12+ Ways to Relocating to Canada from Nigeria in 2021

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria

(Don’t waste a dime on Agents. Learn the exact routes on how to relocate to Canada without spending time and money on Agents.)

Over time a man wanted to know the cost of relocating to Canada from Nigeria with his family because he had no much insight about it, what did he do? He did what a normal Nigerian man who wants to know the total steps to relocating to Canada from Nigeria did.

And what was that? He contacted a self-acclaimed travel consultant. Only God knows if really he ever crossed the mainland bridge talk less of migrating to Canada from Nigeria. The said consultation put up a fee of $1,500+. That is about NGN400,000+.

It’s okay to think about it this way.

I know what you don’t know is what the consultants will take advantage and charge you for, right? That is partly true but it’s sadly that a fee of 6 figures will be sunk into consultation alone. The question I was asking was if the consultation is NGN400,000 +, then how much will I have to start processing my visa?

Perhaps that is the story of someone reading this piece now, the good news is that you will learn all the fundamentals and systems that will get you ready for relocating to Canada from Nigeria with family. But before that, build your confidence with the Canadian Immigration Plan for 2019–2021.

Under this plan, Canada will welcome more talented workers with the skills and expertise to boost their economy needs, reunite more family members and accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives.’

But promise that you will NEVER seek ways to migrating to Canada illegally. Such as overstaying a visitor’s visa or making false asylum claims.

Why You Should Not Relocate To Canada From Nigeria

I wanted to say, let’s think straight but I realized that some say it is difficult (at times) to think straight in our dear country, so here is it. Should you relocate to Canada from Nigeria? Yes and No.

Yes, Relocate. Why and how?

Because we know leaving a shitty and poo labeled country like ours for a super better life in North America is worth it. I mean, you can’t just measure the parameters of staying in Nigerian when you can easily relocate to Canada, or why do you think more Japanese are leaving their country for Canada or even the fact that about 225,000 Indians Could Move to Canada by 2021?

No, Don’t Relocate. Why and how?

“Don’t come to Canada with super high expectations or you will be disappointed quickly. If you have a great job with good benefits where you are, pls. stay there.
A lot of high skilled immigrants I’ve met as an employment counsellor who helps to find jobs in Canada are demoralized as they cannot find equal level jobs they left back home. Know this, your skills are not considered comparable. Period. You will start at the BOTTOM! Discrimination exists covertly”. – According to Emeviks who had been there since 2007,

In case you are thinking about the right answer, here is it from another Nigerian.

All the above will not deter us from relocating to Canada from Nigeria. Let them do whatever they want, what we know is that we will do all kind of jobs. Lol. Even the politicians are not joking about Canada Relocation so why should we?

The conclusion is that, whether you decide to stay or relocate is up to you because no one can stop a DETERMINED HEART. But here is why the Canadian Government needs you.

Canada’s immigration program, as set out in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), is intended to “support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy, in which the benefits of immigration are shared across all regions of Canada.” Canada sets an annual target for immigration and selects newcomers who best contribute to the country’s economic and social well-being.

With an aging population and low fertility rates, immigration plays an important role in ensuring that Canada’s population and labor force continue to grow. Given that immigrant newcomers are, on average, younger than the Canadian-born population, immigration can help mitigate some of the challenges of an aging demographic.

Also, immigration to Canada is a tool that can help to lessen the decline of Canada’s worker-to-retiree ratio. In 2012, the worker-to-retiree ratio was 4.2 to 1; projections put that ratio at 2 to 1 by 2036.

Canada Is Calling Out For 1 Million New Immigrants In The Next Three Years (Is that a fluke?)

I am yet to see an exciting country like Canada. Just on January 12, 2019, CNN reported it that Canada wants to welcome more than 1 million new immigrants in the next three years. And to think that Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and projects that number could reach 350,000 this year is amazing.

Do you know that moment when an uninvited visitor comes to your house and refuses to go so you can eat your Fried Rice alone, lol? Well, when I saw the above, I went ahead to do research that will interest you. And what was that? I went on to see how other Canadians felt about the initiative. Here are some thoughts from it.

