Top In-Demand Skilled Trade Jobs in Canada in 2022

Do you work in a skilled trade? Do you want to make around $81,500 per year?

Almost every sector in Canada is in desperate need of skilled trade professionals. Whether you work in construction, home maintenance, or manufacturing, your skills will be in high demand in at least one of Canada’s 13 provinces.

According to Statistics Canada, 54.7 thousand new jobs will be added to the Canadian labour market in December 2021. This followed a record high of nearly 1 million jobs added in the fourth quarter of 2021, with two-thirds of them falling in the five sectors listed below:

Accommodation and food services (+86,400; +112.8 percent), health care and social assistance (+52,100; +78.8 percent), construction (+34,300; +83.7 percent), retail trade (+32,400; +45.2 percent), and manufacturing (+31,200; +62.4 percent).

Canada is undergoing significant changes in two areas: development and its immigration system, which means that now may be the best time to begin your job and visa application process. But, before we look at how these changes may or may not affect your chances of success, let’s see if your occupation is on the list of the top skilled trade jobs in Canada in 2022.

Top Trade Sectors in Need of Workers in 2022

Hospitality and Food Services

Top trade job openings: Chefs and cooks, butchers, and refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
Nationally, there are 15,695 job openings.
Provinces with the highest demand are: Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia
The average provincial minimum wage is between $15 and $15.20 per hour.
The job vacancy rate in Canada’s accommodation and food services sector is approximately 7.8 percent, accounting for one-quarter (24.7 percent) of total job growth. This industry has the greatest shortage of workers in Canada, with the majority of them working in the restaurant industry.

Social Assistance and Health Care

Nationally, there are 4,540 job openings.
Quebec, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia have the highest demand.
The average provincial minimum wage is between $11.81 and $15.20 per hour.
Although this isn’t the first thing most trade workers think of, the effects of the pandemic have had a long-term impact on the healthcare industry. Hospitals and other medical facilities will rely heavily on maintenance trade workers to ensure that all equipment operates at peak efficiency. Sanitation specialists will also be in high demand for the foreseeable future.


Construction trades helpers and labourers, crane operators, contractors and supervisors are among the top trade job openings.
Nationally, there are 2,716 job openings. The provinces with the highest demand are: Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia are the provinces involved.

The average provincial minimum wage is between $11.81 and $15.20 per hour.
The construction industry in Canada is expanding, with employment expected to rise by 64,900 between 2020 and 2030. With nearly 259,100 workers expected to retire by 2030, Canada will turn to skilled immigrants to help fill the growing labour gap.


Transport truck drivers are in high demand for trade jobs.

Nationally, there are 8,690 job openings.
Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta have the highest demand.
The average provincial minimum wage is between $11.81 and $15.20 per hour.
As the retail sector, particularly online shopping websites, begins to recover, transportation is expected to be in high demand for many years to come. Transport and delivery drivers will be in high demand to ensure that goods arrive at retail outlets and stores on time. However, not only drivers but also auto mechanics will be in high demand.


Top trade job openings include welders, carpenters, millwrights, and machine fitters.
Nationally, there are 2,023 job openings.
Provinces with the highest demand are: Manitoba and Ontario
The average provincial minimum wage is between $11.95 and $15 per hour.

Manufacturers in almost every industry will require experienced and skilled trade workers to ensure not only that orders are met, but also that machines used on assembly lines operate efficiently. Construction, agriculture, and automotive trade workers will be in high demand almost everywhere in Canada.


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