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Useful tips for newcomers to Ontario, Canada


I have been living in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) since May 2000. When I arrived I found many things that were new to me – and very different from my home country (USA). So I got the inspiration to collect useful information, share my experience, and offer tips and advice that may help you get through your first year easier.


You will find hundreds of websites on the Internet explaining how to take care of paperwork and other such “official business”. But day-to-day practicalities – details about your living cost, transportation, opening a bank account, and so on – are much harder to come by … so why learn the hard way?

I welcome fellow newcomers and immigrants entreprenuers to contribute the content of this page. Based on their feedback and comments I continuously update this site.

The information presented is not official, as it is based on personal and professional experience . Please use these as friendly guidelines. I hope I can help you start your new life here or at least just save a few hours.

My first day

I arranged my homestay reservation from back home – it is easier and more convenient than starting to look for accommodation after a  flight. Usually a credit card is needed to make a reservation over the internet. I used my American account without any problems. I chose a location relatively close to downtown, so I saved money on public transportation tickets and also a lot of time.

From the airport you can get a cab for a flat price. This is means that there are zones in the city based on the distances from the airport. For me it cost about $45. To be sure ask the driver before you get in. The tip is usually 10%.

Bed & Brekfast

Arranging the paperwork

We have extensive material in this blog and there are a lot of guidelines on the Internet and printed materials also, so I don’t want to focus on this topic. Check the link below.

CIC Canada

Official Help

Newcomer centers offer a wide selection of different programs that can help newcomers to learn English, get jobs easier or learn about Canada. There are a lot of programs, and you can get a headache easily while trying to choose those that are suitable for you. My suggestion is to focus on the English or French language (one course costs $30 per semester minimun in the private sector) and those programs that offer you the information that you really need.

The City of Toronto

Toronto is not just a city. It is surrounded by other cities which form a unified metropolis called the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

There are better areas and also others which are not so friendly. by Jeno
Government of Ontario
TTC – public transport


Longterm accomodation

After my first month I moved from the homestay to a more cost effective private residence. In the summer time there are rooms in student residences or neighborhoods  around universities where you can rent a room for a few months at an affordable price. About 50% of these rooms have Internet connection.

I lived at the Naturo student residence where in still 2002 one month cost $400.

Once you get to know the city better you can rent a room or an apartment in an area that you prefer or one that is located closer to your work. Yes, this can be a big issue: after I got my first job I had to travel 1/2 hour each day with public transportation. Also, since I lived in the North York area and worked in West Mall Etobicoke Mall, I had to buy a weekly pass for $40.

    Always keep in mind that sometimes the additional costs – heat, electricity, etc. – are included in the rent and sometimes not. Usually you have to sign a one-year contract. If you would like to move out before your lease expires, you may have to find another person who will rent it out after you moved out.

If you are looking for new accommodation in the winter time you can expect 1 month free rent, which is a great offer. The prices for a room start at $450, while an apartment with 1 bedroom costs over $750 / month. Expenses include: hydro, water….. you do not have to pay sales tax on top of the rent fee maybe it is already included or maybe it is 0% – I do not really know.

Sometimes car parking is included; if not, you can expect to pay about $30/month.

One more thing about parking: In the GTA you cannot park for more than 3 hours in the same spot by law, even if you do not find explicit signs prohibiting it. So if you are thinking about renting accommodation, plan your parking location too. by Jeno

Toronto Star classifieds

Sales Tax

I know, it is strange, but the price tags do not show you how much you have to pay for the item. The details: the sales tax is usually 15% but there are items that are tax-free. So if you see a price tag on a CD that says $10, then you have to pay $11.50 at the cashier. But if the price tag on a loaf of bread says $1.60 then you will pay exactly $1.60 because there is 0% sales tax on it.

You have to learn which items have 0% sales tax. Also sometimes they tell you the price with the tax – please be careful. by Jeno


  Some examples:

item final price
basic food price tag
gas price tag
transportation ticket price tag
movie ticket price tag + tax
furniture price tag + tax
alcohol price tag
child clothing price tag
adult clothing price tag + tax
electronics price tag + tax


If I compare groceries to USA I find many similarities, but the selection is not nearly as wide here – grocery store shelves reflect the domination of mass production over variety. Usually bigger shops have better prices. You cannot find any hypermarkets here – instead there are grocery store chains. The quality goes up with prices. For example, NoFrills and Food Basics are cheaper while Loblows offers a wider selection and better quality. But remember this is only my opinion.

