Canada is ranked 11th overall in the World Happiness Report, out of a total of 156 countries. That is an amazing achievement and yet another reason why thousands of foreign nationals decide to work in Canada every year and to settle permanently in the country.
The general state of well-being and happiness of Canadians are mirrored at work where higher levels of satisfaction and engagement are reported by studies. Nearly two-thirds of Canadians are happy at work and feel motivated to achieve more. If that’s not enough good news, you’ll be glad to know that Canada has a shortage of workers in quite a few industries due to its aging population and for this reason, skilled worker immigration is extremely popular in Canada.
If you want to know more about how you can work in Canada and why Canadian workers have better mental health, and higher levels of job satisfaction, keep reading. Or simply fill out the online form below to book a consultation with a Canadian visa agent.
3 Reasons Why Working in Canada Leads to Higher Job Satisfaction
Quality of life affects our happiness in general, be it at work or home. One thing that Canada is admired for is the exceptional treatment of its citizens. For the fifth consecutive year, Canada ranks no. 1 overall for providing a good quality of life in the following categories: affordability, a good job market, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system and well-developed public health system. (US News and World Reports 2020).
1. Job Opportunities in Canada
There are many job opportunities for foreign nationals who have the experience and skills to work in in-demand occupations in Canada such as truck drivers and nurses and also those who have high skills such as computer programmers. The top jobs in Canada in 2020 range from low-skilled positions (farm worker) to highly skilled positions (aerospace engineer) and everything else in-between.
To make it easier for foreign nationals to live and work in Canada there are a few economic immigration programs and streams that are occupation-specific that you may qualify for, namely the Express Entry System, Provincial Nomination Programs and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot. Each of these programs allows you to live and work in Canada permanently and has its own eligibility criteria and requirements that you can learn more about below.
2. Family Benefits in Canada
Canada places importance on families and a fair work-life balance. In 2019, Canada implemented an exciting new parental benefit which extends paternity leave by 5 weeks for the second or “non-birthing” parent. This affords working parents more time to spend with their children when the time comes to start a family. In addition, Canada Child Benefit (CCB) is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age.
If you’re thinking about immigrating to Canada, you can add your spouse or common-law partner and dependant children to your application as the main applicant and as soon as you become a Canadian permanent resident, you can sponsor additional family members, like your parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada through specially designed family-programs. Canada is aiming to welcome 91,000 family members of permanent residents in 2020!
Recently, Canada provided COVID-19 affected workers and families with income support through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) which provided $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.
3. Well-Developed Public Education & Healthcare System
While many people around the world stress about paying exorbitant school fees on top of private health insurance because their government-funded services aren’t reliable and are of poor quality, Canadians do not share the same fate. In fact, Canada has a world-class healthcare system that even countries like the USA have come to admire for its medically necessary benefits with no string attached.
In addition, children can attend Canadian public schools from grades 1-12 free of charge, and parents can rest easy knowing that their children are gaining quality education in a country that is currently ranked as having the third-best public education systems in the world!
How to Work in Canada
There are three popular Canadian immigration programs that are designed to help international workers with work experience, skills, and qualifications to permanently settle in Canada. They are the; Express Entry System, Provincial Nomination Programs and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.
1. Express Entry System in a Nutshell
Skilled international workers can apply to the Express Entry system and receive permanent residency in just 6 months if they satisfy one of the program requirements below.The Express Entry system is online-based and requires applicants to create a profile by answering questions about themselves - much like a resume. Each profile receives a score for eligibility criteria like age, work experience, education, etc. The highest-scoring candidates are sent an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in bi-weekly immigration draws.
Express Entry manages three federal economic immigration programs:
|Express Entry Programs for Immigrants|
|Express Entry Program||Type of Occupations||Minimum Requirements|
|Federal Skilled Worker Program||Management Jobs, Professional Jobs, Technical Jobs, and Skilled Trades||Post-secondary education and exceptional language proficiency in English or French|
|Federal Skilled Trades Program||Technical Jobs and Skilled Trades||Applicants require a valid job offer and a certificate of qualification.|
|Canadian Experience Class||Management Jobs, Professional Jobs, Technical Jobs, and Skilled Trades||One year of Canadian work experience is required|
2. Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP) in a Nutshell
Canada's provinces and territories have their own immigration programs that are aimed at attracting skilled international workers to their respective regions. An important PNP to keep in mind is the In-Demand Skilled Worker Stream that is linked to Express Entry.
For example, if a province has a shortage of educators the Provincial Government will look in the Express Entry pool of candidates and send Teachers, University Professors, etc who meet their requirements a nomination. Receiving a provincial nomination will grant you an additional 600 points which means that you are basically guaranteed an ITA.
3. Atlantic Pilot Immigration Pilot in a Nutshell
Apart from the PNPs, Canada’s four maritime provinces; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador offer another route to immigration for skilled international workers called the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Stream. The Pilot is employer-driven which means that in order to apply you must have a valid job offer from a designated employer in either one of these provinces.
|Atlantic Pilot Programs for Immigrants|
|Program||Type of Occupations||Minimum Requirements|
|Atlantic International Graduate||Job offers must be for Management, Professional, Technical and Skilled Trades positions.||You must have graduated from at least a 2-year degree, diploma, certificate, etc in an Atlantic province.|
|Atlantic High-Skilled Program||Job offers must be for Management, Professional, Technical and Skilled Trades positions.||You must have at least a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent education.|
|Atlantic Intermediate-Skilled Program||Job offers must be for Management, Professional, Technical / Skilled Trades or Job-Specific Training (truck drivers, butchers, etc) positions.||One year of Canadian work experience is required|
4.Canadian Work Permit
Alternatively, you can temporarily work in Canada on a work visa. An employer-specific work permit allows you to work in Canada if you already have a valid job offer.
The work permit will show;
- The name of the employer you will be working for;
- How long you can work for;
- Where you will be working.
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