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Canada newcomer’s checklist

Useful tips for newcomers to Ontario, Canada

Why?

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%.

Hotels
Bed & Brekfast
Hostels


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

Toronto.com
Toronto.ca
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

Grocery

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
Rogers
Fido
Telus


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

Ontarioparks
Parkscanada
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.

Usedcarsontario.com
Trader.ca
Toronto and GTA car dealers

Torontogasprices.com
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.

OTHER RESOURCES

Ontario inmmigration

Housing

Work

Hire inmmigrants

Visitors to Canada travel plans

TRIEC’s The Mentoring Partnership

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Study English | Looking for a Work-Program in Canada?

Paid Work Programs

Canadian Working Holiday  Program  Spend an absolutely amazing vacation working in Canada and truly “experience” from this beautiful country.  Learn More

Camp Canada Work Program

The Camp Canada Work Program, also known as “CCWP”, is a program that meets the demands of Canadian summer camps for summer staff, while enabling international young people to earn some income to support their holiday in Canada.  Learn More

English Co-op Program

This work and study program is designed to allow students to develop their English skills.

We help you with the nitty gritty stuff that you need to do when you land in Canada – assistance in opening a bank account, registering for a Social Insurance Number, getting your resume prepared, and MOST IMPORTANTLY,  JOB ASSISTANT SERVICE!  We save you money as we get you working faster and help you get the best deals on accommodations, travel and other services you need.

 

Internships in Canada

Participate in day-to-day operations to see how Canadian companies operate, develop new skills and make great contacts in your field. International work experience in Canada looks great on your resume and employers will see the value of your past work.

With Internship programs, you will obtain an internship position before you depart your home country and you will know which company you will be working for and where it is located before you leave your front door!

Why Intern  •Get real world, hands-on experience in your field of work or study  •Participate in day-to-day operations to see how Canadian companies operate  •Learn about Canadian business culture  •Develop new skills and build networking relationships in your field  •Improve your business and interpersonal skills  •Improve your English skills  •Improve career opportunities

Internships Available   All placements in these fields are UNPAID. All fields require relevant education of at least 1-year at the university or college level.

 

Volunteering in Canada

HC offers volunteer placements to individuals travelling to or within Canada in the areas of wildlife, environment and conservation. Gain valuable life experience, meet new people, see new places and do something good for the world!

Next ……e 4 exciting projects to choose from

 

 

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

Canada- The Rise of Contract Work

As the economy worsens, contract jobs are becoming more and more numerous. Offering contract jobs saves larger companies the time of looking for and hiring new employees as well as the money that a regular employee would receive in benefits. Also, a contract job may be seen as a sort of trial by fire, after which a contract employee may be offered a more permanent position.

Due to  months of searching, your first concrete job offer has come in. It’s a contract job that you wouldn’t have considered a year ago, but you’ve decided to accept. Six months with a reputable firm seems like a safe haven in turbulent times. Besides, it’s a foot in the door and could lead to more.

Not all contract positions have long-term potential, but some do.  Employers offer contract work to be upfront and honest.

“They’re letting people know that they have some work now and could down the road, but they’re not sure.

“Generally speaking, they’d rather hire people as full-time employees.  “It’s a bit cheaper than paying contractors and it promotes a better foundation for a company. That being said, you have to be a bit lean and mean these days for locals and internationals.

Accepting a contract position puts you in the ranks of the self-employed, for the duration of the agreement at least.
The major difference between a contract job and regular employment is the duration of the job, which is only until the project is complete. Below distincts type of contract jobs.

Nature of Contract Jobs
Contract jobs are not permanent positions, but that doesn’t mean that the job won’t take weeks, months or sometimes years to complete. A contract job could be something as simple as organizing an office, which could take days, or as complicated as building a skyscraper, a project that will take years. The longer the contract, often the more money involved to pay the workers and to cover other expenses.

Temps
The most common sort of contract employee are temps, or temporary employees. An organization that needs to fill temporary openings will often use a staffing agency, which is a company that keeps lists of employees who work in a certain type of field. Substitute teachers, secretaries, office workers and others can all be temps. If an opening needs to be filled, a temp agency will call up any of those people who are on the list and ask them if they’d like to take the temporary position that’s currently available. The staffing agency simply goes down the list until finding someone willing to take the job for its client.

Freelancers
Freelance workers, like those the name is taken from, are mercenaries. These are often small agencies, or independent workers who will do work on an assignment by assignment basis for a company. Writers, private security and advertising executives may be freelance workers. Freelancers are those who usually have some skill that is desired for a specific project, which is what makes them different from temps, who usually do unskilled labor or office work. 

In the shifting sands of Canada’s labour market, a clear trend is emerging: the rise of contract work.

Contract jobs have surged since 1997 and increased between 2005 and 2009 despite the downturn, a Statistics Canada paper released Friday shows. Last year, nearly 1 million Canadian workers held this type of job.

