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The Highest-Paying Skilled Trade Jobs In Canada for Foreign Workers

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"Being employed in a skilled trade in Canada is a great way for foreign skilled workers to make a good living and grow themselves professionally. Several skilled trades would earn foreign workers a good salary and also contribute to meeting the labor market shortages to ensure the growth of the Canadian economy. Based on a report published by Statistics Canada last year, two skilled trades allow foreign workers to earn up to $100,000 among others, after only 4 years on the job."
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Published on:  Jul 16, 2021
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Being employed in a skilled trade in Canada is a great way for foreign skilled workers to make a good living and grow themselves professionally. Several skilled trades would earn foreign workers a good salary and also contribute to meeting the labor market shortages to ensure the growth of the Canadian economy. Based on a report published by Statistics Canada last year, two skilled trades allow foreign workers to earn up to $100,000 among others, after only 4 years on the job.

The main point is that even in blue-collar jobs, tradespeople are earning healthy salaries to sustain themselves and their families. There are many skilled trades that one can practice in Canada. Based on earning capacity alone, skilled tradespersons like heavy-duty equipment technicians with at least 4 years of experience can earn up to $107,220 in Canada. While salaries and benefits may vary based on skills and experience, certain skilled trades will allow the workers to make $37.50 per hour. 

The economic immigration program called, the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) through the federal Express Entry system would be helpful for foreign tradespeople who want to immigrate to Canada.

What Are the 12 Highest-Paying Skilled Trades in Canada?

*Ordered below by ascending NOC codes

Industrial Mechanics and Millwrights (NOC 7311): 

These mechanics are usually hired in the province of Saskatchewan where they must install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. They can earn up to $99,274 annually. 

Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician (NOC 7312): 

These technicians can earn up to $103,116 annually for their specialized knowledge of machinery. They are usually employed to work in Alberta to fix, repair, troubleshoot, adjust and maintain heavy-duty equipment.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (NOC 7313): 

This skilled trade is usually required in the province of Saskatchewan. These mechanics can earn up to $103,369 for heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning installation for contractors and different types of the industrial complex, food wholesalers, retail establishments, etc. 

Automotive Service Technician (NOC 7321): 

Automotive service technicians are normally employed in the province of Nunavut. They are responsible for repairing mechanical and electrical components of a car and can earn up to $103,759 annually.

Truck and Transport Mechanic (NOC 7321): 

These mechanics can earn up to $101,965 annually, mainly for work concentrated in the Northwest Territories. These mechanics fix big rigs that transport all kinds of Canadian goods across the border. They are responsible for fixing light and commercial transport trucks.

Sheet Metal Worker (NOC 7233): 

Sheet metal workers are usually employed in Newfoundland and Labrador and can earn up to $83, 304 annually by working a full-time job. They usually work in sheet metal fabrication shops, sheet metal production facilities, or with sheet metal work contractors.

Welders (NOC 7237): 

Welders are required to weld ferrous and non-ferrous metal for companies that manufacture steel and platework, boilers, heavy machinery, and other metal products. Welders are often self-employed and can earn up to $88,296 annually.

Construction Electrician (NOC 7241): 

Construction electricians are high in demand in the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. These electricians can earn up to $87,750 annually. These electricians are usually self-employed and are responsible for laying, assembling, installing, testing, and repairing control devices, fixtures, electrical wiring and other related equipment construction sites.

Industrial Electrician (NOC 7242): 

Industrial electricians usually work for electrical contractors, maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards, and other industrial establishments. Industrial electricians in Alberta can earn up to $122,850 by installing, maintaining, testing, troubleshooting, and repairing industrial electrical equipment.

Plumber (NOC 7251): 

Plumbers in Canada can earn up to $85,800, annually, by working a full-time job. Plumbers install, repair, and maintain pipes, fixtures, and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. They are in demand in the province of Ontario.

Steamfitter/Pipefitter (NOC 7252): 

Steamfitters earn the highest wages in the province of Nova Scotia where the Halifax shipyard is halfway through its contract with the Canadian navy to build combat ships. Steamfitters can earn up to $92,722 annually.

Carpenter (NOC 7271): 

Carpenters build almost all low-rise apartment buildings in Canada. They erect, install, maintain and repair structures of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel, and other materials. They can earn up to $76,245 in Quebec.

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