Planning To Work in Canada

Working in Canada can be an exciting, rewarding and horizon broadening experience; and if you take the time to plan ahead carefully before you go, you will make your transition into the Canadian work place a smooth and successful one.

So, if you’re considering relocating in Canada to take up a temporary assignment or you’d like to move  permanently and find work there are basically three main aspects of expatriation that you need to think about before you make your move and this article examines them for you.


Are you a professional in a given industry or do you have a flexible skill set that will allow you to seek work in many different sectors? Do your qualifications translate favourably and transfer directly across Canada? What sectors would you like to work in, in which countries can you find work in a profession that suits you?

These are all questions you have to consider carefully. Next, if you’re moving to Canada permanently you need to be practical and realistic and consider the long term employment prospects for you, your spouse and any other family members accompanying you…if you can find employment today how easy will it be to change employer or advance your career later in life? You should then examine your desired location carefully and determine whether or not you need work permits, residency visas and permission to work and live in Canada, if so you should get the ball rolling and apply as soon as possible in case of any paperwork and administrative delays.

Also consider the taxation and financial aspects of working in Canada…remember that if you’re moving to a low or high  cost province the economy will likely pay lower wages than you’re used to, will these be sufficient to sustain your ideal lifestyle?


Unless you’re being relocated by your employer to a fixed location you will quickly discover that  Canda it’s a big wide world and you therefore have a great deal of choice when considering which privince best suits your lifestyle and employment requirements. In an effort to narrow down your options a little consider any Canadian province you’re interested in in view of the following considerations: –

i)The location’s distance from your home country and your family and friends – remember that there will be times you want or need to return home and/or to catch up with old faces. How easy and affordable will it be for you to go ‘back home’ should the need arise and how simple will it be for your friends and family to come and visit you?

ii)The weather – some provinces are more or less hospitable in weather terms and someone who originally heralds from Tropical heading North may find it a struggle to cope with the wet, grey winters in Yellowknife for instance and someone from Canada may find is a shock coping with the searing summer temperatures in Nicaragua.

Thinking about your ideal overseas location from a weather perspective may well cut down your choices!

iii)Your family – particularly if you’re expatriating with children you’ll need to think carefully about the healthcare and education facilities available according to Provinces and also about getting your essential insurances in place before you go. Some provinces are more expensive and restrictive than others…bear this in mind.

iv)Language barriers – if you’re considering moving to a province where the mother tongue is other than your own will this restrict your employment prospects? Can you overcome this by learning the official language before you go or do you need to reconsider your destination?


Last but not least is the thought of finding somewhere to live Canada. By now you’ll have a clear favourite in the location stakes but now you need to examine the property market and whether it’s easy and affordable to rent accommodation when you first arrive and whether, long term, it’s possible for foreign residents to purchase freehold property in Canada.

If you’re planning on moving to Canada permanently you’ll also need to think about moving your household belongings and personal effects with you, and what about transporting your pets overseas too? There are many relocation companies who specialise in relocating and are part of our network for individuals and families abroad, these companies have a fantastic kills base to assist you with every single aspect of the process.

If on the other hand you’re on a budget or looking to work in Canada for a shorter period of time use subscribe to our job leads listing you’ll quickly be amazed at the wealth of invaluable information  there.

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