I am a civil engineer working in Dubai UAE planning to move to Canada due to current UAE market conditions, what are the construction job opportunities like?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Jade Anderson



I am a civil engineer working in Dubai UAE planning to move to Canada due to current UAE market conditions, what are the construction job opportunities like?

Hello Ms Padmini

I've never been to Canada so I can't give you a clear picture of the Canadian construction industry.

However, I can give you the address of a consulting firm which is located in Deira Dubai, Rigga Road, Burger King building. The name of the consultancy is: North American Services Center, led by Ms. Kathyreen McDonald. I am sure they will provide you with all the information you need to proceed with the relocation to Canada.

By the way, what I understand about relocating to Canada is that even if you receive a job offer from a Canadian employer, you need to start the public relations process. Based on the information I got from the consultancy, they say that the permanent residency application process is unavoidable.

The consultancy I mentioned above will provide you with all the information at no charge. Lastly, as a South Indian, could you tolerate Canadian weather conditions, which range from -45 in winter? Give it a thought.

I wish you success.

I am going to help you make this decision based on many factors and reasons that most immigrants consider when faced with such a decision. First of all, I assume you already have a PR in hand. I also assume that you are a native of the Indian subcontinent, another Arab nation or from Asia, which are the common residents and workforce in Dubai and the gulf area. You are also a family person, maybe you have children, you have relatives and close relatives and you are for the most part satisfied and happy with your standard of living in Dubai. Imo a good salary in Dubai is not less

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I am going to help you make this decision based on many factors and reasons that most immigrants consider when faced with such a decision. First of all, I assume you already have a PR in hand. I also assume that you are a native of the Indian subcontinent, another Arab nation or from Asia, which are the common residents and workforce in Dubai and the gulf area. You are also a family person, maybe you have children, you have relatives and close relatives and you are for the most part satisfied and happy with your standard of living in Dubai. For me, a good salary in Dubai is not less than AED 40,000 a month plus benefits including accommodation and education for the children. Now, as for the details ...

