According to The Daily’s Labour Force Survey (LFS) on Statistics Canada, employment increased at an exponential rate of 40,000 in May, causing a downward spiral that resulted in a new record low unemployment rate of 5.1 percent.
The increased employment rate was caused by youth and core-aged women working full-time in various industries, with Alberta having the highest concentration.
From this point forward, the unemployment rate is expected to rise further this year into June and July. Foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to Canada can take the leap of faith and begin looking for work in Canada to secure a long-term sustainable future for themselves.
If you want to live and work in Canada, you must obtain a Social Insurance Number, regardless of whether you are a citizen of Canada, a permanent resident, or a visitor (SIN). In order to gain access to vital resources like government programmes and benefits, you will be given a nine-digit number called a SIN.
We kindly request that every immigrant keep their SIN secure. If it falls into the wrong hands and is not handled properly, fraud may have serious consequences.
Step 1: Locating Resources
For immigrants who need assistance finding their way to a job in Canada, there are many resources available. Here are a few examples to get you started:
Service Providers for Immigrants
We strongly recommend that foreign nationals use these companies because they are aware of the requirements of the Canadian workplace. You can anticipate help with resume preparation, job-specific training, and any other information you might require for the position you’re applying for.
Check out the Government of Canada Jobs and Job Bank.
Please feel free to browse Job Bank and the Government of Canada Jobs, which are the official websites for Canadian businesses that post jobs intended for immigrants seeking to live and work in Canada. The advertised positions can at most be filled by local Canadian citizens. Employers will therefore advertise jobs externally so that potential foreign applicants with the necessary skills can apply.
Locate Your Local Service in Canada
Obtaining a work permit, learning about student employment, job postings, government contracts, and other information that is essential to your job search are all provided by Service Canada.
You are encouraged to always conduct in-depth research on the employment opportunities and cost of living within that province or territory as each Canadian province has its own distinct challenges. Because every province is unique, its own standards and procedures must be followed. Prior to deciding to settle in Canada, it is crucial to visit the province or territory’s website.
Step 2: Select Your Province or Territory, Look for Jobs, and Apply
The next step would be to research the company where you plan to work at since you may already have an idea of the province or territory you would like to work in.
We advise potential candidates to:
- Make sure the designated employer is operating a legitimate business by double-checking the legitimacy of the website and the Canadian employers who are hiring immigrants.
- If at all possible, participate in networking events where you can meet potential employers and go over the requirements and expectations of your position.
- Check out employment agencies to assist in confirming the validity of the positions you are applying for.
- Word-of-mouth: The obvious approach is to request that friends and family forward any information they may have regarding potential job openings. You might also want to find out the company’s reputation.
There are procedures that must be followed, just as there are for every other job you apply for. These procedures may vary from province to province in Canada. However, the procedure outlined below is essentially the same across Canada.
Step 3: Acquire the Required Work Experience
Getting the required work experience is a good idea, as is learning more about Canadian workplace norms and culture. It is understandable that not everyone can do this, especially if they are applying from outside their home country.
In this situation, you ought to have accumulated enough work experience in your home country so that when you land a job in Canada, you are already familiar with the working environment and can easily adapt.
Instead, it would be beneficial to get more involved in bridging programmes or perform some volunteer work in your industry if you are a temporary employee in Canada. Additionally, the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program (FIN), which aims to provide immigrants with the chance to gain work experience in Canadian organisations, is another option you have.
With volunteer work, you might not always receive a pay check, but you will gain important insight into Canadian workplace culture, interact with important industry figures, and expand your network of contacts.
Step 4: Understand your employee rights
Before you begin to live and work in Canada, make sure that you are familiar with the national and provincial labour laws and that you are aware of the restrictions imposed by your work permit. The following guidelines are crucial to keep in mind as a Canadian employee:
- In Canada, it is legal for you to be an active member of a union. In reality, your salary will be withheld to cover union dues.
- If you feel that your employer or union has treated you unfairly, feel free to contact the officer of the ministry who is in charge of handling labour issues in your province.
- To speak with a labour affairs officer, you can also call or go to the Service Canada Center.
- You have the right to learn more about Employment Insurance (EI) in Canada even if you aren’t yet looking for employment. The purpose of EI is to give you temporary financial support while you look for work. Keep in mind that you must pay into EI if you find work in Canada because it will be useful when you need it most.