Archive for December, 2009

How to find lucrative work in Canada

Canada Contracting Jobs:  Learn what to ask before taking the big leap!


Canada Contracting Jobs are available throughout the country and often very lucrative. Positions are available from food services, engineering, construction and more. Many people are taking advantage of these opportunities to make three and three times their normal salary.

However, before you take that big step make sure that you are informed. Know what questions to ask and have a good understanding before you make a life changing transition.

Hi, my name is Marisol and it wasn’t long ago when I was considering a contracting position in North America ( either USA or Canada). I had a lot of questions and no definitive guide to help me through it. I had a general idea of of what to expect and knew that I could make a lot  of money because I had friends in the region, but there were some questions that went unanswered and I ended up taking the plunge on blind faith. I first started and work in the USA and then move to Canada, where I actually live and work.

Fortunately for me, it worked out and I spent a couple of years working in North Carolina (NC). But, I did see a lot of people who were making significantly less money, only because they didn’t know what questions to ask or what to negotiate for before accepting that position. I also saw many arrive only to be very disappointed at the environment or living conditions.

This is why I created  Canada Contracting Jobs Listings throught Hineni Media   subscription area,  I know that there are a lot of people looking for opportunities, particularly in today’s economy. I hope that this site will serve as a good resource for you and explain the things you need to know before even considering quitting your current job.
Job checklist

At a minimum, these are some of the things you will want to know before traveling to Canada. Each situation is different, so if you have any questions send me a message through the contact page on this site.

Facility Access

Will I have access to the exchange stores, dining facilities and  Recreation facilities? You might think this would be assumed, where else are you going to go, but not all contractors are allowed access to the US or Canada dining facilities. Some non-US or non-Canada contractors must eat in their own dining facilities.

Living quarters
What type of living quarters will I have? Will I be living in a tent or trailer? Will I have a roommate? Is it a “wet trailer”? Meaning it has running water or a “dry trailer” meaning it doesn’t. Most don’t.

Does the contract provide a trailer for its own employees? Some companies have purchased and installed living quarters for their own employees including wet trailers. It can make all the difference.
Medical Care
Is basic medical care covered as part of the contract? It sounds obvious, what else are you going to do, but check to make sure.

Salary
What is the base salary? Is overtime included and if so how many hours a week? I don’t know about you, but I wanted to work every hour that I could, which was the whole point.

What kind of bonuses are included and when are they paid? Sometimes these are paid up front, at the end of the tour or incrementally throughout the year.

Is a paid trip home included? Some companies will provide a return trip home half way through the contract or even quarterly.

Vehicles
Will you have use of a vehicle on post? A vehicle is not always necessary, but it sure comes in handy.

The Contract
What is the length of the contract? This is important as you don’t want to quit your job at home and travel to Canada for a lucrative opportunity only to find out that the contract is up for a rebid.

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Foreign Nationals wanting to Live and Work in Canada

Foreign Nationals wanting to Live and Work in Canada

THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE MADE BY CANADA JOB SEEKERSthe most common mistake made by people who want to relocate to Canada  to work is; that they conduct a ‘generalist’ job search similar to the way they would if they were looking for a new job in their own Country. The Fact is, as a Foreign National job seeker, you do not have the same immigration employment rights as a Canadian  Citizen.

As a Foreign National (a Non Canadian permanent resident), according to Canada Immigration law,  YOU CAN ONLY WORK IN CANADA IF YOU FIRST OBTAIN A VALID WORK  PERMIT OR VISA . An employer company must “sponsor” you for a work visa. This is one of the ‘Key factors’ of your job search.

Unfortunately, thousands of foreign national job seekers waste days, weeks or even months of their time, posting their CV and then searching for and then applying for jobs on some of the major ‘generalist’ job boards – only to find out that the company they have applied to, will NOT ‘sponsor’ them for a valid work visa.

Therefore, because of the unique ‘key factors’ involved in your job search, a great place to start would be to target your search to companies who “specialize” in assisting foreign nationals find jobs with companies who WILL ‘sponsor’ a work visa for you. Our recommended “specialist” company is Hineni Media .

If you are a Foreign national who wants to live and Work in Canada :
~ the biggest challenge that you face, is Not just trying to find a Job in Canada
~ it’s finding a Job with a Company that will sponsor and apply for your work permit.

Save months of your time and effort searching and experimenting. For many years our solutions have been successfully used by hundreds of foreign nationals to achieve their dream of living and working in Canada. Use trusted and proven solutions for the best results ! 

