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Posted on November 24 2022

Job trends of Software Engineer in Canada, 2023-24

By  Editor
Updated July 10 2024

Why work in Canada as a Software Engineer?

  • Software Engineers/Developer is the top most in-demand job in Canada
  • 21% rise in Software Developers' job opportunities
  • 8 provinces have a highest number of vacancies for Software Engineers' jobs
  • British Columbia, Ontario, and Alberta pay the highest salaries for Software Engineers
  • CAD 92,313.6 average wages per annum for a Software Engineer
  • Software Engineers' can migrate to Canada through 10 pathways

About Canada

In the first five months of 2022, Canada experienced a 71.8% in welcoming new foreign immigrants and permanent residents when compared to 2021 data. Canada has set its new immigration targets by creating new immigration-level plans for 2023-2025.


With the current rate of foreign national immigration, Canada has already crossed its 2022 immigration target. According to its immigration levels plan for 2023-25, Canada decided to welcome new permanent residents for the years 2023, 2024, and 2025 as below.


Year Immigration Levels Plan
2023 465,000 permanent residents
2024 485,000 permanent residents
2025 500,000 permanent residents


Due to the eased and modified immigration plans, Canada welcomed 470,000 immigrants to the country to date and it has decided to increase the target levels. A new pathway for Temporary workers might get launched soon that will convert them to become Permanent residents by qualifying to certain criteria.


Canada has 100+ immigration pathways for foreign nationals and these people can search for a job even while staying in Canada.


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Job trends in Canada, 2023

Many businesses in Canada have been facing massive manpower shortages to fill in the vacant jobs that are lying empty for more than 5 months. Employers could not find Canadian citizens or Permanent residents of Canada to occupy these.

More than 40% of Canadian businesses are in severe need of workers, hence they have been appointing foreign immigrants to fill up the unoccupied jobs.

Canada has eased its immigration plans and introduced many new routes for foreign nationals based on the skills that are needed the most. Canada provides high priority to the skills that are in shortage. However, job vacancies have recorded an all-time rise of 5.7% even during the second quarter of 2022.

Canadian employers have been increasing their wages to attract foreign immigrants. Provinces and territories have been doubling their immigration allocation as there is a high requirement for a workforce.

Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia have a high demand for Software Engineer jobs.


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Software Engineers, NOC Code (TEER code)

Software Engineers' and designers' job is to research, design, integrate, evaluate and maintain software applications, operating systems, embedded software, telecommunication software, information warehouses, and technical environments.


These engineers can be given employment in IT consulting firms, IT research and development-related firms, and units of IT either through the public or the private sectors. They can be self-employed also.


The NOC 2016 code for Software engineers is 2173 and recently there was an update of NOC 2021 and categorized as TEER codes. Now NOC 2021 Software Engineers is 21231 and the TEER code is 21231.


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Roles and Responsibilities of Software Engineers

  • Gather and document the user requirements and need to develop physical and logical specifications
  • Must research, synthesize, and evaluate technical information to design, outline, develop and trial the computer-based systems that are including mobile applications
  • Develop the data, its process, and the necessary network models to improve and enhance the architecture, so that they can evaluate the reliability and performance of designs
  • Planning, designing, and coordinating the development, installation, and integrating & operation of computer-based systems and mobile applications
  • Evaluate, troubleshoot, document, test, develop and upgrade the maintenance procedures for the communications environments, operating systems, and applications software
  • Assess, test, troubleshoot, document, upgrade and develop maintenance procedures
  • Might need to lead, and coordinate with the teams of information system professionals in the area of software development, process control software, integrated information systems, and other embedded software control systems

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Prevailing wages of Software Engineers in Canada

British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec pays the highest wages per annum on average for Software Engineer jobs. Along with these the other provinces also have the highest requirement for various technologies.


The average hourly wage for Software Engineers jobs in Canada is between CAD 36.06 to CAD 48.08. The hourly wages vary based on the provinces and territories. To obtain a job as a Software engineer, individuals must have to know the job requirements of each province.


The following table provides data on average wages per annum and corresponding provinces.


Provinces and Areas Average Wages per annum
Canada 92,313.60
Alberta 92,313.60
British Columbia 99,840
Manitoba 69,235.20
New Brunswick 73,843.20
Newfoundland and Labrador 73,843.20
Nova Scotia 72,864
Ontario 92,313.60
Prince Edward Island 73,843.20
Quebec 74,726.40
Saskatchewan 88,627.20


Eligibility criteria for Software Engineers

  • Graduation in streams like Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Mathematics, or any college study program in Computer Science is required.
  • A Master’s degree or a Doctoral degree in any concerned discipline is expected.
  • License from a provincial or territorial association of the related discipline professional engineers is required to get approved for reports and engineering drawings and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • Engineers who completed their graduation from an authorized educational program are eligible, for 3-4 years of administered work experience in engineering and completing a professional practice examination.
  • A minimum of work experience as a computer programmer might be needed.
Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Software Engineers Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Software Engineers Regulated Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Software Engineers Regulated Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Software Engineers Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Software Engineers Regulated Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Software Engineers Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Software Engineers Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Software Engineers Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Software Engineers Regulated Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Software Engineers Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Québec Software Engineers Regulated Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Software Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Software Engineer Regulated Engineers of Yukon


Software Engineers - Number of vacancies in Canada

Currently around 348 software jobs across the provinces and territories of Canada. Check out the table for the list.


Location Available jobs
Alberta 45
British Columbia 73
Canada 348
Manitoba 3
New Brunswick 6
Newfoundland and Labrador 1
Nova Scotia 17
Ontario 163
Québec 33
Saskatchewan 4


*Note: The number of job vacancies may differ. This is given as per the information on October, 2022.


Software Engineers have different prospects based on their work. Following is the list of titles that come under this occupation.

  • Software design engineer
  • Application Architect
  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Software Design Verification Engineer
  • Software Testing Engineer
  • Systems Integration Engineer - Software
  • Software Architect
  • Technical Architect - Software
  • Telecommunications Software Engineer
  • Software Designer

The Software Engineers' opportunities for the next 3 years in the provinces and the territories are listed in the following table:


Location Job prospects
Alberta Good
British Columbia Good
Manitoba Fair
New Brunswick Good
Nova Scotia Fair
Ontario Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Good


How can Software Engineers migrate to Canada?

Software Engineering is one of the highest in-demand occupations across provinces and territories in Canada. To search for a job, or directly migrate to Canada as a software engineer, individuals need to either apply through TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program), IMP (International Mobility Program), and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).


Following are the other routes in immigrating to Canada.

The individuals can also migrate to Canada through:

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