How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Canada

Canada is a vast country, and there are plenty of property development opportunities in various parts of it. Statistics show that real estate business is growing rapidly, and the Canadian real estate industry is recovering from the real estate bubble of 2016-17. 

This means that, sooner or later, there will be a lot of vacancies for real estate agents. Here, we will guide you on how to become a real estate agent in Canada:

What Are the Requirements to Become a Real Estate Agent?

Just like any other jobs, there are some prerequisites to become an agent in Canada. Basically, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Graduated from 12th grade
  • A citizen of Canada

There are also some requirements for licensing that will be discussed next.

What Schooling Do You Need to Become an Agent in Canada?

Completing a real estate course is the first step. Each province in Canada operates its own version of the course, but the basics are more or less the same. 

Following that, you should find a suitable brokerage agency to sponsor you. Every applicant should do their own research about work style and principles when choosing a brokerage.

Once your sponsorship is approved, it is time to pass the licensing exam. The fees for these exams varies across the country. 

Those who pass the exam can now undergo a period of professional training supervised by their brokerage. This is often referred to as articling. The context and requirements vary among different provinces. 

Now that you are officially allowed to have clients, you should try marketing ideas for new agents. 

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How Much Does a Real Estate Agent in Canada Make?

According to Neuvoo, the average income for a real estate agent in Canada is about $100.000 or around $51 per hour. Beginners may start at $33.000. 

The provinces of Ontario and British Columbia, where Toronto and Vancouver are located, offer higher income opportunities for real estate professionals. 

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  • Hikmat Abdel Baki
    Posted at 16:04h, 27 June

    Can a non Canadian be a real estate agent ?? and how

    • Amir
      Posted at 03:34h, 29 June

      Hello Hikmat,
      This is actually a broad question. CREA does not list citizenship as a minimum requirement for being a real estate agent but you should have the legal right to work in Canada. Nonetheless, you should contact your local board to get the final answer.

  • Suad Osman Mohamed
    Posted at 05:31h, 14 July

    Could you pls guide me as to how to become a real estate agent as a Canadian citizen residing in Toronto?

  • Palak
    Posted at 00:22h, 01 December

    Hello, can a Permanent Resident but not a citizen of Canada become a real estate agent?

    • Amir
      Posted at 01:35h, 01 December

      Hello, Palak.
      Canadian PRs have permission to work in Canada, so it should be fine. However, Real estate licensing is provincial, and some provinces may have different requirements. Please contact your local real estate board or association for more.

  • Manoj Kumar
    Posted at 11:07h, 06 January

    I’m not a citizen of Canada, how can I get PR as a realtor from another country

    • Amir
      Posted at 02:21h, 08 January

      Hello Manoj. You should contact an immigration lawyer for more help. If you are experienced and have proof of your work, your chances are higher.

  • Paramsehaj Singh Cheema
    Posted at 04:41h, 13 January

    Hey good-afternoon, my question after reading the comments is that i need a work permit to apply for the license exam of real estate and i dont need to be a citizen of canada?

    • Amir
      Posted at 05:02h, 13 January

      Hello Parmasehaj,
      The rule clearly mentions that you need to be a citizen of Canada to be able to obtain the license. However, you might still be eligible for the training. Please contact your local real estate board to confirm this.

  • Paramsehaj Singh Cheema
    Posted at 06:06h, 13 January

    Can you tell where can i have all the information regarding these things or is there an another way where i can contact you?

  • Hamid Mirza
    Posted at 19:59h, 28 January

    I am on PR. Am I eligible to obtain a real estate license ?

    • Amir
      Posted at 02:01h, 29 January


      The rule clearly mentions that you need to be a citizen of Canada to be able to obtain the license. However, you might still be eligible for the training. Please contact your local real estate board to confirm this.

  • Anisa
    Posted at 06:47h, 21 May

    If someone becomes a real estate agent in Canada can u still work in Europe or like any other country?

    • Amir
      Posted at 05:38h, 25 May

      Hello. Just like every province or state, every country will have different requirements. You need to check with the local Board or Association of Realtors in that specific area/country. I’m sure you need to obtain necessary licenses and be permitted to work in those countries, if you are not a citizen already.