  1. Financial - If you make a good income in Dubai, expect a lot less in Canada. In general, wages in Canada are much lower than equivalent wages in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf. Salaries are also lower than in the US, UK, France, Switzerland, Singapore, and Australia. The cost of living would be different, but overall, expect to be more leveraged in Canada compared to Dubai, the US, and Europe, especially if you consider buying a family home somewhere in Toronto or Vancouver. Taxes are also very high, and with progressive taxes, you would pay more taxes the more you earn, which could go up to 40% of your income in some scenarios with many middle-class families paying around the 30% range. Try thinking about paying taxes of around 30% on your income in Dubai, how would that make you feel? and impact the decisions you make today? Don't get me wrong you would live a good average life in Canada and also get good benefits, better job security, a good retirement package assuming you live and work in Canada for many years; But there will also be some goals that you will find difficult to achieve in Canada compared to if you were working in Dubai and earning a lot of money. For example, you may not be able to finance your children's education, which means they would have to take out loans, perhaps work while in school, and repay the loan after graduation at a time when they should be saving for a house or get married ... etc Without going into too much detail, in general,
  2. Social / Culture: Many immigrants hate the work culture in Dubai and the Middle East. There is a lot of red tape and red tape everywhere. Sometimes they treat you like a third or fourth class resident. It is very rare that you hear someone say that the work culture in Dubai or the gulf is fanatic and that they love working for this or that organization. The most common story is that you are making money but you are overworked and do not enjoy time with your children and your family, or you are frustrated and angry about how a local employer treated you ... etc. few. If any of this applies to you, then you will find Canada much more hospitable, but keep in mind that finding a good job in Canada would usually take time. You may even have to struggle for a few years to get the job you always wanted, which also hurts your financial well-being. Getting that good job would also depend on your skills and other factors that you could find more information about in other posts.
  3. Children: Children are a very important aspect of the decision. For the most part, children's education would be much better in Canada than in Dubai. However, there is more to the aspect of children than just their education. Starting with family and relatives, Canada is far from most places, traveling to see family would be very expensive, you would use most of your vacation time for a nice trip home each year, you will be away for most ceremonies, festivals and family. occasions. If you are religious or moderate, you may find it difficult to raise your children in Canada while trying to maintain Certa customs and traditions and, in some cases, have them maintain a good command of their native language. There are many social problems that your children would be exposed to. For example, a very liberal sex ed curriculum that starts early for children in Ontario, the acceptance of homosexuality, and the acceptance of marijuana as a recreational drug, just to name a few. In general, your children will be exposed to a very liberal and diverse society that could end up being derogatory to you and the family if you are not smart and careful. This is not to say that Dubai is a paradise for parents, but in general the problems in Canada can be of a more delicate and extreme nature for many conservative and moderate families. So if any of the above are worrying you, then you will be better off in Dubai. Usually, Your children will be exposed to a very liberal and diverse society that could end up being derogatory to you and the family if you are not smart and careful. This is not to say that Dubai is a paradise for parents, but in general the problems in Canada can be of a more delicate and extreme nature for many conservative and moderate families. So if any of the above are worrying you, then you will be better off in Dubai. In general, your children will be exposed to a very liberal and diverse society that could end up being derogatory to you and the family if you are not smart and careful. This is not to say that Dubai is a paradise for parents, but in general the problems in Canada can be of a more delicate and extreme nature for many conservative and moderate families. So if any of the above concerns you,
  4. Passport / Citizenship - Many immigrants come to Canada for only one reason, which is to obtain Canadian citizenship and the freedom of an accompanying Canadian passport. It's like setting up a base in a semi-socialist country that serves as a backup for the rest of your life, the lives of your children, and potentially even the lives of your children. Once you get your citizenship in just over three years, you can do whatever you want. You have new options and possibilities to explore. You can go back and feel more relaxed in your home country or go back to Dubai and potentially receive an even higher payment now that you have a Canadian passport. There's no question that if a passport or backup plan is your motive, then you should move to Canada no questions asked. The long-term benefits outweigh the short-term risks,

Most couples / parents prefer Dubai for the standard of living it offers and proximity to family, yet they are concerned about the future of their children including their education. There are no guarantees in Dubai, you could lose your job and be expelled from the country in a few days. If this doesn't worry you too much, I suggest you send your wife and kids to Canada while you stay in Dubai and continue to earn money. You would sacrifice a few years away from your children, which you could somehow handle with frequent trips to Canada and you won't get Canadian citizenship, but your kids will get all the benefits after three years and a much brighter and more promising future. Your wife will also obtain Canadian citizenship and will be able to live with her outside of Canada without having to worry about not being able to renew her PR card.

The decision is yours and it is difficult. You have to consider many variables and evaluate risks / rewards… good luck!

Edit - One item I forgot to mention, getting used to lineups and lots of delays when dealing with government offices in Canada. This would depend on where you live, but if you move to Toronto or the surrounding areas, you will find lineups wherever you go. I don't notice them anymore since I've lived here for almost 20 years, but many newcomers from the UAE and the Gulf have drawn my attention to this many times. Also get used to very slow government offices, if you have any paperwork with the government, expect a lot of delays. Here are some examples, I had to re-file my taxes due to an accounting error two years ago, basically I made it known that I have to pay more taxes than I already filed and paid, around CAD 5k, which is not easy money . for many. It took the tax office 10 months to process my paperwork and that was after I made several calls to follow up and get my papers moving. I literally had to call every two weeks and every time they gave me an appointment and they missed it. In fact, I felt stupid trying to follow up with someone I had to give money to. It was so irritating, so get used to these kinds of scenarios. Also, a friend of mine had a younger brother who passed away in Canada, the older brother came from the states to fill out all the paperwork and the only thing he couldn't stop complaining about was the slowness of government offices in document processing . So basically you have to be so patient and wait, wait and wait a little longer if you are dealing with government offices, and don't make me talk about the waiting time if you end up going to a hospital for an accident or illness that is not life threatening, you will wait forever to see a doctor, you would almost have to camp for a few days in the hospital just go through some tests medical. Wait times are better on clicks, but sometimes depending on the problem you may have to go to a hospital. Also, most drugs that are considered over-the-counter in the Gulf can only be purchased with a prescription in Canada. This includes simple things like voltareen for back pain / muscle pain and many more things that you can get with a simple quick stop at a pharmacy in Dubai. This can get on your nerves sometimes when you have a child who is in pain or is sick and the doctor does not want to prescribe medication for some reason. Canadian doctors might be right, but I just want to highlight this fact. Many immigrants from Dubai bring some drugs with them, such as painkillers, sleeping pills, etc., and they often buy more every time they return from vacation.

