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Live and work in the #1 best country in the world (U.S News rankings)

Irving Shipbuilding, world-class shipbuilding and repair, is looking for tradespeople (inc. metal fabricators, electricians, welders, pipefitters and spray painters), engineers, planners and cyber security specialists from across the globe to relocate and join us in beautiful Nova Scotia.
In return, we offer numerous benefits including a market-leading relocation package.

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is the most modern shipbuilder and in-service ship support provider in North America. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, our skilled team and innovative facilities provide efficient building, fabrication, conversion and servicing of vessels and offshore platforms.

As Canada’s chosen shipbuilder, Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is working with the Royal Canadian Navy on the next class of Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) and Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) vessels under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).

Requirements for all roles:
  • You will need a minimum of 5 years of shipbuilding experience.

  • We will need to be able to trace up to 10 years of your work history.

  • You must have the ability to be security cleared.

Can't see the role for you, or want to find out more about any of the opportunities or advice on relocation? Our team are on hand to help, email Xavier Ashurst for more information 📧
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Irving benefits

When you choose to work for Irving at our world-class shipbuilding, repair and fabrication facilities in Nova Scotia, we will take care of your full relocation package as well as offer excellent benefits to further support you with your move. 

  • A full family or single person's relocation package.
  • Access to a relocation expert to manage your or your family’s move.
  • Universal health care benefits.
  • Lower taxation rates than many European Countries.
  • Fully paid permanent residence after two years working for Irving Shipbuilding.


We've been building and maintaining Canada's fleet for over 60 years


The men and women of Irving Shipbuilding have constructed over 80% of Canada’s Navy at sea today


Call Halifax home.

Halifax has something to offer everyone, from great thinking to great escapes. 

We understand relocation can be daunting and therefore we are offering a market-leading relocation package including:

  • Support throughout the immigration process.

  • Support getting settled into your new community.

  • Relocating your belongings/household goods.

  • Up to 6 months of temporary accommodations.

  • Arranging travel for you, your family and your pets.

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Experience more

Interactive candidate guide.

Read more about our company, roles, benefits, living in Halifax and relocation in our guide.

What you'll be working on

An order book of over 30 years of scope, working on Canada's shipbuilding strategy:

CSC - Canadian Surface Combatant: The Canadian Surface Combatant, formerly the Single Class Surface Combatant Project is the name given to the procurement project that will replace the Iroquois and Halifax-class warships with up to 15 new ships beginning in the mid to late 2020s as part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy

AOPS - Arctic & Offshore Patrol Ships: The Harry DeWolf-class offshore patrol vessels are warships of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) built by the Government of Canada Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) procurement project, part of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (now called National Shipbuilding Strategy).

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Your future

Ready to start your future in shipbuilding?

You can have a dynamic, diverse, family-friendly career and be part of the J.D. Irving, Limited family of companies, dedicated to your success, health and wellness and safety.