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Migrate to Canada as an Electrician (NOC 72200)

Canada has a critical shortage of Electricians. If you are a qualified Electrician 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 an Electrician


  • Have 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Hold a relevant qualification in your trade
  • 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 Electricians to move to Canada


You need to meet the following criteria:


Work Experience


Electricians 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 Electrical 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


  • French electricans will need to have done their electrical AFPA


Language Skills


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


As a Skilled Tradesperson 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 Electrician.


Job Offer


Electrician applicants applying to Immigrate to Canada must have a formal job offer.


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


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Background Checks


You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Job Description


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


  • Assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring


  • Interpret diagrams and electrical code specifications


  • Install brackets and hangers


  • Install and repair lighting electrical distribution equipment


  • Join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits


  • Circuit testing


  • Troubleshooting and isolation of faults


  • Conduct preventive maintenance programs


Alternative Job Titles


Other types of Electrician specializations suitable for Canadian Immigration include:


  • Industrial Electrician
  • Powerline Electrician
  • Electrical Manager
  • Offshore Electrician


Challenging a Trade for Electricians moving to Canada


The process of Challenging a Trade for Canada is known as ‘Skills Assessment’. It is the process of getting your electrical skills, experience, and qualifications verified. It serves two 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 electrical skills assessed means you will be qualified to work as an electrician in Canada from day one.


Canada Visas for Electricians


Tradespeople in this category Immigrate to Canada on the Federal Skilled Trades Program or via Provincial Nomination.


Both of these visa types give Permanent Residence and are administered by the Express Entry system.

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

Eligibility requirements include having at least 2 years relevant experience as an Electrician, a good level of English and a formal job offer.


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

What is the age limit to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrician?

There is no age limit to Immigrate to Canada as an Electrician, although the older applicants are, the less CRS points they will get under the age factor.


In this case, applicants will need to score higher in the other areas to boost their CRS score. These extra CRS points are awarded for either a Formal Job Offer or Converting International Trade qualifications to the Canadian equivalent via a Trade Challenge Skills Assessment.


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Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Electricians in Canada?

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


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

What is the NOC Code for Electricians Immigrating to Canada?

NOC 72200

How do I Challenge a Trade?

To challenge a trade 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 Electricians 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 Electrician 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 Electricians?

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 an Electrician?

Yes! Your immediate family members are included.

What are the best places to look for work as an Electrician in Canada?

The best places to search for Electrician jobs in Canada include major cities like Vancouver and Toronto. These cities have a great construction and lots of opportunities.


Suburban and rural areas are also excellent options for Electricians migrating to Canada because they have a lower cost of living and a better work life balance. Smaller communities may have a demand for skilled Electrical workers.

How many hours do electricians work in Canada?

Electricians in Canada work forty hours per week, with possible overtime.

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

Yes, 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 Electrician 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.

Whats it like working as an Electrician in Canada?

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Electrician code 72200 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the Country.


As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent resident of Canada, you may work full time from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity.


Electrical jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance.


Additionally Electricians in Canada are highly unionized which has been instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the County.

Is Electrician a Good Career in Canada?

Yes. Electricians are among the highest-paid skilled workers in Canada. An electrician in Canada receives an average salary of $86,987 per year in 2024.


The quality of life in Canada is one of the best in the World. The country has a happy and productive population and the schools in Canada provide the best value and quality.

Further Resources

Free Visa Assessment for Electricians

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Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA)

CECA represents electrical contractors across Canada and provides resources, training, and industry updates: ceca.org


Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)

ESA is responsible for electrical safety in Ontario and provides information on licensing and certification for electricians in the province: esasafe.com


Job Bank Canada

Job Bank Canada is a government-run website that lists job openings across various industries, including electrical trades: jobbank.gc.ca


Skills for Change

Skills for Change is a non-profit organization that offers employment and settlement services for newcomers, including language training and support: skillsforchange.org