Is it your dream to live and work in Canada? Well, it doesn’t have to stay like that! Working remotely is becoming more of a norm with many companies in Canada and even more so due to the pandemic.
You can still live out your dream of working in Canada while keeping yourself and your family safe by applying for Canada’s highest paying work from home jobs. In this article, we’ll discuss the earning potential and types of jobs you can do from home.
Continue reading to see some of the best home-based jobs in Canada.
Home Based Work Opportunities in Canada
1. Software Developer
Potential earning: $75,422 - $127,350 per year
A software developer creates, designs and builds computer programs. As a software developer, you could create new mobile applications as well as applications for desktop uses. One of the main aspects of a software developer is identifying user needs, building programs, testing out new programs, and making further improvements. There are several skills needed to be a developer, these skills include:
- Mathematical aptitude;
- Problem-solving skills;
- Programming languages (different types of developer roles require different languages);
- Excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Accuracy and attention to detail;
- An understanding of the latest trends and their role in a commercial environment;
- Teamwork skills; and
- Self-development skills to keep up to date with fast-changing trends.
As a software developer, you can work for employers such as banks, financial services firms, telecommunications companies, technology consultancies and software development companies. What all these employers have in common is that you will never actually have to go into the office to get any work done, as long as you have a computer to work on and a decent internet connection you’re good to work from home. You may even want to work for yourself as a freelancer and charge rates accordingly.
2. Graphic Designer
Potential earning: $57,550 - $88,004 per year
For creatives wanting to work in the comfort of their own home, being a graphic designer is a stellar career choice. As a graphic designer, you’ll create visual communications to share messages effectively and creatively. You’ll also develop the overall layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports. This can be done through computer software programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. You can work from home as a graphic designer, whether working for a Canadian employer or yourself as a freelancer.
Advantages of a freelancer:
- You don’t have to commute, which reduces the risk of you catching COVID from someone else;
- You can choose the clients you want to work for, which essentially means you can choose work that inspires and challenges you; and
- You can choose your hours, this means if you’d like to spend more time with your family you just need to take on fewer clients.
3. Data Analyst
Potential earning: $64,607 - $95,560
A data analyst’s job is to help their organization make better business decisions. This is done by using techniques from a range of methods that include computer programming, mathematics, and statistics. They draw conclusions from all the data to then describe, predict and improve business performance.
Not only is this a well-paying job that can be done remotely but it’s also in-demand as almost every single company that wants to be a success needs a data analyst. You would have no shortage of job opportunities.
4. Executive Assistant
Potential earning: $53,324 - $98,937 per year
An executive assistant is responsible for managing the schedules and communications of key company executives. Their duties include prioritizing emails and phone calls, gathering documents to prepare for meetings and coordinating travel arrangements. The great thing about being an executive assistant is that all of these tasks can be done from home. You’ll never have to go into the office.
5. Virtual Accountant
Potential earning: $55,734 - $97,232 per year
Virtual accountants compile and verify financial transactions and ensure that their clients are financially efficient as well as compliant with lawful business practices. They do everything a normal accountant does, except they work from home or in any other location outside of the office.
Basic soft skills for accountants
- Organization and attention to detail;
- Analytical and problem-solving skills;
- Mathematical and deductive reasoning;
- Critical thinking;
- Clerical knowledge; and
- Strong written and oral communication.
6. Business Development Manager
Potential earning: $64,352 - $134,190 per year
One of Canada’s highest paying work from home jobs is a business development manager. The job generally entails developing business plans, identifies new client sources, manages accounts, and meets sales goals. Ultimately, they need the ability to increase revenue. Sales and selling skills are essential, as well as client relations skills to maintain business relationships.
Since everything is digitized and there are plenty of applications online to hold meetings with clients on, you’ll be perfectly fine working from your home.
There are many pros to working from home such as fewer expenses and a better work-life balance. It also gives you more time to do the things you enjoy the most. However, there can be a few negatives that include increased isolation, workplace disconnect and distractions at home. Below is a great video on how to improve your productivity when working from home.
Whether you work from home or at a company building, you will always need a work visa to work in Canada as a foreign national. There are several programs that allow foreigners to work in Canada.
The Canadian work visa is issued to eligible foreign nationals to work in Canada for a certain period of time. The Canadian visa allows business people, permanent workers, temporary workers, students and others to work in Canada.
The first thing you need to know about a work permit is that there are two main types. This would be the open work permit and the employer-specific permit. The differences are:
- 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);
- Employer-specific work permit - this permit allows you to work in Canada under specific conditions usually limiting the worker to one employer and position.
What is an LMIA?
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. The result that you would like to have is a positive LMIA as this will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill a position because there aren’t any Canadian workers or permanent residents available to do the job.