Prinny said,
“I have no issue with inviting people who are going to become members of the economic system of Canada. These 1 million are not the issue.
I have issues though when you invite multimillionaires to park their cash in this country as a form of money laundering especially into real estate who then CLAIM low income status, BUT own a 10 million dollar home in West Vancouver and ride our health care system into the ground and use all the social services that are available to those who are at the poverty line”

A response from Kebab,
“Yes, they are.
Who do you think I’m competing against when I want a house within 2 hours of Toronto? Or your kids? My mom spent half her life working in the textile district before working at Tim Horton’s. And everyone thinks she’s Filipino.
And FYI, this 1 million number doesn’t even account for the number of “students”.

Sheribon said,
Vancouver is a mess too, we don’t need any more people moving into an already over stressed housing market.
Another citizen asked,
“Why exactly does Canada need more people?”
A response from Gape,
People can’t afford to have kids so we import them.

Another response from a citizen, Fheymos,
“We don’t. But our virtue signaling Prime Minister, a man I deeply regret voting for and wish I voted NDP, cares more about fulfilling his science fiction ideology based daydreams, than about actual Canadian citizens. He wants to a savior for people who aren’t Canadian… while completely abandoning Canadians he is supposed to represent”.

Another response from a citizen, Jtbc,
“Demographics. The birthrate is too low to sustain moderate population growth, so if we don’t bring in more people, we’ll end up with too many old people, and a shrinking economy”.

A response from Nakee,
“Long-term national security, increases in innovation, larger domestic economic market. Canada’s probably going to want to gradually increase it’s population to ~100 million within the next century”.

A response from Caroline,
“Because of our large size and low population density public infrastructure/services are more expensive to deliver here. If we had a higher population density funding these services would be easier.
Additionally, our aging population has a low birth rate, right now we have 4 workers for every retiree but by 2030 that is expected to drop to 2 workers for every retiree which is just not sustainable. We’re headed for (already in tbh) a huge healthcare crisis where we won’t be able to take care of our population, there won’t be enough people to look after the elderly’.

Emigrating To Canada from Nigeria

In 2017, Canada admitted 159,262 permanent residents in Economic Class programs, representing 55.6% of all 2017 admissions. This was below the planned admissions range of 164,100 to 183,500 primarily due to longer than expected landing time.

Now before you consider immigrating to Canada from Nigeria below is the CANADIAN Admissions of Permanent Residents by Immigration Category and Province/Territory of Intended Destination, 2017.

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria

As of June 30, 2018, more than 2,000 graduates and skilled immigrants received job offers, personalized settlement plans, and endorsement from a province to submit an application to immigrate to Canada.


Admissions of Permanent Residents by Top 10 Source Countries in 2017

Canada received its immigrant population from over 185 countries of origin. The stat below shows admissions from the top 10 source countries. For more information, please see Table 1

  • India – 28,000+
  • Philippines – 23,000+
  • People’s Republic of China – 17,000+
  • Syria – 6,000+
  • United States of America – 4,000+
  • Pakistan – 3,500+
  • France – 3,200+
  • Nigeria – 3,100+
  • United Kingdom and Overseas Territories – 2,900+
  • Iraq – 2,400+

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria


Permanent Residents Admitted in 2017, by Top 10 Source Countries | Table 1




















People’s Republic of China












United States of America
























United Kingdom and Overseas Territories











Total Top 10





All Other Source Countries










Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Permanent Resident Data as of March 31, 2018.Data includes public policy admissions.


The Top 12+ Legal Ways To Relocating To Canada From Nigeria With Family

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria

With all the supports from the Canadian Government, how to relocate to Canada from Nigeria is legally recognized via the following ways.


#1. Relocate To Canada from Nigeria through EXPRESS ENTRY

The Express Entry system is one of the ways that Canada manages economic immigration.

Candidates who wish to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system are selected based on points awarded through the Comprehensive Ranking System and placed in the Express Entry pool. Invitations to apply for permanent residency are awarded to the highest ranked candidates in the pool, and occur every few weeks throughout the year.

In 2017, Canada admitted 65,417 new permanent residents in the Economic Class through the Express Entry application management system, an increase of 32,003 from the previous year.

Of the 49,724 admissions under the Provincial Nominee Program, 13,531 were through Express Entry, an increase of 73% over 2016.

It is worthy to note that applicants need to create an online profile stating which program they are applying for through the Express Entry system. And of course, if you meet the criteria, you will be apportioned points according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which measures profiles according to the categories below.

The highest scoring candidates are drawn from the Express Entry pool every two weeks and issued with Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence.

