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How To Immigrate To Canada As A Data Analyst


How To Immigrate To Canada As A Data Analyst – Canada is developing rapidly and the technology sector of Canada is doing much in contributing to the economic development of the country. Canada is recruiting foreign skilled workers to fill up labor shortages in the country and since we are in a digital age, skilled workers in tech business are needed in the country.

Data analysts are very important in technological development and if you have this skill, you have a higher chance of being among the immigrants that will be welcomed into Canada within the next three years.

You will get to enjoy a lot of benefits immigrating to Canada and as a data analyst, the benefits are endless. There are many programs you can go through to immigrate to Canada as the government of Canada has set out an agenda to invite over one million immigrants into Canada and since a data analyst is among the jibs in-demand in Canada, you are one step on your way to Canada.

In this article, we will be highlighting some ways you can move to Canada as a data analyst and even get a permanent residence in Canada in 2021.

Without further ado, let’s proceed to what we have for you.


Canada has over 90 immigration programs and you will have to figure out the best immigration option for you. You could go through the Provincial Nomination Program or through the Express Entry System. You can even apply for an employer-specific work visa but all these programs have requirements that make eligible for the immigration program. Let’s look at some of these immigration programs that you can easily use to immigrate to Canada as a data analyst.



The Express Entry System is an online program that you can use to get permanent residence in Canada. In this system you will create an online profile and meet the following criteria below:


  • Work experience or training
  • Age
  • Language fluency test results in English or French
  • Education
  • Provincial nomination

Once you start your profile, you will have to complete it within 60days. After completing the profile, you will be placed in an Express Entry pool with other candidates where you will be ranked against a cut-off score using a ranking system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

A score will be given to you with the requirements you have filled in your online profile and this score will be based on points with the maximum points to be 1200points. The CRS cut-off score can be around 700-800points and you will be expected to meet or exceed the cut-off score for you to receive an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada.

You should try to complete your profile as early as possible even before the 60days as this will give you an edge when there is a tie in the CRS scores. This means that when two candidates have the lowest scores, a tie-breaking rule will be used to determine the candidate that will be chosen and the rule states that if two candidates are in a tie for with the lowest scores, the candidate that completed their online profile very early or earlier than the other will be chosen ahead of the other candidate so you see why it is important that you complete your online profile early and don’t wait till the dying minute.

With the Express Entry System, you still have the opportunity to work and improve your CRS score for the next draw as the draws are done bi-weekly (every two weeks). You can improve your CRS score by getting more work experience, securing a job offer, including your spouse or partner or having a family member in Canada.  

Well, this system is managed under three federal programs and they are:

  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

How will the Express Entry System Help you as a Data Analyst Immigrate to Canada?

Like we have said earlier that the data analysts are one of the occupations that are in demand in Canada and therefore they have a National Occupational Classification code NOC 2172. This means that as a data analyst or data administrator, you will have to go through the Federal Skilled Workers Program which is under the Express Entry System.

Are you wondering what this Federal Skilled Worker Program is all about? Well let’s explain it to you.

What Is the Federal Skilled Worker Program?

The FSWP is a program for foreigners who have skills, experience or training and are willing to contribute to the workforce of Canada. Like we have mentioned earlier that Canada is looking for skilled and competent immigrants who are ready to contribute to the economic growth and development of the country. So if you are every skilled as data analyst or data administrator and can carry out your duties excellently, you can apply for immigration through the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

When applying through this program, you will not necessarily need a job offer for you to be eligible.

Let’s list out the requirements for this program:

  • You should not be lower than 18 years of age
  • You should have a paid work experience of at least one year whether part-time or full-time
  • You should have a language proficiency in English or French
  • You should have sufficient funds to support you to settle in Canada and also take care of any other family member coming with you unless you have a valid job offer
  • You must successfully pass the security background check meaning you have no criminal record
  • You must pass the medical examination check meaning you are in sound health


This program is for the provinces in Canada and it is an agreement between the provinces and the Canadian government to allow them employ foreign skilled workers to fill up labour shortages in the province. Each of the provinces is in charge of its own nomination program and sets out its requirement. For you as a data analyst that is skilled and experienced enough, you can easily get a job offer from an employer in any of the province you want to live in.

In Canada, there are eleven provinces that have their own provincial nomination programs and they are:

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
  • British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
  • New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NW PNP)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NL PNP)
  • Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NS PNP)
  • Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Yukon Nominee Program (YNP)

Quebec is not on the list because it has its own immigration selection process and system that is quite different from other provinces.

How Does the Provincial Nominee Program Work?

In applying for a permanent residence in canada through this program, you can apply through two options under this program and they are:

  • Direct application process
  • Express Entry linked to PNP
  1. Direct Application Process

When applying through the direct application process, you will have to apply by paper and submit your application through a mail or courier service. You will have to wait for about 15 to 19months for your application result. That’s much time you know but you can still go with it.

  • Express Entry Application Process

You can also choose to go with the Express Entry Linked with PNP. This can be quicker than the former but you will have two options to choose from and they are the expression of interest and the Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream. You will just have to wait for about 6 to 8 months for application results.

For the Expression of interest, you are showing interest in a particular province when creating your profile online and this will allow the province to select your profile from the Entry draw pool directly. You will definitely have an edge here.

For the Provincial Nominee Express Entry Stream, you will be applying for an occupation in-demand in the province and sure firefighting is among the occupations in demand like we have mentioned earlier.

  • The Global Talent Stream

The Global Talent stream is for employers who want to hire highly skilled workers from around the globe to help fill up shortages in labour. The government created this stream to boost the workforce of the country and contribute to the growth and development of Canada. The employers are able to hire talented foreigners to fill job positions and they love it because it takes as short as two weeks to process.

There are two categories of the Global Talent Stream:

Category A

In this category, designated partners of the stream refer the employers in this category.

What makes you eligible to apply for this category?

For you to be eligible for Category A:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a job in Canada
  • You must have a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • You must have a sound health
  • You must have enough funds to finance your stay in Canada
  • You will have to prove that you will leave the country at the expiration of your work permit
  • You must have a clean criminal record and not be a threat to the Canada (security wise)

Category B

In this category, the employers are allowed to employ skilled foreign workers to fill up shortages in labour for occupations that are in-demand in the country under the Global Talent Stream List.

Top cities to work as a data analyst in Canada

  1. Toronto
  2. Vancouver
  3. Ottawa
  4. Montreal
  5. Waterloo

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