The booming tech sector of Canada has huge demand for tech workers. Earlier, the US used to be the foremost career destination of tech workers, especially from India. But as the US tightened their immigration rules, more and more tech workers chose to move to Canada. The availability of tech skills in the labour markets of Canada led to more global tech companies expanding their operations to the country. Now, Canada’s tech sector is booming like never before, which has led to a huge demand for tech workers in the country.
Tech workers who meet other eligibility requirements may now immigrate to Canada and find a job more easily.
Now here are the most popular pathways for tech workers in 2021
Express Entry is the most popular permanent residence pathway for skilled workers. Introduced in 2015, the Express Entry system manages applications for immigration under the three economic immigration programs, which are the Federal Skilled Worker Program(FSW), the Canadian Experience Class(CEC) and the Federal Skilled Trades Program(FSTP).
In order to receive an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence in Canada through Express Entry, a candidate must first create an Express Entry profile. Each of these profiles will be assessed and awarded a Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) score out of 1200 based on various eligibility factors such as education, language and work experience. Those with the highest scores will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the Express Entry draws that are conducted regularly.
Those who have at least one year of work experience may qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Their work experience must be in an occupation classified under National Occupation Classification (NOC) categories A and B. They must have English or French language proficiency equal to CLB or NCLC 7. Though a job offer is not necessary, those who have one get more eligibility points.
Those who have study or work experience in Canada may apply under the Canadian Experience Class. To be eligible, the candidate must have at least one year of work experience acquired in the past three years in Canada, in an occupation classified under NOC A or B. They must have language proficiency equal to CLB or NCLC 7 if their occupation is classified under NOC A. Though a job offer is not mandatory, having one will help one get extra points.
The most recent Express Entry annual report shows that around a third of all successful Express Entry applicants are tech workers. Among the five most selected occupations in Express Entry, four are in technology. All these makes Express Entry a viable pathway for tech workers to migrate to Canada.
All Canadian provinces have demand for tech workers and a few have exclusive immigration pathways for tech workers under their Provincial Nominee Programs. These include:
British Columbia Tech
The British Columbia Tech stream targets tech workers who have job offers in one of the 29 eligible tech occupations. Eligible candidates will be invited to apply for provincial nomination through weekly tech draws. The immigration candidates under the British Columbia Tech stream enjoy several benefits including priority processing and a special processing officer.
Ontario Tech Draws
Ontario conducts PNP draws exclusively for tech workers, selecting candidates from the Human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. To receive an invitation in one of these draws, a candidate must prove their eligibility under the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class. The draw targets candidates with work experience in one of these occupations: software engineers and designers; computer programmers and interactive media developers; computer engineers; web designers and developers; database analysts and data administrators; and computer and information systems managers.
Besides, the Express Entry candidates who have a provincial nomination, gets 600 added CRS score points, that guarantees an invitation to apply for permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.