Occupations in Demand in Canada – February 2023

Apr 3, 2023

Are you planning a move to Canada and hoping to find the right job opportunities? If so, this blog is perfect for you. We will explore the most wanted jobs across all Canadian provinces (excluding Quebec) as of February 2023. This information is subject to change over time, so it’s important to stay informed about any potential changes in the Canadian job market. With that said, let’s look at what occupations are currently in demand in Canada! We hope this information will help you decide on your future career opportunities.

But First, Some Important Information

Canada Immigration is a federal body that decides the eligibility of individuals to enter the country and obtain permanent residency or work permits. Whether these decisions are granted, relies heavily on current and projected Canadian economic conditions.

Several programs are available across the provinces, intended to benefit employers and job seekers alike. One such program is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), designed to evaluate potential candidates’ skills and backgrounds. Through the PNP, each province manages its own streams, or programs, tailored to particular applicants, such as students who graduate in the province and professionals with certain qualifications.

This means that employers can benefit from having access to skilled workers, while job seekers can benefit from having the opportunity to find permanent and well-paid employment. It is important to note that each province can set its own regulations regarding the eligibility criteria and programs for PNP applicants. As such, it is worth researching each province’s streams to better understand any potential opportunities for you as a job seeker.

Now, let’s take a look at the high-demand jobs across Canadian provinces in detail.

*Please note that all occupations below are listed by their NOC codes.


Program: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled – Job Offer Required
At least 9 months of experience is required for the NOC (National Occupational Classification) you wish to apply to. If you already have an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment), this does not apply.

Occupations in Travel and Accommodation
64314 Hotel Front Desk Clerks

Tour and Recreational Guides and Casino Occupations
64320 Tour and Travel Guides
64321 Casino Workers
64322 Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guides

Occupations in Food and Beverage Service
64300 Maîtres d’hotel and hosts/hostesses
64301 Bartenders
65200 Food and beverage servers
65201 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations

Cleaners (employed directly by hotels/resorts*)
65210 Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services
65310 Light duty cleaners
65311 Specialized cleaners
65312 Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners
*For the purposes of the BC PNP, a resort is defined as an accommodation facility that is associated with recreational activities. These activities can include skiing, golfing, boating, fishing, biking, swimming, horseback riding, hiking, nature-based or interpretive tours, etc.

Other service occupations (employed directly by hotels/resorts*)
65320 Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations
65329 Other service support occupations

Food processing
94140 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
94141 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94142 Fish and seafood plant workers
94143 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
95106 Labourers in food and beverage processing


Program: In-Demand Skills Stream – Job Offer Required
At least 9 months of experience is required for the NOC (National Occupational Classification) to which you wish to apply. If you already have an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment), this does not apply.

Inside and outside the greater Toronto area
44101 Home support workers, caregivers & related
65202 Meat cutters and fishmongers – retail and wholesale
75110 Construction trades helpers and labourers
84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85100 Livestock labourers
85101 Harvesting labourers
85103 Nursery and greenhouse labourers
94141 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers & related workers

Outside the greater Toronto area
94100 Machine operators, mineral and metal processing
94105 Metalworking and forging machine operators
94106 Machine tool operators
94107 Machine operators of other metal products
94110 Chemical plant machine operators
94111 Plastic processing machine operators
94124 Woodworking machine operators
94132 Industrial sewing machine operators
94140 Process control and machine operators, food and beverage processing
94201 Electronics assemblers, fabricators, inspectors and testers
94204 Mechanical assemblers and inspectors
94213 Industrial painters, coaters and metal finishing process operators
94219 Other products assemblers, finishers and inspectors
95102 Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities


Program: Skilled Worker Stream – Job offer required

2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media
2175 Web designers and developers
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3233 Licensed practical nurses
3413 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

Program: Critical Worker Pilot – Job offer required
Specific employers:

New Brunswick Recruitment Events & Resources:
2023 NB Virtual Recruitment Various Sectors
Jobs in New Brunswick


Program: Occupations in Demand – Job offer required

33102 Nurse aides
65200 Food and beverage servers
65201 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
65310 Light duty cleaners
73300 Heavy equipment operators
75110 Construction trades helpers and labourers

Other Programs of Note – Job offer required

  • Physician & Labour Market Priorities for Physicians Stream (Express Entry)
  • International Graduates (NS institutions) in nurse aids, early childhood educators and assistants.