Some food items, such as natural, salt free butter, are hard to come by at reasonable prices – while others – for example, salmon in all shapes and forms – are readily available and more affordable than in many other parts of the world. Food prices may seem quite distorted: for example cola and soft drinks cost less than water.

Do not be surprised if you do not find any alcohol in regular grocery stores. The Ontario government maintains tight control over alcohol sales and naturally, it is a big business. So if you would like to celebrate becoming a landed immigrant you have to find out where the closest LCBO or Beer Store is located.

Cell phone

Now this is a quite strange system. I have lots of problems with mobile phone service companies. The phones available from service providers are very limited and often quite antiquated. However, if you would like to use your own independent (more advanced) cell phone with a SIM card, then you might as well forget all mobile companies other than ROGERS and FIDO (others are using an old technology, not the GSM system). Also your cell phone has to be able to use the 850 and 1900 MHZ carrier. TELUS is not great.

For me I found that the prepay system is better. I use a $30 (without tax) prepaid card that is valid for 2 months. My minute rate is $0.15 without tax for local calls. The charging system is minute based, not second based. Do not be surprised like me, that you have to pay even to receive a call. Again:receiving a call it is not free They call your available minutes as “airtime”.

The coverage is yet another painful issue. Some systems do not give you coverage everywhere in Ontario. You will probably not bump into problems in cities, but if you leave the urban areas or major highways you may find yourself without any coverage (just hope your car doesn’t break down in the middle of nowhere, having to walk many miles to reach areas with proper telecommunications infrastructure). So be sure to check what coverage you get with each mobile service package.

You can also chose an area code. Certain types of calls will cost you more than your local rate – but not in all cases. For example within the GTA you have to pay only local minute rates, even for the areas that use different area codes.

And my final advice: never give up, never be disappointed, and always fight until the end. 🙂

Bell Canada

Outdoor activities

Ontario is a nice place but if you like arquitecture and culture you have to travel to Quebec. If you like paddling, sea kayaking, cross-country skiing, then you cannot find a better place in the World. Tour Ontario.

  To camp in a park is great fun. There are regular campsites where you can get dedicated spots which are quite large (100 m2) or you can choose wilderness sites that you can reach only after hiking or paddling there.There are National Parks, Provincial parks parks and Nature reserves. Canadians are pretty good at managing these protected areas. Usually you have to pay about $10 per day for parking. Also there are park fees based on the number of persons, but there are many free places too. Check Scarbourough Bluffs.

If you are interested in exploring the east coast you can find a collection of my photos of my trips around Ontario-Quebec-Nova Scotia-New Brunswick here , under the photos section.

 My advice: in the top season the sites are always fully booked, especially on long weekends. So plan ahead, if you can, and book your site before you go on your trip. by Jeno

Canadian Deathrace for extreme hikers
Ontario Mountain Biking Areas
Bike and Hike trails in Ontario

Driving License

You have to localize your license because you can only use your foreign license for 3 months. Depending on your experience and the country where you obtained your license, you have to take different steps to get an Ontario license..


  Being originally from DR, I had to take a written test and after that a driving test. After this I obtained the full G license, which is the final one (other friends with over 10 years experience have been condemned to driving only with supervision and before nightfall). It is strange because if I would have been brought mine from New York which was expired (only 8 hour from here), a written test would have been enough to get a full canadian license. I think I do not have to describe that Mexico and DR have totally the same driving regulations and habits, as well as similar weather: the two systems totally match. I complain because a driving test with mandatory driving courses cost at least $275.

Oh, and do not be shocked: you can drive in the city sometimes with 80 km/h, but on the highways you must not exceed 100 km/h by law.

Driver handbook and license info

Buying a vehicle

There is a huge selection of used cars, and the dealers are the same as everywhere else in the world. So be careful.

Before you select the kind of vehicle that you prefer, always check the insurance cost. Do not shush me, I am talking about differences of $2000 / year! Car insurance.


For used cars you can find wide selections on the Internet. It is not a big issue to find a car that suits your needs and your pocket. Bigger dealerships are better in terms of reliability, especially new car dealership selling trade-ins – they are less likely to trick you into a bad deal.

