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Irish Carpenter 23 years experience. Moving to Canada?

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First of all HI :) Im new to the forum and looking for advice would really appreciate the help on a big decision like this.

Well I suppose the title sort of says it all, my partner and our 2 young children are looking into moving abroad, really loving Canada :D My partner has 23 years carpentry experience in renovations, extensions and does commercial shop fit outs for a certain large chain of juice and smoothie bars here. 20years foreman experience and has a small bulding company at the moment.

So, my question is really do we try get in by a sposorship to work or apply ourselfs for a work visa? And what is the average wage for a carpenter in Canada?
We went to the Working Abroad Expo in the RDS Dublin this weekend but most of the jobs seemed to be for engineering and didnt get to talk a lot to anyone as the crowds were unbelieveable!! :eek:

We are not expecting the money to be flowing in like a lot of talk I seem to be hearing. OH already works 6 days a week and long hours so is well used to hard work. But we are trying to weigh the pros and cons, like our children would have so much more opportunities when they are older etc, but we are not sure what part of Canda to go to so no idea what rent prices are like, and have heard prices for car insuraceprices are pretty hefty.

I just sent emails yesterday with his C.V's to a few carpentry companies that I think he's would work well with and also to some jobs Ive seen online etc

Sooooo sorry for the long post, I've probably bored ye all :) Anyway if anyone has any tips or advice no matter how small we'd really appreciate it.

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You might want to check out what most 'carpenters' do over here.

Some of the people I work with have kids going into the trades. Most of them discounted carpentry as the vast majority of the work is constructing wooden forms for pouring concrete. Cabinet work/joinery jobs are a specialist niche and vacancies few and far between
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