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Migrate to Canada as a Sheet Metal Worker (NOC 72102)

Canada has a critical shortage of Sheet Metal Workers. If you are a qualified Sheet Metal Worker 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 Sheet Metal Worker

  • 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 Sheet Metal Workers to move to Canada


You need to meet the following criteria:


Work Experience


Sheet Metal Workers 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 qualification in Sheet Metal Working. Example qualifications include the NVQ, Red Seal or International equivalents.


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 a Sheet Metal Worker.


Job Offer


Sheet Metal Worker 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


Your job description as a Sheet Metal Worker must closely resemble the following list to be eligible to migrate to Canada:


  • Read engineering and architectural drawings, sketches and work specifications to be performed, and lay out, measure and mark sheet metal according to drawings or templates.


  • Develop patterns for sheet metal using computer-assisted design and drafting (CAD) software package.


  • Operate light metalworking machines such as shears, brakes, punches, and drill presses, including computer numerical control (CNC) equipment to cut, bend, punch, drill, shape or straighten sheet metal.


  • Operate computerized laser or plasma cutting equipment to cut sheet metal.


  • Install and use rigging and hoisting equipment.


  • Fit and join sheet metal parts using riveting, welding, soldering and similar equipment to fabricate products such as ventilation shafts, exhaust hoods, eavestroughs, partition frames, air and heat ducts, material handling systems, roof decking and sheet metal buildings.


  • Install sheet metal products according to specifications and building codes.


  • Grind and buff seams, joints and rough surfaces.


  • Inspect product quality and installation to ensure conformance to specifications.


  • Sheet metal workers may specialize in on-site installation or shop manufacture of sheet metal products, or servicing and maintenance of installed equipment and systems.


Alternative Job Titles


Other types of Sheet Metal Worker specializations suitable for Canadian Immigration include:


  • sheet metal worker
  • apprentice sheet metal worker
  • tinsmith
  • sheet metal fabricator
  • sheet metal mechanic


Canada Visas for Sheet Metal Workers


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 a Sheet Metal Worker?

Eligibility requirements include having at least 2 years relevant experience as a Sheet Metal Worker, 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 a Sheet Metal Worker?

There is no age limit to Immigrate to Canada as a Sheet Metal Worker 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 foreign trade qualifications to the Canadian equivalent.


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Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Sheet Metal Workers in Canada?

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is a popular choice for Sheet Metal Workers 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 Sheet Metal Workers seeking to immigrate to Canada. This visa requires a Sheet Metal Worker to be nominated by a Canadian province.

What is the NOC Code for Sheet Metal Workers Immigrating to Canada?

NOC 72102

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 Sheet Metal Workers 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 a Sheet Metal Worker 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 Sheet Metal Workers?

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 Sheet Metal Worker?

Yes! Your immediate family members are included.

What are the best places to look for work as a Sheet Metal Worker in Canada?

The best places to search for Sheet Metal Worker 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 Sheet Metal Workers 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 Sheet Metal Workers.

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on Sheet Metal Worker 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 Sheet Metal 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 a Sheet Metal Worker in Canada?

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the sheet metal workers code 72102 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.


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


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

Further Resources

Free Visa Assessment for Sheet Metal Workers

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BC Building Trades


British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)


British Columbia Sheet Metal Association (SMACNA-BC)


Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB)


Careers in Construction


Red Seal Program


Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union 280


Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP)




Small Business BC


SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers


Trades Training BC – Jobs Board


United Steelworkers (USW)


Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA)


WorkBC Trades Training