There is a lincense plate fee, drive clean test (mandatory), registration fee, dealership fee and 15% sales tax based on the price of the vehicle. Also at every owner change the vehicle has to pass a mechanical test. Sometimes the price does not include this test, which means that you have to pay extra, you have to arrange it or there is a problem with the car and the repair costs too much. So if you are happy with the price tag, recalculate with these fees on top of the price tag of your new, shiny vehicle.
Toronto and GTA car dealers
Step-by-step used car buying guide

Car insurance

This is another major issue in Canada. As a newcomer, insurance companies do not trust you. In their policy you are the same as a 17 years old Canadian student who just bought his first car. Even worse, some companies will flat-out refuse to provide you insurance, because your parents do not have insurance history here. You are especially doomed, if you do not have a full G license yet.

Some of the insurance companies just simply rejected me, the others gave me a quote of over $6000 for a year!!!

 The kind of the vehicle is important. For example, for a red, two-door honda civic with manual gear (I am not joking), insurance costs much more than for a regular minivan with automatic gear.

In my case, I bought a minivan, which costs more in terms of gas, but being a typical family vehicle, its insurance costs less. On a yearly basis, this solution was more cost effective, and also I get a comfortable and more secure vehicle.

You are just wasting your time if you try to get a better quote on the basis of documents from your birth country that prove that you did not have any accidents for many years. This is true even if the you had the same insurance company at home, as the one you are trying to deal with here.

The details: I have over 10 years and over a million km’s of driving experience. I bought a minivan that belongs to the best insurance category. In my first year I paid $330/ month with Scotia. This year without any accidents and police or parking tickets (yeah, I am lucky too) they reduced it to $240 which sounds much better.

Conclusion: when I calculated the yearly cost, I found that it is almost the same as Latin America, but you have to pay less for gas (in 2008-Feb it was about $0.85 -0.95 tax incl.) and more for the insurance.

Bottom line: I heard about “great deals” offered by some agents who ask for $300 – $500 to get a better quote at insurance companies, but I chose Canada because a believe in the corruption free world not these tricky backdoor solutions. by Jeno

Ontario Automobile Policy
Car Insurance Quotes

My idioms

Word meaning
Gas fuel, benzin and not natural gas that is used for heating
Hydro hydro – electricity not water
2nd floor means 1st floor in New York
Ozonized water means natural water, you can drink it
Zapping using a microwave oven
POP soft canned drink

Getting a job

This is a hard issue. The main problem is that most of the newcomers do not have “Canadian Experience”. Yes, it is true, many employees say this is the problem with us. Even though I have been working for large, multinational IT companies in USA and DR for over a decade. So never give up, prove your ability, bring your portable job or portable business or get help on it ;  experience and motivation to the employers. After your first job life will become much easier.


Ontario inmmigration



Hire inmmigrants

Visitors to Canada travel plans

TRIEC’s The Mentoring Partnership

Where the Jobs are?

If you are thinking of re-entering the workforce, consider one of this growing career fields

Healthcare and Medical Careers

The health care industry has remained the most robust industries in Canada. Within this industry are a number of steadily growing fields as well. This is the reason why it is easy for many applicants to land a job in the health field. In fact, of the 25 jobs listed in Canada News and World Report’s Best Jobs of 2012, nine are related to health care. On top of the list are the fields of Physical Therapy, Pharmacy Technician and Nursing. Other promising careers include those for physicians, optometrists, physician assistants and medical scientists. but there are more than 80 different professions.

The increase in demand for the jobs in this field plus the small availability of workers at present to fill the demand means only one thing: salaries, compensation and benefits are bound to increase as the availability of workers is considerably less than the demand. This field is thus worth studying for those in search of long-term and fruitful careers.

Information Technology:

Information technology. When career site recently analyzed millions of job postings on its web site, researchers found that the fastest-growing category of keywords — including HTML5, Android, mobile app, and social media — were in IT, and a new survey by tech job site bears that out: About 65% of hiring managers said they hope to add tech staff in the first half of 2012. Roughly a quarter of those (27%) said they want to expand their IT headcount by more than 20%.

