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Migrate to Canada as an Plumber (NOC 72300)

Canada has a critical shortage of Plumbers. If you are a qualified Plumber 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 Plumber


  • 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 Plumbers to move to Canada


You need to meet the following criteria:


Work Experience


Plumbers 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 Plumbing 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 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 Plumber. However, the older you are the less points you score.


Job Offer


Plumbing 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 Plumbing Skills, Qualifications and Experience to the Canadian Standard.


Background Checks


You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Job Description


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


  • Read blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine a layout of plumbing system, water supply network and waste and drainage systems
  • Install, repair and maintain domestic, commercial or industrial plumbing fixtures and systems
  • Locate and mark positions for pipe connections, passage holes and fixtures in walls and floors
  • Cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings
  • Measure, cut, bend and thread pipes using hand and power tools or machines
  • Join pipes using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement or soldering, brazing and welding equipment
  • Test pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges
  • May prepare cost estimates.


Migration Consultant LLC has a dedicated Plumbers to Canada desk that only represents qualified Plumbers 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 Plumber specializations suitable for Canadian Immigration are:


  • apprentice plumber
  • journeyman/woman plumber
  • maintenance and repair plumber
  • maintenance and repair plumber (non-construction)
  • maintenance plumber
  • marine plumber
  • plumber
  • plumber – pipefitting
  • plumber apprentice
  • plumbing installer
  • plumbing mechanic
  • radiator plumber
  • residential construction plumber


Challenging a Trade for Plumbers migrating to Canada


The process of Challenging a Trade for Canada is known as ‘Skills Assessment’. It is the process of getting your Plumbing 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 plumbing skills assessed means you will be qualified to work as a Plumber in Canada from day one.


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


Canada Visas for Plumbers


Federal Skilled Trades Program


Qualified Plumbers 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 Plumbers 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 Plumbers (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 Plumbers. 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 Plumber?

Plumbers who wish 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 Plumber.


Even if you have a Red Seal certification as a Plumber, 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 Plumber, 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.


If you are already in Canada on a valid work permit and have at least one year of full-time work experience in a skilled trade occupation in Canada, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. In this case, you would not need a job offer to apply for permanent residency.

What are the eligibility requirements for immigrating to Canada as a Plumber?

Eligibility requirements include having at least 2 years relevant experience as a Plumber 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 Plumbing 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 Plumbers in Canada?

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


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


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

Tell me about Plumbing Jobs in Canada

As a qualified new and highly skilled Permanent Resident of Canada, you may work full time as a Plumber from day one, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Plumber jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance.


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

What is the NOC Code for Plumbers Immigrating to Canada?

NOC 72300

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 Plumbers 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 Plumber 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 Plumbers?

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 Plumber?

Yes! Your immediate family members are included.

What are the best places to look for work as a Plumbing Jobs in Canada?

The best places to search for Plumbing 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 Plumbers migrating to Canada because they have a lower cost of living and a better work life balance. Smaller communities may have a demand for domestic, commercial and industrial Plumbers.

How many hours do Plumbers work in Canada?

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

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on Plumbing 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 Plumbing 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 Plumbers applying to the Federal Skilled Trades Program?

Plumbers 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 Plumbers need to get in their language tests can vary depending on the specific immigration program they are applying for.


Most programs require Plumbers 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), Plumbers 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.

What is the Red Seal certification for Plumbers?

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

Further Resources

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Canadian Red Seal Program: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/apprenticeship/red-seal.html


Canadian Plumbing and Mechanical Exposition (CMPX): https://cmpxshow.ca/


Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH): https://www.ciph.com/


Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF): https://caf-fca.org/


Canadian Construction Association (CCA): https://www.cca-acc.com/


Job Bank: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home


Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia: https://www.isans.ca/


Canadian Association of Skilled Trades (CAST): https://www.canadianskilledtrades.ca/


Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA): https://www.ccda-ccf.ca/en/


Skills for Change: https://skillsforchange.org/


Ontario College of Trades (OCOT): https://www.collegeoftrades.ca/


British Columbia Industry Training Authority (ITA): https://www.itabc.ca/


Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT): https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/


Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC): https://saskapprenticeship.ca/


Apprenticeship Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/


New Brunswick Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification: https://www.nbjobs.ca/apprenticeship


Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency: https://nsapprenticeship.ca/


Prince Edward Island Apprenticeship: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/apprenticeship


Newfoundland and Labrador Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division: https://www.aesl.gov.nl.ca/app/


Northwest Territories Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification: https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/en/services/apprenticeship-and-certification


Nunavut Apprenticeship, Trade and Occupations Certification: https://www.gov.nu.ca/labour/apprenticeship


Yukon Apprenticeship and Trades Certification: https://yukon.ca/en/apprenticeship-and-trades-certification


Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB): https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/


Canadian Chamber of Commerce: https://www.chamber.ca/