The Newcomer’s Guide to Navigating the IT, Engineering, and Supply Chain Sectors in Canada
Canada is a land of opportunities for immigrants, offering a robust job market in various sectors.
Among the thriving industries, the Information Technology (IT), Engineering, and Supply Chain sectors stand out for their immense potential. If you're a new immigrant seeking to explore career prospects in Canada, this guide aims to provide you with valuable insights into these sectors.
Information Technology (IT)
The IT sector in Canada is experiencing rapid expansion, fueled by technological advancements and digital transformation. It encompasses a wide range of fields, such as software development, data analysis, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. In fact, tech roles dominated Indeed’s List of Best Jobs In Canada For 2023, making up 13 of the top 20 jobs - demonstrating that IT workers with specialized skills are still highly sought after in the Canadian job market.
As more businesses move their operations online, the demand for technical IT skills is just going to increase. To kickstart your IT career, consider acquiring relevant certifications, enhancing your programming skills, and staying updated with industry trends.
Humber College offers tailored bridging programs to help newcomers restart their IT careers in Canada. This includes:
- Full-Stack .NET Cloud Developer bridging program for newcomer programmers and software developers (5 months)
- IT Infrastructure bridging program for newcomers who have a background in computer networking or cybersecurity (4 months)
Engineering & Architecture
Canada's engineering sector is known for its innovation, high-quality infrastructure, and environmentally sustainable practices. Various engineering disciplines, including electrical, mechanical, civil engineering and architecture have promising prospects. To work as a professional engineer in one of Canada's provinces or territories, you must receive a licence from that province or territory's engineering association. However, you can still start working in engineering—even if you haven’t been licensed by a regulator—as long as you are supervised by a licensed engineer who takes professional responsibility for your work.
Knowledge of Canadian codes and standards can also boost your chances of employment success in this field since employers must comply with these codes to meet minimum acceptable levels of safety, quality and reliability in their projects.
Bridging programs help provide newcomers with the knowledge, technical skills, and soft skills that are being demanded by employers in the engineering/architecture sector – thus “bridging the gap” between the newcomer and the employer’s requirements.
The Supply Chain sector plays a crucial role in Canada's economy, encompassing logistics, transportation, warehousing, and procurement. It offers diverse career paths, ranging from supply chain management to operations and logistics analysis. According to the 2022 Supply Chain Salary & Career report, the median total compensation package in Canada is $89,460 CAD.
Understanding Canadian regulations and logistics systems, along with acquiring relevant skills and certifications can help you stand out in this field. Humber College offers a 12-week Supply Chain bridging program to help newcomers acquire these skills and connect with employers who are actively hiring for supply chain roles. Towards the end of the program, students in the supply chain bridging program participate in a hiring event to network with employers looking to hire newcomer talent specifically.
As a new immigrant in Canada, exploring the IT, Engineering, and Supply Chain sectors can open doors to exciting career opportunities. Remember to research the specific requirements for your chosen field, network with professionals, and continuously upgrade your skills. Leverage online resources, professional associations, and bridging programs to gain insights and guidance along your journey. And remember - Canada welcomes diversity, talent, and hard work - offering a supportive environment for new immigrants to flourish in these thriving sectors.
About Humber College: Partners in Your Canadian Dream
Internationally trained professionals come from all over the world to start new lives. We acknowledge your professional accomplishments, and we also understand how challenging it is to re-establish yourself in a new country. Humber College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary educational institutions and is dedicated to helping you meet your educational and career goals.
Many internationally trained professionals have benefited from the educational opportunities and services we provide, such as advising services, language classes, and bridging programs that offer short-term, technical training. We have provided educational and career advice to over 5000 internationally trained professionals that has led them to further professional studies and employment in their desired fields.