How to Get Your Dream Job in Canada in 2021

With 2020 in the rearview mirror and a new year ahead, many are unaware of the exciting opportunities in their wake. At the moment, finding your dream job in Canada in 2021, let alone a job anywhere, may seem near to impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. 

As the world evolves to adjust to a new way of life after the recent pandemic hit, so does the way businesses run and seek new employees. The key to making sure that you evolve with them and do whatever you can to make yourself valuable.

There are plenty of great jobs in Canada for immigrants, with or without work permits, and with Canada’s impressive new immigration targets for the next three years, finding your way to our vast and beautiful country to start your new dream job will be a breeze.

Despite the pandemic, Canada plans to invite over 1.2 million skilled foreign workers to join our community through various federal and provincial Canadian immigration programs and visas. 

Take a look at the top 10 in-demand occupations in Canada in 2021 according to Randstad in this helpful video from Dream Abroad, below.  

SOURCE: Dream Abroad

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Job Opportunities in Canada

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There are thousands of jobs in Canada offering great benefits and opportunities both in and outside of the office, and finding those job opportunities may be easier than you may think. But which work sectors offer the most work opportunities in Canada? Let's take a closer look shall we:

1. Agriculture

Canada has a rich bountiful agricultural sector, producing mainly wheat, barley, corn, soybeans, rice, and sugar beets. It employs over 2.3 million people countrywide and has the highest job vacancy rate of 5.4 percent with thousands of jobs going unfilled every year. The agricultural sector has various opportunities including:

  • Long-haul Truck Drivers;
  • Harvesting Labourers;
  • Nursery & Greenhouse workers;
  • Farm Managers & Supervisors.

And these are just a few of the jobs in the sector that are in-demand.

2. Tech

Canada’s tech sector has been booming way before the pandemic. 34% of scientific research and development professionals are immigrants. What's more, provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario both have draws specifically geared towards helping skilled IT professionals successfully acquire permanent residency and immigrate to Canada. Below are some of the most in-demand professions in Canada’s tech sector.  

  • Computer and information systems managers;
  • Web designers and developers;
  • Software engineers and designers;
  • Information systems analysts and consultants.

3. Hospitality

Although the industry has taken a bit of a hit due to COVID travel restrictions, Canada’s hospitality sector is one of the fastest-growing industries in the country, employing over 1.2 million people. That’s one-in-twelve Canadians working in hospitality. Below are some of the most in-demand occupations in the industry:

  • Front desk clerks;
  • Light duty cleaners & Housekeepers;
  • Chefs and cooks;
  • Food and beverage servers.

4. Medical

In light of the pandemic, it is no surprise that medical professionals fall on the most in-demand list of jobs in Canada, however, this profession has been in need in Canada long before 2019. In fact, according to jobbank.gc.ca, the job outlook for the next 9 years is so promising that it is estimated that over 50% of new job creation will arise due to expansion in the medical sector, which is estimated at more than 321,000. Below are a few of the most critical positions needed in the medical sector in Canada.  

  • Physicians;
  • Registered and Licensed nurses;
  • Dentists;
  • Nurse aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates.

5. Manufacturing & Production

If you are skilled and experienced in the manufacturing and production sector then it’s more than likely that you’ll be able to find a job in Canada. 22% of Canada’s manufacturing and production takes place in four western Canadian provinces namely; Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, predominantly producing wood products, metalwork, and food. Below are some of the most in-demand jobs in Canada’s manufacturing and production sectors.

  • Supervisors;
  • Machine Operators;
  • Fish plant workers;
  • Industrial butchers.


Job Opportunities for Young Canadians

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Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)

The Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is a great opportunity for young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, looking to improve their skills in specific sectors; namely non-profit, small business, and public sectors. The Government of Canada recently announced an increase in job creation of over 50%, rising from 80,000 jobs last year to 120,000 jobs in 2021.

“Canada Summer Jobs has a major role in supporting employers and youth during these unprecedented times. For many young people, summer jobs are their first work experience, one that teaches them the value of leadership, skill-building, teamwork, and resilience. For employers, a young worker can be an invaluable asset to their team, adding a new and fresh perspective into all areas of the workplace. I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s approved projects, which will make a real difference in the lives of so many Canadians.”

– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

Applications will be accepted between December 2020 to January 29, 2021, so be sure to start the process as soon as possible. 

Working Holiday Visa (WHV) Jobs

The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is one of the most popular programs among young travelers looking to gain work experience while exploring the finest that Canada has to offer. Applicants between the ages of 18 and 30(35) years old who originate from one of over 30 participating countries could have the opportunity to work and travel in Canada for as long as 1 - 2 years (depending on where you are applying from).  