List of Canadian visa employers for 2009

This database shows all employers who received approval from  Canadian Immigration  for work permit/ visas in federal fiscal year 2009.

The database can be set to display between 10 and 200 employers on a single page. To search for individual companies, please use the search link above the column heads. ( see the full listing, work permit/ Co-Op work  use by Canadian firms holds steady in ’09.)
Canadian Employers approved for  work Permit visas in 2009

 

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The Work Permit or Sponsorships Canadian Companies Directory Bible!

The Work Permit Sponsorships Canadian Companies Directory Bible!

The Co-Op Work/Study Canadian  Participants Employers Listings shows all the employers that participate in Canada Co-Ops Work/Study Programs.

  • It’s designed to be your one-stop destination for anything you can think of that is about or related to  temporary, permanent and seasonal employment vacancies im plain simple English.
  • Find Industry  Specific Employment   for Foreign Trained Professionals
  • Helps see what occupations are available for what degrees, what prospective companies are actually looking for, and value contact names within various corporations.
  • We reach genuine job seekers who want to boost their career prospects and who are looking for: a job in your industry or profession; information on courses to advance their careers; and other quality career-related products and services.
  • Brings you  job opportunities in different fields.
  • Job Search Help for New Immigrants in Canada 
  • Information on employers that you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Helping people find great jobs in great places….Employment opportunities especially suited for .

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Job hunting for foreign trained professionals in Canada

How and where to obtain Canadian experience for foreign trained professionals and skilled immigrants on the journey to employment in their chosen …

The type of visa that one needs in order to work in Canada typically requires analyzing the position that the worker will fill and the qualifications of the worker. Below are the most common work visa categories and the general criteria for such visas.

  • Visa for Specialty Workers
  • Health Professionals and Registered Nurses
  • Visas for Temporary or Seasonal Workers
  • Visa for Trainees
  • Visas for Investors, Business Owner and Entrepreneurs
  • Visas for Executives, Managers, Intracompany Transferees
  • Foreign Nationals with Extraordinary Ability
  • Cultural Exchange Program Participants
  • TN for US  and Mexican citizens*

 

The TN classification applies to a US or Mexican citizen seeking admission as a “professional” temporarily under the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). TN employment must be in a profession listed in Appendix 1603.0.1 to NAFTA and the TN employee must possess the credentials required.

How to get the visa?

First , it’s important to understand that for  anyone to obtain a work visa, the process is that you Must 1ST find a ‘visa job or offer with a company that will sponsor (apply) your visa.

ONLY AFTER you have succesfully found and secured your visa job (sponsorship)- Your new visa employer can then file your visa application forms with Canada Immigration. To find visa jobs- click here
Therefore, the fist and most challenging stage in the process is finding and securing a visa job with an visa sponsoring company.
*individuals can Not apply for their own work visa- Only your new employer company can.

*applying to jobs and companies that do not sponsor work visa is a waste of your time!

Where to find jobs?

 
From About.com You learn that some of below hot jobs have significant educational and/or experience requirements, others don’t in Canada. If you are qualified, now’s the time to get going on your job search! If you are not qualified yet, keep in mind that these occupations will continue to grow for at least the next ten years. So, you have plenty of time to prepare for a career change. Take a look at the available opportunities to see which If you are qualified, then consider your options for the future. Start your online job search here:   OneStop Job Center

•Home health aides
•Network systems and data communications analysts
•Medical assistants
•Physician assistants
•Computer software engineers
•Physical therapist assistants
•Dental hygienists
•Computer software engineers
•Dental assistants
•Personal and home care aides
•Retail salespersons
•Registered nurses
•Postsecondary teachers
•Customer service representatives
•Janitors and cleaners
•Waiters and waitresses
•Combined food preparation and serving workers
•Home health aides
•Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants
•General and operations managers

Seasonal Work Visa for Foreign Workers

Most students and foreign workers in Canada tend to work while studying to earn some pocket money and/or just for the experience. A popular source of job opportunities for students  and foreign workers during summer and at other times during the year is temping. Temp jobs are a great way to get a taste for the work environment in Canada and also give you the flexibility to pursue other interests during your time in Canada. Some of the key temping agencies to get in touch with are as listed below along with link to subscribe to  the  Canadian Co-op Work Placement & Internship Participating Employers’s Directory.

http://www.adecco.ca

http://www.drakeintl.com/ca/

Summer jobs and vacancies in bars, hotels, restaurant, catering
Cafes, bars, restaurants are always looking for extra help especially in the busy summer months. Some places to check out are as below.

