Canada, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, has the 11th largest economy and one of highest per-capita immigration rates.
Canada is always in search of skilled workers and offers great life-changing opportunities for people seeking jobs abroad. The world’s second largest country welcomes foreigners for seasonal temporary and permanent jobs.
Canada’s progressive economic and “family reunification” policies offer an ideal chance for foreigners to become an integral part of this great society.
The service industry dominates the country’s economy and Canada also has many job openings in commercial fishing, logging, agriculture, manufacturing, health care, transportation, and oil and gas industries.
Therefore, there are many great chances for foreigners to contribute to different sectors of the Canadian economy.
In most cases, a foreign worker will require a work permit to be able to legally live and work in Canada.
Categories of workers covered by Canada’s work permit program include:
- Temporary Workers (seasonal or temporary positions at Canadian farms and other businesses);
- Live-in Caregivers (people qualified to take care of elderly people, kids or disabled people in private residences and senior care facilities);
- Business People (NAFTA professionals, intra-company transferees, traders and investors);
- Students (international students studying in Canadian educational institutions);
- Provincial Skilled Workers (workers selected by provincial programs as permanent residents of Canada based on their education, work experience and other criteria).
Most of these work permit categories require an approved LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) from the Department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) first. It determines whether a Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available for the job. If not, the employer will be granted an opportunity to sponsor a temporary foreign worker.
So, there are several streams for qualified people to come work in Canada, but the key factor is to get a job offer from a Canadian employer. To do that, you can research several available Internet job sites where Canadian companies advertise for open positions.
A more effective way of securing a job offer, though, is to use services of Canadian placement/recruitment firms that specialize in working with candidates from overseas.
An experienced placement agency can successfully guide a foreign candidate through the complex work permit application process, but, most importantly, it will connect the job seeker with reputable Canadian employers that have a proven record of hiring and accepting international employees.
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