Openings for software developers who specialize in applications will rise by more than one-third (34%) by 2018, says Best Jobs for the 21st Century , a new book by job market analyst Laurence Shatkin, while companies will hire 20% more computer systems analysts. Rising pay in these fields reflects the surge in demand: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada   statics says that developers of systems software, for instance, earn an average of $94,180 per year. 

Environment and Green Careers

Careers in the environmental field generally fall into two categories: 1.environmental experts such as biologists, economists, sociologists, chemists, or engineers have mastered a particular body of knowledge. Their work generally focuses on the application of that knowledge and

2.environmentalists, individuals who have mastered approaches that work in a variety of environmental situations on issues that often take moral, ethical or advocacy positions.

Here’s a list of some examples of content focused jobs: 

◦Land Use and Preservation, ◦Waste Management and Recycling, ◦Housing and Community Development, ◦Water- or Air-related Issues, ◦Fund Raising and Foundation Work, ◦Environmental Education, ◦Pollution Prevention and Control, ◦Disease Prevention, ◦Environmental Planning.

Here’s a list of some positions available in several different environmental areas: 

◦Research & Development (laboratory technicians: packaging scientists; chemists; biologists; toxicologists) ◦Technical (civil engineering; transportation engineers; environmental health) ◦Regulator (health regulation; environmental regulation; natural resource management regulators) ◦Regulated Industry (Risk assessment; impact assessment, environmental compliance officers; environmental health officers) ◦Policy Analysis (environmental economists; consulting firms; lobbyists; environmental groups) ◦Education (elementary, secondary, post-secondary teachers; parks; nature centers; hands-on science museums or centers; outdoor education)

In examining environment-related employment opportunities, it is possible to explore career options either by “content” or by “position. ” Content refers to employment opportunities that directly relate to certain areas of study or preparation, such as water, air, or solid waste. Position relates more specifically to the type of position, such as educator, toxicologist, or geophysicist, and the setting in which the work occurs including public, private, not for profit organization, or regulatory agency.

The Ministry of Environment often has job opportunities within Saskachewan ministry.  Whether you are looking for a career change or you want to enhance your skills, you may be one click away from finding the opportunity that is right for you.

Startup  Companies

Toronto has a vibrant and quickly growing startup ecosystem with over 500 companies. Some of the biggest local startups include Casale Media, NetShelter Technology Media and Macrae’s Blue Book. A number of venture capital firms, individual & networks of angels and incubators have become part of the Toronto community to help local entrepenuers more quickly develop their businesses. Expect to see Toronto produce many more standout companies.

Marisol Diaz is  Business developer and author specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful career opportunities for local and international trained professionals. Get help creating your own exciting career opportunity in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, seminars and Workshops such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products

Live, Work and Study in Canada


In almost all cases, you need a valid work permit to work in Canada. Obtaining one may be difficult, as employment opportunities go to Canadians first. Before you can even apply, you need a specific job offer from an employer who in turn must have been granted permission from the government to give the position to a foreign national. Applications must be filed at a visa office of a Canadian embassy or consulate in your home country. Some jobs are exempt from the permit requirement. For full details, check with Citizenship & Immigration Canada (   Employers hiring temporary service workers (hotel, bar, restaurant, resort) and construction, farm or forestry workers often don’t ask for a permit. If you get caught, however, you can kiss Canada goodbye.

Students aged 18 to 30 from over a dozen countries, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa, are eligible to apply for a spot in the Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP; If successful, you get a one-year, nonextendable visa that allows you to work anywhere in Canada in any job you can get. Most ‘SWAPpers’ find work in the service industry as waiters or bartenders.   Even if you’re not a student, you may be able to spend up to a year in Canada on a Working Holiday Program. You must be between 18 and 30 years old and a citizen of Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden or the UK. There are quotas for each country and spaces are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Check with the Canadian embassy in your country for details; a list of Canadian diplomatic and consular missions is available from Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada (

Marisol Diaz is  Business developer and author specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful career opportunities for local and international trained professionals. Get help creating your own exciting career opportunity in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, seminars and Workshops such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products

How to Find Job Openings in Canada

How to Find Job Openings

In some countries, people find jobs primarily through the government or family members. In Canada self-reliance is more the rule, and secondly networking . It is important for everyone, including international students, to use a wide variety of resources to identify jobs.  About 20% of the jobs that exist in Canada are 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 byword 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.  Our blog  has many books on the job search and networking, as well as networking workshops and opportunities.

