Starting a new career in an unfamiliar country can be quite daunting. Once you hear about just some of the benefits you can look forward to while working in Canada, however, you won’t regret your choice.
Every year, Canada welcomes thousands of workers from across the globe to join its workforce. No matter your skill level or what country you’re from, Canada welcomes everyone to apply for a chance to change their lives.
With an average earning potential of $54,630 per year, and, depending on where you stay, an average cost of living of around $4,035 for a family of four, a two-income household could easily earn enough money to not only live comfortably but enjoy the wonderful quality of life that Canada has to offer.
5 Advantages of Working in Canada
1. Job Security
Canada’s job market has been facing challenges, long before the pandemic hit in early 2020. In fact, due to the declining birth rate coupled with an increase in the number of experienced workers retiring at an earlier age, Canada has been on the lookout for international talent to fill the gap in the labour market for well over 20 years.
Through programs like those managed by the Express Entry system, people who are faced with the stark reality that they may not find employment, even after graduation are now able to apply for a work visa in Canada or even permanent residency in as little as six to eight months.
Most jobs in Canada come with the added benefit of job security. This means that if you get sick or become disabled, you won’t have to worry about losing your job.
Even though Canada saw a sudden increase in unemployment because of the pandemic restrictions, it has always been known for its low unemployment rates. The Canadian government even provided all Canadian citizens and permanent residents with $2,000 in financial support every month to help them get by. Now isn’t this the type of support and security you’re looking for in the workplace?
2. Earn More
Not only will you be able to rest assured that your job will be secure if you should fall ill, but when you work in Canada, you can also look forward to a higher bank balance at the end of every week.
As mentioned earlier, the average salary in Canada is around $54,630 per year, or roughly $1,138 per week. This of course depends on which industry you work in and your level of expertise. Most jobs in Canada offer attractive wages, even more so than its neighbouring country, the United States.
Jobs in sectors such as those in accounting and administration, childcare and education, construction and maintenance, healthcare and social services, hospitality, legal, shipping and manufacturing, transportation, retail, and customer service, all offer bigger paychecks than those in the U.S.
Below are some of the top-earning in-demand occupations in Canada in 2021 along with what you can expect to earn.
|Average Annual Salary per Industry in Canada in 2021|
|Accounting & Administration||$52,279 - $127,000|
|Childcare and Education||$41,000 - $97,000|
|Construction and Maintenance||$31,000 - $74,000|
|Healthcare and Social Services||$61,000 - $281,000|
|Hospitality||$58,500 - $79,700|
|Legal||$244,000 - $388,000|
|Part-time, Retail and Customer Service||$25,000 - $41,000|
|Shipping and Manufacturing||$57,000 - $96,000|
|Transportation||$51,730 - $71,204|
3. Shorter Work Hours. Longer Paid Vacation.
Most people living and working in Canada on a full-time basis, spend about 36 to 40 hours in the office every week. Considering the global work hours averages at around 40 to 44 hours per week, it's no surprise that Canada is a top choice for immigrants looking for work.
Canadians can also enjoy longer paid vacations to spend time with family and friends! The length of your vacation usually depends on the length of your employment. For example, If you have worked for a company for less than five years you can legally take two weeks of paid vacation. This will eventually increase to three weeks once you have worked at a company for five years. Canadian employers promote a work-life balance for all employees as happy and healthy employees mean higher productivity.
4. Fantastic Leave Benefits for Expecting Parents
If you are planning to raise a family in Canada, as an expecting parent you will have access to incredible federally mandated childcare benefits. This includes a benefit rate of :
- 33 - 55% of parent’s average weekly insurable earnings; and
- 35 - 61 shared weeks of paid leave with 5 extra weeks of “daddy days” or “non-birthing” parents in a two-parent family dynamic.
This leaves you with nothing to worry about when expecting the birth of your little one so that you can focus on capturing the many memories gained while on parental leave.
5. Overall Happiness and Work Satisfaction
When living and working in Canada, you can look forward to working in a country that has been ranked in the top 20 according to the World Happiness Report for overall happiness based on 2020 data. And as far as work satisfaction goes, Canadian employees are so happy that over 90% of Canadians claim to be content at work. This is incredible considering that the global average is 65%.
Ready to find your new job in Canada but aren’t sure where to start or if you’ll need a Canada work visa?
What Are the Benefits of Having a Work Permit in Canada?
Besides the many advantages of working in Canada, having a Canadian work permit has added benefits that you may or may not be aware of.
1. It could lead to permanent residence
If you plan to live and work in Canada on a temporary basis at first, it could open up the doors for you to apply for permanent residence at a later stage. For example, if you are a highly skilled worker, you could apply for permanent residency in as little as one year. But this isn’t the only option.
Each province has at least one immigration program designed to help those with Canadian provincial work experience move to Canada permanently.
2. Your spouse or common-law partner can work in Canada too
If you are moving to Canada with your loved one, they will be able to work in Canada too. They will, however, need to apply for their own work permit to do so.
They may be able to apply for an open work permit, which will allow them to work for any company, anywhere in Canada. This is usually reserved for Post-Graduate Work Permit applicants, those who are accompanying an international student or Atlantic Immigration program applicant, or those awaiting their permanent resident status.
If they plan on working for a specific employer they will need an employer-specific work permit. This limits who you can work for as well as the length of your work permit. Their employer may need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
3. Longer validity of work permit in Canada
While a U.S. work permit is usually no longer than one year, the length that a work permit for Canada is valid for depends on the program you are applying through.
For example, those applying under a free-trade agreement program can vary between one and three years but could potentially be extended to as long as five years.
Post-Graduate Work Permit applicants can get a work permit in Canada that is valid for up to three years, depending on the length of their study program.
Live-in caregivers can work for up to four years on a Canada work permit.
Ready to see if you qualify to work in Canada?
Canada definitely has more than five work benefits, however, the top advantages to working in Canada are the excellent parental leave and paid vacations, high wages, and overall job satisfaction and security.
The Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) that we work with are experts in Canadian immigration and visa policies, with years of experience. They’ll not only be able to tell you if you qualify for a Canadian work permit but whether or not you can apply directly for permanent residency.All you have to do is fill in your details and we’ll take it from there.