Immigrate to Canada as an Ironworker

Immigrate to Canada as a an Ironworker

Immigrate to Canada as a an Ironworker

Ironworkers are in demand right across Canada and you may be able to secure a Canadian Permanent Residency Visa either with or without a job offer.


There are thousands of Ironworkers just like you moving to Canada. Find out how to join them.  Canada needs more Ironworkers.  If you are thinking about moving to Canada as an Ironworker, all the information you need is right here.

Moving to Canada as an Ironworker

Moving to Canada as an Ironworker

Ironworkers are wanted in Canada

Did you know that Ironworkers are one of the most in-demand jobs in Canada? Ironworkers are in high demand in all 11 of Canada’s provinces and territories, and as a highly-skilled professional, you can expect to earn between $69300 and $98400 per year.


When considering Canada as your new home, there are not only numerous immigration options for you to choose from, but plenty of job opportunities too.

Jobs in Canada for Ironworkers

One of the biggest questions when moving to Canada is “will I be able to find work as an Ironworker in Canada?”. The simple answer is Yes, you will!  (Of course each Ironworkers level of training and experience is a core factor, as is the case in any country.)


Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about jobs in Canada for Ironworkers.

Is There Really a Demand for Ironworkers in Canada?

Yes there is! As mentioned previously, you can immigrate to Canada as an experienced Ironworker with a high chance of finding employment in any of Canada’s 11 provinces. These job opportunities can be found in:


  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan


Over the next few years, it is estimated that there will be 22000 new jobs created due to expansion and a need for replacement as well as 29000 new positions for graduates and immigrants to fill who want to live and work in Canada.


This is why Canada needs Ironworkers.  You really can be moving to Canada as an Ironworker

How Much Do Ironworkers Earn in Canada?

Salaries in Canada are very competitive and, as an experienced Ironworker, you can expect to earn between $69300 and $98400 per year.

How do I search for Ironworker positions in Canada?

Most Ironworker jobs in Canada are advertised online on jobs sites.  Often, a code is used to identify Ironworker jobs.  These codes are used across Canada to identify all kinds of occupations.


The codes are called NOC codes.  The NOC code for Ironworker is 7236.  There are a range of positions that are associated with Ironworkers.


These are occupations many Ironworkers also participate in.  If you work in or are employed as any of the following positions, you are covered by the overarching noc code of 7236 for Ironworkers


Ironworkers fabricate erect hoist install repair and service structural ironwork precast concrete concrete reinforcing materials curtain walls ornamental iron and other metals used in the construction of buildings bridges highways dams and other structures and equipment. They are employed by construction ironwork contractors.;


Further Positions within the term of Ironworker include:


  • Apprentice ironworker
  • Apprentice metal structure erector
  • Bridge construction ironworker
  • Building systems erector
  • Curtain wall installation ironworker
  • Generalist steel structure erector
  • Iron structure erector
  • Ironworker
  • Ironworker – metal building systems erector
  • Ironworker – ornamental
  • Ironworker – reinforcing rebar
  • Ironworker apprentice
  • Ironworker generalist
  • Journeyman/woman ironworker
  • Journeyman/woman reinforcing ironworker
  • Metal scaffold erector
  • Metal structure erector
  • Metal tank erecting ironworker
  • Metal wall framing installer
  • Metal wall framing ironworker
  • Metal wall installation ironworker
  • Ornamental ironworker
  • Ornamental-metal worker
  • Precast concrete erector
  • Reinforcing ironworker
  • Reinforcing rodworker
  • Reinforcing steel ironworker
  • Rodworker apprentice
  • Steel door setting ironworker
  • Structural iron erector
  • Structural ironworker
  • Structural metal erector
  • Structural steel erector
  • Tower crane erector
  • .
  • .
  • .
  • .


If your position is on the above list, you have found your relevant NOC Code, it is 7236

How Do I Move to Canada to Live and Work as an Ironworker?

Step 1 : Determine you are eligible to immigrate

The simplest way to do this is to take our free visa assessment.  There are more than 80 visa pathways to Canada.  Once you take your visa assessment we will be able to guide you as to which is the best path for your particular circumstances.

Step 2: Have Your Qualifications Accredited for Canada

In order to live and work in Canada as an Ironworker, you will need to have your qualifications that you earned outside of Canada accredited and ensure that it is recognized in Canada.


An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) confirms that your degree, diploma or certificate is both valid and equal to Canadian standards. This is vital as it will allow you to claim the Permanent Residency points for your education and training and might also be required for employment, professional registration within Canada and Canadian immigration services.


Below is a list of designated organizations that are  licensed to do your assessment:


  • 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.


