How To Immigrate To Canada As A Firefighter – Canada is a lovely country to immigrate to and a lot of people from across the world are picking Canada as their number one choice on the immigration list. If you are immigrating to Canada because of a job opportunity, your chances of being successful are pretty high but you should be sure if the job or skill you are going for is on the top list of jobs that are in-demand in Canada.
Applying for a job or getting a job offer for a job that is in-demand in Canada will surely give you an advantage in your application and boost your chances of being successful. For whichever reason you are immigrating to the Great White North, you are going to be enjoying some benefits and for a firefighter, you will be enjoying a higher wage, better work condition, free healthcare services among others.
Firefighting is among the jobs that are in-demand in Canada presently and their expertise is highly needed in many provinces in Canada. The government of Canada has set out an agenda to invite over a million immigrants into Canada within the next three years that is from 2021 to 2023 and for a job like firefighting being in the list of occupation in-demand in the country, you can easily immigrate to Canada as a fire fighter.
Firefighters fall under the National Occupational Classification (NOC 4312). So if you want to immigrate to Canada as a firefighter, there are lots of opportunities that await you.
What do Firefighters do in Canada?
Let’s take you through the duties of firefighters in Canada so you can see how important the profession is and why it is among the occupation in-demand in Canada.
- Firefighters rescue victims from fire scenes like a burning building
- Firefighters respond to fire alarms and call for assistance in cases like bomb threats, automobile or industrial fire accidents etc.
- Firefighters assist the police and other emergency agencies when there is a major disaster
- They administer first aid when they come to the rescue
- Firefighters write proper and comprehensive reports on fire incidents
HOW CAN YOU IMMIGRATE TO CANADA AS A FIREFIGHTER?
We want to bring to your notice that there are over 100 immigration programs in Canada presently to help fulfill the agenda of the Canada government about inviting over a million immigrants into the country and all these are in a bid to fill up labour shortages in the country and support its quest for continuous economic growth and development. We will not be looking at the 100 programs but we will be showing you the major programs that you can go through if you want to immigrate to Canada as a firefighter.
Let’s kill your suspense and take you straight to what we have for you in this article.
The Express Entry System
The Express Entry System is an immigration program that allows you to create an online profile through which you can apply for permanent residence in Canada. in this profile, you will be filling up some information to meet up with some criteria like age, education, language proficiency in English or French, work experience and provincial nomination (not necessary).
You will be given up to 60 days to complete your online profile after which you will be placed in a pool draw with some other candidates where a score will be given to each candidate based on the information you have given in the online profile this is why you so be careful when creating the profile.
You and every candidate will be ranked using a ranking system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) with a cut-off score that every candidate is expected to meet or exceed in order to get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence.
A valid job offer will surely boost your chances or scoring high in this Entry System although, it is not compulsory. If you complete your profile very early before the 60days, you will have an advantage when you tie with another candidate with the lowest score. In the situation of a tie, a tie breaking rule will be used to determine the candidate that will be chosen and you will be picked ahead of the other if you completed you profile earlier than the other candidate.
You don’t have to fret and lose hope if you were not successful on your first time as the Express Entry System gives you another opportunity to try again; this is one of the advantages of the system. Your profile can stay in the system for up to a year and you get the chance of improving your CRS score so as to stand a chance to be selected in the next draws. The draws are done twice in a month.
There are three federal programs under the Express Entry System and they are:
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
How will the Express Entry System Help you as a Firefighter Immigrate to Canada?
The firefighters are needed in Canada presently as they are among the occupations in-demand in the country and in many of the provinces. If you are a firefighter and you want to immigrate to Canada, you can go through the Federal Skilled Workers Program which is one of the programs under the Express Entry System.
Are you wondering what the Federal Skilled Worker Program is all about? Let’s break it down to you.
What Is the Federal Skilled Worker Program?
The program is designed for foreign nationals with skills, training or experience who are willing and ready to contribute to the workforce of Canada. Canada is looking for competent immigrants that are ready to contribute to the economic growth and development of the country and make it better than how it was before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Therefore, if you are an experienced firefighter, you can actually go through this program under the Express Entry System.
Let’s run through the requirements for your eligibility in this program.
- You should be at least 18 years of age
- You must pass the language proficiency test in English or French in writing, reading, speaking and listening
- You should have a work experience of at least two years whether part-time or full-time
- You must have an education certificate from a secondary institution in Canada or go through the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) to show that your qualification is equal to the Canadian standard.
- You should have sufficient funds to help you settle in Canada and also take care of any other family member coming with you unless you have a valid job offer
- You must successfully pass the security background check meaning you have no criminal record
- You must pass the medical examination check meaning you are in sound health
Provincial Nominee Program
The PNP is a program designed for the provinces in Canada and it is tailored at meeting the labour requirements for the provinces in Canada. This program is for the provinces of Canada and it is an agreement between the provinces and the government of Canada to allow them employ skilled foreign workers to fill up job positions in the province. Each province in Canada is in charge of its own nomination and sets requirements for every candidate that want to come through the province nomination program.
As a firefighter, there are many job opportunities for you in the different provinces in Canada. There are thirteen provinces in Canada but only eleven of these provinces have provincial nomination programs and these provinces are:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
You will have to get a job offer from an employer in any of the provinces listed above as these provinces are looking for foreign skilled workers to filled up labour shortages in the provinces.
You can apply for permanent residence in Canada through the PNPs and this could be through the direct application process or the Express Entry linked to PNP.
- Direct Application Process
If you are applying through this process, you will have to apply by paper and submit your application through a mail or courier service. After this, you will have to wait for about 15 to 19months for your application result.
- Express Entry Application Process
Another application process under the PNP is the Express Entry linked to PNP. This is pretty quicker than the direct application and you will just have to wait for about 6 to 8 months for your application result. It could be either by expression of interest or the Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream.
For the Expression of interest, you are showing interest in a particular province when creating your profile online and this will allow the province to select your profile from the Entry draw pool directly. You will definitely have an edge here.
For the Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream, you will be applying for an occupation in-demand in the province and sure firefighting is among the occupations in demand like we have mentioned earlier.
How can you Move to Canada as a Firefighter
For you to be able to immigrate to Canada as a firefighter there are some qualifications you are required to have and they are:
- You must have completed a secondary school
- You must have completed a firefighting and emergency medical training professional course
- You must have a college study program in fire protection technology, fire science or any related field
- If you are applying as a senior firefighter, you must have several years of experience as a firefighter
- You must meet the strength, fitness and sight test requirements