Immigrate to Canada as a Drywall Installer

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Drywall Installer?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Drywall Installer you’re in luck! Drywall Installers 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 drywall installer, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Drywall Installers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Drywall Installers 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 Drywall Installers on the NOC is 7284

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

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

Drywall Installers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7284, might be employed under work titles including:

acoustic tile and drywall installer

acoustic tile installer

acoustical ceiling installer

apprentice drywall applicator

apprentice plasterer

ceiling installer

ceiling system installer

drywall and acoustic mechanic

drywall and ceiling system installer

drywall and lather applicator

drywall applicator

drywall finisher

drywall finisher apprentice

drywall hanger

drywall installer

drywall installer and finisher

drywall installer and finisher apprentice

drywall installer lead hand

drywall installer team leader

drywall interior systems installer

drywall mechanic

drywall nailer

drywall nailing person

drywall taper

exterior plasterer

finish plasterer

fireproofing applicator

fireproofing plasterer

gyproc applicator

gypsum lather

gypsum plasterboard applicator

interior drywall installer

interior systems installer, drywall

journeyman/woma drywall installer

journeyman/woman lather

journeyman/woman plasterer


lather (interior systems mechanic)

lather applicator

lather apprentice

metal lather

moulding plasterer

ornamental plasterer


plasterer apprentice


sheetrock applicator

stucco lather

stucco plasterer

wall and ceiling installer

wallboard installer

wallboard taper

wire lather

wood lather


All these roles held by drywall installers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7284

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Drywall Installer

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

Plasterers perform some or all of the following duties:

Clean and prepare surfaces

Mix plaster ingredients in trough to desired consistency

Apply, level and smooth coats of plaster using trowels, floats, brushes and spraying equipment

Trowel or spray coats of stucco over exteriors of buildings to form weatherproof surfaces

Finish corners and angles and create decorative designs in finish coat, if required

Cure freshly plastered surfaces

Mould and install ornamental plaster panels, cornices and trim

Spray acoustic materials or texture finish over walls and ceilings.

Drywall installers and finishers perform some or all of the following duties:

Measure, cut and fit drywall sheets for installation on walls and ceilings

Position and secure sheets to metal or wooden studs or joists

Cut and install metal corner beads to protect exterior corners

Fill joints, nail indentations, holes and cracks with joint compound using trowel and broad knife

Tape over joints using taping machine and embed tape in compound

Smooth out excess compound and allow coat to dry

Apply successive coats of compound and sand seams and joints

Fabricate and install suspended metal ceiling grids and place in panels to form acoustical and coffered ceilings.

Lathers perform some or all of the following duties:

Prepare wall and ceiling layouts

Install metal stud framing and furring for interior drywall or plaster walls and ceilings, using hand and power tools

Attach metal or gypsum lath to studs or furring using nails, screws, clips or wire ties

Cut openings in lath for heating and ventilation piping, ducts and electrical outlets

Install corner beads and wire mesh around beams to which plaster is to be applied

May install acoustic tile, hangers for suspended ceilings and metal studs for composition wallboard or lath.

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 Drywall Installers Canada desk that only represents qualified drywall installers 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 as a Drywall Installer 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 Drywall Installer 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 Drywall Installer

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 drywall installer 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 Drywall Installer

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

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

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a drywall installer

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Drywall Installers 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 Drywall Installer 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 Drywall Installer 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.

Drywall Installer Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the drywall installers code 7284 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. Drywall Installer jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally Drywall Installers 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 local and nationwide associations for Drywallers.  The Gypsum Association of the USA and Canada, The Canadian Association of Wall and Ceiling Contractors and then provincial associations such as the British Columbia Wall and Ceiling Association, and the Interior Systems Contractors of Ontario.

Emigrate Canada are the Drywall Installer 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.