Program: In-Demand Occupations – No Offer of Employment Required

Healthcare Sector
Nurse practitioner
Licensed practical nurse
Personal care attendant
Clinical psychologist
Medical physicist
Radiation therapist

Engineers & Developers
Software developer
Biomedical engineer
UI/UX developer
Electrical engineer
AI developer
Mechanical engineer
Python developer
Web developer
.net developer
Infrastructure engineer

Technical Specialists
Security specialist
Cloud specialist
Computer network support
Research associate
Data nalytics
Offshore technician
ROV operator
Ocean mapping specialist
Technical writer

Aquaculture Sector
Captain (FM4 certification required)
Farming and feeding manager
Facility technician
Assistant manager
Cage site technician
Site manager (with water quality expertise)
Area manager


Programs available in this province:
Alberta Opportunity Stream
Alberta Rural Renewal Stream


Programs available in this province:
Occupations in Demand
Hard to fill Skills Pilot Program (occupations with medium to low training)


Key Takeaways and Next Steps to Take

  • Carefully consider and decide whether moving to Canada could be a lasting immigration choice for you and your family.
  • Work to improve your English skills.
  • Thoroughly review the regulations for your chosen profession or occupation.
  • Schedule a personal appointment with a Canadian Immigration Consultant.

Professional Help for Your Immigration Journey

At P&M Analysis and Solutions Services, we are dedicated to guiding you through your immigration journey. As experienced Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs), we have the knowledge and expertise to help you access the best job opportunities across Canada. Whether you are looking for information on specific occupations in demand or advice on the application process, our team is here to help.

If you are a student with a family, we can assist you in developing an effective strategy to reach your goal of becoming a permanent resident. Our team can also help you with any recruitment or study-related immigration inquiries. Connect with us today, and let’s get started.

We look forward to helping you and your family to have an active social and economic life in Canada!

+1 (306) 881-9297

*To watch a full video stream discussing the above information, click here.

Job Interview: what to do during and after it.

Welcome to the second part of our “Job Interview” blog! Here we’ll explore a couple options to keep in mind while you’re being interviewed and the time after the interview. Being observant and attentive to the details of your performance is a must in order not just to...

How to prepare yourself for a Job Interview

We know that presenting yourself to a new company and facing an interviewer can seem intimidating. However, a job interview is a crucial part of searching for a professional placement, and a precious opportunity to get to know the company that you’re interested in....

How can I prepare my resume to work in Canada?

An essential part of starting a new life in a different country is going through the process of looking for a job. You may have traveled with an employment offer, which is fantastic! but if that's not your case, this blog is for you. Here, we’ll give you an...

Different Types of Programs Available for Working in Canada

An important part of the Canadian immigration process is understanding labor shortages, economic fluctuations, and industry expansions. This will help determine which immigration pathways are best suited for you. This initial part of your journey can provide a sense...

Testing Your English or French Proficiency for Immigrating to Canada

When deciding to immigrate to Canada, one of the most challenging transitions can be adjusting to speaking a new language. Whether for work or study, for a certain time or permanently, successfully communicating is a must. With both English and French being Canada’s...

Hard-To-Fill-Skills Immigration Program in Saskatchewan, Canada

The province of Saskatchewan in Canada is known for welcoming newcomers and embracing multicultural diversity. It is a great place to consider for work if you are pursuing an immigration journey to Canada. In recent years, there has been growing difficulty in filling...