About Canada



One of the first things you will be doing when you arrive in Canada, if not before hand, is seeking a position that suits your skills and experience provided your visa allows you to do so.

Licensing and Registration
Many jobs in Canada require the appropriate licensing and / or registration. It is important to note that this is administered on a provincial level, not on federal level. Some occupations may require licensing in one province but not another.

Compulsory trades are governed through Canada’s Red Seal program. This represents industry's recognition of an interprovincial standard of excellence for the skilled trades. Through the Program, apprentices who have completed their training and become certified journeypersons are able to obtain a Red Seal endorsement on their provincial or territorial Certificates of Qualification and Apprenticeship by successfully completing an interprovincial Red Seal examination .For more information, see Red Seal's website here.

Even if you or your partner are not required to have your professional qualification and certificates assessed as part of the visa application process, it is still a good idea to do so if they wish to work within their profession in Canada.

Where to Find Employment

Job Vacancies in Newspapers

Most major newspapers have employment sections, usually on Thursdays, and you can also access the newspapers on line:

   National PapersGlobe & Mail, National Post
   British ColumbiaVancouver Sun
   AlbertaCalgary Herald, Edmonton Journal
   SaskatchewanLeader Post
   ManitobaWinnipeg Free Press
   OntarioToronto Sun
   QuebecMontreal GazetteLa Presse (French)
   New BrunswickTelegraph Journal
   Nova ScotiaThe Chronicle Herald
   PEIThe Guardian
   Newfoundland and LabradorThe Telegram
   YukonWhitehorse Star Daily
   NunavutNunatsiaq News
   NWTNorthern News Services
   Regional papersMore newspapers located here.

Private Recruitment Companies

Many positions in Canada are advertised through Private Employment or Recruitment Companies. These positions will usually be advertised in the national and local newspapers, as well as on Internet Job Sites.

Internet job sites 
There are numerous internet sites that offer search engines to assist you in finding a position in your chosen province and city. The major sites include:

Direct contact 
Research Professional and Industry specific journals for companies in Canada that appeal to you and contact them directly, either by sending your resume into the Human Resources department or registering your details on their website. However, it is also worthwhile in conducting some research into which Recruitment Companies specialise in your area and registering with them. They will then assist you in finding a suitable employer.

How to apply for a Position
Most job advertisements will have details on how to apply for the position and the contact person. Your application should include:

  • a cover letter stating the position you wish to apply for and why you should be considered for the position based on your skills, experience and qualifications
  • a resume showing your personal details (name, address, phone numbers, email address etc), skills, previous jobs and experience, education and qualifications
  • copies of references from previous employers, or details on how to contact them on your resume
  • copies of educational and trade certificates relevant to the job