While it’s a lifestyle that offers a lot of advantages, the most obvious drawback is the lack of a steady paycheque and benefits. You also have to remember that although you make your own schedule, you always have to be aware of new opportunities to sell yourself.

 Related 

Canada’s shifting job market: the rise of contract work

 

 

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

Study in Canada- Working in Canada – International Student

International Students – The Road to Permanent Residence in Canada

Over 30,000 international students select Ontario as their study destination of choice, whether it is for their first university degree, graduate degrees, diploma or vocational studies. A Canadian education can provide that extra edge for foreign students seeking to return to their home country for their careers, although many international students wish to pursue their careers and establish themselves permanently in Canada.

In the past, it had been extremely frustrating for many foreign students to navigate the transition from a study permit holder to a Canadian permanent resident. In the past two years, however, the Canadian government has sought to address some of the obstacles that international students faced when attempting to qualify for permanent residence.

Most of the programs described below apply only to full-time international students attending publicly funded post-secondary institutions and students. With this in mind, prospective students should be aware of the eligibility criteria and their long term plans, whether it is permanent residence in Canada or returning to their home country.

Some of the most notable changes for international students are as follows:

Changing Schools or program of study: In January 2005 Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) permitted foreign students in post-secondary studies in Canada to transfer between programs of study and institutions without applying to change their study permit. This policy applies to all students who are in post-secondary studies, including private educational institutions.

Off-Campus Work Permit: Announced by CIC in April 2006, foreign students attending publicly funded post-secondary educational institutions are now eligible to apply for off- campus work permit after 6 months of full time study for a maximum of 20 hours a week off-campus while classes are in session, and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as summer holidays or reading week. It is important to take note that the Off-Campus Work Permit Program only applies to foreign students attending publicly funded educational institutions and not private educational institutions in Ontario. These are public post-secondary institutions that have signed an off-campus work agreement with the government.

Post-graduate work permit : A post-graduate work permit for up to one year is available to eligible foreign students seeking Canadian work experience in their field of study. Work permit applications must be made within 90 days of receiving confirmation of the completion of an eligible program of study. Since May 2004, international students who attended an eligible school outside the GTA (or Montreal and Vancouver) and find employment outside these areas are permitted to apply for a work permit for up to two years after graduation.

Open Work Permit for Spouse or Common-law Partner of Student – Spouses or common-law partners of certain foreign students are permitted to apply for a work permit without the need for a confirmation from HRSDC. The spouse or common-law partner may not himself or herself be a full-time student. The foreign student must either be attending a full-time publicly funded degree or diploma granting post-secondary institution or on a valid post-graduate work permit in order for their spouse or common-law partner to apply. There is no need for an offer of employment in these cases and work permits will be issued for the same duration as the spouse’s study permit or post-graduate work permit.

New HRSDC Guidelines: HRSDC (Service Canada) has eased two of the six factors it considers for those seeking extensions from post-graduate work permits to HRSDC Labour Market Opinion (LMO) based work permits. Effective October 2006, HRSDC established guidelines in cases where employers wish to retain their foreign graduate employee after the expiration of the post-graduate work permit. Specifically, the guidelines provide that employers can be exempted from having to demonstrate recruitment efforts for Canadians or permanent residents; and with regard to wages offered, HRSDC officials will recognize that entry level professional occupations may be associated with lower salaries than the average for the occupation. HRSDC can issue an LMO for a period of two years in these cases.

The ability to gain skilled work-experience is an all-important factor for international students, as it allows them to gain valuable Canadian work experience. For international students who wish to remain in Canada as permanent residents, the new guidelines and ability to work off-campus may be critical for potentially working towards the minimum one-year continuous full time (or full-time equivalent) work experience requirement for their Skilled worker permanent residence application. With careful planning and skilled work experience under their belt, international students and foreign graduates can now successfully pursue an accessible route to Permanent Residence in 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

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 Indeed.com 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 Dice.com 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

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

Live and Work in Canada

How to immigrate, live and work in Canada Canada is a beautiful, prosperous country with a stable environment and excellent settlement options. Canada immigration serves as the foundation of the country’s economic growth and has helped it become a diverse community of citizens that is respected the world over. Canada has long welcomed immigrants into its borders. In fact, one of every six Canadians was born outside of the country.

What you need to know for immigration to Canada?If you, too, are interested in immigrating to Canada, consider applying to become a permanent resident.  Permanent residents of Canada are eligible to live, work, and study anywhere in the country, but they remain citizens of their home country. In order to keep your status as a permanent resident of Canada, you must live in Canada for at least two years within a period of five years.

In order to file an application for permanent residency, you must decide which of Canada’s immigration visa categories is appropriate for you and your family. Depending on where you live, and the reason for your visit, you will need to meet certain visa to Canada entry requirements. Below are the different of Canada visa immigration categories and descriptions of each.

