How to Find Jobs in Canada

Seeking Canadian Employment
If you are issued a Canadian Permanent Resident Visa, you will have a legal right to live, work and study long-term in Canada. Among some of the most important decisions you will need to make as a new Canadian permanent resident include where to live and work in Canada. Depending on which Canadian visa type you are approved for by Canada's government, that choice may be made for you in advance. For example, if you are approved for a work visa to Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program, you will need to find employment in a particular Canadian province that needs your skills. In other cases, however, you may be approved for a work visa to Canada for a skill that is needed across Canada and so you will have to decide where to apply for jobs in Canada, which province or city you prefer to live in, etc.

Ideally, you may be able to obtain a qualifying offer of Canadian employment before you actually immigrate to Canada so that you will already know where you will live and work in Canada, how much money you will earn, etc. Some methods that many people use to look for jobs in Canada include:
  • using online job search engines (Canada's Job Bank is an excellent resource)
  • checking Canadian job openings posted on news websites for various cities in Canada
  • applying for a job in Canada on a company‚Äôs website
  • sending a resume/CV to a business via email
  • utilizing LinkedIn or other social media to network for jobs in Canada
  • networking with family, friends or others who may know of a Canadian job opening
  • getting help from Canadian government employment agencies
  • receiving assistance from private organizations that help people find jobs in Canada, Like Think Canada

Other Considerations
There are additional factors to consider when seeking employment in Canada.
For example, it will be important for you to have good English or French language skills in order to (1) qualify for a Canadian work visa and (2) secure a job in Canada. Greater emphasis is now being given to English and French language abilities by the Canadian government in deciding on granting someone a work visa to Canada, so if you improve your skills in English or French (if necessary), you may increase your chances of finding work in Canada. In other situations, your knowledge of a foreign language can be a plus since you may be able to speak to customers in their native language.

You should also have an up-to-date resume/CV written in English or French (one page preferred; two pages maximum) that is tailored for each company and position that you apply to and that is error-free.

Another consideration when seeking Canada jobs is whether your credentials, education or work experience will be recognized in Canada. In many cases, an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) will be required for certain Canadian immigration programs (such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program) to assess to what extent your education/qualifications received outside of Canada are similar to those obtained inside Canada. Having a "positive" ECA may also facilitate getting a qualifying Canada job offer.

Your occupation, English and/or French language skills and other important factors are taken into account by our ICCRC-registered Immigration Consultants that we work with when they evaluate your eligibility to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada.