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Migrate to Canada as an Carpenter (NOC 72310)

Canada has a critical shortage of Carpenters. If you are a qualified Carpenter with at least 2 years relevant experience then you are eligible to migrate to Canada provided you have completed an apprenticeship program and have good English language skills.

How to Migrate to Canada as a Carpenter


  • Have 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Hold a relevant Carpentry qualification
  • Secure a job in Canada OR;
  • Convert your qualifications to the Canadian equivalent
  • Lodge an Express Entry application
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks

Criteria for Carpenters to move to Canada


You need to meet the following criteria:


Work Experience


Carpenters migrating to Canada are requited to have at least 2 years of recent, relevant work experience in the trade.




Applicants must hold a relevant formal Carpentry qualification. Example qualifications include:


  • From the UK you will need NVQ Level III


  • From South Africa you will be expected to hold your Red Seal


  • Germans will be expected to have done their Ausbildungsberufe


Language Skills


You must be able to demonstrate a good level of English or French (the two main languages of Canada).


As a Skilled Carpenter you don’t need an academic level of language skills, just competent reading and writing skills.


Age Limits


There are no set age limits to move to Canada as an Carpenter. However, the older you are the less points you score.


Job Offer


Carpentry applicants applying to Immigrate to Canada no longer require a formal job offer because the trade is on the Express Entry Flagship Management System. However, having a job offer will still benefit an applicants chances.


Alternatively, applicants can ‘Challenge a Trade’. This common route involves a process whereby you convert your foreign Carpentry Skills, Qualifications and Experience to the Canadian Standard.


Background Checks


You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Job Description


Carpenters moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:


  • Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and sketches to determine specifications and calculate requirements.


  • Prepare layouts in conformance to building codes, using measuring tools.


  • Measure, cut, shape, assemble and join materials made of wood, wood substitutes, lightweight steel and other materials.


  • Build foundations, install floor beams, lay subflooring and erect walls and roof systems.


  • Fit and install trim items, such as doors, stairs, moulding and hardware.


  • Maintain, repair and renovate residences and wooden structures in mills, mines, hospitals, industrial plants and other establishments.


  • Supervise apprentices and other construction workers.


  • Prepare cost estimates for clients.


Migration Consultant LLC has a dedicated Carpenters to Canada desk that only represents qualified Carpenters migrating to Canada. They understand your profession and can talk your language when it comes to explaining your immigration pathway and the route to securing a Canada Visa for you (and your family).


Alternative Job Titles


Other types of Carpentry specializations suitable for Canadian Immigration are:


  • metal framer
  • carpenter
  • joiner
  • maintenance carpenter
  • stair builder
  • rough carpenter
  • finish carpenter
  • journeyman
  • carpenter-joiner
  • renovation carpenter


Challenging a Trade for Carpenters emigrating to Canada


The process of Challenging a Trade for Canada is known as ‘Skills Assessment’. It is the process of getting your Carpentry skills, experience, and qualifications verified. It serves three purposes:


  • A positive skills assessment enables you to claim the requisite points; for the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.


  • A positive skills assessment also doubles as your Red Seal qualification: having your Carpentry skills assessed means you will be qualified to work as a Carpenter or Joiner in Canada from the moment you arrive.


  • Successfully Challenging a Trade means you are awarded the equivalent Canadian Qualifications. This makes finding a job easier.


Canada Visas for Carpenters


Federal Skilled Trades Program


Qualified Carpenters are eligible to Immigrate to Canada via the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).


The FSTP is a Permanent Residence Visa administered by the Express Entry system.


Express Entry is a points-based system that evaluates applicants based on factors such as age, education, language proficiency, work experience, and adaptability.


Provincial Nominee Programs


Each Canadian province has its own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows provinces to nominate Carpenters who meet their specific labor market needs. Some PNPs have streams that are specifically designed for skilled workers in trades, such as the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program’s Skilled Trades and Saskatchewan Experience streams.


To apply through a PNP, you must first be nominated by a province and then apply for permanent residence through the federal government.


Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program


This program is designed to address labor market shortages for Carpenters (and other skilled trades) in the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


It is open to skilled workers in a variety of occupations, including Carpenters and Joiners. To apply through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, you must have a job offer from a designated employer in one of the participating provinces.

Do I need a job offer to move to Canada as a Carpenter?

Carpenters who Want to immigrate to Canada through the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) no longer need to have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer before they can apply for permanent residency.


However, in many cases it still helps an overall application. The job offer must be for at least one year and must be as a Carpenter.


Even if you have a Red Seal certification as a Carpenter, you may still need a valid job offer from a Canadian employer to apply for permanent residency under the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP). The job offer must be for at least one year and must be in a skilled trade occupation that is listed in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.


Having a Red Seal certification will make it easier for you to find a job in Canada as a Carpenter, as it demonstrates that you have met a national standard of excellence in your trade. Employers in Canada may value this certification and may be more likely to consider you for a job offer.

What are the eligibility requirements for immigrating to Canada as an Carpenter?

Eligibility requirements include having at least 2 years relevant experience as a Carpenter and a good level of English or French. A job offer is not required though still helps an application.


