How to choose the right Canadian province for immigration? This is a bit of a chicken-or-egg dilemma for most people seeking to immigrate to Canada.
Should you choose the province first and then search for job and PR opportunities there? Or, is it the other way round with the job coming first and choice of province being unimportant?
Things can be easy if you are a tech worker. The Greater Toronto Area is the biggest tech hub in the country, which means Ontario is the obvious choice with other provinces ranked lower.
But what about a skilled worker or even a skilled trades worker in construction? Construction takes place all over Canada. Commercial properties, homes, rural communities, offices, infrastructure projects like dams and roads, urban infrastructure—all these require construction workers ranging from bricklayers and masons to architects structural engineers.
An experienced immigration professional will help you with useful data that will help you take an informed decision.
Industry and Labor Market Data
A report projecting construction demand and labor market trends in New Brunswick has estimated that the province’s construction industry will lose a third of its workforce i.e. around 7,000 workers through 2030.
Historical trends indicate that local additions to the workforce will take care of around 4,300 positions, which means the province is staring at a shortfall of around 2,600 workers in the construction sectors.
Of course, economic recovery post the pandemic may lead to spurt in demand, which means the actual shortage of workers in this essential sector may be much higher.
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New Brunswick has lagged behind other Atlantic provinces in utilizing its immigration quota, which is evident from the fact that the province’s economic growth has significantly lagged the national average.
However, there is an aggressive push towards boosting immigration, through EE as well as non-EE streams of its PNP as well as the Atlantic Immigration pilot.
All Canadian provinces have seen a direct correlation between increased immigration and faster economic growth lower unemployment. This means New Brunswick too will focus on ways to attract more foreign talent into the province.
Obviously, the province will focus on sectors facing shortage of labor, which means skilled and trade workers specializing in construction can look forward to attract job opportunities and easy immigration options.
If you are a skilled worker and are looking for jobs in the construction sector, then you just need to keep track of opportunities in New Brunswick. You can update your EE profile and express interest in moving to New Brunswick. This will give you an opportunity to receive an ITA from the province if your profile fits their requirements.
The Atlantic Pilot is the best option for you because securing a job offer will be enough to get fast-track assistance for direct permanent residence in the province.
Planning Your Long-Term Immigration Strategy
Things can get complicated if you are looking at immigration options three or four years from today. Obviously, the shortage of construction-sector workers will grow as time goes by, which means you need a strategy that will help you easily qualify for provincial nomination once you are ready to move to Canada.
NB does not have an international graduate stream in its PNP. However, it participates in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot, and this program does have a stream for foreign students graduating from an institution in one of the four Atlantic provinces, including New Brunswick.
From a long-term perspective, the smartest strategy would be to complete a full-time course or degree from New Brunswick.
Along with quality education, this will help you get valuable Canadian experience, qualify for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, and prepare for various certifications that a construction skilled or trades worker requires in the province.
The PGWP can be very helpful if you don’t have any prior work experience. You can search for a job even as you complete your studies and tick the full-time work experience requirement of one year.
This will help you qualify for the FSWP under Express Entry as well as the Skilled Worker stream of the province’s nomination program.
Never make the mistake of thinking that successful immigration is a matter of luck or fluke. You need to track the market, study data and reports related to relevant sectors, and use professional assistance to identify immigration strategies that can be deployed immediately as well as over a long time ahead.