Vendors, sandwich shops, small shops
Waiting staff in bars and restaurants
Cleaning staff
Admin staff

You can check    www.workopolis.com
Au Pair
You can find more information in our Au Pair article.
Temporary Work and Student employment

Work Permit

It is possible to work in Canada while you are there as a student without HRSDC certification, and there are opportunities for jobs on and off campus. Please see the following website for more information: Studying in Canada: Work permits for students.

Working holiday visa

Visa requirements are crucial to your trip planning.
This section is intended for reference only. We strongly recommend that you contact the embassy directly for the most up to date info..

The Working Holiday Scheme is an ideal way to explore and experience life in Canada while engaging in temporary employment (maximum of one year). Jobs can be found in all sectors, including industry, commerce, science and technology, tourism, agriculture and horticulture. A work permit is not necessary, once you have obtained the visa for this program.

Working Holiday visas in Canada are only available for citizens of Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. The intention behind the scheme is to allow young (age 18-30) Australians, netherlanders and New Zealanders to visit Canada  for up to 12 months and to permit them to supplement their income by working during their holiday.

To ensure that the holidaymakers do not become destitute and a burden to Canadian government, would-be working holidaymakers need to show that they have at least CAD $2,000 to bring with them to support themselves, if they already have a return air ticket or they should provide evidence of funds exceeding CAD$5,000 if they only have a one-way air ticket. Furthermore, WHV candidates are expected to have a compete medical insurance coverage during their working holiday.

Canadian working holiday visa applications are generally straightforward and can be downloaded from the websites of the Royal Embassies in Neatherland, New Zealand and Australia. Applications should be a made a few months before departure and are accepted throughout the year.

How to go around the “No Canadian experience and without a work permit” I

As the post title, my intention will be to provide you information related to  how to go around the ‘no Canadian experience and without a work permit” Part I,  in your search of “How to Live and work in Canada. I’ve been living here since 2001 and a lot of things have changed. However, I think that I can help you go through your dream of living in Canada and working as an immigrant.

My dream started back in 2000 when I finished my undergraduate degree and when I was looking for universities to a Master’s degree abroad. That’s how everything starts.

If you have the same dream, or if you’re also want to live and work in Canada here read on.

In order for Foreign Trained Professionals to get jobs in Canada, the first step is that they need to have qualifications and licenciature  aproved or  their Foreign Qualifications   Evaluated and Recognized in Canada  by one of the 34 Canadian regulatory professional career  bodies.

Second step is  to register in their field association. Third step is  to register in  Co-op universities programs,  where a Foreign National, worker or professional  is able to  upgrade  language or  career skills.

As Foreign National, worker or professional take advantage of work-study field  or  internships placements, because they will give  you the so called  “Canadian experience”  and through it you could get a legal Canadian  work permit.  Hineni Media  listings shows all the employers that participate in Co-Op work-study programs. Hineni Media  listing provides all the essential information such as application deadlines, compensation, perks, selectivity and more.. 

A Canadian work permit is a temporary resident visa issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to grant permission to foreign workers seeking to engage in employment in Canada. It most commonly has maximum validity of up to one year, although work permits can be issued for up to three years in some cases. We’ll talk about that in  the  part II of “‘No Canadian experience and without a work permit “.

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“GOOD PAYING JOBS”: Consider Relocating to Canada

The most paying job, is depended where you live or plan on doing your job at.  Even though we are currently living through an economic recession, high paying job opportunities abound. You may want to consider going to a Canadian medical school for eight to twelve years in order to get your high paying, money making venture though. That’s because this year’s top ten high paying jobs are all in the health-care field, then IT.

Careers
Anesthesiologists | $184,340
•Surgeons | $184,150
•Obstetricians And Gynecologists | $178,040
•Orthodontists | $176,900
•Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons | $164,760
•Internists, General | $160,860
•Prosthodontists | $158,940
•Psychiatrists | $149,990
•Family And General Practitioners | $149,850
•Chief Executives | $144,600
•Physicians And Surgeons, All Other | $142,220
•Pediatricians, General | $141,440
•Dentists, General | $140,950
•Airline Pilots, Copilots And Flight Engineers | $140,380
•Podiatrists | $118,500
•Lawyers | $113,660
•Air Traffic Controllers | $110,270
•Engineering Managers | $110,030
•Dentists, All Other Specialists | $108,340
•Natural Sciences Managers | $107,970
•Marketing Managers | $107,610
•Computer And Information Systems Managers | $107,250
•Sales Managers | $102,730
•Petroleum Engineers | $101,620
•Financial Managers | $101,450

It’s not only about the money but also your work experience and skills. So, chose wisely! Where can you find them? You can find the best Canadian employers and places to work in subscribing to our site. http://www.hinenimedia.memberlodge.org/

Application For A Work Permit | Getting Into Canada

 If you want to work in Canada for a limited period of time, in most cases, you must have a valid work permit issued by the Canadian government

Types of Working Visas:

1. Temporary Work Visas
2. Skilled Worker Visa (one of the easiest ways to migrate to Canada)

For the  TWV, you will need to meet the following requirements:

Some temporary workers require a work visa and some do not. For some categories of workers, visas are approved more quickly. The requirements and processing times depend on the sort of work the applicant will do when they come to Canada.

