Immigrate to Canada as a Pipefitter

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Pipefitter?

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

For starters, Pipefitters are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Pipefitters 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 Pipefitters on the NOC is 7252

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

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

Pipefitters looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7252, might be employed under work titles including:

apprentice pipefitter

apprentice pipefitter-steamfitter

apprentice sprinkler system fitter

apprentice steamfitter

fire prevention and automatic suppression systems installer

fire protection mechanic

fire protection piping installer

fire protection piping system installer

fire sprinkler fitter

journeyman/woman pipefitter

journeyman/woman sprinkler system installer

journeyman/woman steamfitter-pipefitter

maintenance pipefitter

marine pipefitter

marine steamfitter


pipefitter – shipbuilding


radiator pipe installer

railway car and locomotive pipefitter

ship pipefitter

ship steamfitter

sprinkler and fire protection installer

sprinkler fitter

sprinkler system fitter

sprinkler system installer

sprinkler system installer (non-construction)

sprinkler system installer apprentice

steam heating installer

steam main servicer

steam pipefitter


steamfitter – shipbuilding

steamfitter/pipefitter (non-construction)


turbine pipefitter

welding pipefitter


All these roles held by pipefitters are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7252

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Pipefitter

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

Steamfitters and pipefitters perform some or all of the following duties:

Read and interpret drawings, blueprints and specifications to determine layout requirements

Cut openings for pipe in walls, floors and ceilings using hand or power tools or machines

Select type and size of pipe required

Measure, cut, thread and bend pipe to required shape using hand and power tools

Weld, braze, cement, solder and thread joints to join pipes and fabricate sections of piping system

Install supports, valves, piping and control systems

Test system for leaks using testing equipment

Clean and maintain pipe units and fittings and flush system

Remove and replace worn components and reactivate system

May prepare cost estimates for 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 Pipefitters Canada desk that represents qualified pipefitters 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 Pipefitter

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 Pipefitter 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 Pipefitter

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 pipefitter 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 Pipefitter

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

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

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a Pipefitter

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Pipefitters 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 Pipefitter 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 Pipefitter 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.

Pipefitter Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the pipefitters code 7252 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. Pipefitter jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Pipefitters 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.

The Piping Trades of Canada are represented by the United Association Canada

Emigrate Canada are the Pipefitter 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.

Move to Canada as a Pipefitter.  There is a huge demand in your field and Canada needs more Pipefitters.  Start your Canadian Journey now. Get your application for Canada Started.

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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.