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Job trends – Canada – Architect

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Architects plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, residential and institutional buildings. They can find work in architecture firms, private and government companies or can be self-employed.

Job prospects for architects

Architect-NOC 2151

All jobs available in the labour market in Canada are classified as per the National Classification Code (NOC). Each of the occupation groups has a unique 4-digit NOC code assigned.

In Canada, an individual working in an occupation with NOC 2151 can expect to earn somewhere between CAD 26.00/hour and CAD 62.50/hour.

Generally, an architect (NOC 2151) can usually expect to earn somewhere between CAD 23.08/hour and CAD 60.10/hour in Canada.

The median or average wage for this profession is approximately CAD 35.58 per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is CAD 42.84 per hour.

Prevailing Hourly wages for NOC 2151 in Canada
Low Median High
CANADA 23.08 35.58 60.10
Province/ Territory Low Median High
Alberta 26.44 42.84 71.11
British Columbia 24.04 33.65 53.42
Manitoba 22.50 37.50 61.54
New Brunswick 17.00 35.00 75.38
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 17.00 35.00 75.38
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 20.14 35.90 63.46
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec 24.04 35.00 57.69
Saskatchewan N/A N/A N/A
Yukon N/A N/A N/A



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Skills/Knowledge required for NOC 2151 in Canada

Generally, the following skills and knowledge will be required for working in Canada as an architect –

Skills Analysis ·         Analyzing information

·         Planning

·         Projecting outcomes

Communication ·         Advising and consulting

·         Professional communicating

·         Promoting and selling

·         Liaising and networking

·         Negotiating and adjudicating

Creative expression ·         Designing

·         Writing

Management Supervising
Knowledge Engineering and Technology ·         Design

·         Engineering and applied technologies

·         Building and construction

Law and public safety  Public safety and security
Business, finance and management Client service

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for NOC 2151 is good in most provinces of Canada.

Future job prospects for NOC 2151 in Canada, by province and territory.

Job prospects Location in Canada
Good ·         Manitoba

·         Ontario

·         Quebec

·         Saskatchewan

Fair ·         Alberta

·         British Columbia

·         Nova Scotia

Undetermined ·         New Brunswick

·         Newfoundland and Labrador

·         Northwest Territories

·         Nunavut

·         Prince Edward Island

·         Yukon

10-year predictions

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

Employment requirements

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. This requirement can vary with each province.

NOC 2151 comes under regulated occupations in the different provinces and territories in Canada.

The regulatory authority that certifies the individual will be as per the province or territory that the individual intends working in Canada in.

Location Regulatory body
Alberta Alberta Association of Architects
British Columbia Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Manitoba Manitoba Association of Architects
New Brunswick Architects’ Association of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Architects Licensing Board of Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest Territories Northwest Territories Association of Architects
Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Association of Architects
Ontario Ontario Association of Architects
Prince Edward Island Architects Association of Prince Edward Island
Quebec Ordre des architectes du Québec
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Association of Architects


Responsibilities of architects

Permanent residence in Canada can be acquired through various pathways.

The most sought-after Canada immigration routes for a foreign skilled worker are – the Express Entry system, and the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

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