Even during COVID-19, Canada’s hospitality industry is booming with demand for immigrants. It must be noted here that Canada’s tourism is a $90 billion industry and in need for 1.7 million sector related jobs. Despite restrictions, the country’s demand for labourers in the hospitality sector has increased. The country is also offering them permanent residence in Canada. The country has even made allowance for its current labour force to join the melee of permanent residences. It has implemented immigration programs specifically geared toward the labour needs of the different provinces, depending on their requirements. Each Canadian province or territory has its own PNP with different requirements and other in-demand occupations.
Jobs in Hospitality Industry in Canada:
- Chefs or cooks
- Food and beverage servers
- Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors and Consultants
- Food and beverage servers and managers
- Sales Representatives
- Air Pilots
- Hotel Front desk clerks
Tourism sector and Canada immigration
Two of the most popular programs in Canada for immigration in the tourism industry are the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and the Canada Experience and Provincial PNP. The details of the programs are as follows:
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program: It is aimed at applicants wanting to immigrate to Nova Scotia, Newfoundsland, Labrador, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island. The program is aimed to fill the labour gap with qualified candidates. One can apply in one of the three programs:
Atlantic High-Skilled Program
Atlantic International Graduate Program
Atlantic Intermediate Skilled Program
All the three programs require language efficiency in English and French, educational qualification and sufficient funds to be able to support yourself and your family.
The Canada Experience Class
This one caters to the professional and skilled workers program, which includes giving the youth a chance to travel and work in Canada. The main criteria is that the country must have an agreement with Canada that lets you apply for an IEC work permit. You are also allowed to use a recognized organization. You are also required to meet the criteria of your country. The categories to be chosen from include:
- Working Holidays
- Young professionals
- International co-op (internship)
The Provincial Nominee Program
It is absolutely province and territory specific. The program allows provinces to nominate individuals who can add value to the economy of the province. Applicants not only have to have a job offer in order to apply through one of these programs from the province or territory, but also have to meet the specific requirements of the regions PNP. Applicants who receive a provincial nomination will add 600 CRS points in their account. This optimizes the probability of getting permanent residence in Canada.