According to canadianvisa.org, then CRS Criteria Awards Points for the following:

  • Age
  • CLB
    Language proficiency (English and French)
  • Level
    of Education (In and outside Canada)
  • Work
    Experience (In and outside Canada)
  • Arranged
  • Provincial
    Nomination achieved
  • Siblings
    living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
  • Your
    spouse’s profile (if married)

By the way, there are other requirements for relocating to Canada from Nigeria yet you must have the following;

By the way, there are other requirements for relocating to Canada from Nigeria yet you must have the following;

– be full of age (preferably 29years or younger)

– have minimum 15years of Education (Bachelors) preferably 16/17/18years of education (Masters, PhD)

– have minimum of 3 years of skilled work experience.

Lest I forget:
At the end of the article, I will leave a link for you to check out the top cheapest ways to relocate successfully- these are routes for the rich, high & low IELTS takers, no Proof-of-funds and etc. Be sure to read till the end. 😉


#2. Relocate To Canada from Nigeria through START-UP VISA

The Start-up Visa relocation process is a system processed through Federal Economic — Business Immigration programs.

The Start-up Visa was launched as a five-year pilot program in April 2013 and provides permanent residence to innovative start-up entrepreneurs who have a commitment of support from a designated Canadian business incubator, angel investor group or venture capital fund.

The program has seen increased interest from foreign entrepreneurs eager to come to Canada and grow their businesses. Under the five-year Start-up Visa pilot program, IRCC accepted 132 innovative entrepreneurs with the skills and potential to build businesses in Canada. This pilot program was made permanent on March 31, 2018.


#3. Relocate to Canada through SUPER VISA

The Super Visa relocation process is a system processed through Parents and Grandparents category.

To support family reunification, parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the option of coming to Canada temporarily on a super visa. This allows eligible parents and grandparents to visit Canada for up to two years without the need for status renewal, and to make multiple entries for up to 10 years.

In 2017, IRCC approved 17,248 super visas for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents, enabling them to stay and visit their family in Canada for up to two consecutive years.

The following defines the requirements for Spousal Sponsorship:

The Sponsor Must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a Canadian permanent resident/citizen
  • Be legal in Canada
  • Not have sponsored someone else in the last five years

The Sponsored Person Must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Not be too closely related to the sponsor if Spouse.


#4. Move to Canada from Nigeria through ASYLUM CLAIMS

In 2017, the total number of asylum claims received in Canada more than doubled, from approximately 24,000 claims in 2016 to over 50,000 in 2017.

Approximately 40% of all asylum claimants were irregular migrants who crossed between ports of entry along the Canada-U.S. border. Maintaining border integrity and ensuring public safety and security continue to be key guiding principles for the Government of Canada.

But what exactly is relocation to Canada via Asylum really about?

Asylum claims are governed in part by the international treaties to which Canada is a signatory. As such, Canada has a legal responsibility to assess asylum claims made under these international conventions.

This makes the asylum system fundamentally different than other areas of immigration. Those with a legitimate need for protection have a right to make an asylum claim.

Once an asylum claimant receives a positive determination regarding their claim to protection, they gain status as a protected person and are authorized to apply for permanent residence from within Canada.

Permanent residents who are granted permanent status through this method continue to be protected persons.


#5. Canada Relocation via TEMPORARY MIGRATION

The Temporary Migration relocation process is a system processed through Temporary Workers coming into Canada.

In 2017, a total of 78,788 work permits were issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which includes caregivers, agricultural workers and other workers who require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Besides, 224,033 work permits were issued under the International Mobility Program (IMP), which are exempt from an LMIA for reasons such as reciprocal agreements that promote economic, social and cultural exchange between Canada and other countries.

Under the IMP, some of the exempt categories include temporary workers under international agreements, Canadian interests and the Mobilité francophone program.


#6. Canada Relocation as an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

In 2017, over 332,000 international students were eligible to work on or off campus and over 114,000 held work permits under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.

Interestingly, International students add an estimated $15 billion a year to Canada’s economy.

Also, In 2017, the number of invitations to candidates with a Canadian education credential increased to 30,600 (36% of all invitations sent) from 11,600 in the previous year, which is in line with Canada’s aim to attract the most talented students. This increase is in step with the overall growth in Express Entry.