Working for International Companies

The best employment prospects for international students may be with international companies. International students are great assets to global organizations desiring language skills, respect for diversity, and/or knowledge of overseas economies. Occupations in Need of International Students.  According to the November 2012 edition of “Recruiting Trends,” health” and  high-tech firms are desperate to hire technically skilled, non-immigrant foreign workers. According to Canda immigration , from October 2009 to February 2010,  workers-visa  petitions were approved in the following areas:

 • Health Care & Social Assistants (hot)

•  Mining, oil and gas extraction ( hot)

• System’s Analysis and Programming (hot)

•Electrical/Electronics Engineering (hot)

•College and University Education (hot)

•Accountants and Related Occupations (3.7%) These statistics suggest that International students who wish to work in the Canadas would be wise to study technical and trade  subjects in order to increase their chance of employment. More detailed information on the occupations of approved  workers-visa petitions as well as the petitioners personal characteristics can be found in the following  Internationally Trained Professionals  Special Reports   which are part of the goverment web page.



Marisol Diaz is  SE , Entrepreneurship and Technology Trainer and author specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful  job and portable business opportunities for local and international trained professionals. Get help creating your own exciting career opportunity in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, training and workshops such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products

Int’l Student Employment Options-Canada

International students who come to Canada must have enough money to live and pay their bills while they are studying, without needing to work. However, in some situations, students may be able to work while they are studying. Working will give them experience in Canadian work settings; help them get to know the communities they’re living in; and let them earn extra money.

Students must not work without permission. If they do, they may be asked to leave Canada. They will also need a social insurance number to work in Canada. 

Canada’s MBA programs are trying to attract the world’s top students—and keep them here as residents after they graduate. As of 2008, and we are in 2012 all students who complete a two-year Master’s degree automatically have the right to stay in the country and work for three years. They do not need to have a job lined up and are not restricted to working in a particular field.  80 per cent of foreign MBAs at the school choose to stay and work in Canada immediately after their MBAs.

 We advise international students who plan to work in Canada to stay and work for a Summer , or find Summer employment at home in their field of study. Otherwise, she said it could take longer to find a career after graduation.

 International students who come to Canada must have enough money to live and pay their bills while they are studying, without needing to work. However, in some situations, students may be able to work while they are studying. Working will give them experience in Canadian work settings; help them get to know the communities they’re living in; and let them earn extra money.

Students must not work without permission. If they do, they may be asked to leave Canada. They will also need a social insurance number to work in Canada.

If you are interested in working in Ontario or B.C. for instance in Canada, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation’s labour market section provides career resources for students and skilled immigrants, and career trends in Canada. The Province also provides comprehensive information about skilled immigrants and working in B.C. on the International Qualifications website



Students with a Job Offer – Ontario Immigration

BC On Jobs Plan

Playing the visa card Article

Marisol Diaz is  Business developer and author specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful career opportunities for local and international trained professionals. Get help creating your own exciting career opportunity in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, training and Workshops such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products

Relocate in Canada

An iconic vista  

Canada’s first immigrants may have been reluctant European outcasts, destined for a lifetime of hard labour, but today this vast country lures 15,000 people annually from the UK alone.

Of the more 15,000 foreigners granted permanent visas to live in Canada in 2009,  many — just under a sixth — were British. Many of these hopefuls arrive to set up in business for themselves in search of the famed Canadian “Dream”, scenery and quality of life.

Similar business culture

With property prices — including commercial property — and other living costs significantly lower, it’s no wonder the country is so popular with foreigners.

Canada is an affluent country with a stable economy and strong links to the UK, making it a more significant market for the UK than its comparatively small population of 38 million might suggest. With an economy worth over 450bn, it’s a prime location for business immigrants.

The advantages of a shared language, a common basis for commercial law, a similar business culture and the presence of many USA and  UK companies in the market make  Canada  hugely accessible to the fledgling and experienced exporter alike.    Admittedly there isn’t anywhere on the planet  closer to the polar circle  with britons or british linkage  than Canada, but the geographical gap between the countries has been bridged by technological advances. The emergence of the internet and related technologies such as Voice-over-Internet phones, as well as video conferencing technology, have made doing business between the countries a lot easier.

