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How to Work in Canada as a Butcher

Do you have industrial meat processing skills and want to earn up to $44,850 per year? If so, and if you’re looking for a new opportunity to expand your horizons, Canada could be just the place for you.

As Canadian workers retire earlier and earlier and young professionals move to larger cities to find new career prospects or simply to get promoted, a big gap has appeared in the job market. The government has launched a variety of programs to address this problem and has been extremely successful.

With systems and programs such as the Express Entry system and Provincial Nominee Programs paving the way for skilled and semi-skilled workers to come to Canada, the economy has seen tremendous improvement and growth.

As a skilled or semi-skilled worker, you can choose from more than 70 different immigration programs and visas that offer you a greater opportunity to start a new life abroad. However, with all of these options, the process becomes very complex, especially when it comes to figuring out which programs are best for you and will give you the best chance of success with your visa application.

This is why using a paid, government-approved immigration consultant is so important to securing your place in Canada. There are many services that offer free eligibility assessments and purport to provide reputable services, but will disappoint hopeful candidates.

To speak with one of our consultants and have your eligibility assessed by a vetted service, simply click on the link below or read on to find out which provinces require butchers and how to get there.

Immigrate to Canada as Butcher

There are many opportunities to immigrate to Canada as a butcher, as it is a profession that is in high demand. Below we have listed the 4 best ways to immigrate to Canada and secure a job in the meat processing industry:

  • Express Entry system;
  • Provincial Nominee Program;
  • Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot; and
  • New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot.

Express Entry

The Express Entry system administers Canada’s three economic immigration programs and is designed for skilled workers who want to move to Canada. It is based on a scoring system called the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), which ranks applicants based on factors such as age, skills and education, and work experience.

Once you have created an online Express Entry profile, you will be entered into a biweekly draw pool from which the applicants with the highest scores will be selected to receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for permanent residency in Canada.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program allows you to move to Canada if you are a skilled or semi-skilled worker and have a valid job offer that is in demand in a specific province or territory. Each province/territory has its own PNP with lists of in-demand occupations based on individual labor market needs. For example, industrial butcher may be in demand in Alberta, Ontario or Manitoba, but not in Nova Scotia. Lists of in-demand occupations in the provinces change regularly, so it’s important to keep up to date before expressing interest in a particular region.

If your application is successful, you will receive a provincial nomination, worth 600 additional points that can be added to your CRS points and virtually guarantee that you will receive an ITA for permanent residence in Canada.

3 provinces in urgent need of industrial butchers are:

Top 3 Canadian Provinces That Need Industrial Butchers
Province/Territory Immigration Stream Average Annual Salary
Alberta Alberta Express Entry Stream
Alberta Opportunity Stream
Ontario Employer Job Offer Category: In-demand Skills Stream
Human Capital Category: Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
Manitoba Manitoba Skilled Worker Overseas Stream
Alberta Opportunity Stream

There are other provinces where commercial butchers are needed, but these are currently the regions most in need of qualified applicants.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program is a community-based program designed to promote the economic development of smaller regions. Skilled workers can immigrate to Canada if they have a valid job offer in one of the participating communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

Because this is an employer-specific pilot program, you must demonstrate that you intend to live in the community and provide a qualifying job offer and a recommendation from your designated community organization. You must also meet other requirements, such as demonstrating qualifying work experience, meeting minimum language and education requirements, and having sufficient funds to settle.

New Agri-Food Immigration Pilot

The new Agri-Food Immigration Pilot Program is similar to the Rural Immigration Pilot Program, but with a more industry-specific focus, particularly on the meat processing and mushroom production sectors. It is a three-year pilot program for non-seasonal applicants with a qualifying job offer in one of the above occupations who have successfully applied for permanent residence in Canada. The eligible occupations in the meat processing industry are:

Eligible Meat Product Manufacturing Occupations
NOC Code Job Title
(NOC B 6331) retail butchers
(NOC C 9462) industrial butchers
(NOC B 8252) farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
(NOC D 9617) food processing labourers

There are additional requirements that must be met in terms of work experience, job offers, minimum language and education requirements, and enough money to move to Canada.

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