Immigrate to Canada as a Painter and Decorator

Immigrate to Canada as a Painter and Decorator in 2023

If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Painter and Decorator, you’re in luck! Painters and Decorators 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 painter and decorator, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Painters and Decorators are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Painters and Decorators 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 Painters and Decorators on the NOC is 7294

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

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

Painters and Decorators looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7294, might be employed under work titles including:

apprentice industrial painter and decorator

apprentice painter and decorator

bridge painter

building painter

commercial building painter

commercial construction painter

construction painter

house painter

industrial construction painter

industrial maintenance painter

journeyman/woman painter and decorator

maintenance painter


painter and decorator

painter and decorator apprentice

painter and paperhanger



plant maintenance painter

residential construction painter

residential painter

roof painter

rough painter – construction

specialized painter and decorator

All these roles held by painters and decorators are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7294

To confirm your specific role, qualifications and experience make you eligible to Immigrate to Canada as a Painter and Decorator take our Free Online Visa Assessment.

Tasks for Painter Decorators moving to Canada

In general painters and decorators moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:

Read specifications to determine quantities of materials required

Prepare and clean surfaces using methods such as scraping, sanding, sandblasting, hydro-blasting and steam-cleaning; remove old wallpaper and loose paint; repair cracks and holes in walls; and sandpaper and apply sealer

Mix and thin paint to obtain desired colour and texture

Apply paint or other materials, such as stains, lacquer, enamel, oil, varnish, fibreglass, metal coating or fire retardant using brushes, rollers or spray equipment

Measure, cut and apply wallpaper or fabric to walls

Assemble and erect scaffolding and swing stages

May advise customer on selection of colour schemes and choice of wall coverings

May provide cost estimates to clients.

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 Painters and Decorators Canada desk that only represents qualified painters and decorators 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).

Painting and Decorating 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 Painter and Decorator 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 Painter and Decorator

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 painter and decorator 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 Painting and Decorating skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.

Canada Painter and Decorator 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 Painter and Decorator Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your Painting and Decorating skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a painter and decorator in Canada from day one.

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a Painter and Decorator

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Painters and Decorators 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 Painter and Decorator 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 Painters and Decorator 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.

Painter and Decorator Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the painters and decorators code 7294 has been firmly established on the list for many years with lots of opportunities right across the country.  Canada wants more people to Immigrate to Canada as Painters and Decorators to fill this demand.

The average Painter salary in Canada is $42,900 per year or $22 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $26,786 per year while most experienced workers make up to $63,375 per year.

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. Painter and Decorator jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Painters and Decorators 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 Painter and Decorator 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.

FREE Online Visa Assessment 

Immigrate to Canada as a Painter and Decorator and take advantage of the economic demand for your trade in Canada.

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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.