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Canada: Immigration Through Employment

Canada: Immigration Through Employment


An immigrant is a foreign national who has been authorized to live and work permanently in Canada. If you want to become an immigrant based on the fact that you have a permanent employment opportunity in Canada, or if you are an employer that wants to sponsor someone for lawful permanent residency based on permanent employment in Canada, you must go through a multi-step process.
•First, foreign nationals and employers must determine if the foreign national is eligible for lawful permanent residency under one of CIC’  ‘s paths to lawful Canadian permanent residency.
•Second, most employment categories require that a Canadian employer Submit an application (PDF 285 KB) – HTML Version for a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) to the Service Canada Centre responsible for processing applications for the applicant, and submit it to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada. HRSDC must either grant or deny the certification request.  Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), there are special cases when you do not need an HRSDC/Service Canada Labour Market Opinion to hire a foreign worker, and/or the foreign worker may not need a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) work permit.
 •Third, CIC Canada must approve an immigrant visa petition, ( Employment authorization; (Work permit) or Permanent Immigration to Canada),  for the person wishing to immigrate to Canada. The employer wishing to bring the applicant to Canada to work permanently files this petition. However, if aproved HRSDC LMO  is needed the application can only be filed after being LMO is granted. The employer acts as the sponsor (or petitioner) for the applicant (or beneficiary) who wants to live and work on a permanent basis in Canada.
•Fourth, CIC Canada must give the applicant an immigrant visa number, even if the applicant is already in Canada. When the applicant receives an immigrant visa number, it means that an immigrant visa has been assigned to the applicant. You can check the status of a visa number at
•Fifth, if the applicant is already in Canada, he or she must apply to adjust to permanent resident status after a visa number becomes available. You may wish to read about application procedures on becoming a permanent resident while in Canada. If the applicant is outside Canada when an immigrant visa number becomes available, he or she will be notified and must complete the process at his or her local Canadian consulate office.
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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.

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.

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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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.

Being Hired as a Foreign Worker by a Canadian Employer

Being Hired as a Foreign Worker by a Canadian Employer

As with most countries’ approach to the employment of foreign workers, Canadian regulations establish certain restrictions regarding the employment of foreigners in order to give preference to Canadian workers. In order for a Canadian company to hire a foreign worker, two basic requirements must be fulfilled. Firstly, the work contract to be held between the Canadian company and the foreign worker must be approved by the Canadian Ministry of Labor ( known as Human Resources Development Canada -HRDC-). Secondly, this contract only becomes valid once the foreign worker obtains his or her visa from  Immigration Canada (hereinafter referred to as “work permit”). All work contracts held between Canadian companies and foreign workers must be authorized by the Ministry of Labor, unless the foreigner is married to a Canadian citizen, has parents, children or siblings who are Canadian citizens or possesses an Investors Visa. Foreign employees who belong in one or more of the latter three categories shall be referred to as a sort of  “Exonerated Workers”. *

Exonerated Workers* are exempt from certain restrictions that apply to non-exonerated foreign employees, for example, that the total number of foreign workers in a Canadian company must not exceed 20% of its payroll and the wages of foreign workers must not amount to more than 30% of the total wages paid out by the company. Exemptions are always permitted, for instance, for highly skilled workers and those to be employed in managerial positions. Degree certificates must be available, as well as evidence of previous work experience, if applicable. These documents must be legalized by the corresponding Canadian Consulate abroad and approved by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If the documents are not in English or French official languages of Canada, they must be translated by a certified translator. Work contracts must comply with several strict regulations. They cannot exceed 2 years, but may be renewed. The employer must undertake to train Canadian employees in the foreign worker’s field and guarantee that the foreign worker and his or her family will return to their home country.  Work authorization will take a while. Once the contract is authorized the worker must apply for his or her one year working visa . Please note that this process may take at least six and a 12  months. Finally, note that if the foreign worker entered Canada with a tourist visa, he or she must gain permission to sign contracts before signing the work contract.

Through company sponsorship or Work Permit it is relatively easy to immigrate to Canada,  because to work in the country, foreigners can travel on a temporary visa and apply for a work permit (an Employment Authorization [EA] in Canada), or become a permanent resident of Canada. To obtain an EA, a Canadian job offer validated by the Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) is required. This means that the employer has to prove that the position could not be filled by a Canadian citizen or resident. The validation process is complicated unless you are a software or IT professional, a member of the Youth Exchange Program, or the Spouse of Highly Skilled Temporary Worker. To enter the country, you should have the following:

  • a valid passport, travel document, or other identity document;
  • proof of sufficient funds while in Canada and enough to cover the costs of departure;
  • lack of a criminal record, and, in some cases, a recent medical examination.

Non-Canadians interested in emigrating to the country can check out, which provides information about obtaining work visas for Canada. Online assessment of eligibility to live and work in Canada can be made. In addition there is information on gaining permanent and temporary work status in Canada.

*Business inmigration category ( investor/Entrepreneur)

How to find job openings in Canada?