Canada is one of the largest centers for civil engineering. About 0.25 million engineers work in Canada, of which a third are civil engineering. Little by little, the number of civil engineering jobs is growing annually in Canada and last year more than 7,500 jobs were created. In recent years, engineering jobs are the most highly regarded jobs in Canada and it resembles the strongest section in terms of growth of the economy.

Almost more than 20% of engineers will retire (over 55) in the near future and more and more jobs will be created for engineers. Wide opportunities

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Canada is one of the largest centers for civil engineering. About 0.25 million engineers work in Canada, of which a third are civil engineering. Little by little, the number of civil engineering jobs is growing annually in Canada and last year more than 7,500 jobs were created. In recent years, engineering jobs are the most highly regarded jobs in Canada and it resembles the strongest section in terms of growth of the economy.

Almost more than 20% of engineers will retire (over 55) in the near future and more and more jobs will be created for engineers. Then, ample opportunities will be created for young civil engineers and graduates in different locations in Canada to pursue their careers in one of the largest industries in the world.

The province of Canada that has the best civil engineering jobs along with companies are

1.Ontario and Quebec (central Canada)

-The best job market in Canada.

-Presence of various construction and manufacturing industries such as

CIMA + Laval, Quebec - multidisciplinary engineering firm, building construction, urban services, transportation, hydroelectricity, infrastructure, environmental impact studies

EllisDon Mississauga, Ontario - global engineering and construction services

Genivar Montreal, Quebec - multidisciplinary firm of architects and engineers

Hatch Group Mississauga, Ontario - engineering, project and construction management

2.Toronto

-More than 25% of new jobs were located in Toronto

Morrison Hershfield Toronto, Ontario - civil engineering firm

AECON Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta - Canada's largest publicly traded construction company

3.Alberta

Bantrel Alberta - The multidisciplinary engineering company, also power generation, pipeline construction and refining projects.

Golder Calgary, Alberta - Consulting, Design and Build

4.Montreal

SNC-Lavalin Montreal, Quebec - engineering and construction

Dessau Montreal - engineering-construction

5 British Columbia

McElhinney Vancouver, British Columbia: Engineering, Surveying, and Mapping

6 Calgary

WorleyParsons

Calgary, Alberta - Oil sands industry.

7.Edmonton

PCL Construction Edmonton, Alberta - construction companies

Stantec Edmonton, Alberta - international design and engineering company

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NEW ZEALAND:-

Very small country, already developed, therefore, less scope available, the economy is not growing, there has already been a huge IMMIGRATION. Although civil engineering is on the skills shortage list, but the number of jobs is limited.

AUSTRALIA: —- large country, already developed, slow economic growth, some of the regions (3) developing. HUGE IMMIGRATION has already taken place during 2007 to 2013 for the civil engineering sector. Limited reach in less developed regions. A large number of students from various countries in the course of Master's programs will gain job preferences.

