Canada remains the land of opportunity and if you are looking to immigrate to Canada as a bricklayer, then this article is for you.
For starters, Bricklayers are eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Government’s Immigration program due to the demand for Bricklayers 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 Bricklayers on the NOC is 7281
This is great news for qualified Bricklayers 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.
Bricklayers from all over the world are eligible to make an Express Entry for Bricklayers Canada Residency providing they have the right skills, experience and qualifications in their home country.
Those of them working under this NOC category 7281, might be employed under work titles including :apprentice bricklayer, apprentice brick mason, apprentice mason, artificial stone mason, artificial stone setter, brick and stone mason, brick chimney builder, brick setter, bricklayer, chimney bricklayer, chimney repair bricklayer, chimney repair stonemason, cinder block mason etc. All these roles held by bricklayers are eligible to apply under this specific NOC category of 7281
In general, bricklayers moving to Canada will be able to demonstrate knowledge or experience of the following:
1.Read sketches and blueprints to calculate materials required
2.Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools
3.Prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and similar materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures in residential, industrial and commercial construction
4.Lay bricks or other masonry units to build residential or commercial chimneys and fireplaces
7.Line or reline furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations using refractory or acid-resistant bricks, refractory concretes, plastic refractories and other materials.
8.Arrange, bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer-facing to walls or other surfaces
9.Construct and install prefabricated masonry units
10.Lay bricks or other masonry units to build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer
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) age, qualifications, English ability, French ability, your partner skills and 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
Upon receiving an invitation from Canadian Immigration as a result of your Express Entry application you’ll only have 60 days in which to lodge a formal application. 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 required to Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer
The process of getting your Bricklaying skills, experience and qualifications verified is called Skills Assessment and it serves two purposes.
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. Your positive skills assessment will also double as your Red Seal qualification so having your Bricklaying skills assessed means that you’ll be qualified to work as a bricklayer in Canada from day one.
Can I Immigrate to Canada as a Bricklayer 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 am Bricklayer Canada Express Entry profile. Of course securing a job offer will give you an instant CRS boost of 600 points so it makes sense to start this process as soon as is practical.
Bricklaying Jobs in Canada
Occupations on the Canada NOC list can be classed as being ‘in demand’ and the bricklayers code 7281 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, either as a direct employee, contractor or in a self-employed capacity. Bricklaying jobs in Canada are often better paid than in the UK, Europe and Asia and Canadian employment law respects the work life balance.