Immigrate to Canada as an Ironworker

Can I immigrate to Canada as an Ironworker?

If you’re looking to Immigrate to Canada as an Ironworker you’re in luck! Ironworkers 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 an ironworker, you also have other options to secure your Canada Visa from the start.

For starters, Ironworkers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Ironworkers 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 Ironworkers on the NOC is 7236

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

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

Ironworkers looking to move to Canada to work under this NOC category 7236, might be employed under work titles including:

apprentice ironworker

apprentice metal structure erector

bridge construction ironworker

building systems erector

curtain wall installation ironworker

generalist steel structure erector

iron structure erector


ironworker – metal building systems erector

ironworker – ornamental

ironworker – reinforcing rebar

ironworker apprentice

ironworker generalist

journeyman/woman ironworker

journeyman/woman reinforcing ironworker

metal scaffold erector

metal structure erector

metal tank erecting ironworker

metal wall framing installer

metal wall framing ironworker

metal wall installation ironworker

ornamental ironworker

ornamental-metal worker

precast concrete erector

reinforcing ironworker

reinforcing rodworker

reinforcing steel ironworker

rodworker apprentice

steel door setting ironworker

structural iron erector

structural ironworker

structural metal erector

structural steel erector

tower crane erector

All these roles held by ironworkers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7236

Tasks for those looking to Immigrate to Canada as an Ironworker

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

Read blueprints and specifications to lay out work

Unload and position steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed

Erect and install scaffolding, hoisting equipment and rigging

Signal crane operator to position steel units according to blueprints

Align and weld or bolt steel units in place

Erect structural and architectural precast concrete components for buildings, bridges, towers and other structures

Assemble and erect prefabricated metal structures

Position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures

Install ornamental and other structural metalwork such as curtain walls, metal stairways, railings and power doors

Examine structures and equipment for deterioration, defects or non-compliance with specifications

May dismantle structures and equipment.

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 Ironworkers Canada desk that only represents qualified ironworkers 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 an Ironworker

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 Ironworker 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 an Ironworker

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 an ironworker 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 an Ironworker

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

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

How to get registered to immigrate to Canada as an ironworker 

As part of your immigration process, your dedicated Ironworkers 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 an Ironworker 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 an Ironworker 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.

Ironworker Jobs in Canada

Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the ironworker’s code 7236 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. Ironworker jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work-life balance. Additionally, Ironworkers 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.

Canadian Iron Workers Industry Body is the Canadian Branch of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers.

Emigrate Canada are the Ironworker 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.