Working in Canada

With Canada being rated number one place to live by the United Nations why don’t more of us move there? Canada’s market exceeds many in terms of working conditions and salaries, making it attractive to work in Canada.

Canada’s low international unemployment rate of 6.9% makes it a very attractive market to enter, not only is unemployment low but working here offers many benefits similar to UK such as free educational systems for children and a clean / high living standard to live in. All these attributes make it one of the most attractive markets for job seekers.

Working in Canada

Working temporary or permanently in Canada

Visitors don’t need a Visa if staying in Canada for less than 6 months; however it is important to purchase an eTA, this allows Canada to screen travellers before arrival. Staying more than 6 months requires a visa. Generally non Canadian citizens will be required to obtain a valid work permit and a visa to work even for temporary jobs. Temporary visas include:

  • Student visas
  • Super visa for parents and grandparents
  • Visitor visas
  • Work permit

Cold snowy weather in Canada attracts many seasonal workers in winter, although there are copious amounts of work in tourism and hospitality sectors, it is more difficult to find permanent work throughout the entire country.

Work culture in Canada

North America as a whole have a strong work ethic so is surprising that on average a working week is only 36.6 hours which is less than in the UK. People typically great by shaking hands and eye contact is considered  important when conducting business.

Canadians are very time oriented so punctuality is important  because after all time is money! Communication is less direct compared to the UK and may come across rude, it is also important to use words and phrases which encourage working together as a team.

Major industries in Canada

Canada surprisingly doesn’t only make maple syrup but three main major industries are in fact within; manufacturing, service industry and natural resources. As previously mentioned unemployment is quite low; however it can be extremely difficult to find and secure a job. Job opportunities are more plentiful in metropolitan areas such as:

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Montreal
  • Ottawa
  • Toronto

Working in Canada

Job vacancies in Canada

A high proportion of jobs are found through networking, of which 65-85% of jobs are found through networking. Common places to find jobs are through advertisements, online and in newspapers. Popular websites include:

  • Canadajobs.com
  • Eluta.ca
  • Jobs-Canada
  • Monster-Canada
  • Workopolis
  • Working in Canada – Job search

The main language spoken throughout Canada is English, although many are in fact bilingual. Individuals who speak French have an advantage over others. The common language practised in Quebec is French, so would be essential to know the language if working in this province.

In terms of CV’s it should have similar features of a UK one; a clear structure, education, work experience etc. Differences in CV structure in Canada include shorter CV’s of just a single page. Experience is another important aspect employers search for. Emails and letters thanking interviewee’s is a common practise in Canada Your next step will be accepting the job and finally migrating to Canada.