** Many civil professionals hv t

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NEW ZEALAND:-

Very small country, already developed, therefore, less scope available, the economy is not growing, there has already been a huge IMMIGRATION. Although civil engineering is on the skills shortage list, but the number of jobs is limited.

AUSTRALIA: —- large country, already developed, slow economic growth, some of the regions (3) developing. HUGE IMMIGRATION has already taken place during 2007 to 2013 for the civil engineering sector. Limited reach in less developed regions. A large number of students from various countries in the course of Master's programs will gain job preferences.

** Many civil professionals have to switch to jobs in other sectors.

CANADA: —— Already developed country, fully met civil engineering requirement through EXPRESS ENTRY program. Limited range available for professional jobs. Many professionals who do small jobs like driving a taxi, restaurants, hospital jobs, etc.

United Kingdom: —- Already developed, with a slow economy, BREXIT effect, very high unemployment rate, therefore, a very limited margin of employment.

EURO ZONE: —- SMALL COUNTRIES, good for higher studies, Already developed, there is not much scope for MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE. (* Visited 13 countries)

USA: - the best destination for higher studies, but in FIRST RANK UNIVERSITIES, a huge COUNTRY, the economy is slowing down, there is enough room for infrastructure development.

* Jobs available as long as you obtain a HIB visa.

You can get a global recognition degree from the above mentioned countries and you have to look for work in LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES, ARAB SOUTH AFRICA and even in INDIA where infrastructure development is very fast. 100 smart cities, subway and bullet train projects, housing projects and MAKE IN INDIA makes INDIA a vulnerable COUNTRY for civil professionals.

* Before making any decision: —- read all my answers related to jobs abroad # visa policies # PR # amendments # fee structure # on all countries #etc.

Only South Asian students use the term "reach." There is nothing wrong with it and it has a good meaning, but it identifies you.

If I came here from India with an engineering degree, I would end up as a taxi driver. However, if you get a master's degree in Canada, it will be fine if you immerse yourself in Canadian life and don't hang out with other international students from South Asia all the time. This is because the Canadian work style and business life is very different from that of India.

Additionally, Canadian employers expect you to do things beyond your education that relate to and

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Only South Asian students use the term "reach." There is nothing wrong with it and it has a good meaning, but it identifies you.

If I came here from India with an engineering degree, I would end up as a taxi driver. However, if you get a master's degree in Canada, it will be fine if you immerse yourself in Canadian life and don't hang out with other international students from South Asia all the time. This is because the Canadian work style and business life is very different from that of India.

Also, Canadian employers expect you to do things beyond your education that relate to your field because it shows that you have ambition and that you are genuinely interested in your field.

While the pay is still good as a civil engineer, it is the oldest engineering field and the one that pays the least. My daughter has her Ph.D. in civil engineering, but she was a transportation expert before she finished high school.

Canada allows immigrants as permanent residents primarily to keep its population at around 30,000,000. To ensure that these people do not become a burden to taxpayers, the Government. It restricts the entry of people mainly based on education and age. Civil engineering graduates are considered employable from the perspective of the permanent resident application. However, the situation on the ground in Canada is quite different.

  • In Canada, it is very difficult to get a job as a civil engineer if you do not have a Canadian civil engineering degree or a professional engineer (PE) certification. To get
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Canada allows immigrants as permanent residents primarily to keep its population at around 30,000,000. To ensure that these people do not become a burden to taxpayers, the Government. It restricts the entry of people mainly based on education and age. Civil engineering graduates are considered employable from the perspective of the permanent resident application. However, the situation on the ground in Canada is quite different.

  • In Canada, it is very difficult to get a job as a civil engineer if you do not have a Canadian civil engineering degree or a professional engineer (PE) certification. To obtain PE certification, Canadian experience is required. So it is a catch-22 situation. Unless your work experience is considered very favorable for a position, it is highly unlikely that you will be placed.
  • However, with a Canadian physical education certification there are job opportunities available.
  • Many civil engineering graduates who enter Canada as permanent residents change their line of work entirely.