#7. Relocating through Transitions from Temporary Foreign Worker or International Student Status to Permanent Residence

In 2017, Canada transitioned 56,739 temporary residents into permanent economic immigrants, providing the workers needed where the jobs cannot be filled by Canadians. This was a significant increase of 13,551 from the previous year.


#8. Canada Relocation as a VISITOR

Facilitating visitors’ travel to Canada is achieved through the issuance of temporary resident visas (TRVs) and electronic travel authorizations (eTAs).24

In 2017 alone, a total of 1,438,633 TRVs and 3,932,529 eTAs were approved for visitors. In terms of visa policy changes, on May 1, 2017, certain citizens from Brazil, Bulgaria and Romania became eligible to apply for an eTA rather than a TRV when travelling to Canada by air.

To be eligible, applicants need to have held a Canadian visa within the past 10 years, or hold a valid U.S. Non-immigrant visa at the time of application. On December 1, 2017, Canada fully lifted the TRV requirements for Romania and Bulgaria.

The main data points here if you are moving to Canada as a visitor are:

  • In 2017, the average processing time for TRV applications was 22 days, and 66% were processed within the service standard of 14 days.
  • In 2017, two-thirds of TRV applications came from five nations. China alone accounted for 38% of all requests.
  • In 2017, a full 99% of eTA automatic approvals were provided within five minutes.



What do you think about the above? I think it is interesting.

In 2017, a total of 555 applications for temporary residence were received under the public policy provisions of subsection 25.2(1) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) for certain inadmissible foreign nationals to facilitate their temporary entry into Canada as visitors, students or workers.

The public policy exemption has been in place since September 2010 to advance Canada’s national interests while continuing to ensure the safety of Canadians.


#10. Emigrating to Canada through TEMPORARY RESIDENT PERMITS

Did you know that could relocate to Canada through a Temporary Resident Permit process?

Now under subsection 24(1) of IRPA, an officer may issue a temporary resident permit (TRP) to a foreign national who is inadmissible or who does not otherwise meet the requirements of the Act, to allow that individual to enter or remain in Canada when it is justified under the circumstances. TRPs are issued for a limited period of time and are subject to cancellation at any time.

Let me shock you….

As part of the Government of Canada’s multifaceted efforts to combat human trafficking, immigration officers have been authorized since 2006 to issue TRPs to foreign nationals who may be victims of this crime. This enables victims of human trafficking to remain in Canada legally for a period of time and consider their options.


#11. Emigrating to Canada through PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAM

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria

One of the strategic ways to relocate Canada from Nigerian is through the Provincial Nominee Program.

Provincial streams are the next consideration for your application for permanent residence from Nigeria.

Each one of Canada’s provinces targets the specific demands of their labour markets with different immigration streams.

The Provincial Nominee Program is offered by certain Canadian provinces and territories. The sole purpose is to address sectors of the local economies that are lacking specific skills. These streams target mostly skilled workers, graduates and unskilled/trades workers.

Some the Provincial Nominee Program provinces include the following:


  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Self-Employed Farmer Stream

British Columbia

  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
  • Entrepreneur Immigration

New Brunswick

  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Family Support


  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • Other Canadian Provincial Programs include the following:
  • Ontario Immigration
  • Quebec Immigration
  • Manitoba Immigration
  • New Brunswick Immigration
  • Newfoundland Immigration
  • Nova Scotia Immigration
  • Saskatchewan Immigration
  • Prince Edward Island Immigration.

#12. Relocating To Canada from Nigeria via Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is a community-driven program. It’s designed to spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities by creating a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to work and live in one of the participating communities.

Being a community-driven pilot program, meaning the communities will assess prospective candidates who

  • best fit the economic needs of these community.
  • have a genuine employment opportunity that meets their community
  • have the intention of staying in the community.
  • recommend candidates for permanent residence to IRCC for a final decision
  • Connect newcomers with settlement services and mentoring opportunities with established members of the community.


#13. Home Child Care Provider Program

The Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots provide in-home caregivers with the opportunity to become a permanent resident once they have 2 years of eligible work experience in Canada.

It also lets their family members come to Canada to work or study while they get work experience.

The thick-line of this Canadian relocation route is that the “Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilots” don’t apply to caregivers who will work in Quebec.

So, if you intended to relocate to the province of Quebec using this route, then its bad news, else, you have other Canadian Provinces to relocate to and enjoy yourself.


