10 Tips to Get Work in Canada in 2021

Jobs are trickling back into the economy and businesses that were affected by COVID-19 in 2020, such as in the hospitality and tourism sectors are preparing to open their doors. There are also industries that are currently booming, such as e-commerce, tech and telecommunications, and healthcare. In fact, a few of Canada’s top 15 jobs for 2021 are in these sectors. It’s safe to say that 2021 may just be the best year to work in Canada!

Businesses will be more productive this year to make up for previous losses, and workplaces will be better prepared and more flexible with work hours. The Canadian Government already announced plans for a post-Covid economic recovery that involves welcoming more foreign workers and immigrants to the country during 2021 - 2023.

So, how do you get work in Canada in 2021? Follow our top 10 tips to land your dream job in Canada and learn more about the Canadian work permit process.

Top 10 Tips to Get Work in Canada in 2021

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Tip 1. Sign-Up a With Recruitment Agency that Specialises in International Job Placements

We already know that having a job lined up is the easiest way to work in Canada in 2021 for visa purposes and it's a requirement for some (not all) immigration programs. Finding a job can prove to be difficult because most job vacancies posted on regular job platforms like Indeed or Monster Canada are intended for local workers. So, where do Canadian employers go when they want to hire international talent? Most companies like to use the expert services of recruitment agencies that can match them with suitable international candidates. For this reason, your best bet to find a job in Canada is to join a recruitment agency's candidate pool.

Take a look below at some of the top international recruitment agencies.

International Job Placement Agencies
Agency Industries
Airswift Energy, process and infrastructure
International Staffing Consultants Marketing, Sales, Information Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Safety, Project Controls, Planning, Cost Engineering, Start-up & Commissioning, Estimating, Process Controls, R&D, Training, Human Resources, Contracts Administration, Finance and Accounting, STEM, Medical, Scientific and many more
Triplebyte Engineering
Hire Immigrants All industries
Renard International Food and Beverage, Engineering, sales and Marketing, and Executive-Level Management.

Tip 2. Search for Jobs on Canadian Job Platforms

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While not as effective as using a recruitment agency that actively assists you in the job-hunting process, you can post your resume on Canadian job sites and apply for jobs. It’s important to carefully study job descriptions to gauge if the employer is open to foreign workers or not. Some job sites like Workopolis have foreign worker search sections with jobs for workers outside of Canada.

Tip 3. Include Contactable References on Your Resume

Employers will want to know who they’re hiring, and they’ll want to hear it from someone who has experience of working with you and who can attest to your work ethic and character. So, adding contactable references to your resume is very important and will save the hiring manager's time in the applicant screening process.

Tip 4. Adapt Your Resume to the Canadian Format


What does your resume currently look like? Will the format catch an employer's eye? Is it easily scannable? Have you included unnecessary information like personal hobbies and your marital status? Small tweaks to your resume can greatly improve your chances of working in Canada. Plus you can use apps like Canva to download free eye-catching resume templates.

Learn more: Improve Your Resume to Secure a Canadian Job Offer

Tip 5. Research Your Target Companies in Canada

Research is probably the single most important element when doing a job search. It can help you find the best companies that meet your specifications while identifying the company's goals and needs. This will help you to tailor your resume and cover letter to highlight your relevant skills and experiences that will match the employer’s needs. You may even discover that the company you are interested in has a career section on their website with job vacancies.

Tip 6. Get a LinkedIn Profile or Update Your Existing Profile

LinekedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking site. And even if you don’t use LinkedIn for your job search in Canada you can still use it to manage your professional identity. Your LinkedIn profile can showcase your recommendations and insights into your skills, experience, and what it is like to work with you. It’s also great to promote your industry knowledge! Remember to include a URL link to your LinkedIn profile on your resume.

Tip 7. Apply on Tuesdays Between 11:30 - 12:30

According to a study, you are more likely to have a successful job application when you apply for jobs on Tuesdays between 11:30 and 12:30. Sounds odd? Not quite, the study found that this is the prime time and day that most employers post their new job opportunities online and most candidates apply for jobs at approximately 2:00 in the afternoon. That means if you apply at 11 am, your resume will be on top of the pile ahead of the competition.