All the best

Civil engineers are relatively easier to migrate to Canada compared to other less demanding jobs, as some provinces, such as Saskatchewan (SINP-In-demand workflow) and Nova Scotia (NSNP-Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry) in Canada they offer no-employer-driven provincial candidate immigration programs for certain job title-holding candidates (civil engineer is one of them), while other candidates have to find an employer who wants to hire them in Canada first before to be able to proceed with any type of immigration application.

It also depends on your own credentials. Take the Federal Express Ent

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Civil engineers are relatively easier to migrate to Canada compared to other less demanding jobs, as some provinces, such as Saskatchewan (SINP-In-demand workflow) and Nova Scotia (NSNP-Nova Scotia Demand Express Entry) in Canada they offer no-employer-driven provincial candidate immigration programs for certain job title-holding candidates (civil engineer is one of them), while other candidates have to find an employer who wants to hire them in Canada first before to be able to proceed with any type of immigration application.

It also depends on your own credentials. Take the Federal Express Entrance, for example. Assesses candidates (and their accompanying spouses) 'personal factors such as official language ability, work experience, age, educational history, etc. educations.

I will say that the opportunity is not bad, but it depends on factors and personal background.

There are a few ways to get a job in the UAE.

  1. If you have someone there and they make recommendations
  2. Verification and application through job portals
  3. Visit on a tourist visa, find a job and move with a work visa

Here almost everyone follows the first path. If your family, friends or someone you know is there, they can recommend you and you will have a formal interview to call or Skype and you can move in.

Second, you will have an interview on Skype or any Indian labor supply company will interview and select you.

The third point requires a lot of effort since you need a visit visa.

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There are a few ways to get a job in the UAE.

  1. If you have someone there and they make recommendations
  2. Verification and application through job portals
  3. Visit on a tourist visa, find a job and move with a work visa

Here almost everyone follows the first path. If your family, friends or someone you know is there, they can recommend you and you will have a formal interview to call or Skype and you can move in.

Second, you will have an interview on Skype or any Indian labor supply company will interview and select you.

The third point requires a lot of effort as you need a visit visa ... travel there and find an opportunity and apply and then interview ...

Thanks for asking and all the best!

There are very good job opportunities for experienced civil engineers in Canada. You can get the relevant information on the type of VISA you need to apply for and how to use the services of reputable Consultants based in Canada to help you.

You can also think about the emigration process, as young civil engineers have a quick process time to emigrate. Choose a reputable consultant to start the process.

Best wishes.

this is my personal opinion

In India, structural design means using STAAD (which is 25 year old scrap software). Most of the consultants here come from other countries, which involves only structural modeling and design. There is no opportunity for conceptual design

Tell me what company you are doing from concept design to full design for larger projects, except for a few companies like L&T.

If you are strong in structural concepts and design, don't stay in India. I do not know the situation in Canada

One more risk now is that BIM is becoming more powerful and reducing the requirements of structural engineers.

Identify which tool i

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this is my personal opinion

In India, structural design means using STAAD (which is 25 year old scrap software). Most of the consultants here come from other countries, which involves only structural modeling and design. There is no opportunity for conceptual design

Tell me what company you are doing from concept design to full design for larger projects, except for a few companies like L&T.

If you are strong in structural concepts and design, don't stay in India. I do not know the situation in Canada

One more risk now is that BIM is becoming more powerful and reducing the requirements of structural engineers.

Identify which tool is trending in Canada (for example, BIM structural tekla) and learn that to increase your credibility

First of all, Canada is not a good fit for civil engineers. Since Canada is located in the Northern Hemisphere, you can see snow falling for more than 5 months. In Canada, construction begins in the summer and the interior part will be built in winter. So most of the time you will have summer work and later you could be involved in design work that can be done with few engineers.

This is according to my knowledge and better ask someone who stays in Canada.

All the best.

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