Where is the best place to live in Canada?

It’s simple; if you want to work in Canada, then you should live somewhere in Southern Ontario. Specifically in the “Golden Horse-shoe” area, around the Western end of Lake Ontario. This is where all the jobs are. Trust me, I’ve been living here since the early 2000’s.

Toronto is a busy place ; well, cities around like Milton, Kitchener etc. are ok but this is nothing if you compare it with Montreal. This city is a beauty and more affordable than Toronto & surroundings.

How much can I expect to be paid for my work?

You will mainly find yourself doing odd jobs. These are paid at approximately $9-12 CAD$  per hour. Taxes are deducted from this – approximately 10 – 35%, depending on your income. Our partner organisation will help you to apply for a tax number and also to open a Canadian bank account.

How to Find Job Openings

In some countries, people find jobs primarily through the government or family members. In the Canada, network is more the rule, and it is important for everyone, including international students, to use a wide variety of networking to identify jobs.

About 20% of the jobs that exist in Canada are not advertised in newspapers, trade magazines, or on the Internet. The other 80% of job openings are in the “hidden” job market and are never advertised. These positions are filled by word of mouth. For this reason, it is important to contact as many people as possible to find out about job openings. This technique is called networking. Contacts include friends, classmates, neighbors, family members, professors, alumni, and community members. The Career Services Center has many books on the job search and networking, as well as networking workshops and opportunities.

 Working for local Companies

The best employment prospects for international trained profesional may be with Canadian companies with internatinal branches. International trained profesionals are great assets to Canadian global organizations desiring language skills, respect for diversity, and/or knowledge of overseas economies.

Occupations in Need of International Trained Professionals

According to the November 2008 edition of “Recruiting Trends,” high-tech firms are desperate to hire technically skilled, non-immigrant foreign workers. According to Canada Immigration, from October 2002 to February 2006, work visa petitions were approved in the following areas:

 •System’s Analysis and Programming (47.4%)

•Electrical/Electronics Engineering (5.4%)

•College and University Education (4.1%)

 •Accountants and Related Occupations (3.7%)

 These statistics suggest that International Trained Profesionals who wish to work in Canada would be wise to study technical subjects in order to increase their chance of employment.

Once you’ve discovered the companies that offered sponsorship or employment visas in the past, contact those companies to request a listing of job openings or internships or set up an informational interview. Even Internships Students who lack experience in their career fields should complete one or more internships while working towards their degrees.

According to “Canada Multinationals and the Foreign MBA,” more than 53% of foreign survey respondents received a job offer from a Canadian company where they completed an internship. Obtaining an internshipin Canada  is important not only in terms of resume building, but in terms of its potential to translate into a full-time job after graduation.

Approaching the Topic of Sponsor Visas with Employers

Many employers are intimidated by the Canadian immigration process and are reluctant to sponsor work visas, or simply have a policy against it. Do not begin an employment interview or letter with an inquiry regarding work sponsorship. Discussions about work sponsorship should come later, either when the employer brings it up or when the applicant is offered a position.

The applicant’s first task in an interview is to convince the employer of his/her suitability for the job. Only later, when an employer is close to making, or has made an offer, should the applicant raise the work sponsorship issue.

Learn about the sponsorship process including hiring and paying for a lawyer. By explaining the simplicity of the sponsorship process, the applicant will increase the likelihood of getting hired.  Seek out companies that have a history of work sponsorship. To identify companies that have sponsored foreign worker in the past , consider the following source:

Hineni Media is the newest paid-subscription site  listing companies that have sponsored work visas within the past several years. The list provides the names of hundreds of companies along with job titles and salary information associated with the work petitions. Clients that have paid for access to this website  can obtain the username and password,  The listing is available to students, includes the following areas: Administrative Occupations; Business Management and Administration; Computer Science and Information Technology; Engineering; Mathematics & Physical Sciences

Additional Advice for International Trained Professionals.

•Market Yourself Positively – It is very important for International students to turn employers’ objections into positives. By virtue of living and studying abroad, International Trained Professionals demonstrate tenacity and resourcefulness. It is important for them to tell employers about the challenges they faced in studying overseas and how theyovercame them. International Trained Profesionals should be prepared to tell employers how hiring them offers more advantages than disadvantages.

Follow these tips:

 •Choose a Major/Specialization in Demand – The demand for employees in technical fields, such asinformation technology and accounting, far outweighs the supply. Therefore, International students who study these subjects may have more opportunities than those select majors in low-demand areas.

•Be Flexible – International Trained Professionals may need to expand their job search by considering jobs outside their desired career. For example, an Information Technology major who would like to do web development may want to search for jobs in web development AND other areas of information technology.

•Patience and Persistence – Although finding employment as an International Trained Professionals can be challenging, it is not impossible. Each year Canada grants almost 70,000 work visas.

•Network with friends, professors, other International Trained Professionals, and attend job fairs.

•Become familiar with visa application processes.