Skilled Workers and Professionals

People who are selected to become permanent residents with a skilled worker visa are evaluated based on their ability to become economically established in Canada. To qualify for Canada immigration under the federal skilled worker program, you must pass a language proficiency test and have a valid offer of employment or one year of full-time, paid work experience in an eligible occupation, among other requirements.

Quebec-Selected Skilled Workers

The skilled worker category for Canada immigration that’s described above only applies to areas outside of Quebec, which establishes its own immigration requirements. If you want to apply to become a skilled worker in Quebec, you must follow a separate selection process prior to having your application finalized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. To be selected as an immigrant worker in Quebec, you must settle in Quebec with the goal of being employed there, hold at least one diploma that corresponds to the Secondary School Diploma or Diploma of Vocational Studies in the Quebec education system, and have acquired training and occupational skills that will facilitate your entrance into Quebec’s job market. Knowing French is essential and very important.

Canadian Experience Class

If you are a foreign student who graduated from a school in Canada or you are a temporary foreign worker, you may qualify for a visa under the Canadian Experience Class category. In order to apply for a visa in this category, you should have qualifying work experience and be proficient in English or French.

Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Self-Employed People

Are you an experienced businessperson? If so, you may qualify for Canada’s Business Immigration Program. This program is designed to attract experienced foreign businesspeople that can help to continue developing Canada’s prosperous economy. To qualify for this program, applicants must make a C$800,000 business investment or own and manage businesses in Canada. Application criteria vary, depending on whether you are an investor, entrepreneur, or self-employed person.

Provincial Nominees

As part of the Canada immigration program, a province or territory in Canada can nominate you to settle and work there. Provincial nominees have skills, education, and work experience that will enable them to make an immediate economic contribution to a province.

Sponsored Family Member

Are you the spouse, common law partner, conjugal partner, dependent child, parent, or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident? If so, your family member can sponsor you to become a permanent resident of Canada. It will be your sponsor’s responsibility to support you financially when you arrive in the country. Steps of the Application Process for Canada Visa (Immigration)

Are you thinking of applying for a visa to Canada? The Canada visa (immigration) process is relatively cut-and-dry. Here are some general steps you can take to apply for an immigrant visa to Canada.

Review the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Website

Review the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to learn more about the Canada visa (immigration) process and assess whether or not you’re eligible. Read about the different visa categories that exist to learn which category is best suited to your situation.

Seek Representation

It is not a requirement to seek the representation of a lawyer or consultant when you apply for Canada visa (immigration), but having a lawyer at your side can be beneficial. A lawyer can help you avoid costly mistakes and maximize your chances of success by ensuring that all of the paperwork is completed properly and in full. Furthermore, a lawyer will be available to assist you throughout the entire application process, providing you with expert advice at every step.

To find representation, ask  for recommendations, if possible. Interview several different lawyers, follow up with references, and check their status with the Better Business Bureau until you find a lawyer with a top-notch reputation and proven track record.

Choose the Right Canada Visa (Immigration) Program

If you hire a lawyer to represent you, he will help you choose the most appropriate Canada visa (immigration) program for your needs. It’s important to choose the visa category that best suits your profile because it will increase your chances of being accepted.

Complete Your Application Package Carefully

Download and print the application package you need from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, or on the provincial immigration web sites. Fill out the forms on your computer, print them, and sign them. You can also fill them out by hand in black ink or use a typewriter, if you prefer. If you apply through the Federal Skilled Worker Canada visa (immigration) program, you will be required to fill out the following forms:

Application for Permanent Residence in Canada•Background/Declaration •Economic Classes: Federal Skilled Workers •Additional Family Information •Use of a Representative (if you hire a representative)

When filling out the forms, answer the questions as completely and truthfully as possible. If you hire a lawyer to represent you, you are required to provide the lawyer’s name and contact information on your application. Your application will be returned to you if it is incomplete or if the quota for your profession has already been met.

Take a Language Test and Go through Medical, Criminal, and Background Checks

As part of the application process for the Canada visa (immigration) program, you will be required to go through medical, criminal, and background checks. If you have a criminal background, you will not be allowed to enter Canada. You also have to provide proof of language proficiency by taking a language test and submitting the official test results with your application. You must make arrangements to the take the language test with an agency that’s designated by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Pay Processing Fees

You can pay your Canada visa immigration fees online, with a bank draft or at a financial institution in Canada. Include the receipt of payment when you submit your application.

Submit Your Application

After making sure that all of your application forms are completed and signed, the receipt of payment of the processing fee is included, and the required supporting documents are there, mail your application to the Centralized Intake Office for Federal Skilled Worker Programs in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Federal Skilled Worker Program application package provides more detailed information about where and how to send the forms.

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