FAQS: Jobs in Canada

If you’re looking to build a better and brighter future for yourself and your family, Canada is a great place to do just that. Many people from all over the world flock to Canada to work. There are several reasons why, including employee benefits, like the fact that Canada has a high minimum wage and the country's economy is strong with a very low rate of unemployment.

In this article, we answer a few FAQs about jobs in Canada. Continue reading if you’d like to learn more.

What You Need To Know About Jobs in Canada

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FAQ 1: What are the most in-demand jobs in Canada?

COVID-19 has made many changes in the workplace. There’s been a huge shift to remote work, there are new and improved health and safety policies and there’s a widespread use of digital tools being used. These reasons mentioned and more have led to a flood of in-demand jobs.

Canadian In-Demand Jobs
NOC Code Occupation Average Salary
2174 Software Developer $42,178 - $112,125
2133 Electrical Engineering $51,129 - $130,708
3012 Registered Nurse $46,878 - $93,600
1111 Accountant $39,838 – $107,815
6222 Merchandiser $29,250 – $67,275
6421 Sales Associate $23,400 – $45,000
0112 Human Resource Manager $50,134 – $137,748
7511 Truck Driver $29,737 – $65,617
7237 Welder $35,100 – $78,000
9619 General Labourer $25,350 – $44,323

Please note the average salary is per year.

FAQ 2: What is a good salary in Canada?

The amount you’ll need to live comfortably in Canada is dependent on the province you live in, as well as whether you’ll be living in the city or a small town. However, the average good salary in Canada is $52,260 per year or $26.80 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $31,546 per year while more experienced employees can make up to $133,103 per year.

Good salaries per region

  • Northwest Territories - $99,353
  • Ontario - $97,500
  • Alberta - $90,000
  • Alberta - $90,000
  • Nova Scotia - $30,225
  • Quebec - $39,975

FAQ 3: What is the most common job in Canada?

The most common job is a retail salesperson. This occupation ranks as the top job for women in the country and number two for men. It’s also on several province’s occupations in-demand lists, including Ontario, with the NOC code 6421.

Typical duties of a salesperson include:

  • Ensure high levels of consumer satisfaction by providing superior sales service;
  • Maintain presentable and in-stock condition of assigned sections of the store;
  • Drive sales with product knowledge and market-driven enthusiasm; and
  • Establish trust relationships with customers.

Retail salesperson skills and qualifications include:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent;
  • Proven working experience in retail sales;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Proficiency in sales principles and customer service practices.

FAQ 4: Can I move to Canada without a job?

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Yes, as a foreign national you can move to Canada without a job or job offer. Your best option would be to apply through Express Entry which also leads to Canadian permanent residency.

Express Entry

The Express Entry is an online points-based system that manages three federal programs. They are:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  2. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP);
  3. Canadian Experience Class.

If you’re eligible for the Express Entry system, you can complete the online profile with your details that include your age, skills, language ability, education and previous work experience. If you meet the criteria for one of the three federal programs, you’ll be placed into a pool among other eligible applicants.

You’ll receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, a maximum of 1,200 points, that will also determine your ranking. If you achieve or exceed the qualifying score for that particular draw you will be invited to apply for permanent residency through an Invitation to Apply (ITA).

A great benefit of this program is that if you’ve applied for an Express Entry program but weren’t invited to apply for permanent residency after a year then you may resubmit your profile and re-enter the pool, provided that you are still eligible. While waiting you can improve your CRS score.

Here are a few ways to improve your score:

  • Improve language test score;
  • Get a Provincial Nomination;
  • Complete another qualification; and
  • Add Canadian siblings to your profile.

Another way to move to Canada without a job is through some of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The PNPs included are:

FAQ 5: How can a foreigner get a job in Canada?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to jobs in Canada. If you aren’t a Canadian citizen or permanent resident you’ll need a work permit to legally work in Canada. The type of Canadian work permit you apply for will depend on the work you’ll be doing.

Canadian Work Permit

The two main work visas are:

  1. Open work permit - this permit will allow you to have any job in Canada, in any province or territory. It also means you are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA);
  2. Employer-specific work permit - this permit allows you to work in Canada under specific conditions usually limiting the worker to one employer and position.

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document, from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), that Canadian employers may need to get before hiring foreign nationals. If you need an LMIA, the following is needed:

  • a job offer letter;
  • a contract;
  • a copy of the LMIA; and
  • the LMIA number.

How to get an open work permit:

This can be done via the International Mobility Program (IMP) as there is no need for an LMIA. The goal of the IMP is to serve the broader economic and cultural interests of Canada, of which the Post-Graduation Work Permit program does.

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

The PGWP allows international students to get an open work visa. As a graduate with this visa, you’d be free to work for any employer in Canada. The permit can be valid for up to three years, depending on the length of your study program.

Requirements for the PGWP:

  • Your study permit is still valid;
  • You have a valid visitor record;
  • You have maintained full-time student status in Canada; and
  • You submitted an application to extend your study permit before it expired and no decision has been made on your application; and
  • You studied a program at a designated learning institution.

How to get an employer-specific permit:

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals who can fill labour shortages, temporarily. One of the streams that fall under the TFWP is the Global Talent Stream.

Global Talent Stream (GTS)

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Designed to help Canadian employers hire highly skilled foreign talent. Employers tend to favour this program as the processing can be as short as two weeks. There are two categories of employers who can go through the Global Talent Stream.

Category A employers are eligible if they have been referred to the GTS by a designated partner of the stream and if they’re hiring an individual with a unique set of skills.

Category B employers are eligible if they are looking to hire foreign skilled workers to fill positions within in-demand occupations that can be found on the Global Talent Occupations List.

How a Work Visa Can Lead to Immigration

Many foreigners working in Canada temporarily tend to stay permanently for several reasons that include the growth potential the career has, the overall high standard of living and the competitive occupation wages.

There are several ways to become a permanent resident with Canadian work experience. The Canadian Experience Class is just one of the programs that allow temporary foreign workers to become permanent residents. Now that several of your frequently asked questions about jobs in Canada the next thing to do is get in contact with the experienced Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) we work with.

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