Immigrate to Canada as a Tool and Die Maker

Immigrate to Canada as a Tool and Die Maker in 2023


If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Tool and Die Maker you’re in luck! Tool and Die Makers 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 tool and die maker you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Tool and Die Makers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Tool and Die Makers 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 Tool and Die Makers on the NOC is 7232

This is great news for qualified Tool and Die Makers 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 tool and die maker looking to immigrate to Canada we’ll be looking at the Federal Skilled Trades visa and Provincial Nominee program.

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

Tool and Die Makers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7232, might be employed under work titles including:

aircraft jig and template maker

aircraft jig and tool maker

apprentice tool and die maker

bench die cutter

bench die fitter

bench die sinker

bench jig maker

bench stamping die maker

bench tool maker

carbide tool maker

diamond saw maker

diamond tool maker

die cutter

die cutter – metalworking

die finisher

die fitter

die maker

die maker – jewellery

die mouldmaker

die reamer

die repairer

die repairman/woman

die sinker

die sinker – metalworking

diecast diemaker

extrusion die template maker

forging die finisher

forging die maker

gauge maker – tool and die

injection moulding tool and die maker

injection mouldmaker

jewellery die cutter

jewellery die sinker

jig and form maker

jig maker

jig maker – die casting and plastic moulding

jig maker – metal products manufacturing

jig-bore tool maker

journeyman/woma tool and die maker

metal mould finisher

metal mould maker

metal patternmaker

metal patternmaker apprentice

model maker – tool and die

motor vehicle jig builder

mould maker – plastics processing

mould maker apprentice

mouldmaker – aircraft

mouldmaker, metal

precision tool maker

progressive die fitter

stamping die finisher

steel-rule die maker

template maker – tool and die

tire mould repairer

tool and die maker

tool and die maker apprentice

tool and die preparer

tool and die repairer

tool fitter

tool maintainer

tool maintenance man/woman

tool repairer

tool repairman/woman


wire-drawing die maker

All these roles held by tool and die makers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7232

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Tool and Die Maker

In general tool and die makers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:

Read and interpret engineering drawings and specifications of tools, dies, prototypes or models

Prepare templates and sketches, and determine work processes

Compute dimensions and tolerances and set up machine tools

Position, secure, measure and work metal stock or castings to lay out for machining

Set up, operate and maintain a variety of conventional and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools to cut, turn, mill, plane, drill, bore, grind or otherwise shape workpiece to prescribed dimensions and finish

Verify machined parts for conformance to specifications using precision measuring instruments such as verniers, callipers, micrometers, co-ordinate measuring machines (CMM) and electronic measuring devices

Fit and assemble or disassemble parts using hand tools

Test completed tools, dies, jigs or fixtures for proper operation

May program CNC machine tools.

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 Tool and Die Makers Canada desk that only represents qualified tool and die makers 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 Tool and Die Maker

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 Tool and Die Maker 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 Tool and Die Maker

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 tool and die maker 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 Tool and Die Maker

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

Canada Tool and Die Maker 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 Tool and Die Maker Skills Assessment purpose two: Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your tool and die making skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a tool and die maker in Canada from day one.

How to get registered to Immigrate to Canada as a tool and die maker,

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Tool and Die Makers 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 tool and die maker 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 Tool and Die Maker 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.

Tool and Die Maker Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the tool and die makers code 7232 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. Tool and Die Maker jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally Tool and Die Makers 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 industry body for Tool and Die Makers in Canada is the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association.

Emigrate Canada are the Tool and Die Maker 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.