Finding a job in Canada is not the only way to secure a work permit or invitation to apply through Express Entry. But for some applicants it is the only way. 

This article will help you understand all you need to do to find a job in Canada. It provides you with essential steps to help you learn how to find a job in Canada. This process will take time, especially if your occupation is classed as a regulated profession in Canada. However, if you are determined and stay with the process you will eventually reap the rewards and secure that all important job in Canada.

Step 1: Know the Job Market

Before looking for jobs, you should take some time to learn about the labour market 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.
  • 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. If you do not have any personal connections you can start building a professional network in the country 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 such as Monster Jobs, Indeed and Adzuna. 

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. A resume should be short and to the point. If you are applying for any job opening, it is beneficial to include a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the job.

We regularly receive CV’s/resume’s from clients looking to find work in Canada which are more than two pages in length. Job titles and job descriptions are also unclear and or not clearly specified. If we cannot determine what your specialism is and what you are looking for we will not pursue an application further.

Step 3: Securing a Job in Canada

A Canadian employer may issue a job offer on a permanent or temporary basis. If your job title is semi-skilled then an employer may only hire you on a temporary basis. If your occupation is high-skilled an employer can choose to hire you on a permanent or temporary basis.

Depending on whether your job offer is permanent or temporary an employer will then have to make a genuine and substantial attempt to to try and hire or train Canadian citizens or permanent residents if they have not already done so. The Canadian employer must then file the appropriate Labour Market Impact Assessment and fee. They may also be audited and interviewed by the Canadian Government prior to the issuance of a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment.

Step 4: Come to Canada

Once a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment is issued you may then apply for a temporary work permit or permanent residence through Express Entry.

An offer of temporary employment can be issued for varying lengths of time from a few weeks to a few years. Your temporary work permit will authorize you to 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 through the Express Entry system under the Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades or Provincial Nominee Program.

Conclusion

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 career progression and immigration goals.