This WHV program has three main categories to choose from:

  • The Working Holiday Program;
  • The Young Professionals Program; and
  • The International Co-op Internship Program.

Your profile will be entered into draws and you will be notified of which program you will be eligible to apply for. Once you decide which program you would like to proceed with, you will be required to accept your invitation and move forward with the application process.

Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) Jobs

The Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) Program is an ideal immigration option for international students who have completed their Canadian qualification at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) and would like to stay on and work in Canada. The great part about the PGWP is that it will not only give you the chance to live and work in Canada but could allow you to gain enough Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residency through programs such as the Candian Experience Class (CEC). 


How Finding a Job in Canada Will Change in 2021?

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More Competitive

Finding a new job in Canada has always been competitive, but as many find themselves unemployed due to the pandemic and not to mention that every year people add “get a new job” at the top of their new year’s resolutions list, the competition has increased even more so. Ensure that your resume is up-to-date, error-free, and meets Canadian standards before applying for new positions. 

Online Interviews & Screening

If you are applying for a job from outside Canada you may be used to having Skype or Zoom interviews with potential Canadian employers, however, due to social distancing requirements, this may become the norm, whether or not you are in or outside of Canada. Make sure that you have a practice run and ensure that the sound, lighting, and connection are good before your video interview. 

You May Have to Adapt

As certain sectors in Canada remain stagnant, many are finding that they are having to think outside of the box when it comes to marketing their skills. For example, restaurant owners have taken their business online and are now offering prepared meals or accountants who were primarily offering their services to the hospitality industry marketing themselves in IT sectors. Finding yourself in a sector that is still restricted from operating at full capacity will be a challenge and take some creativity to readjust but there are opportunities out there.  


Do I Need a Canadian Work Visa?

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This depends on whether or not you qualify for permanent residency. All permanent residents can enjoy almost all the benefits that Canadian citizens do. This includes not requiring a work visa or permit. If, however, you are a temporary foreign worker or a student who wants to work more than the allotted 20 hours per week, you will require a work permit. 

What Are My Visa or Immigration Options to Work in Canada? 

Canada has over 100 immigration and visa options to choose from. Finding the right one for your specific needs and goals, however, is not necessarily that easy. To help you make the best decision, we’ve highlighted some of the top immigration and visa options to ensure that you get the best possible chances of starting your new career in Canada.  

Job-Specific Visas and Immigration Programs

There are certain immigration programs that will require that you have a job offer in Canada in order to be eligible. Some of these programs are:

  • Home Provider and Caregiver Pilots;
  • Agri-food Pilot;
  • Various Provincial Programs eg. Physician stream (Nova Scotia) or Tech Draws under Ontario and British Columbia PNPs.

Province-Specific Visas and Immigration Programs

There are similarly some immigration programs that are either province/territory or community-specific, which means that your visa will be limited to a specific region in Canada. Some of these programs include:

  • The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot;
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot; and
  • 11 Provincial and Nominee Programs.

Non-Specific Visas and Immigration Programs

Canada also has numerous non-specific visa and immigration options, the most popular of which is the Express Entry system. This is Canada’s premier pathway to permanent residency, managing three economic immigration programs:

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program;
  • The Federal Skilled Trade Program; and
  • The Canada Experience Class.

These programs allow skilled workers of all levels to apply for permanent residency and settle anywhere in Canada.



Top 12 Tips to Land a Job in Canada

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1. Polish Your Resume

Your resume is essentially your first impression, which is why it’s so important to make sure you put your best foot forward. Your resume should be:

  • 2 - 3 pages long maximum;
  • Only contain relevant information;
  • Be tailored to the job you are applying for;
  • Have contactable recent references; and
  • Demonstrate your career brand ie. showcase your skills, expertise, and passion.

2. Narrow Your Search

There are literally thousands and thousands of jobs online, let alone in Canada. But where do you start when trying to narrow down your search? When it comes to looking for a job in Canada, the best place to start may be by asking yourself a few important questions, such as: 

  • Where are my skills/job in demand in Canada?
  • Which province/city fits my needs and affordability?; and
  • Does this province offer immigration/visa options that meet my requirements?;

3. Be Selective

Applying for every job available that may or may not match your experience and skills may seem like a good idea but it’s not. Not only are you wasting the recruiter’s time but your own as nine times out of ten, your application will be rejected. Rather invest time and energy applying for positions at companies that fit your personality, inspire you and demonstrate room for growth or have the attributes that you are looking for in a job. 

4. Proactive

Applying for every job available that may or may not match your experience and skills may seem like a good idea but it’s not. Not only are you wasting the recruiter’s time but your own as nine times out of ten, your application will be rejected. Rather invest time and energy applying for positions at companies that fit your personality, inspire you and demonstrate an environment that exhibits room for growth or has the attributes that you are looking for in a job.