Those without a formal job offer can still immigrate to Canada by Challenging the Trade and converting their foreign qualifications to the Canadian equivalent.


Applicants must also hold relevant Carpentry Qualifications:


  • From the UK you will NVQ Level III
  • From South Africa, you will be expected to hold your Red Seal

Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Carpenters in Canada?

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is a popular choice for Carpenters who want to immigrate to Canada independently without the need for sponsorship by an Canadian employer.


Qualified Carpentry applicants applying to Immigrate to Canada are not required to have a formal job offer because 'Carpenter' is on the Express Entry Flagship Application Management System.


The Provincial Nomination Program is another attractive option for Carpenters seeking to immigrate to Canada. This visa requires a Carpenter to be nominated by a Canadian province.

How do I Challenge a Trade?

To challenge a trade as a Carpenter means to assess your skills, knowledge, and experience against the standards set by various Canadian Provinces.


The assessments team reviews applications, verifies employer references, and administers exams to applicants who qualify to challenge a trade certification or level exam.


All challenge applications for Carpenters are reviewed, and approved applications will be scheduled to write the certification exam at an approved location in Canada.

Can I apply for permanent residency as an Carpenter in Canada?

Yes, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and Provincial Nomination grants Permanent Residency to holders right from the start. The PR rights and privileges awarded to you also apply to your spouse / partner and any dependents.

What are the processing times for skilled migration visas for Carpenters?

Expect the whole process to take between 12 and 14 months from absolute start of the visa process to the absolute end.

Can I include my family members in my immigration application as a Carpenter?

Your immediate family members are included in your application.

How many hours do Carpenters work in Canada?

Carpenters work an average forty hours per week, with possible overtime.

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on Carpentry jobs in Canada?

You can use job search websites like Job Bank Canada (https://www.jobbank.gc.ca) and Indeed Canada (https://ca.indeed.com)


These platforms list Carpentry and Joinery positions across Canada.


Additionally, as a Migration Consultant LLC client you have access to our dedicated Skilled Trades recruitment service for new migrants to Canada.

What are the language proficiency requirements for Carpenters applying to the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

Carpenters must demonstrate proficiency in English or French by taking a language test approved by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).


The minimum language proficiency requirements for the FSTP are Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 for speaking and listening, and CLB 4 for reading and writing in English or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) 5 for speaking and listening, and NCLC 4 for reading and writing in French.


The exact scores that Carpenters need to get in their language tests can vary depending on the specific immigration program they are applying for.


Most programs require Carpenters to take either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) for English language proficiency or the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF) for French language proficiency.


For the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Carpenters need to achieve a minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in speaking and listening and CLB 4 in reading and writing in either English or French.


This is equivalent to a minimum score of 5 in each of the four language abilities (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) on the IELTS General Training test or a minimum score of 4H in each of the four language abilities on the TEF.

Median Average Salary per Annum for Carpenters by Region in Canada (2024)

In 2024, the median average annual salary for carpenters in Canada varies by region, reflecting the differences in demand and cost of living. Here's an overview of the median salaries across different provinces:


British Columbia: Carpenters in British Columbia earn a median annual salary of approximately CAD $62,400. This salary range typically varies from CAD $41,600 to CAD $83,200, influenced by the high demand in urban areas like Vancouver and the surrounding regions.


Alberta: In Alberta, the median annual salary for carpenters is around CAD $58,240. The salary range spans from CAD $39,520 to CAD $81,120, reflecting the robust construction industry in cities such as Calgary and Edmonton.


Saskatchewan: Carpenters in Saskatchewan can expect to earn a median salary of approximately CAD $56,160 per year. The range generally goes from CAD $37,440 to CAD $78,000, driven by both residential and commercial construction projects.


Manitoba: In Manitoba, the median annual salary for carpenters is around CAD $54,080. This range varies from CAD $31,824 to CAD $78,956, with a steady demand for skilled trades in the province’s growing construction sector.


Ontario: Ontario offers a median salary of CAD $62,400 for carpenters, with a range typically between CAD $40,560 and CAD $86,320. Major cities like Toronto and Ottawa often offer higher salaries due to a higher cost of living and demand.


Quebec: In Quebec, the median annual salary for carpenters is about CAD $60,480. The salary range in this province varies from CAD $41,760 to CAD $83,200, supported by a vibrant construction market in cities like Montreal and Quebec City.


New Brunswick: Carpenters in New Brunswick earn a median annual salary of approximately CAD $47,840. The range generally spans from CAD $35,360 to CAD $64,480, reflecting regional demands.


Nova Scotia: The median salary for carpenters in Nova Scotia is around CAD $48,880 per year. Salaries in this province can range from CAD $35,360 to CAD $66,080, driven by both residential and commercial construction needs.


Newfoundland and Labrador: In Newfoundland and Labrador, carpenters earn a median salary of about CAD $52,000 annually, with the range typically being from CAD $36,400 to CAD $68,000. The demand is influenced by ongoing infrastructure projects and residential building.

What is the Red Seal certification for Carpenters?

The Red Seal certification is a Canadian standard of excellence for skilled trades that allows certified tradespeople to work in any province or territory in Canada.


Carpenters with a Red Seal certification have demonstrated competency in their trade and are highly valued by Canadian employers.