The cost of long-haul flying is on a long-term downward trend, too, and the number of flights between the countries is on the increase thanks to the lifting of restrictions on code-sharing in 2009.

Business broker  Luz Maria, who has 30 years’ experience selling businesses in Canada, has some advice for foreign relocating their business the great white north:

“Continue in the same field and don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Business here has adopted a very British system and North American system there’s a chance you’ll introduce some new ideas to the local scene.”

Vibrant, cosmopolitan

Canada is a huge country (more than 20 times the size of the UK) with most people living in one of the major cities and three quarters of the population living in centres of 20,000 or more, making the market easily identifiable. The principal cities of  Toronto and Vancouver are large by international standards, with populations of 2.3 million and 3.8 million respectively. The capital, Ottawa, has a population of just 130,000, although it is in the midst of a record-breaking construction boom.

Canada’s cities are vibrant, cosmopolitan places thanks to waves of post-war immigration from central and southern Europe and south-east Asia. Creative and media, food and drink, recreation and leisure industries thrive.

Other prime sectors in the country are agriculture, mining, oil and gas, telecommunications, biotechnology and railways. With most of  Canada’s population living within 20km of the sea, it is a significant player in marine industries.    Western Canada, whose biggest city is vancouver, is Canada’s largest province, covering the most resource-laden third of the country. As close to China and Singapore as it is to Sydney, it is ideally equipped to service the growing economies of Asia and the Indian Ocean rim. It is also well placed for air travel, freight networks, shipping lines and telecommunications, and the state is home to Ernst & Young, Coopers & Lybrand and many other key international businesses.

The comparatively sparsely populated regions of the Northern Territoritories, Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal are home to numerous lucrative industries, including offshore gas exploration, mining, farming, fishing and tourism, but they are still ripe for investment as most migrants head for the economically strong cities.

The tourist trade should be highly attractive to the business migrant as Canada’s rich aboriginal culture and stunning natural beauty continues to draw in over a million visitors a year. HC feels that the best business move for an individual looking for a lifestyle change would be in this industry.

“I would recommend a tourism and/or accommodation business — motel or B&B — where you normally get the housing with the business. “This makes the start in a new country much easier and you start interacting with the travellers and local community immediately.”   If you want to live in Canada and set up a business, or manage a new or established business, you will need to apply for a business skills visa. It is advisable to seek assistance from an agent before making your application, as competition is fierce.

“Under the country’s two-stage arrangements, business immigrants are granted now a provisional four-year visa and, after meeting the requisite level of achievement or maintaining their eligible investment, they are deemed fit to make an application for a residence visa. Applicants for provisional visas must have had a successful business career to date and significant net assets to settle in Canada.

For the second stage residence visa, business people must have had ownership interest in one actively operating business in Canada for at least two years, employ at least two Canada citizens and have achieved a decent annual turnover.



Marisol Diaz is  Business developer and  trainer specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful business opportunities (or bizopp); business ideas and career opportunities trained professionals. Get help creating your own exciting  opportunity in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, seminars and Workshops such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products

Canada: eager to attract the best and the brightest

According to a survey by Canada’s Federation of Independent Business, one out of 20 jobs remains unfilled because of an inability to find suitably skilled labour. This represents about 250,000 to 300,000 vacant jobs in small- and medium-sized businesses alone. The lack is not just in professions that require higher education. The worst off are employers looking for skilled construction workers, who reported 7.7 percent of jobs went unfilled. They are followed closely by the business services and agriculture sectors. Hospitals and the personal service sector ranked tenth at 3.8 percent.  The need is greatest in Manitoba, Ontario and Alberta.

Actually, Canada is seeing signs of worker shortages in several professions – including engineers, doctors and nurses, to name a few. Added to this is the fact that the population in some provinces is shrinking, and employers are having difficulty filling their rosters with skilled help. Paul Darby, director of the Conference Board of Canada, estimates a shortfall of 3 million skilled workers by the year 2020.


Marisol Diaz is  Business developer  and  trainer specializing in  helping clients create fulfilling and meaningful career opportunities for local and international trained professionals. Get help creating your own exciting career opportunity in Canada with a step-by-step books and  guides, seminars and Workshops such as “Steps to Starting Your Own Business” in Canada. Check also   Business, Jobs & Careers    products