5 Reasons to Immigrate to Canada from Nigeria

Have you been thinking about immigration for some time? Is life in Nigeria not what you hoped it would be for you and your family? North America is the most popular destination for Nigerians who want to move there, and Canada in particular is known for its diversity and hospitality. Canada has announced plans to admit over one million foreign nationals as workers over the next three years to address critical labour shortages. With an aging population that offers many opportunities for young professionals and world-class cities ready to settle, there are many reasons to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria.

Statistics show that one in three Nigerians consider immigrating but never make plans to actually do so. This may be because the application process always seems quite daunting. However, with our help, you can easily be assessed and apply for a variety of immigration programs that can lead to an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Find out how to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria with our helpful guide.


1.Employment in Canada

35% of Nigerians want to find work outside their country and Canada is the ideal place to secure a position, especially in the required professions set by the government and provinces/territories. One of the highest numbers of job openings in Canada is in the health sector, and eight out of 10 Nigerian doctors are looking for work elsewhere, giving hope to qualified professionals.

However, graduates who do not have a high-level education need not worry about not being here, as there are also a host of unskilled occupations that are eligible for immigration. The average annual salary in Canada is $50,000, while experienced professionals can earn up to $300,000 in some provinces.


2. Quality of life in Canada

Due to disruptions in service networks and having to pay for things like electricity out of their own pocket, as many as 35% of Nigerians seek to escape living conditions in Nigeria. There are also certain civil liberties that are restricted in Nigeria that are not in Canada, such as same-sex marriage being recognized by the state.

Your salary will also stretch further in the Canadian economy with houses in smaller communities starting at $170,000 while rent is only $1,500 in the larger urban centres. When you take the above average salary into account, there is much more room to save and build a high standard of living for you and your family in Canada.


3. Education system

Only 6% of Nigerians are in a position where they are considering education in their home country. However, studying abroad in Canada is easier than it seems, especially with useful international student scholarships as well as study visas through various graduate visa programs.

While a large proportion of young people in Nigeria are not enrolled in primary school systems, Canada is known for its highly subsidised, high-quality education systems. This means that you and your family can enjoy a stable, recognised and valuable basic education with plenty of opportunities waiting on the other side.


4. The health care system in Canada

Due to poor conditions in many Nigerian hospitals, qualified staff often go on strike, requiring proper equipment and stocks of medicines. It is no wonder that many doctors seek work elsewhere in Africa or abroad.

On the other side of the coin, free public health care is in place in Canada and access to medicines is not restricted. With its ageing population, the more vulnerable groups in society, such as the elderly, are well looked after by the state. This can change your life, not only in terms of the standard of care you receive, but also in terms of preventing treatable diseases in the first place.

5. Personal safety

Unfortunately due to an overwhelming presence of crime and terrorist threats in the region, Nigeria is internationally known for having a compromised police force. Everyday citizens suffer from a lack of protection, making them feel unsafe in less affluent neighbourhoods in cities like Lagos.

Crime is not a controlling factor in Nigerian society, with only 16% of residents affected by crime in some way. This figure continues to fall, and according to Global Finance Magazine, Canada is the 11th safest country in the world. Immigrants don’t have to fear xenophobia either, as the country has also been found to be one of the most accepting of foreigners globally, according to the World Happiness Report 2018.

Canadian immigration programmes

There are two main pathways that can be used to immigrate to Canada from Nigeria, which allow you to settle anywhere in the country (except Quebec, which has its own rules) or in a specific province/territory. These programs cater to unskilled/semi-skilled/skilled workers, depending on which Canadian immigration pathway you choose to apply through.

Provincial Nominee Program

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was developed to address more acute labour market shortages in the provinces/territories themselves. Not all provinces offer a PNP, and some of these programs are associated with Express Entry, which follows an additional process.

Provincial Nominee Programs
Province Occupations
  • Alberta Opportunity Stream
  • Alberta Express Entry Stream
  • Alberta Self-Employed Farmer Stream
British Columbia
  • Skills Immigration
  • Express Entry British Columbia
  • Entrepreneur Immigration
  • Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Overseas
  • Business Investor Stream (formerly MPNP-B)
  • Morden Community Driven Immigration Initiative
  • International Education Stream
  • International Skilled Worker Category
  • Saskatchewan Experience Category
  • Entrepreneur and Farm Category
New Brunswick
  • Express Entry Labour Market Stream
  • Skilled Workers with Employer Support
  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Entrepreneurial Stream
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Express Entry Skilled Worker
  • Skilled Worker Category
  • International Graduate Category
  • International Entrepreneur Category
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Prince Edward Island
  • PEI PNP Express Entry
  • Labour Impact Category
  • Business Impact Category
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry
  • Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities
  • Skilled Worker Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
  • Physician Stream
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
Northwest Territories
  • Employer Driven Program
  • Business Immigration Program
  • Human Capital Category
  • Employer Job Offer Category
  • Business Category
  • Yukon Express Entry (YEE)
  • Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • Business Nominee
Express Entry System

The Canadian Express Entry system was created by the federal government in 2015 to expedite certain skilled worker programs to address labor market shortages (with a processing time of only six months). These programs include the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Applicants who wish to apply for one of these programs must create an online profile through the Express Entry system. This profile is then scored using the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points based on the following criteria. Applicants who qualify are then placed in the Express Entry pool, where they are compared to other applicants. The profiles with the highest scores are then selected to receive invitations to apply for permanent residency (ITA) in a drawing that usually takes place every two weeks.

CRS Criteria Awards Points For:

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



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