If an employer needs an LMIA they need to apply for one, only once the employer has the positive LMIA, the worker can apply for a work permit. The worker will need the following to apply for a work visa:
- a job offer letter
- a contract
- a copy of the LMIA, and
- the LMIA number
How to obtain an open work permit
The International Mobility Program (IMP) is an excellent way to obtain an open work visa because it allows Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers without the need for an LMIA. The IMP processing is also quick and simple which is why employers favour the program. The IMP’s main goal is to serve the broader economic and cultural interests of Canada. One program in particular that does this is the Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Post-Graduation Work Permit
The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is a program that allows international students, who have graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), to obtain an open work visa. Having the PGWP means that, as a graduate, you are free to work for any employer and in any province or territory.
The permit can be valid for up to three years, depending on the length of your study program. The table below better explains how you can determine the length of the permit.
|Determining the Length of Your PGWP|
|Length of Study Program||Length of Work Permit|
|8 months - 2 years||Same length as your study program (Master's and Doctoral candidates may be eligible for a 3 work permit)|
|2 years or longer||3 years|
|More than one program completed within 2 years||Length of both programs combined (if the combined length is 2 years or longer the work permit should be valid for 3 years)|
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;
- 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 that was at least eight months long.
It’s important that you ensure your passport is valid for the entire duration of the PGWP as you are only able to get one.
The advantage of the Canadian work experience you’ll gain is that you could qualify for the Canadian Experience Program (CEC) which can lead to Canadian permanent residency if you are successful. If you’re interested in becoming an international student, there are many affordable study programs to choose from.
How to obtain an employer-specific work permit
The employer-specific visa is generally one that most foreign nationals get. It allows you as a foreigner to work in Canada under strict conditions. Another name for this type of visa is a closed visa.
Limitations on the closed visa may include:
- The name of the specific employer you can work for;
- How long you can work for; and
- If applicable, the location where you can work.
There are several ways to secure the employer-specific work visa, one of these ways is through streams that fall under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) which allows Canadian employers to temporarily hire foreign nationals who can fill labour shortages and bring new skills into Canada. The Global Talent Stream and the Caregiver stream.
Global Talent Stream
The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is a way to help Canadian employers with a faster way to hire highly skilled foreign talent to boost Canada’s workforce. This government-provided program is quite popular with employers as the processing time can be as short as two weeks. There are two categories of employers who can go through the GTS:
Employers who are referred to the Global Talent Stream by one of the stream’s designated partners after they have shown the need to hire specialized temporary foreign workers in order to grow.
Eligibility for this category is the following:
- Have a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
- You must have a job offer in Canada.
- Be able to prove that you’ll leave Canada after the work permit expires.
- Prove that you can finance your stay and your family’s stay in Canada and that you have enough funds to go back to your home country.
- Have a clean criminal record;
- Prove that you aren’t a threat to the national security of Canada
- Be in good health.
For employers who want to hire highly-skilled foreign workers to fill positions for in-demand jobs in Canada found on the Global Talent Occupations List. This list includes occupations such as:
- Computer and information systems managers;
- Database analysts and data administrators, which is on the list of Canada’s highest paying work from home jobs;
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers; and
- Information systems testing technicians.
For employers to be eligible for the GTS they are required to develop a Labour Market Benefits Plan. This plan outlines the employer’s measurable commitments to create lasting benefits for the Canadian labour market through activities such as job creation, investment in training and skills development, or the transfer of knowledge to Canadians.
Families can hire foreign caregivers, through the Temporary Worker Program, to provide in-home care to children, seniors and individuals who have certified medical needs. However, a family can only hire a foreign national when a Canadian citizen or permanent resident isn’t available.
Foreign nationals who work in Canada must:
- Provide care on a full-time basis (minimum 30 hours per week)
- Work in the private household where the care is being provided;
- Meet the requirements set by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
Families or private household employers are able to hire eligible foreign workers for 2 categories of in-home workers, which include:
1. Caregivers for children
Occupations in this category include:
- Child care provider, live-in caregiver, nanny (NOC 4411)
2. Caregivers for people with medical needs
- Registered nurse or registered psychiatric nurse (NOC 3012);
- Licensed practical nurse (NOC 3233); and
- Attendant for persons with disabilities, home support worker, live-in caregiver, personal care attendant (NOC 4412).
As a foreign national caregiver working in Canada, you may be eligible for Canadian permanent residency, on the condition that you meet the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) requirements.
Canadian Work Visa Fees
|Work Permit Fees|
|Work permit (including extensions) – per person||$155|
|Work permit (including extensions) – per group (3 or more performing artists)||$465|
|Open work permit holder||$100|
|Restore your status ($200) and get a new work permit ($155)||$355|
Immigrating to Canada via Work
Not only is Canada well known for its strong economy, high minimum wage and healthy work-life balance. It's also known for its diverse cities and welcoming people. Most foreign nationals who move to Canada to work temporarily end up wanting to stay permanently, for many reasons that include the safety of the country and the overall high standard of living.
And as mentioned before there are many programs that enable temporary foreign workers to become permanent residents in Canada, even when working out of office in one of Canada’s highest paying work from home jobs.
Click on the link below to see if you’re eligible to work in Canada and get assistance from CanadianVisa.org and the expert Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) we work with.