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Finding a Job in Canada: What You Need to Know

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find a job in canadaMore than ever, Canada is in need of qualified workers in a range of professions. From nurses to miners, food servers to IT professionals, employers in Canada are increasingly looking beyond their own borders to meet their employment needs.

When living abroad, finding a job in Canada can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, a few tips can help demystify the process, and with a little luck you could be on your way to a new life and career in Canada!

Step 1: Know the Job Market

Before looking for jobs, you should take some time to learn about the labour environment for your specific occupation in Canada. It is important to ask yourself important questions about your job search goals, such as:

  • What is the average salary for my job in Canada? Does it vary by location?
  • What are my rights as a worker?
    • All Canadians are entitled to a minimum wage and vacation benefits. Social benefits such as healthcare may vary from province to province.
  • Do I need Federal/Provincial certification to practice in Canada?
  • Are my skills in high demand in a certain part of Canada?
  • Is my job considered ‘high’ or ‘low’ skilled in Canada?

Step 2: Search for a Job

There is no ‘right’ way to search for a job in Canada. A good place to start is to think of any connections you might have in the country. Look through your social networks to find out if you have friends or family (or friends-of-friends, etc) with ties to Canada or your profession. If you have no personal ties, you may want to consider contacting professionals working in your field in Canada and asking to speak with them informally in order to learn more about the job market.

Of course, you do not need a professional network in Canada in order to begin your job search. There are a number of Canadian job posting websites that you may use to start your search today. The Canadavisa Job Search Tool, which accesses job postings from across the country, is a good place to start.

When applying for jobs, it is important to remember that Canadian employers may look for certain things that differ from employers in your home country. For instance, it is important to provide a resume that conforms to Canadian professional standards. You can use the Canadavisa resume builder to make sure yours is up to par. If you are applying for any job opening, it is beneficial to include a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the job.

Step 3: Securing a Job Offer

If you make it to step 3, congratulations! You are closer than ever to arriving in Canada. A job offer from a Canadian employer may be issued on either a temporary or permanent basis. Both can help bring you to Canada, but there are different processes for each.

Usually, a Canadian employer will formally hire you by issuing a job offer letter. For immigration purposes, it is helpful that the job offer letter includes the following information:

  • Salary and benefits
  • Working hours
  • Description of job duties
  • Printed on company letterhead
  • Signed by employer and employee

For semi-skilled occupations, the Federal government requires the use of a standardized employment contract, if you are being hired from abroad.

Important note: While rare, fraudulent job offers do occur. You should exercise good judgement when receiving a job offer from an employer abroad. Remember that a genuine offer of employment will not ask you to pay money or provide your credit card information.

Step 4: Come to Canada

An offer of temporary employment can be issued for varying lengths of time, from a few days to a few years. If successful, you will receive a Temporary Work Permit to work in this position. You will come to Canada for a specified period of time as a temporary foreign worker, and you will be restricted to working only for the job written on your permit. If you do wish to change employers once in Canada, you would need to apply for and receive a new work permit. This can be done from inside Canada.

If your offer of employment is permanent in nature, you can use it as support for a permanent residency application. Many popular immigration programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, have streams dedicated to processing applications that include a full-time Canadian job offer. While the Federal Skilled Worker Program has placed a strict cap on application intake, individuals with arranged employment in Canada are not subject to these caps.

Whether temporary or permanent, a job in Canada will give you invaluable experience, and may be a stepping stone for a future life in the country. For some, a job will fall into place quickly, while for others the search may last longer. No matter what, it is important to keep your focus on your ultimate personal and professional goals. With persistence, you can make them a reality.

Finding a job offer is not the only way to come to Canada. To find out if you qualify for Canadian Permanent Residency without a job offer, please fill out a free online assessment today.

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149 thoughts on “Finding a Job in Canada: What You Need to Know

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    Abuu Mumuni

    Hi, I would like to work in your country as a farmer, packaging personnel etc.

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    Ekta shukla

    Hi, sir. This is ekta. I am indian based become graduate and working in bpo. I wanted to know that what kind of jobs are there, which will be offered to me if i want to to work in canada on temporary period.

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    Jagdeep

    Hi good day i am shipping captain by professional and about to 59 yrs old .I would like to pickup any job in Canada pls advise me how to migrate to Canada
    Thanks and Regards
    Capt Randhawa

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    naresh

    Hi ,
    I would like to know what is the process to apply a job in Canada.
    And what are the pre-requisites for Canada job.

    thanks,
    Naresh.

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    lokesh

    I am a south indian looking any jobs in canada service rep or any kind of job i am 30 years old
    i speak good english

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    MUZIWOXOLO KHOZA

    Understood the article,l am 17 years and l am good at commerce,english,history and geo.l am sincerely and really asking for a waiter job in one of the restuarents.l have been a person or a boy who grew up told lam nothing so l cant afford to have that in mind l am taking a step,so please help me.

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    MUZIWOXOLO KHOZA

    im looking foward to finding a job l am 18years from zimbabwe and lm good in english,commerce,computers and history,l am a kind of persson who told himself l am nothing but l woke frrom those sends l now pulled up my socks and sincerely need a time job.

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    abdul haq razzaq

    i need a job in canada in mechanical field. plz let me know

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    Elavarasan

    Hai sir this Elavarasan now I working to Malaysia but I am a Indian I want job in Canada. Pls contact me this my valid Malayasia phone number

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