Immigrate to Canada as a Crane Operator

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Crane Operator?

If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Crane Operator you’re in luck! Crane Operators 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 crane operator you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Crane Operators are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Crane Operators 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 Crane Operators on the NOC is 7371

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

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

Job Titles to Immigrate to Canada as a Crane Operator

Crane Operators looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7371, might be employed under work titles including:

boom truck crane operator

climbing crane operator

mobile crane operator

tractor crane operator

bridge crane operator

gantry crane operator

crane operator

construction crane operator

dragline crane operator

hoist operator (except underground mining)

tower crane operator

All these roles held by crane operators are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7371

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as Crane Operators

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

Operate mobile and tower cranes to lift, move, position or place equipment and materials

Perform pre-operational inspection, and calculate crane capacities and weight to prepare for rigging and hoisting

Operate pile driving cranes to drive pilings into earth to provide support for buildings and other structures

Operate cranes equipped with dredging attachments to dredge waterways and other areas

Operate gantry cranes to load and unload ship cargo at port side

Operate locomotive cranes to move objects and materials at railway yards

Operate bridge or overhead cranes to lift, move and place plant machinery and materials

Operate offshore oil rig cranes to unload and reload supply vessels

Operate cranes mounted on boats or barges to lift, move and place equipment and materials

Operate dragline cranes to expose coal seams and ore deposits at open pit mines

May assemble tower cranes on site

Perform routine maintenance work such as cleaning and lubricating cranes.

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 Crane Operators Canada desk that only represents qualified crane operators 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 Crane Operators

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 Crane Operator 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 Crane Operator

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 aacrane operator 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 to Immigrate to Canada as a Crane Operator

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

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

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a crane operator

As part of your immigration process ,your dedicated Crane Operators 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 Cane Operator 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 Crane Operator 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.

Crane Operator Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the crane operators code 7371 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. Crane Operator jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work life balance. Additionally, Crane Operators 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.

There are a number of Organisations withing Canada dedicated to Crane Operators.  Such as the British Columbia Association for Crane Safety and industry publications to refer to such as Crane and Hoist Canada.

Emigrate Canada are the Crane Operator 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.

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Dr. Montague John (PhD), is one of the World’s leading Canadian Immigration experts. Affectionately known as “Monty” he established more than 25 years ago and it has grown to be one of the most reliable sources of Canada Immigration information.

In 2022 Dr. Montague John (PhD) published his book, “How to Immigrate to Canada” as, which featured as Bestseller in its Category for several weeks. Montague co-ordinates all the qualified contributors at and serves as Editor-in-Chief.