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How to Work in Canada as a Housekeeper

Are you looking for a change of scenery? Do you have professional experience as a housekeeper, but feel that you have not yet reached your professional potential? Are you looking for a life where you don’t have to worry about your family getting the healthcare and education they deserve? If you answered “yes” to these questions, you should consider moving to Canada.

Canada is known for its pro-immigration stance and has set a goal of inviting 1 million newcomers and their family members to immigrate to Canada by 2022. Despite the current COVID-19 restrictions on entry and exit, the Canadian government continues to accept and process visa applications. And since your occupation is in demand in almost every province and territory in Canada, your chances have skyrocketed, as Home Economist is on the list of the 10 most in-demand occupations in Canada.

As with most in-demand occupations, there are several Canadian immigration programs to choose from depending on various factors such as your skill level, work experience, whether or not you have a job offer, and your qualifications. So let’s take a closer look at how to immigrate to Canada as a housekeeper.

Jobs in Canada for Housekeepers

Currently, there are hundreds of jobs available in Canada for experienced and qualified housekeepers who would like to immigrate to Canada. There are jobs for housekeepers at all levels. From private housekeepers to executive housekeepers in the hospitality industry, Canada has a place for you. Although there are all these employment opportunities for you in Canada, the application process can be equally daunting and complicated.

When looking for a housekeeper job in Canada, it is always good to start with the location. Find out what life is like in the province or territory of your choice and which locations are affordable relative to the expected income. Home economists are in demand in 8 of Canada’s 11 provinces, including Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Yukon. Below are some of the average salaries you can expect in these provinces and territories:

Average Salary by In-demand Provinces for Housekeepers
Occupation & NOC Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250
Housekeeper $32,001 – $35,441
Executive housekeeper $31,688 – $43,134
British Columbia
Occupation & NOC Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250
Housekeeper $32,001 – $32,409
Executive housekeeper $31,200 – $31,688
New Brunswick
Occupation & NOC Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250
Housekeeper $23,240 – $32,001
Executive housekeeper $31,688
Newfoundland and Labrador
Occupation & NOC Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250
Housekeeper $32,001 – $34,695
Executive housekeeper $31,688
Northwest Territories
Occupation & NOC Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250
Housekeeper $32,001 – $32,409
Executive housekeeper $31,688
Occupation & NOC Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250
Housekeeper $31,200 -$32,001
Executive housekeeper $31,688 – $50,572
Prince Edward Island
Occupation & NOC Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250
Housekeeper $24,502 – $32,001
Executive housekeeper $31,688
Occupation Average Salary (CAD)
Light duty cleaner (hospitality) $29,250 – $31,200
Housekeeper $29,250 – $32,001
Executive housekeeper $31,688

What Do I Need to Immigrate to Canada as a Housekeeper?

There are several ways to immigrate to Canada as a housekeeper. Which Canadian immigration program you choose depends on certain factors, such as:

  • Your skill level or training
  • Your level of work experience
  • Your age
  • Your language ability in English and French
  • Which province or territory you intend to settle in.

What is my Code?

Housekeepers are classified by these 3 main National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes. Why do I need to know my NOC code, you may ask? You need to know both your skill level and your occupation type to know which immigration program you qualify for. You will also need your NOC code when you submit your actual visa application.

Housekeepers Occupations in Canada
NOC Codes                                                         Examples of Eligible Occupations
NOC 4122 Housekeeper, Homecare worker, Domestic housekeeper
NOC 6312 Executive housekeeper, Housekeeping director, Housekeeping manager, Hospital executive housekeeper, Hotel executive housekeeper, Assistant executive housekeeper, Assisting housekeeping manager
NOC 6731 Light duty cleaner, Cleaning man/woman, Hospital cleaner, Nursing home cleaner, Room attendant, Residence cleaner, Guest House/Motel/Lodge/Hotel cleaner, Housekeeping attendant, Housecleaner

What Qualifications Do I Need?

Once again, your qualification requirements and experience will depend on your skill level and occupation title.

Qualification Requirements for Housekeepers in Canada
Occupation Examples of Eligible Occupations
Light duty cleaner (hospitality)
  • No specific requirements although certification for housekeeping room attendants or an equivalent thereof may be required
  • Completion of secondary or high school
  • Home management experience may be required
  • College or other courses in-home support may be required
  • First Aid Certification may be required
  • Completion of training program in elderly, care of persons with disabilities, convalescent care or in a related field may be required
Executive housekeeper
  • Completion of secondary or high school
  • University degree or college diploma in hospital management, hotel management or business administration is usually required
  • Extensive experience as a cleaning supervisor may substitute for formal education requirements

It is important to remember that you may need to take an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to prove that your qualifications meet Canadian standards. This will ensure that you receive points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for your qualifications when you submit your visa application. Here is a list of the organizations that are authorized to evaluate your qualifications:

  • Comparative Education Service – University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies;
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada;
  • World Education Services;
  • International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS); and
  • International Credential Evaluation Service.

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