To be employed in Canada, foreign workers must generally obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada, unless the work category is exempt from the LMO process. A Labour Market Opinion confirms that the Canadian employer is authorised to employ a foreign worker. Thereafter, foreign workers must generally apply for a work visa at a Canadian visa office abroad. Depending on the type of work they will undertake in Canada and where they have resided in the last year, foreign workers may also require a medical examination before entering Canada.

For the SWV, you will need to meet the following requirements:

Have the minimum work experience necessary
Have sufficient stand-by funds for the initial re-settling
Qualify for the visa by earning the minimum necessary points
Have the requisite language skills (qualify in the language tests according to the Canadian benchmarks)
Your visa application will pass through a six level selection test after qualifying the point system mentioned above.

Canada Work Permits

Almost all foreign national who wants to work in Canada must have a valid work permit to work in Canada.  Below steps to easy up the journey:

•Download the temporary work permit application kit and guide (in PDF). You can also contact the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate responsible for your area to have a temporary work permit application kit mailed to you.

• Read the guide carefully. Processing fees for temporary work permit applications are not refundable, so be sure you are eligible for a temporary work permit and can meet the requirements before you apply.

• Follow the instructions to complete the forms and attach the required documents. Make a copy of your application for your own records.

•Pay the fee and get an official receipt. Check with your local visa office on fees and how to pay them.

•Submit your application. For details on accepted methods of submitting your application,  consult the visa office responsible for your area.

Work Permit Validations: work permit without HRSDC

The Human Resource Development Canada (HRSDC) is responsible for the validation of the potential position and will consider only the factors related to the specific job. Although validation is not necessarily a requirement by law, it is the most common way to verify that the Canadian job market will not be adversely affected by the introduction of a foreign worker. This process is completed within Canada, and demands considerable effort on the part of the prospective employer. The time requirement for the process is generally approximately 4-6 weeks.

Some exceptions to the work permit without HRSDC confirmation include people who are in Canada and need to support themselves  or in  if they are going through an immigration or refugee application.

You should know that  some volunteer activities and international students at  Canadian universities on-campus employment do not require a Work Permit.  For those, a valid Study Permit is enought as it allows an international student to work ON-CAMPUS ONLY at the institution where he/she is registered as a full-time student.

If you’re working under PGWP,(postgraduate work permit)  then you don’t need an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO).  Your job is a HRSDC confirmation exempt,  under this status you don’t need an Arranged Employment Opinion (AEO).  And since you’re already working in Canada, there can be no question about its authenticity, i.e. nothing to be verified by HRSDC’s AEO.  A letter from your employer confirming their willingness to continue hiring you on a permanent basis once you get your PR is sufficient, it will do. This could be incorporated in your letter of employment and further supported by your employment contract.
If you are not a student but you are already working in Canada under a work permit  and want to extend your working status you need to apply for an LMO.  You first need to get your employer to do an LMO application for you as they are not easy. You SHOULD be awarded 10 points for arranged employment (AE)  with just an LMO. You might need to do an AEO later on, after LMO approval, but first you need to get LMO.

Professionals, businesspersons, traders and investors entering Canada to carry out work as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement do not need a confirmation from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). A similar regulation exists for other people entering into Canada who require work permits which may be governed by other international agreements.

Some entrepreneurs, intra-company transferees and other workers who provide a significant benefit to Canada may not need to request a confirmation from HRSDC either.

NAFTA

Under NAFTA, U.S. and Mexican citizens have exactly the same rights to work in Canada in the NAFTA  categories. Again, application is made directly at the border with proof of U.S. or Mexican citizenship, a job offer, and the necessary qualifications. There is an application fee of $150 Cdn.

