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Job trends – Canada – Civil Engineer

Posted on December 3, 2020
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Civil engineers are involved in the planning, design, development, and management of projects that involve the construction and repair of buildings, roads, airports, railways, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations, highways and water distribution and sanitation. They can also specialize in structural inspection, town planning, and surveying. They can find employment in construction companies, engineering consulting firms or can be self-employed.

Civil engineer- NOC 2131

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 NOC code assigned.

In Canada, an individual working in an occupation with NOC 2131 can expect to earn somewhere between CAD 25.48/hour and CAD 62.98/hour.

The median wage for this profession is nearly CAD 41.03 per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is CAD 47.34 per hour.


Prevailing Hourly wages for NOC 2131 in Canada

Low Median High
CANADA 25.48 41.03 62.98
Province/ Territory Low Median High
Alberta 28.85 47.34 72.12
British Columbia 30.22 44.23 64.42
Manitoba 28.85 40.72 61.06
New Brunswick 23.00 41.83 63.25
Newfoundland and Labrador 27.00 43.27 55.29
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 25.50 37.50 52.00
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 23.50 38.46 61.00
Prince Edward Island 26.44 38.46 56.41
Quebec 25.24 40.00 60.00
Saskatchewan 28.00 40.87 62.50
Yukon N/A N/A N/A



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Skills/Knowledge required for NOC 2131 in Canada

Generally, the following skills, knowledge, and essential skills will be required for working in Canada as a civil engineer –

Skills Analysis ·         Analyzing information

·         Inspecting and testing

·         Planning

·         Projecting outcomes

·         Researching and investigating

Communication ·         Advising and consulting

·         Professional communicating

Management ·         Co-ordinating and organizing

·         Supervising

Creative expression ·         Designing

·         Writing

Knowledge Engineering and Technology ·         Design

·         Engineering and applied technologies

·         Building and construction

Law and Public Safety Public Safety and Security
Mathematics and science Earth Sciences (Geosciences)
Essential skills Reading
Document use
Oral communication
Digital technology
Other essential skills Working with others
Continuous learning

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

Future job prospects for NOC 2131 in Canada, by province and territory.

Job prospects Location in Canada
Good ·         British Columbia

·         New Brunswick

·         Prince Edward Island

·         Yukon

Fair ·         Alberta

·         Manitoba

·         Newfoundland and Labrador

·         Nova Scotia

·         Ontario

·         Quebec

·         Saskatchewan

Undetermined ·         Northwest Territories

·         Nunavut

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

  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or in a related area of engineering is required.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • Licensing of skilled engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • 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, they are eligible for registration.
  • Some employers may require that civil engineers 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.

As NOC 2131 comes under “regulated occupations”, proper certification from a regulatory authority in Canada will be required before working in Canada as a civil engineer.

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 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Quebec Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Engineers of Yukon


  • Conferencing and conducting analysis with customers and other engineering team members to evaluate project specifications
  • Planning and designing 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
  • Act as supervisor of the project or site for land survey or construction work
  • Prepare and review contract documents and analyze bids for construction projects
  • Supervising and evaluating and approving plans, measurements and cost estimates by technicians, technologists and other engineers.

An individual with their occupation code as NOC 2131, as per the Canadian labour market, might seek permanent residence in Canada through the Canada immigration pathway of Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) that comes under the Express Entry system.

Other immigration pathways are also available.

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has various streams targeted at skilled and semi-skilled workers.

The province of Quebec in Canada runs its own immigration programs.

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