbia has 28 NOC codes in its list of in-demand occupations along with occupation-specific streams for physicians, tech workers, and healthcare professionals.
Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream has six tech NOC codes, ten NOC codes in its In-Demand Skills stream with an additional 13 occupations for jobs located outside the Greater Toronto Area.
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Tip 2—Occupation-Specific PNP Streams
Express Entry is the application system for all kinds of skilled workers seeking to settle in Canada. However, this generic one-size-fits-all approach may not be a smart choice if you can find a PNP stream designed specifically for your occupation.
Healthcare workers, tech workers, and those specializing in essential services would do well to focus on provinces with a program or stream for their specific occupations. These streams simply work as an extension of the In-Demand Occupations streams.
Tip 3—Focus on Settlement Support
The four Atlantic provinces—Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island stand apart from other provinces in terms of settlement support for new immigrants.
If you qualify under the Atlantic pilot, then your employer will work with professional settlement agencies to help you and your family get settled into your new life in Canada. This may seem like a minor point but can be a useful parameter when you have multiple job offers from different parts of Canada.
A high-paying job offer in Ontario may seem like a great deal but the employer is unlikely to help you find an affordable home in congested Toronto, right? If the employer is ready to offer such assistance, then moving to Toronto or Vancouver may be a good idea.
Otherwise, a smaller province may actually prove to be a smarter choice for your professional and personal future.
You always have the option of moving to a different province after you settle in Canada. However, there’s no doubt that making the right choice upfront can help you avoid a lot of hassles and complications. So, utilize all resources, including professional immigration assistance, to compare your options and identify the right province for you.