Tip 8. Look for Jobs in Smaller Cities Too

Small city in Canada

If you want to work in Canada in 2021, don’t dismiss the small guy. Second-tier cities in Canada like Hamilton, Moncton, and Timmins are attracting a large number of foreign workers and newcomers to Canada. The smaller cities in Canada are prone to skills and job shortages due to the country's aging population and the relocation of Canadians to larger cities. This means that there is less competition for jobs in smaller cities with much higher demand.

Other benefits of working in a small city in Canada are the shorter travel times between work and home, lower cost of living, and more often than not, you're surrounded by beautiful forests, ravines, and trails instead of concrete and traffic.

Tip: The Canadian government works closely with small cities and regions in Canada with genuine job market shortages to help them attract foreign workers through special immigration pilot programs. These programs have designated employers. If you can secure a job from one of the designated employers and satisfy the program requirements then you can easily move to Canada, and settle in the city that endorsed you!

Work in a Small Region in Canada
Pilot ProgramDescription
The Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)The Atlantic immigration pilot is aimed at foreign workers who wants to permanently live in one of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces, namely Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot is aimed at foreign workers who want to permanently live in participating small cities in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia

Tip 9. Be Able to Take International Video Calls

Asian girl on a international interview

Video job interviews are an increasingly common part of the hiring process, especially for remote or international hiring. It’s best to prepare for any future interviews so that you can make the best first impression. You'll need an internet connection with a bandwidth speed of at least 1 megabyte per second, a laptop or desktop with a webcam, headphones with a microphone, and a quiet well-lit place where you won’t be interrupted.

Ask a friend to help you test the sound and video quality before your interview to avoid any unexpected problems on the day!

Tip 10. Apply for a Canadian Work Permit

You can temporarily work in Canada if you obtain a Canadian work permit. In fact, there are only a few select workers (1%) who can come to Canada for work purposes without a work permit. Another option is to apply for a permanent resident visa, which will enable you to work and live in Canada on a permanent basis. The latter may take longer to obtain. Let’s take a closer look at each option below!

What to Know About the Canada Work Permit

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1. You need a job offer: There is a lot to learn about the Canadian work permit and the process is far from straightforward. The most important thing to know is that you need a job offer in Canada before you can apply for a work permit. The only two work permit programs that are exempt from job offers are the Post-Graduate Work Permit and the Working Holiday Visa. They allow you to come to Canada to search for jobs instead of the other way around.

2. There are two types of Canadian work permits: Depending on your occupation and your country of residence, you will either qualify for an open work permit or a closed/employer-specific work permit. Open-work permits are issued under the International Mobility Program (IMP) and applications are processed within just two weeks. It’s much faster and easier to work in Canada in 2021 through the IMP.

Closed or employer-specific work permits, on the other hand, are issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and applications can take a few weeks to months to process. You also need to include a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in your application.

The main difference between the two work permits is that an open work permit serves Canada’s broader cultural and economic interests while a closed/employer-specific permit is aimed at filling job and skills shortages in the country.

3. Getting an LMIA: The good news is that you don’t have to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment, that task is entirely your employer’s responsibility. An LMIA is a document that proves that no Canadian or permanent resident was willing or available to fill the job position offered to you. The company that hires you must give you a copy of their LMIA-document for your work permit application.

What to Know About the Canada Permanent Residency Visa

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1. The fastest way to get a PR Visa in Canada: The Express Entry system is Canada’s main system for processing permanent resident applications in as little as 6 months. The best part is that you don’t need a job offer to qualify! This year, the Express Entry target is set at admitting 108, 500 new residents.

2. How much does the PR visa cost? For Express Entry, a single applicant will pay CAD $825 in processing fees and if your application is successful, you will need to pay another CAD $500 for your right of permanent residence.

3. Additional benefits: Permanent residents are one citizenship test away from becoming citizens of Canada. This means they get to enjoy most social benefits, including free healthcare coverage and they are not restricted to where they may work in Canada, or for how long.

Take the First Step to Canada

Consult with our Canadian visa professionals about the best way for you to work in Canada in 2021 and beyond. They can point you in the right direction and take care of the intricate application process on your behalf.