Educational and experience requirements for Ironworkers include:


  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year apprenticeship program or over three years of work experience in the trade and some high school college or industry courses in ironworking are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for construction electricians is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan and Alberta and available but voluntary in British Columbia the Yukon the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Trade certification for electricians (domestic and rural) is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.
  • Trade certification for electrical control (machine) builders is available but voluntary in Ontario.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified construction electricians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.
  • .


You may be required to provide a range of documentation and references to prove your abilities and experience during your evaluation process for Canadian Immigration.

Start Your Evaluation

Step 3: Start the Migration Process, apply for your Canada Visa

There are many routes you can take when moving to Canada as an Ironworker but we’ve listed the top 4 ways that will give you the greatest chances of success in the application process:


  1. Express Entry system
  2. Provincial Nominee Program
  3. The Rural and Northern Immigration Program
  4. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot


1. Express Entry

The Express Entry (EE) system is our top choice for moving to Canada as an Ironworker. Not only is it the fastest but it is also one of the simplest ways to immigrate to Canada. With the right age, language skills in French and/or English, qualifications and other criteria you could be moving to Canada fast, you could be on your way to Canada in 6 months.


The first stage in your Canadian Express Entry immigration process is to calculate your Canada Immigration points for Express Entry using the Canadian Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).


Some of the elements that CRS Points are awarded for include:


  • Age
  • Qualifications
  • English ability
  • French ability
  • Your partner’s skills
  • Work experience


Take our free online visa assessment for an up to date report on whether you have enough points to move to Canada as an Ironworker from both an Express Entry and Immigration points perspective.


2. Provincial Nominee Program


The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows skilled and semi-skilled immigrants to live and work in Canada. You will need a valid job offer in Canada of at least 1 year for most immigration streams. 11 provinces and territories have their own PNPs, each with their own with specific labor needs.


If your skills match what your chosen province or territory is looking for, you may receive a provincial nomination, which is worth 600 extra Permanent Residency points which means that you’re practically assured of an offer for Canadian permanent residence.


3. The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot


Seeing as Ironworkers are in-demand you may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). There are 11 participating communities currently participating in the pilot program. You will need a valid job offer in one of the participating communities to be considered eligible to apply for Canadian permanent residency through the RNIP.


4. The Atlantic Immigration Pilot


The Atlantic Immigration Pilot allows intermediate to highly and semi-skilled foreign workers to move to Canada’s Atlantic provinces and seeing as Ironworkers are in high need in the 4 Atlantic provinces, you may be eligible to apply if you have a valid job offer for at least 1 year.

Step 4: Apply for an Ironworker Job in Canada

As a highly skilled worker, it is not a requirement that you have a job to be able to immigrate to Canada but it will make it faster. It will help with the immigration process as you can earn between 50 and 200 PR points for a valid job offer.  This moves you ahead in the pool of candidates, as the more points you have the more chance you have of receiving an invitation in one of the many offer rounds made within the Canada Visa System.


Ironworkers in Canada are described as doing the following:



  • Read blueprints and specifications to lay out work
  • Unload and position steel units so each piece can be hoisted as needed
  • Erect and install scaffolding hoisting equipment and rigging
  • Signal crane operator to position steel units according to blueprints
  • Align and weld or bolt steel units in place
  • Erect structural and architectural precast concrete components for buildings bridges towers and other structures
  • Assemble and erect prefabricated metal structures
  • Position and secure steel bars or metal mesh in concrete forms to reinforce concrete structures
  • Operate previously set up welding machines such as spot butt and seam resistance or gas and arc welding machines to fabricate or repair metal parts
  • Operate previously set up brazing or soldering machines to bond metal parts or to fill holes indentations and seams of metal articles with solder



You can expect to see these terms in Job ads in Canada for Ironworkers along with the following common tasks, duties and responsibilities of Ironworkers in Canada.


There has never been a better time to get moving to Canada as an Ironworker.

If you are looking to apply to move to Canada in a different occupation, you can find the information on our Canada Skilled Immigration Guides page.

If you are looking for a job in Canada – you can find a guide on each occupation and the job application procedure for Canada on our Canada Job Guides index.

As mentioned above you will need to attend the Canadian Embassy nearest you during your application process to live in Canada as an Ironworker.  You can find the complete list of all Canadian Embassies Worldwide here.

Jacqueline Chow is an international immigration and visa expert with over 15 years of experience in the field. With a background in law and a passion for helping people, Jacqueline has built a reputation as a trusted and reliable source of information and advice on all aspects of immigration and visas. She has worked with clients from all over the world, including high-net-worth individuals, professionals, skilled workers and families. As a sought-after speaker and commentator Jacqueline has been featured in various media outlets and has given talks on immigration and visas at conferences and events around the world.