Canada job trends-Civil Engineer

Canada Job Trend Analysis Civil Engineer 1


Civil engineers work on projects involving the construction and repair of buildings, roads, airports, trains, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal infrastructure, and highways. They can work for construction corporations, engineering consultancy organizations, or as self-employed individuals. Civil engineers can find numerous job opportunities in Canada. If you are a qualified and experienced civil engineer, then this will be a good opportunity to migrate to Canada.

In Canada the civil engineering jobs are expected to be in the fields of architectural, engineering and related services. Openings for civil engineering jobs are expected to be more in the provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba.

How to immigrate to Canada as a mechanical engineer?

Civil engineers can migrate to Canada using the immigration programs- Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Program. The first step in the process to migrate to Canada is to calculate your eligibility for applying to these programs.

Check your eligibility

Under Express Entry civil engineers can apply through the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP).

As for provincial nominee program, the provinces offer several streams for civil engineers. You can check the in-demand occupation list of the provinces you are interested in.

The NOC for civil engineers is 2132. Here are details of the provinces that are open to civil engineering.

Province Name of program


Alberta Opportunity Stream

NOC 0211 – Engineering Managers

NOC 2131 – Civil Engineers

NOC 2231 – Civil Engineering Technicians

Alberta Express Entry Stream


British Columbia

BC PNP Tech Pilot Program

NOC 2131 – Civil Engineers

Express Entry British Columbia



Ontario Express Entry

Human Capital Priorities Stream

In-Demand Skills Stream



Skilled Workers in Manitoba

NOC 0211 – Engineering Managers

NOC 2131 – Civil Engineers

New Brunswick Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Skilled Workers with Employer Support



& Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker

Skilled Worker Category


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

NOC 2131 – Civil Engineers

Nova Scotia Express Entry Labour Market Priorities

Skilled Worker Stream

(Skilled Workers Pathway)


Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Express Entry Stream

Skilled Worker Stream

Critical Impact Worker Stream



International Skilled Worker: Employment Offer

International Skilled Worker:

Occupations In-Demand

International Skilled Worker:

Saskatchewan Express Entry


Prince Edward Island

PEI PNP Express Entry

Skilled Worker Stream

Critical Worker Stream



Yukon Express Entry (YEE)

Skilled Worker

Critical Impact Worker

 How much do civil engineers earn in Canada?

The median wage for this profession is nearly 41 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 47 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 25.00 39.42 61.54
Alberta 28.21 44.71 70.00
British Columbia 27.13 44.23 64.00
Manitoba 26.67 38.46 56.00
New Brunswick 22.37 41.83 54.36
Newfoundland and Labrador 16.40 37.96 60.00
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 22.14 37.50 53.85
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 23.50 38.00 63.71
Prince Edward Island 26.00 32.31 40.00
Quebec 24.73 35.00 53.68
Saskatchewan 28.85 40.00 62.50
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

Skills required

  • Analytical skills include ability to:
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Inspection and testing
    • Research and investigation
  • Engineering and Technology include:
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Applied technologies
    • Building and Construction
    • Computer and Information Systems
    • Mechanics and Machinery

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for civil engineers is expected to rise in the provinces of Manitoba and British Columbia.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Good
Manitoba Fair
New Brunswick Good
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nova Scotia Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Fair
Prince Edward Island Good
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Fair
Yukon Territory Good

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Few vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • Applicant should have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or in a related area of engineering.
  • They can also have a master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • The applicant should have a license by a provincial or territorial association to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • They are eligible for registration by a professional body after graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice exam.
  • Some employers may ask applicants to have the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification offered by the Canada Green Building Council

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority.

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Civil Engineer Regulated Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Civil Engineer Regulated Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Civil Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Civil Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Civil Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Civil Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Québec Civil Engineer Regulated Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Civil Engineer Regulated Engineers of Yukon


  • Evaluate project specifications by interacting with customers and other engineering team members
  • Execute major civil projects such as buildings, highways, bridges, dams, systems for the management of water and waste
  • Establish specifications for building procedures
  • Evaluate and suggest suitable materials for building and construction
  • Interpret, evaluate and authorize surveys and work on civil architecture
  • Conduct field work
  • Ensure that construction plans comply with building code requirements and standards and other regulations
  • Establish and track work schedules for construction
  • Carry out feasibility studies, economic assessments, local and regional transport studies, environmental impact studies or other analysis
  • Monitoring the quality of air, water and soil and establishing methods for cleaning up polluted sites
  • Supervise the project or site for land survey or construction work
  • Prepare and review contract documents and analyze bids for construction projects
  • Supervise, evaluate and approve plans, measurements and cost estimates by technicians, technologists and other engineers.

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