Immigrate to Canada as a Butcher


Can I immigrate to Canada as a Butcher?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Butcher you’re in luck! Butchers 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 butcher, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Butchers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Butchers 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 Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers – retail and wholesale on the NOC is 6331

This is great news for qualified Butchers 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 butcher looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

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

Butchers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 6331, might be employed under work titles including:

apprentice butcher – retail or wholesale

butcher – butcher shop

butcher – delicatessen

butcher – retail or wholesale

butcher – wholesale

butcher apprentice


grocery store butcher

head butcher – retail

head butcher – retail or wholesale

head butcher – wholesale

meat cutter – retail or wholesale

meat portion cutter – retail or wholesale

pork cutter – retail or wholesale

retail butcher

retail meat cutter

supermarket butcher

supermarket meat cutter

All these roles held by butchers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 6331

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

Cut, trim, and otherwise prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish for sale at self-serve counters or according to customers’ orders

Grind meats and slice cooked meats using powered grinders and slicing machines

Prepare special displays of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish

Shape, lace and tie roasts and other meats, poultry or fish and may wrap prepared meats, poultry, fish and shellfish

Manage inventory, keep records of sales and determine amount, product line and freshness of products according to company and customer requirements

Ensure food storage conditions are adequate

May supervise other butchers, meat cutters or fishmongers.

The national industry body for Butchers in Canada is the Canadian Professional Meat Cutters Association 

The full-time average hourly wage rate for service supervisors and specialised service occupations, which includes butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers, is $17.54. The 2018 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $640, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $33,000.

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 Butchers Canada desk that only represents qualified butchers 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).

Butchery Qualifications Requirements to Immigrate to Canada

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 Butcher 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 Butcher

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 butcher 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

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

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

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a Butcher

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Butchers 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 Butcher 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 a Butcher 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.

Butcher Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the butcher’s code 6331 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. Butcher jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Butchers 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 County.

Emigrate Canada are the Trades 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.

There really has never been a better time to immigrate to Canada as a Butcher.

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 by Juan chacon

Buenos dias. Soy carnicero pero no tengo ningun titulo o certificado del cual indique que soy carnicero. Tengo 5 años de experiencia y tengo conocimiento sobre el desposte. Porcionador venta al publico al por menor cotes a gramaje y conozco sobre res, cerdo, pollos, pescado y marisqueria. Actualmente trabajo en colombia en un supermercado en el area de carnes rojas y blancas como atencion al publico. Soy venezolano con nacionalidad colombiana. Quisiera emigrar a canada

 by Diego Valencia

excellent information

 by هشام عفوان
Uae dubai

Im provisional in butcher and i hope to work in canada

 by Thorsten Dybus
Master Butcher

Application as “Head Butcher”

as a trained butcher/master with over 30 years of experience in meat technology, production, and product development, I would like to apply as a suitable employee in your company. Your job offer as " Head Butcher " has not only aroused my interest - I am convinced that I will be able to contribute my qualifications and know-how to your company in a productive and profitable way in the area of internal sales. As already mentioned, I have been pursuing the butcher's trade with passion and heart and soul for more than 30 years. I also look back on an international career as a butcher and consultant in Georgia, Latvia and Russia and have the corresponding foreign language skills, as you can also see from my resume.
After completing my rehabilitation phase, I would like to focus on expanding my professional future in Germany. As I am convinced that I can learn new things quickly and independently due to my good comprehension skills, I am also sure that I can fulfill the tasks assigned to me to your complete satisfaction.
In addition to my good comprehension skills, I also convince you with my careful and conscientious way of working. A high degree of commitment and flexibility is a matter of course for me, as is a sense of responsibility and reliability. An open and appreciative interaction with my fellow human beings is particularly important to me and rounds off my personality profile.
I would like to support your team with my disciplined and service-oriented way of working and to develop myself continuously in order to be an efficient employee in your company.
I am available for a personal interview at any time.
With kind regards
T. Dybus

 by Fabio amado

Hola buenas tardes me interesa el trabajo de carnicero hace 35 años que soy carnicero estuve en el rubro desde los 15 años siempre en frigorífico y carnicería ahora actualmente me dedico al abastecimiento de carne cómo dueño el único problema es qué estoy cansado de tanta corrupción en mi país y me gustaría ver la posibilidad de poder ir a trabajar a ahí de carnicero ya que conozco el oficio y me gusta el trabajo relacionado a la carne

 by Alexander rueda cruz
Quiero trabajar en canada

Se trabajar la carniceria tengo 16 años de experiencia en la rama me gusta el arte de cortar carne quisiera que me apollaran dios les pague

 by Amrit pal singh

Very Good Information

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