Under the NAFTA treaty, citizens of Canada, the United States and Mexico can gain quicker, easier temporary entry into the three countries to work, conduct business or engage in investment activities.  Business people covered by NAFTA do not need a labour market opinion from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). This means that Canadian employers do not need to have a job offer approved by HRSDC to employ a United States or a Mexican business person, as set out in NAFTA. Business people covered by NAFTA must, however, comply with the general provisions on temporary entry to Canada. NAFTA work permit is a great option for any North American professionals such a lawyers, doctors, dentists and teachers to work temporarily in Canada.

The Live-In Caregiver Program

The Live-In Caregiver Program (LIC) in Canada  is offered and administered by the government of Canada and is the primary means by which foreign caregivers come to Canada as eldercare, special needs, and childcare providers.  Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Foreign live-in Caregivers must meet certain Citizenship and Immigration Canada criteria before being admitted to Canada. These criteria reflect the education, language and skill level necessary for the foreign worker’s successful integration into the Canadian labour market:

1. Successful completion of the equivalent of a Canadian high school education.
2. Six months of full-time training or 12 months of experience in a field or occupation related to the job you are offering. For example, the training or experience may be in early childhood education, geriatric care, paediatric nursing or first aid. 
3. Ability to speak, read and understand either English or French. The Caregiver must be able to function independently in a home setting. 

Read more about the Live-in Caregiver  Program

Quebec  Immigration Processs, read this post   and also here

Note : You dont need a immigration lawyer. Your waisting time and money  remember, it is the government who pays an immigration officer to decide the outcome of your case, not them.  First thing you do is to check the website of  CIC.  All the information, from empty forms,  fees and processing time, etc is there.

 

 

Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, specialized information publisher, and  a SOHO specialist. She also  has been writing on Canada settlement and  immigration law since 2006. contact her @ hinenisyndicator@gmail.com. You can improve your Canada job search through the Canadian database  for Int’l Employers  or  the Canadian Employers Directory  ,  a Paid Content   or Informational Services site run by Hineni Media.

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Working via a recruitment agency:Canada

Finding a job in the Canada

If you do not speak English or French and are not familiar with the Canadian labour market it might be difficult to find a job in Canada.  You can try by reacting to adverts in the newspaper, sending open application letters, or via friends and relatives.  However, one of the best ways to find a job in Canada is to get the service of a  brokerage company. Experts in not only the brokering of employment, but the marketing aspects that need to surround each job seeker. With Canada’s unemployment rate reaching higher and higher levels, job seekers need to take every angle in marketing themselves for potential employment.

A service research and employment brokerage company

 Almost 20% of Canadian employees have (at one time) worked via an  agency as a temp, and since many agencies can also find you permanent contracts with a company (‘werving en selectie’), even more employees find work via an agency.

 These agencies are an important part of the Canadian labour market; almost all companies use the help of an agency to find suitable staff.  Most agencies are a member of an employer’s federation (ABU or NBBU).  They ensure that, under the Collective Labour Agreement for Temporary Workers (CAO), good employee benefits are being observed. 

 Working via a Canadian recruitment agency

In Canada it is quite common to let a (specialised)  agency help you to find the perfect job.  They have the expertise concerning selection procedures, contracts, remunerations etc. and have the contacts with companies. 

We are not recruiters. We are not an executive placement firm. We are a service and brokerage company that works specifically for the job seeker to gain new employment. We expand on the marketability of each client. Simply put, we provide the missing link that websites, recruiters and placement firms cannot provide.

 Almost all companies use the help of an agency to find suitable staff.  Most agencies are member of an employer’s federation (ABU or NBBU).  These ensure that, under the Collective Labour Agreement for Temporary Workers (CAO), good employee benefits are being observed.  Recruitment agencies are free of charge to candidates registering.   

  • you can be offered a contract directly with the company
  • you can be offered a fixed-term contract (detachering)
  • you can be offered a temporary placement

 

Detachering can be used e.g. for projects or replacement during maternity leave or long term illness, offering security for a certain period of time. Temporary placement means you will be working on a temporary contract which means a lot of freedom for both parties. This is also often used as a trial period for companies before actually offering a contract with the company.

Working via an agency means that you have a contract with the agency, but are actually working within another company. The  agency is your formal employer and pays your salary. Because of the CAO you are ensured of good employee benefits, equal to any other contract.

Hineni Media  specialised publishing  content, connections, tips , resources, office jobs such as administration, secretarial work, health , commerce, hospitality, agricultural, finance, IT and logistics. All candidates should have an excellent knowledge of their own language plus a good command of English. Our vacancies listing range from beginners positions up to executive level. Unfortunately we cannot help foreigners who wish to work in  cleaning, low factories etc., but we might be able to provide you with addresses of other agencies that do deal in those fields.