Immigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach?

If you’re looking to immigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach you’re in luck! Sports Coaches 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.  If you are a Sports Coach and have been working as a Sports Coach you may qualify to immigrate to Canada.

Migrate to Canada as a Sports Coach 

Every occupation on the Canada NOC List is assigned an immigration code and the code for those looking to emigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach is 5252. This is also known as the NOC Code for Sports Scout.

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 Sports Coach you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Sports Coaches are eligible to apply for Canada Immigration under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Sports Coaches in Canada being so great they have included the occupation on the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code In Demand List).

The code for Sports Coaches on the NOC is 5252

This is great news for Sports Coaches 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 Sports Coach looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Worker visa and Provincial Nominee program.


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

Sports Coaches looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 5252, might be employed under work titles including: 

  • amateur athletics team coach
  • amateur sports team coach
  • amateur track and field team coach
  • athletic boxing trainer
  • athletics coach
  • athletics team coach
  • baseball coach
  • baseball manager-coach
  • baseball scout
  • baseball team coach
  • basketball scout
  • basketball team coach
  • bobsled coach
  • bobsleigh coach
  • boxing trainer
  • coach
  • cycling coach
  • figure skating coach
  • football coach
  • football scout
  • football team coach
  • gymnastics coach
  • head coach
  • hockey coach
  • hockey scout
  • hockey team coach
  • junior hockey coach
  • kickboxing trainer
  • lacrosse coach
  • lacrosse scout
  • lacrosse team coach
  • luge coach
  • luge instructor
  • national team coach
  • professional Sports Coaches team coach
  • professional sports scout
  • professional sports team coach
  • professional team coach
  • provincial team coach
  • ski coach
  • soccer coach
  • sports coach
  • sports scout
  • swim coach
  • swimming coach
  • tennis coach
  • track and field Sports Coaches coach
  • track and field coach
  • track and field team coach
  • volleyball coach
  • water-polo coach

All these roles held by a Sports Coach are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 5252.

Skills and Tasks to Immigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach.

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

Main duties


Main duties

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.

  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of Sports Coaches or teams
  • Plan, develop and implement training and practice sessions
  • Nurture and develop Sports Coaches’ potential skills and abilities
  • Develop, plan and co-ordinate competitive schedules and programs
  • Motivate and prepare Sports Coaches or teams for competitive events or games
  • Formulate competitive strategies, develop game plans and direct Sports Coaches and players during games or athletic events
  • Analyse and evaluate Sports Coaches’ or teams’ performances and modify training programs.
Sports scouts
  • Identify and recruit developing Sports Coaches for professional sports teams
  • Observe and evaluate prospective Sports Coaches’ skills and performance, and review their past records
  • File reports on scouting assessments and recommendations with professional team employers.

Emigrate Canada has a dedicated Sports Industry Workers desk that only represents Sports Industry Workers to 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 Sports Coach 

Employment requirements


  • Completion of the National Coaching Certificate program is usually required for individual and team sports coaches in all sports.
  • National Coaching Certificate Level 3 is usually required for provincial coaches.
  • National Coaching Certificate Level 4 is usually required for coaches of national team Sports Coaches.
  • A degree in physical education may be required.
  • Experience in, and technical knowledge of, the sport is required.

Sports scouts

  • Experience in, and technical knowledge of, the sport is required.

How to Immigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach 

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 for Sports Coaches 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 Sports Coach 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 worker 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.

Before you lodge your express entry we will help you through the process of having your qualifications and certificates verified as required by immigration.

Can I immigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach 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 Worker Visa.

Technically there is no minimum CRS score required to submit a Sports Coach 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 200 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.

 Sports Coach Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the Sports Coach code 5252 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. Sports Coach Jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. The industry body for Sports Coaches is the Canadian Association of Sports Coaches.

Emigrate Canada are the Sports Industry Canada Visa specialists with a dedicated Sports Industry Workers desk.

Emigrate Canada are ideally placed to take care of not just your immigration paperwork, but also to get you registered to work from day one.

Title: Immigrate to Canada as a Sports Coach 

 Sports Coach : Monty @ Emigrate Canada, Canadian Immigration Expert

Contact: @TalkToMonty

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