Information for Skilled Migrants

Finding Employment

Like all countries,  Canada has its own unique process for finding employment.  The content “Guide to Finding Work in Canada” has been prepared to assist skilled migrants better understand how to go about finding employment in Canada.  Choose your subscription and payment here as the guide includes useful advice on where to find employment vacancies, protocols on applying for jobs and interview techniques.

Canada Skill Shortages

Western and central Canada region demands a high level of skill from its workforce. To deliver sustainable services effectively employers are seeking highly qualified and experienced staff with good English language capacity. Employment opportunities are being offered in a wide range of areas.

Western and Central Canada Region : Areas of Skill Shortage
Research carried out by the City of Toronto in April 2008 shows the following skills to be in shortage in Western and Central areas.

Western Region:
The greatest level of skill shortages were in the following occupations:

Engineers:
Trade: Boilermakers, Steel Fabricators, Fitters and Turners, Welders, Panel Beaters
Tertiary: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Structural, Chemical
Building trades:
Builders, Electricians, Plumbers, Roofing Plumbers, Tilers, Plasterers, Painters
Specialist Nurses:
Aged Care, Midwives, Theatre Nurses

There was also a high degree of difficulty filling positions for:
Accountants, Chefs, Mechanics (Diesel and General), Truck Drivers (specialist licence and articulated vehicle) and  Draftspeople.

Other occupations reported to be experiencing skill shortages include:
Armature Winders, Bakers, Bookkeepers, Draftspeople and Hospitality Staff.

Central Region:
The greatest level of skill shortages were in the following occupations:
Building trades:
Electricians, Plumbers, Roofing Plumbers, Tilers, Plasterers
Chefs
Engineers:
Trade: Boilermakers, Steel Fabricators, Fitters and Turners, Welders, Panel Beaters
Agricultural workers / Farm hands

There was also difficulty filling positions for:
Mechanical (Diesel and General), Hospitality Staff and Truck Drivers (specialist licence and articulated vehicle).

Major Industry
Western Canada has major competitive strenghts in a number of industry sectors including:
Knowledge, Innovation and Research: 
Vancouver, Calgary University, Edmonton Institute of TAF, CSIRO Animal Health and CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology and  Pharmaceuticals
Advanced Manufacturing:
Aerospace Activities at Avalon, Ford Design and Product Development, Godfrey Hirst, Shell, Alcoa and Incitec Pivot
Health:
Barwon Health (Regina, Calgary and Manitoba Hospital and  Mckellar Centre), Calgary Private Hospital

Tourism:
Vancouver is vast, Sheraton Hotel, Mercure Hotel and Jetstar
Food and Horticulture:
Bartter Enterprises (Steggles), MC Herd, CFR Colac, Scotchmans Hill Winery and Austrimi Seafoods

A range of services are being continually developed to assist skilled migrants arriving to the region. These include:

Lifestyle information
Welcome packs
Arrival information sessions
Links to service and community organisations in the Region
Guidelines for Successful Settlement
Settlement information

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