Immigrate to Canada as a Plumber

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Plumber?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Plumber you’re in luck! Plumbers are in demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or even 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 plumber, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Plumbers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Plumbers 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 Plumbers on the NOC is 7251

This is great news for qualified Plumbers the world over hoping to secure a Canada Visa.

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 plumber looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

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

Plumbers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7251, might be employed under work titles including:

apprentice plumber

journeyman/woman plumber

maintenance and repair plumber

maintenance and repair plumber (non-construction)

maintenance plumber

marine plumber


plumber – pipefitting

plumber apprentice

plumbing installer

plumbing mechanic

radiator plumber

residential construction plumber

All these roles held by plumbers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7251

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

Read blueprints, drawings and specifications to determine a layout of plumbing system, water supply network and waste and drainage systems

Install, repair and maintain domestic, commercial or industrial plumbing fixtures and systems

Locate and mark positions for pipe connections, passage holes and fixtures in walls and floors

Cut openings in walls and floors to accommodate pipe and pipe fittings

Measure, cut, bend and thread pipes using hand and power tools or machines

Join pipes using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement or soldering, brazing and welding equipment

Test pipes for leaks using air and water pressure gauges

May prepare cost estimates.

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 Plumbers Canada desk that only represents qualified plumbers 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). Our Plumber Canada desk has a 100% success rate immigrating qualified plumbers to Canada.

Qualification Requirements to Immigrate to Canada as a Plumber

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 Plumber 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 Plumber

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 plumber from both an Express Entry and Immigration points perspective.

Once you receive an ITA (Invitation to apply) from CIC 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 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.

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

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

How to get registered to immigrate to Canada as a Plumber

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Plumbers 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 emigrate with Migrate Canada 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 Plumber 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.

Plumber Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the plumber’s code 7251 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. Plumber jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Plumbers 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 Plumbing 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. We can assist you to Secure a Canada Visa and Immigrate to Canada as a Plumber.