5. Get Endorsed

If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile get one today. Based on the 2018 Recruiter Nation survey, 77% of recruiters use Linkedin regularly when searching for new applicants, followed by Facebook (63%) and Instagram(25%) which has seen a dramatic increase in popularity, especially amongst millennial recruiters (35%) and tech companies (63%). One of the great features of a platform like LinkedIn is that it allows other people in your network to endorse your skills, adding strength to your resume. These basically serve as recommendations, if you will which is never a bad thing to have. 

6. Get Accredited

When looking for jobs in Canada, a requirement for their visa applications under most immigration programs is that you have your qualifications accredited. This is required to show that the education you have received is of the same standard as in Canada. 

7. Start Networking

Once you have an online resume or profile it’s time to start networking. Find people who work in your industry to connect with, follow companies that you are interested in working for on social platforms, or network in person if possible or the chance arises. The most important thing is to start talking to people as you never know who could connect you to a potential employer in Canada. 

8. Use Online Tools

There are various online tools that can help you in your job search abroad. Whether you are in Canada or outside, using online tools can help increase your reach when it comes to being discovered by recruiters. Reach out to companies and hiring managers, go to job fairs, extend your job search to social media searches or use professional recruiting firms, use search engines such as Workopolis or job boards like eJobbo, visit company websites and the list goes on. 

9. Use Job Boards

As mentioned earlier, job boards are a great online tool to increase your reach in your job search. Many companies will have their own job boards on their company websites but there are various other channels to explore, such as: 

  • Jobbank.gc.ac (government website);
  • Indeed;
  • Glassdoor;
  • Randstad.ca;
  • eJobbo.

Certain provinces and territories in Canada have their own job board too, which is quite helpful, especially once you have decided where you intend to settle in Canada.

10. Use a Recruiter

Finding a job abroad is not always easy especially when searching in a highly sought after country such as Canada. If you find yourself struggling to find a position or job in Canada why not enlist the service of a professional. Recruitment companies will have connections and access to jobs that you may not be able to find online and will know exactly what it takes to land the job you’ve always been dreaming of.  

11. Confidence is Key

Believe it or not, recruiters are more likely to contact candidates for interviews if they show that they are confident in their abilities and skills. This can easily be done in your resume or cover letter, by highlighting positive projects that you’ve worked on or ways that you have improved results within the organization you were/are working for. 

12. Ask for Help

If you are still unsure of how to approach finding a job in Canada or about the immigration and visa application process, there is no shame in asking for assistance. Immigration professionals are highly trained and skilled and knowledgeable about over 100 immigration pathways and will be able to tell you which ones you qualify for but which are most likely to give you the success you are looking for, including admission criteria and supporting document requirements. 


FAQs: What You May Not Know About Getting a Work Visa

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1. You Don’t Necessarily Need a Work Permit

Although there are certain immigration and visa programs that do require having a work permit to legally live and work in Canada, not all of them do. These are the immigration programs. Foreign immigrants who are eligible for permanent residency through programs such as Express Entry or Provincial Nominee Programs or the Atlantic Immigration Program, for instance, do not need a work permit. This is just one of the perks of having Canadian permanent residency as you’ll be able to enjoy almost all of the benefits that Canadian citizens do. Find out more about whether you're eligible to immigrate to Canada through one of it’s top 3 programs here.

2. A Canadian Work Visa is Different from a Travel permit

Most people are under the impression that a work visa is an all-around visa that will allow you to both works in Canada and enter the country. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A work permit will only permit you to work in Canada for a specified period of time. It will also stipulate whether you are restricted to working for one employer (Employer-specific work permit) or for any employer in Canada(Open work permit). In order to work in Canada, you will either need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or Travel (Visitor’s) Visa to enter Canada. 

3. Having a Job Offer Does Not Mean You are Eligible for a Canadian Work Visa

Having a job offer in Canada is great, however, it does not necessarily mean that you automatically qualify for a work visa. There are various requirements that need to be met including possibly having a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

4. There is No Set Processing Time

Processing times for Canadian work visas differ depending on various factors, such as what program you are applying through, the type of work permit as well as where you are applying from and the time of application. It can range anywhere from a few weeks to several months. 

What’s Next?

Now that you have 12 top tips to help you land your dream job in Canada in 2021, an idea of which occupations will remain in demand throughout the years to comes as well as some immigration options that could be the right fit for you, you should be ready to take the next step in your Canadian journey, you should be set to. If not, there’s no shame. Immigration is a life-changing decision and requires a lot of preparation, research, and know-how.

Ready to start anew and pursue your career goals in Canada?