How To Relocate to Canada under Trade Skill Express Entry?

Relocating to Canada from Nigeria

The Federal Skilled Trades Program is for skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade.

On this page:

  • Minimum requirements
  • Skilled work experience
  • Education
  • Language ability
  • Proof of funds
  • Admissibility
  • Where you can live in Canada
  • Be assessed by your province or territory
  • Next steps

Minimum requirements. To be eligible, you must

  • meet the required language levels for each language ability writing reading listening speaking
  • have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience) in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply
  • meet the job requirements for that skilled trade as set out in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a certificate of qualification
  • have a valid job offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.
Skilled work experience

Skilled trades for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these groups of the National Occupational Classification (NOC):

  • Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades
  • Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades
  • Major Group 82, supervisors and technical jobs in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
  • Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks
  • Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

The major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations, and they are all skill type B.

You must show that you performed the duties set out in the lead statement of the occupational description in the NOC. This includes all the essential duties and most of the main duties listed.

If you do not show that your experience meets the description in the NOC, we won’t accept your application.

Federal Skilled Trades Program applications must be made based on the 2016 version of the NOC.



There is no education requirement for the Federal Skilled Trades Program. But, if you want to improve your rank in the Express Entry pool, there are 2 ways you can do this.

  • if you went to school in Canada, you can get points for a certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian secondary (high school) or post-secondary school or
  • If you have foreign education, you can get points for a completed foreign credential and an Educational Credential Assessment report from an approved agency showing that your education is equal to a completed certificate, diploma or degree from a Canadian: secondary (high school) or post-secondary school
Language ability

You must

  • meet the minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark 5 for speaking and listening, and Canadian Language Benchmark 4 for reading and writing
  • take approved language tests for writing reading listening speaking
  • enter the test results in your Express Entry profile

Your language tests are valid for 2 years after the date of the test result. They must be valid on the day you apply for permanent residence.

Proof of funds

You must show that you have enough money for you and your family to settle in Canada, unless you

  • are currently able to legally work in Canada and
  • have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada.
  • You must be admissible to Canada.
  • Where you can live in Canada

You must plan to live outside the province of Quebec. The province of Quebec selects its own skilled workers. If you plan on living in Quebec, see Quebec-selected skilled workers for more information.


The Easy Way To Land A Job When You Relocate From Nigeria To Canada?

Construction Workers, Web Developers/IT Specialists, Physicians, Firefighters and more. But there is a catch. What’s that?

During a job interview, you want to make sure you do a background study about the company first.

If they ask you a question and you become dumb, chances are you don’t have appropriate answers.

What they need is exactly what they want to hear. And if you don’t know, it’s because you did not read, research and learn about the company and industry and job duties,

Truth is, it’s cumbersome if not prepared but I will help you out.

Do well to use one or some of the following job platforms to start your search.

  • Canadian Job Bank
  • LinkedIn
  • Indeed.ca

Lest I forget.

Although it does not apply to all the companies, another idea by experience, when applying for a job is to remove countries you’ve gained experience or worked in from resume to gain attention clear and void of what’s deemed foreign experience, not a Canadian experience.


Top 5 Things To Do When You Land In Canada from Nigeria

Of course, there are first-hand things you want to do when you land. Some of them are as listed.

It is recommended that you set up a bank account, Take local language courses if you aren’t first-language French or English, Find temporary accommodation (AirBnB or MakeYourselfatHome.com), Get a local sim card, and so on.

However, of all the listed, I think the most important is to find temporary accommodation (AirBnB or MakeYourselfatHome.com). The good thing about that is that you can do it when still here in Nigeria, I mean, hover the site and see works.


Final Thoughts On Relocating To Canada from Nigeria

Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and projects that number could reach 350,000 this year. And 360,000 in 2020. And 370,000 in 2021

Truth is, you don’t have to spend a fortune before you get to Canada. Just as we have stated above, all you need is the right information.

Did you know that increasingly, immigrants are coming to Canada as temporary residents and transitioning to permanent residents?

This is a popular route for candidates who do not immediately qualify for permanent residence when applying from Nigeria.

Time spent in Canada as a temporary resident counts towards a permanent residence application.

💡 Ultimate Canadian Relocation: the CHEAPEST way to successfully relocate to Canada from Nigeria.

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