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How to immigrate to Canada if you are a professional in the Tourism and Hospitality field?

Updated: Mar 23

The provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, might be your best choices.


Opportunities are for workers in the hospitality and tourism services
Opportunities are for workers in the hospitality and tourism services

In this article, we will discuss how you can immigrate to Canada through the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream, and the British Columbia Entry Level and Semi-Skilled.


Why to work in Alberta?

Alberta received around 32 million person-visits that generated $10.7 billion in tourism expenditures, supporting more than 80,000 full-time equivalent jobs, all in 2022.


There are approximately 700 hotels across the province, and most of these hotels are small- to medium-sized businesses that are owned and operated by Albertans, not international corporations.


The government of Alberta has set a very ambitious goal of doubling the visitor economy spending by 2035, that's going from $10 billion to over $20 billion - $25 billion to be exact – in visitor expenditures by 2035.


So, as you can see the door is open for you to come to Alberta.



What is the Alberta Tourism and Hospitality Stream?


Banff National Park in Alberta - Canada
Banff National Park in Alberta - Canada

This is an immigration avenue that leads skilled workers in the hospitality and tourism field, with a job offer from an eligible employer in eligible occupations to be suitable for a provincial nomination, these occupations are:


🍁Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness.

🍁Restaurant and food services managers.

🍁Accommodation service managers.

🍁 Food service supervisors.

🍁 Chefs.

🍁Cooks.

🍁 Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses.

🍁 Bartenders.

🍁 Hotel front desk clerks.

🍁 Tour and travel guides.

🍁 Outdoor sport and recreational guides.

🍁 Food and beverage servers.

🍁 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations.

🍁 Support occupations in accommodation, travel, and facilities set-up services.

🍁 Light duty cleaners.

🍁 Specialized cleaners.

🍁Janitors, caretakers, and heavy-duty cleaners.

🍁 Dry cleaning, laundry, and related occupations.


Attention, you must be aware that at the time you submit your application and at the time Alberta review your application, you must have been working full-time (30 hours per week minimum) with an approved Tourism and Hospitality employer, in one of the eligible occupations, for a minimum of six consecutive months (or minimum of 780 hours) the time you apply.


Regarding the language requirement, at the time your application is submitted, you must demonstrate you meet the following language test score:

  • Minimum of 4 for each English language skill, or

  • Minimum of 4 for each French language skill


In addition, at the time your application is submitted, you must have completed a minimum of high school education equivalent to Canadian standards.


Once you have met and have given the provincial nomination certificate you are ready to apply for the Canadian permanent residency.


What about British Columbia?

British Columbia is a fantastic place to settle down. People from all over the world have moved to this incredible Canadian province to start a new life along with your family.


Vancouver is one of the best  places to live in the world
Vancouver is one of the best places to live in the world

Reasons to consider British Columbia a place to reside:

British Columbia, has an affordable and reliable health care system.

People in British Columbia, make competitive wages and enjoy a high standard of living, regarding employment, the employers in BC offer their workers extended benefit plans, including full medical and dental coverage options.

Your annual income in British Columbia will depend on your education, experience, and occupation.

Last but not least, British Columbia welcomes people from any culture, religion, language and is home to approximately 200,000 Indigenous people who have been living within the province for more than 10,000 years.



What is the British Columbia Tourism and Hospitality Stream?

This immigration avenue is part of the Provincial Nominee Program, and is another way the province can nominee you for permanent residence those workers in select occupations in the tourism and hospitality or food processing sectors.


British Columbia is one of the most beautiful Canadian provinces
British Columbia is one of the most beautiful Canadian provinces

The eligible occupations are:

🍁Hotel front desk clerks.

🍁Tour and travel guides.

🍁Outdoor sport and recreational guides.

🍁Casino workers.

🍁 Maîtres d’hotel and hosts/hostesses.

🍁 Bartenders.

🍁 Food and beverage servers.

🍁 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations.

🍁Light duty cleaners.

🍁 Specialized cleaners.

🍁 Janitors, caretakers and heavy-duty cleaners.

🍁 Support occupations in accommodation, travel, and facilities set-up services.

🍁Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations.



Are you a bartender or food server?
Are you a bartender or food server?

If you are not working in one of the occupations listed , you might still be considered for the Skills Immigration Entry Level and Semi-Skilled avenue, if you work in the Northeast Development Region in any entry level or semi-skilled occupation, other than live-in caregivers.


We hope that this article has been helpful to you; if you want to talk to me to guide you through this process, write to me at alejandro@mevoyacanada.net 


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