Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer?

If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer, you’re in luck! Bricklayers are in demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer.

No doubt you will have read online that having a job offer to move to Canada is a prerequisite to accessing the Express Entry process but as a Bricklayer, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Bricklayers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Bricklayers in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List).

The code for Bricklayers on the NOC is 7281

This is great news for qualified Bricklayers the world over hoping to live and work in Canada.

Express Entry for Canada is not a visa class at all, it is simply the method (or database) that Canadian Immigration uses to select the right candidates for a permanent residency visa and in that case, as a bricklayer looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

Bricklayers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Bricklayers Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country. 

Take our Free Online Visa Assessment to see if you are eligible.

Bricklayers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7281, might be employed under work titles including:  

apprentice bricklayer

apprentice brickmason

apprentice mason

artificial stone mason

artificial stone setter

brick and stone mason

brick chimney builder

brick setter



chimney bricklayer

chimney repair bricklayer

chimney repair stonemason

cinder block mason

cinder block setter

concrete block setter

fire brick layer

fire brick liner repairer

fireplace brickmason

furnace lining bricklayer

industrial furnace bricklayer

industrial furnace brickmason

industrial oven brickmason

journeyman/woman bricklayer

journeyman/woman brickmason

journeyman/woman mason

journeyman/woman stonemason

kiln repair bricklayer

ladle repair bricklayer


maintenance bricklayer

masonry silo erector

permastone installer

permastone mason

refractory brick repairer-mason

refractory bricklayer

refractory builder

refractory mason

residential construction bricklayer

restoration stonemason

simulated stone mason

simulated stone setter

smokestack bricklayer

stone setter



terra cotta mason

All these roles held by bricklayers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7281

Tasks and abilities for Bricklayers moving to Canada

In general, bricklayers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:

Read sketches and blueprints to calculate materials required

Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools

Prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and similar materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures in residential, industrial and commercial construction

Lay bricks or other masonry units to build residential or commercial chimneys and fireplaces

Lay radial bricks to build masonry shells of industrial chimneys

Lay or install firebricks to line industrial chimneys and smokestacks

Line or reline furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations using refractory or acid-resistant bricks, refractory concretes, plastic refractories and other materials

Lay bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls or other surfaces

Construct and install prefabricated masonry units

Lay bricks or other masonry units to build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations

May restore, clean or paint existing masonry structures.

Whilst the above is meant as a general guide do take our free online visa assessment for further information and be sure to list out your skills and qualifications in detail.

Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Bricklayers Canada desk that only represents qualified bricklayers immigrate 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).

Qualifications Required to Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer.

In the UK for example, we’ll be looking for NVQ Level III

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

We’re happy to represent Bricklayer clients from all over the World so regardless of your country of qualification feel free to contact us today for a full breakdown of your Canadian Immigration chances.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer

The first stage in your Canadian immigration process is to calculate your Canada Immigration points for Express Entry using the Canadian Comprehensive Ranking System.

CRS Points are awarded for (amongst other things)



English ability

French ability

Your partner’s skills

Work experience

As well as providing you with important CRS points these factors also count towards your overall Immigration Points score which must equal or exceed a total of 67

Take our free online visa assessment for an up to date report on whether you have enough points to immigrate to Canada as a bricklayer from both an Express Entry and Immigration points perspective.

Once you receive an ITA (Invitation to apply) from Canadian Immigration as a result of your Express Entry application you’ll only have 60 days in which to lodge a formal application so under no circumstances should you lodge an Express Entry application ‘claiming’ to have certain points without first having all of your points verified through different testing, education equivalence certificates and skilled trades assessments.

Once you are invited to apply for your Canada Visa you cannot go back and have these things verified retrospectively, they must be done before you claim any points for them and given that your express entry profile is only valid for one year it makes sense to present the best possible case right from the start.

Skills Assessment required to Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer

The process of getting your Bricklaying skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.

Canada Bricklayer Skills Assessment purpose one: With a positive skills assessment you’ll be able to claim the requisite points on both the Express Entry CRS and eventual Federal Skilled Trades application.

Canada Bricklayer Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your Bricklaying skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a bricklayer in Canada from day one.

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer

As part of your immigration process your dedicated Bricklaying Canada account manager will arrange for your Red Seal equivalency process so there’s no need to worry about how to move to Canada; we’ll have you covered from the moment you get the ball rolling.

Can I Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer without a job offer?

The answer is a resounding yes, providing you have a reasonable total CRS score on your Express Entry application and can meet the 67 immigration point threshold for your Canada Federal Skilled Trades Visa.

Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit an Bricklayer Canada Express Entry profile.

Of course securing a job offer (documented in the right way for immigration purposes i.e. LMT) will give you an instant CRS boost of 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.

Bricklaying Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the bricklayers code 7281 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunity 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. Bricklaying jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work life balance.

Additionally, Bricklayers in Canada are highly unionised which whilst sounds like a dirty word in many parts of the world is actually instrumental in championing better pay and conditions right across the Country.

Emigrate Canada are the Bricklaying Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Skilled Trades desk ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.

Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer, there has never been a better time to do so.

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