What Does It Require to Get a Job in Canada?

requirements to get a job in Canada

If the plan is to settle down in Canada, then finding and keeping a job should be next on your to-do list as getting a source of income is the only thing that will keep you afloat, keeping you away from debts and still handling your primary and secondary expenses.

If you are new to the area, gaining employment might look a little different than what you are used to. The pandemic has made searching for a job more challenging, so it’s especially important that you stay up to date on what’s happening in the labor market, so you are prepared. We all know that applying for work in Canada can be really difficult if you don’t know where to start.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada don’t require a work permit or visa to work in Canada, regardless of their country of residence. However, if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you need a work permit to work legally in Canada.

Foreign nationals looking to work in or visit Canada may need to get a work permit, a visitor visa, or both to enter Canada. There are temporary and permanent immigration programs that you may be eligible to apply for.

To work temporarily in Canada, determine your eligibility and apply to the:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP)
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
  • International Experience Canada (IEC)

To work and become a permanent resident of Canada, determine your eligibility and apply to the:

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – Express entry
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) – Express entry, including its Ph.D. eligibility stream
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) – Express entry
  • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Factors To Consider

Amidst the rigorous activities you had to go through to get into Canada, press the pause button for a minute or two and ask yourself certain questions that are essential, these are the factors you need to put into consideration when looking for a job

Location To Live In

Canada is a very big country with enough landmass, also having two official languages. Just like every other country, there are towns and villages, you need to take this into consideration as to where you can easily get the job you are looking for and if you will be able to handle the cost of living in that province. Looking for a city known for its food, art, and culture? Perhaps Toronto is the destination for you. Want to improve on your French skills? Montreal is the perfect spot to learn.

Type of Work

Like with any job search, it’s important to think about the specific industry or field you’d like to work in. Whether you’re already an expert in your field, are planning on making a career switch, or are just starting out, you’ll want to narrow the focus of your search to the markets and industries that are most interesting to you. Keep in mind that some industries might require you to have experience or specific skills in order to be a professional.

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