If you are interested in moving to Canada, we’ll offer some valuable tips on finding work and navigating the different types of work permits.
Everything takes time, so start your search now and make sure you follow the application guidelines.
We hope the suggestions on number one and the websites in number three help you find a job quickly. And for post-secondary students, number five may be a huge help!
1. Discover Canada
Canada has thirteen provinces and territories, each with its own personality and opportunities. Whether you want to live in a world-class city or prefer wild lands where polar bears are your closest neighbors, you’ll find it in Canada.
Each province and territory has its own needs, and living and working within one of those regions can fast-track your immigration application.
Canadian employers generally must file a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a foreign worker. Once your prospective employer has a LMIA, you file for a work permit.
2. Work Permits
Canada offers two different types of work permits. One is an open work permit. This permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada with the exception of those in the erotic services and certain uncompliant businesses. In order to apply, you must meet specific conditions.
Canada also offers an employer-specific work permit. This permit includes the employer’s name, length of contract and location. The employer must file with the IRCC for the worker to obtain a permit.
3. Where to Look
When you are looking for a job in Canada, the internet is your best friend. Each province or territory maintains its own website with desired professions.
You can also try Job Bank, a search engine maintained by the Canadian government. Canadajobs.com, Monster.com and similar sites offer a variety of available jobs. Even Google offers a list of jobs in Canada pulled from many different websites.
You will generally need a job offer in writing in order to apply for a work permit.
4. Embassies and Consulates
If you have questions, the Canadian embassy in your City can answer them and help guide you through the process.
There are private companies that will help you look for employment and file for work permits and immigration paperwork. These come with a cost and may not be reputable.
5. Students and Young Professionals
Canada offers some terrific work experience for students and young professionals. The International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit includes three different categories.
The Working Holiday allows students who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution to travel and work as they vacation in Canada.
The Young Professionals lets certain professionals to work in Canada to enrich their professional development. The International Co-op Internship allows students enrolled in a post-secondary school to get overseas work experience in their field of study.
6. Intra-company Transfers
Intra-company Transfers are used to temporarily move qualified employees from a company in a country to the parent company in Canada. The goal is to improve management effectiveness, expanding Canadian exports and to enhance overseas competitiveness. Only certain positions are open for this permit, generally upper level managers or specialized knowledge workers.
The paperwork is initiated by the company. Workers are temporarily allowed to work in Canada. For employees wishing to transfer for longer periods, there are other programs available.
7. Other Ex-Pats
Each year, roughly 3,000 Mexican nationals are admitted to Canada. About 250,000 permanent residents a year are admitted to Canada. If you’d like to live near other Mexican ex-pats or Canadians of Mexican ancestry, you’ll find the generally concentrated in urban areas.
Montreal is home to about 15,000 people with Mexican ancestry. This is followed by Greater Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa.
Of course, you are not limited to those cities and can pick the province most suited to your needs.
Use the internet to help you find job in Canada. If you have questions, talking to the embassy can help clear up any confusion. Canada does require a certain proficiency in either English or French (preferably both).
Start classes now to boost your scores. If you plan to live in Quebec, you may have different requirements for language since it is primarily French speaking.
Overall, the Canadian immigration and work permitting is fairly simple and straight forward. Good luck with your search and in discovering a remarkable country in the far north!