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Posted on August 25 2021

Job trends-Canada-Chemical engineer

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

If you are a qualified chemical engineer and wish to work in Canada, then you would be happy to know that chemical engineers are in demand in Canada.

The job of a chemical engineer involves working on chemical processes and equipment. They are also involved in research, design, and development. They supervise the operation and maintenance of industrial chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, and food processing factories, as well as execute biochemical and biotechnical engineering activities. They can work in a variety of manufacturing and processing industries.


The occupation of chemical engineer has been included in the targeted occupations list, known as the NOC list (National Occupation Code List) in Canada. The NOC code for chemical engineers is 2134.

How to immigrate to Canada as a chemical engineer?

Chemical engineer is an eligible occupation under Canada’s FSWP. They can get a PR visa through Express Entry.  Check if you are eligible using the Y-Axis Canada immigration points calculator.

This profession also figures in the list of eligible occupation in the British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot program.

These are some of the options for chemical engineers wishing to migrate to Canada.

Applicants will have to get their chemical engineering skills and their experience and qualifications assessed by the Canada Chemical Engineering Skills and Qualification Assessment body which will serve two purposes. First and foremost, a positive skills evaluation will assist you in claiming the required points on both the Express Entry CRS and the Federal Skilled Trades application. Second, your positive skills evaluation will also serve as your Canada Equivalent Qualification, which will be used for your professional registrations, thus having your Chemical Engineering abilities assessed means you'll be qualified to work in Canada as soon as you land there.

Candidates can always immigrate to Canada even if they don't have a job offer if they have a good CRS score and a Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa. Receiving a job offer, on the other hand, would increase a person's score by 600 points, allowing them to enter the country more easily.

 Average salary of chemical engineer

The median wage for this profession is approximately 40.8 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 57.6 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 25.00 40.87 68.75
Alberta 30.00 57.69 80.13
British Columbia 27.34 48.88 82.32
Manitoba N/A N/A N/A
New Brunswick 26.44 31.25 49.27
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia N/A N/A N/A
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 21.63 32.69 51.28
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec 27.47 40.87 55.00
Saskatchewan 20.00 40.87 58.17
Yukon Territory N/A N/A NA

Skills required

  • Management skills
    • Organization
    • Supervision
    • Evaluation
  • Analytical skills
    • Information analysis
    • Planning
    • Inspection and testing
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Professional communication
    • Advice and consultation
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Applied technologies
  • Law and Public Safety
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Manufacturing and Production
    • Processing and Production

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for chemical engineers is undetermined in most provinces of Canada.

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

10-year job outlook

Although this profession has seen a balance between demand and supply in recent years, job seekers are expected to outnumber job openings by a large margin in the next ten years resulting in a labor surplus. The majority of job opportunities are expected to be created as a result of increased employment and retirements.

Education requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering or in a related field of engineering.
  • Master’s degree in a related engineering discipline or a doctorate.
  • Licensing of qualified engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required for authorizing engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer,
  • They can register after completing an approved training program and three or four years of supervised engineering work experience, as well as passing a professional practice test.

Requirements for professional license

You may need to obtain a professional license from a regulatory authority before you can begin working. Each province may have its own set of requirements.

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


  • Conduct economic and technological feasibility studies in industries such as chemical, petroleum, pulp & paper, food, and others.
  • Develop or improve chemical engineering methods, reactions, and materials through conducting research.
  • Determine production specifications by evaluating chemical process technology and equipment.
  • Design, modification, operation, and repair of pilot plants, production units, or processing facilities under supervision.
  • Develop and execute quality management systems, operational procedures, and control techniques to assure consistency and compliance with raw materials, goods, and waste products, as well as pollution prevention.
  • Prepare contract contracts and tenders for industrial building process aspects. Engineers, mechanics, and other technicians are supervised.
  • They can work in an administrative position to produce rules and specifications for the handling of hazardous substances, environmental protection, and food, material, and consumer goods standards, among other things.

Job titles for chemical engineers

Chemical Engineers can work under the following designations:

Adhesives engineer

Biochemical and biotechnical engineer

Biochemical development engineer

Biochemical engineer

Biotechnical engineer

Biotechnology engineer

Chemical coating engineer

Chemical engineer

Chemical process control engineer

Chemical process engineer

Chemical project engineer

Chief chemical engineer

Chief process engineer

Design and development chemical engineer

Electrochemical engineer

Environmental chemical engineer

Explosives engineer

Fuels engineer

Industrial hygiene engineer

Industrial waste treatment engineer

Liquid fuels engineer

Petrochemical engineer

Petroleum refinery process engineer

Pipeline transport engineer

Plastics engineer

Polymer engineer

Production chemical engineer

Pulp and paper engineer

Pulp and paper engineer, chemical

Refinery engineer

Research chemical engineer

Waste treatment engineer


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