Question: I am a 45-year-old HVAC technician with 23 years of experience. I want to immigrate to Canada, please advise.


Your extensive experience as an HVAC technician could be valuable in Canada, as skilled trades are in demand in various regions across the country. There are several immigration pathways that you might consider:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): This is part of the Express Entry system. While age is a factor, with your extensive work experience, you may still be able to qualify. Points are awarded for age, education, work experience, job offer, language proficiency in English or French, and adaptability factors.
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): Also under the Express Entry system, this program is specifically designed for skilled tradespeople. The requirements are different from the FSWP and focus more on your trade qualifications and experience.
  3. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): Provinces and territories have their own immigration programs that target specific needs in their labour markets. If there is a demand for HVAC technicians in a particular province, you may be able to apply for a nomination through their PNP.
  4. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP): This is a community-driven program that aims to bring skilled workers to rural communities.
  5. Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP): If you’re interested in moving to Canada’s Atlantic Provinces, this program can help skilled workers immigrate based on job offers from designated employers in these regions.

For most economic immigration programs, you will need to demonstrate language proficiency in English or French through a standardized test such as the IELTS or TEF. Also, having your foreign credentials assessed can be beneficial to ensure they are recognized in Canada.

Given your age, it’s important to act promptly as immigration points for age decrease as applicants get older. I would recommend starting by creating an Express Entry profile and considering the Provincial Nominee Program as a potential pathway.

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