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How To Get a Job in Canada from Abroad

How To Get a Job in Canada from Abroad

Step 1:  Read reference materials

Spend time reading reference materials, resources  and web sites about working and living in Canada. This blog   is a huge resource!

Read, read, and read, especially about other people’s experiences.

 Step 2: Consider language requirements
Narrow your search by the language skills you have, need, or hope to acquire. For Canada you need English and French.

 Step 3: Decide what type of job you desire
Choose whether you would like paid or unpaid work, short-term work, a teaching job, or other professional opportunity.

 Step 4: Inform yourself about fees
Find out through government agencies and services providers what fees are associated with applications and visas.

 Step 5: Network
Talk to people, network, and gather information.

Be patient, polite, and persistent. If you consider yourself a passive person, it may be time to reconsider your plan.

 Step 6: Write letters
Write and send letters via e-mail to inquire about opportunities.

 Step 7:  Do more research and be proactive
Keep doing research and sending letters. If you’ve spent time abroad, make sure to highlight those experiences.


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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“GOOD PAYING JOBS”: Consider Relocating to Canada

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

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

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

Application For A Work Permit | Getting Into Canada

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

Types of Working Visas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada Work Permits

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

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

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

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

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

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

Work Permit Validations: work permit without HRSDC

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The Live-In Caregiver Program

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

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

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

Read more about the Live-in Caregiver  Program

Quebec  Immigration Processs, read this post   and also here

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



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

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Working via a recruitment agency:Canada

Finding a job in the Canada

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

A service research and employment brokerage company

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

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

 Working via a Canadian recruitment agency

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Looking to work overseas? Head to Canada, Australia or Thailand!

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Looking to work overseas? Head to Canada, Australia or Thailand, according to an annual global survey which found recession-hit Britain was one of the worst locations to live for expatriates.

The second annual Expat Experience survey, commissioned by HSBC Bank International, revealed that expats in Canada  have the best quality of life and found it among the easiest places in the world to integrate with the local population.

Australia and Thailand also came in the top three in the survey of 3,146 people working in 30 different industries and 50 countries, even though Thailand was one of the countries worst-hit by the recession for expats.

“We have seen that there is a distinct trade-off between income and overall quality of life, as many of the top performers … scored toward the bottom of this report’s league table (of the best places to make and save money),” said Betony Taylor, spokeswoman for HSBC Bank International.

“What is clear is that the locations where salaries may not be as high, such as Canada and Australia, are where expats are really enjoying not only an increased quality of life but are also finding it easy to fit in to their new communities.”

Last year Germany, Canada and Spain were the top three countries deemed to have the best lifestyle for expats.

This year Britain was one of the lowest ranked locations when it came to lifestyle after being named as one of the most expensive places for expats with the recession taking its toll.

About 44 percent of expats in Britain are considering returning home, compared with only 15 percent of expats overall.

About 41 percent of expats in Britain find it difficult to find somewhere to live, most find the quality of their accommodation drops after moving to Britain, and a third claim their health has deteriorated since moving there.

“Despite this, the UK does hold the crown for being expat entertainment capital of the world, with over half (58 percent) of expats in the UK saying that the quality of entertainment had increased,” said Taylor.

She added that 62 percent of expats also said that employment prospects were the main reason keeping them in the region.

Results from a different section of the survey, which was conducted by research company FreshMinds, released earlier found Russia was home to the highest proportion of expats earning more than $250,000 with 30 percent of international workers there banking that amount, followed by Hong Kong and Japan.

The lowest-paid expats live in Australia and Belgium with the majority — 63 percent and 61 percent respectively — earning less than $100,000.

Source Yahoo.

4 Steps to having your Credentials Recognized in Canada

You might ask yourself  how can I get work in my profession in Canada and I telling you that many internationally-trained professionals are surprised by how much time and effort it can take to work in their profession in Canada.

The high levels of education and experience that help you get into the country are not always recognized by professional associations or employers. So it’s best to research and prepare as much as you can before you leave your home country.

A good place to start is with the province professional association in your field. They can tell you whether you’ll need to apply for registration before you can work in your profession in Canada.

Regulatory bodies work with, but are separate from, professional associations. For example, Ontario has both a board of registration (a regulatory body) for Nurses ( and a Ontario Association of nurses ( ).

Start with  these 4 easy steps:

  • What’s your profession?
  • Find out whether you need a special license or accreditation to practice your profession
  • Check to find out how their occupation in Canada differs from the same occupation in your country of origin and find out the demand for people in your field in various parts of Canada
  • where? visit

Professional associations sites also provide specific information for international applicants. You may find information about:

•Certification and registration.
•Examination schedules and preparation.
•Core professional competencies.
•Skills upgrading and professional development courses.
•Internship, work experience and mentoring programs.
•Academic bridging programs.
•Industry trends and information.
•Career centres and job postings.

If you can’t find a professional association in your field

Almost every occupation is connected to some kind of professional, industry or sector association in Canada.

•Use a search engine such as to search by profession or occupation name and location (for example, “Nurses Toronto, Ontario”).

Obstacles you could face while in Canada in your field.
•All or part of your education may not be recognized. You may need to take courses at a college or university. This may take several years.
•Certification exams are held at set times – often only once or twice a year. And it takes time to prepare for exams.
•You usually need to be in Canada to have your credentials assessed.
•You may need Canadian work experience to get licensed, or to get a job.
•Your occupation may not exist in Canada under the same name.
•In most professions, you will need good English language skills.

Best  Solutions

Register for Co-Ops & Internships Programs

Co-op and Internship programs offer undergraduate students the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve learned the classroom to a real world work environment. As a co-op or internship student, you’ll gain valuable work experience, make industry connections and even earn some money while you’re at it.  Available listings here

In addition to the valuable experience and good pay that a Co-op or Internship will give you, very many of the Opportunities listed on this website also provide travel reimbursement, Housing and Meals. So, don’t let concerns about living expenses or the location of an organization posted on this website prevent you from checking out an exciting and challenging Co-op or Internship position!!

– Note that many organizations do NOT use the term “Co-op”, but DO use the terms “Internship”, or “Summer Undergraduate Research” or “Student Research” (or other similar “research” descriptions) to mean the same as “Co-op”. ALL of the Co-ops, Internships, and the various Research Positions included in this website are Non Paid and Paid, Full-time, Short-term (10-20 weeks) opportunities in positions directly related to the field you might be interested.

Internship: Students enrolled in internship programs spend twelve to sixteen consecutive months in paid, full-time employment between their third and fourth years of study

Work experience programs – these may be offered through employment agencies, professional associations or educational institutions.
•Survival jobs – most new immigrants to Canada take an entry-level position in their profession, or a job outside their field, to pay their bills as they go through the certification process and look for the kind of job they want in their profession.

Register for academic bridging programs – these help new immigrants upgrade their skills or education without having to take a full diploma or degree program. For example, UoT University and the Ontario College of Teachers have a one-year program that helps internationally-trained teachers understand the Canadian education system

Get a Survival job – most new immigrants to Canada take an entry-level position in their profession, or a job outside their field, to pay their bills as they go through the certification process and look for the kind of job they want in their profession.

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