Canadian jobs which are in high demand

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Dear Mr Brown:

I am interested in migrating to Canada. However, I would like to know which jobs are in demand, so I can make adequate preparations for my education to make myself marketable. How much do top professionals in Canada get paid as compared to Jamaica? What is the best way for a young person to make this transition?


Dear NJ:

Canadians enjoy one of the highest standards of living. The remuneration for professional occupations will provide you with the opportunity to take care of yourself and your family.

Average Salaries

The average wage for Canadian employees is currently C$928 per week or approximately C$48,250 per year (J$5.1 million).

The minimum wage in Ontario, Canada is C$11 per hour, which equates to approximately C$22,000 a year in a full-time position (J$2.3 million).

The average annual salaries of the highest-paying professions in Canada are:

* Specialist Physicians - C$350,000 (J$37.1 million)

* Judges - C$260,000 (J$27.5 million)

* Senior managers of financial, communications, and other businesses - $220,500 (J$23.4 million)

* Senior managers of goods production, utilities, transportation, and construction - $205,000 (J$21.7 million)

* General practitioners and family physicians - $180,000.00 (J$19.1 million)

* Dentists - $175,000.00 (J$18.5 million)

* Lawyers - $165,000.00 (J$17.5 million)

Demand Professions

According to a recent Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) report, there are 25 professions that are most in need of qualified employees, which accounts for more than one-fifth of jobs in Canada.

These occupations include:

* Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems

* Managers in health, education, social and community services

* Managers in construction and transportation

* Auditors, accountants and investment professionals

* Human resources and business service professionals

* Professional occupations in natural and applied science

* Physical science professionals

* Life science professionals

* Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers

* Other engineers

* Professional occupations in health

* Physicians, dentists and veterinarians

* Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals

* Pharmacists, dieticians and nutritionists

* Therapy and assessment professionals

* Nurse supervisors and registered nurses

* Technical and related occupations in health

* Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)

* Technical occupations in dental health care

* Other technical occupations in health care (except dental)

* Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, clergy and probation officers

* Supervisors, mining, oil and gas

* Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related workers

* Supervisors in manufacturing

* Supervisors, processing occupations

Attracting Permanent Residents

In order to attract professionals from other countries to become permanent residents, the Federal Skilled Worker Programme was overhauled. In addition, the Federal Skilled Trades Class was created recently to attract tradespersons.

The Express Entry Class will be introduced in January 2015, which will be a more proactive system in selecting permanent residents to meet the labour demands of Canada.

In response to your question, although I am not sure of your age or educational status, I would advise you to consider studies in Canada (either post-secondary or graduate studies), which may assist you with the actual transition to becoming a Canadian, as well as making you more marketable in Canada. It suffices to state that Canadian qualifications are more recognised and preferred in Canada. Many institutions in Jamaica, although they are accredited, will not be familiar to Canadian employers.

For more information, please visit

Antonn Brown, BA, (Hons), LLB, MSc, RCIC, is an immigration counsel, education agent and managing director of jamaica - a Canadian immigration and education firm in Kingston. Send questions/comments to




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