How to Secure and Build a Career in Canada

Although the US has begun its recovery from the recent economic recession, the unemployment rate has remained problematic. More and more, job seekers are turning to Canada’s growing labor market to secure jobs and build their careers.

While many Americans tend to think of Canada as an unofficial 51st state, the country has its own unique history and heritage. The distinctiveness of Canada’s diverse roots in French and British cultures (among others), can be seen in the country’s commitment to delivering high quality employment to all of its workers. Regardless of race or religion, Canada has shown a determination to ensure excellence in the working conditions, pay, and health care of its citizens.

The country’s high standard of living has routinely made it one the top nations to live in the world, and a destination spot for workers from across the globe. For Americans , the steady labor market, universal health care system, and well-funded social programs are just some of the reasons to consider immigration to the neighbor to the north.

Landing a Job in Canada

As a quick overview, the process of working in Canada is often dependent upon the type of work you do and the amount of time you are looking to spend in the country. Every year, over 150,000 workers apply for temporary jobs in Canada, most of which require a work permit through the national government. Note that some provinces have different policies. If you are doing a job search for Montreal or another city in the province of Quebec, you must obtain a separate certificate before you can get a work permit.

Meanwhile, for those looking to build a career in the country, a more permanent move will likely require becoming a permanent resident. For skilled workers and professionals, your permanent resident status will be determined by a point system based on a variety of categories. Your knowledge of English/French, college and post-college degrees, skill set, and job experience all factor into your ability to obtain residency.

While there are options for skilled workers not looking to establish permanent residency, these can be expensive. Additionally, other factors, like having a family or friend sponsor you, attending at least 2 years of a secondary or post-secondary school in Canada, and previous work experience in the country can all influence the residency process.

As you determine whether or not the move to Canada is right for you, make sure that you do your homework on the other factors that can affect working in the country. Things as simple as knowing the proper Canadian name of the job or occupation that you want can be greatly beneficial, helping you to determine whether you need additional certifications before beginning work.

Licensing, certification and/or registration apply to roughly 20 percent of all Canadian jobs. These jobs, otherwise known as Regulated jobs, have a wide variety of governing bodies, and knowing the name of your occupation can help you to find what you need in order to secure work.

Once you have decided that Canada is right for you, begin the process of sending out resumes and checking out the various job banks and online resources available to you. Canada has set up a number of great websites that provide additional information and resources on everything from securing a job to immigrating.

Remember, from beginning to end, the process can take a while, so the sooner you start, the sooner you can start your new job and new life in the Maple Leaf nation.