•Volunter or Work for free like interning – the experience may lead to a full-time, paid position

Guest workers, migrant workers and seasonal foreign in Canada

“You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer, whether a fellow countryman or a stranger in one of the communities of your land.”  Deuteronomy 24:14

“Build your home in such a way that a stranger may feel happy in your midst.”  Theodor Herzl, August 6, 1896


Guest workers are persons who typically travel (legally or illegally) to a country with much more preferred job prospects than the one in which they currently reside. In part because of the negative connotations associated with these terms in North America (US and Canada), it has been argued that these workers are brought in as cheap labour to fill jobs that might readily be filled domestically.

Most guest workers, migrant workers and seasonal foreign  work in Canadian farms. They are migrant farm workers.

Who are the Migrant Farm Workers in Canada?

 Migrant farm workers work in Canada during the prime agricultural season to help plant, maintain, harvest or process produce. Also known as seasonal agricultural workers, migrant farm labourers, temporary workers, or guest workers, migrant farm workers may be here for up to eight months a year working up to seven days a week. Many return year after year, in some cases for over 20 years.

 As of 2003, Canada welcomed over 18,000 migrant farm workers, with 94% hosted by Ontario. Currently workers come from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Montserrat and Mexico.

 These workers generally work and live on one farm throughout their stay. The majority of the workers are male, and all of them have wives or dependent families in their home countries who do not travel here with them but who depend on the money they send home from Canada.

All migrant workers will have to fill out a questionnaire and undergo a physical examination and fever check by two doctors before being cleared for departure to Canada. Seasonal workers from Mexico are critical to portions of Manitoba’s agriculture industry.

Many migrant workers are part of the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP), a Canadian federal program that brings migrant workers from Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean to work in the agricultural sector every summer.

The CSAWP began as a pilot project with Jamaica in 1966, when 264 Jamaican workers came to Ontario to harvest tobacco. The first Mexican workers arrived in Canada in 1974 after Mexico and Canada signed a memorandum of understanding.

The Mexican government plays a double role in this arrangement: it makes sure the program works smoothly, and it also functions as the representative of migrant agricultural Mexican workers in Canada.

For Caribbean workers, the program is run jointly with the governments of the participating Caribbean states, which recruit workers and appoint representatives in Canada to assist in the program’s operations. Workers come from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (Grenada, Antigua, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Monserrat).

For Guatemalan workers, the project was established in 2003 through an agreement with FERME (Foundation of Recruiting Enterprises of Foreign Agricultural Labor), which also lobbies the Canadian government for Canadian farm owners, under the supervision of the Department of Human Resources Development of Canada.

According to the Canadian United Farm and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), 20,274 migrant workers came to Canada in 2005: 11,798 came from Mexico and 5,916 from Jamaica; the rest came from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). In 2004, fewer than three per cent of participants in this program were women. In 2009, the number of migrant workers in Canada is expected to be over 156,000.

The temporary workers visa allows them to work only on a specified farm and for a limited period of time. Mexicans and Jamaicans can stay for a maximum of eight months.

How to Find a Canadian Work Visa Sponsor Employer

The hardest part about coming to Canada on an employment visa has to be finding an employer to provide your visa sponsorship so you can come to Canada to work for them.  While it is possible to come to Canada to work without an employer sponsor, it is much easier to get a sponsor work visa.

Fill an Employers Need

Employers who cannot find the employees they need in Canada will be happy to find someone anywhere who can fill their need.  Look through want-ads and at job Listing pages for companies who are hiring many employees, or who have been posting the same job for months.  Those employers may be getting desperate and may be more willing to go through the immigration process to fill their employment needs.

Employment-visa Friendly Employers

Employers with a history of hiring foreign workers are more likely to hire you than employers who don’t have much experience with the process. There are large corporations with departments dedicated to bringing in foreign workers, and there are smaller employers who have had success in bringing foreigners to work in Canada. so they are more likely to do so again. Look through company directories to see if you can find foreign workers.  Read press releases from companies regarding hiring foreigners and keep your eyes open for employers who are advertising abroad.

Use Your Network

Start by asking everyone you know if they know anyone who has been hired by a company in Canada and find out who their employer is.  The next step is to contact those people in Canada.  Any connection you have in Canada is a person with whom you should talk.  Ask your Canadian connections if they can check job postings or if they can ask people they know about companies that have immigration departments or immigration attorneys on staff.  Those companies are most likely willing to hire foreign workers. 

Contact the Employer

Once you determine what employers might be willing to hire foreign workers, you have to reach out to them.  Use any names you might have as connections and try to have a name of a specific person at the employer to contact.  It will be your responsibility to prove to the employer that your skills and talents are worth the process they will have to go through to bring to Canada to work for them.

If you’re looking for employment sources, internships or volunteer work in Canada – or even to get a seasonal job lead info, you’ve come to the right place! With over 10,000 around the county, chances are that Hineni Media has the right job lead info for you and wants to be your only source for finding job lead infor, internships and volunteer positions in Canada