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International Profesionals in Canada: 10 high-paying jobs that don’t require a degree

International Profesionals in Canada: 10 high-paying jobs that don’t require a degree 

In a lot of ways, college is a great idea, for personal well-being, society, and of course, your career. But going to college doesn’t necessarily mean that you will make more money than if you hadn’t. There are many reasons why people skip college. Maybe it will save money, or maybe you think the business of higher education is a self-made fortune or scheme.

Either way, careers abound that allow you to make money without a degree. Lots of people who have these jobs also have a degree and working these jobs doesn’t mean one must forfeit college altogether, but you can line you pockets while working around the system.

Canada Employer’s database has a list of well-paying jobs you can skip college for, researched and based on statistics at , but we’ve added a few of our own. By the way: Bounty hunters can earn up to $138,000 a year, tree trimmers average $32,090, makeup artists can average $45,000, and truck drivers can make $66,000. College is great, but isn’t for everyone. Plus, even $32K is pretty darn good when exactly none of that money has to be sacrificed for student loan debt!

1. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator: $79,100

This job requires highly-specialized skills such as understanding aspects of engineering, physics and troubleshooting. So if you are disciplined and capable enough to learn math and science outside the classroom, $79K a year certainly makes this worth looking into. The title is enough to impress even the most thoughtful of highbrow linguists. Of course, the world’s best-know holder of that title is Homer Simpson.

2. Landscape Architect: $65, 910

Although in 49 states a landscape architect is required to have a license, you don’t need to go to a four-year college to become one. Another lucrative option in this field involves freelance architecture. Either way, you get to drop mad knowledge about horticulture and exercise your artistic muscles while you get messy in the garden and make some good, hard cash.

3. Director of Security: $62,400

This role is often referred to as the Chief Security Officer (CSO), and it means exactly what it sounds like: the CSO is responsible for an organization’s entire security posture, both the physical aspect and operating the digital system. You get there by first being an assistant and then working your way up to Director of Security. Much better than being a bouncer, eh?

4. Air Traffic Controller (pictured): $60,200

Even though you don’t need a degree to work as an Air Traffic Controller, it’s a highly competitive field. Air Traffic Controllers coordinate the movement of aircraft in the air and at airports to prevent accidents and minimize delays, using radar and visual observation. Applicants must pass rigorous physical examinations, background checks, drug screening, and some may also be required to take aptitude tests. Stress levels are high, but so is the pay.

5. Elevator Mechanic: $61, 500

 It doesn’t require a degree, but you do need to obtain a license. Successful elevator mechanics generally understand complex mechanical systems and follow safety standards. Elevator mechanics may also need to work odd hours, for example, to fix a broken elevator before the morning rush at an office building.

6. Private Detective or Investigator: $50,600

Critical-thinking, an understanding of the law and psychology are useful for anyone wanting to become a private detective. While watching endless episodes of “Law & Order” might not be enough preparation, social situations where you listen and read body language do give you good experience. Other responsibilities may include analyzing data, researching databases, questioning suspects or taking the stand at a hearing.

7. Freelance Photographer: $47,800

As any freelancer knows, being successfully self-employed requires discipline and a critical understanding of business practices. It also helps to be a skilled photographer, so don’t go thinking just anyone can start their own photography company. I also know a variety of people who make a living with freelance video production. Think about all the possibilities you can start out with– weddings, bat and bar mitzvahs, music videos, live performances — you name it.

8. Fishing Supervisor: $43,720

Atlantic Canada: Fishing boats, canaries, factory trawlers, floating processors — these may be a dangerous jobs, but you can walk away with a boat load of money, and you likely only have to work one season on the year. To become a supervisor, you’re likely to work as an assistant or crew member first, before being promoted.

9. Personal Trainer: $37,500

Many personal trainers have degrees or specialized certification in the field, although not necessarily a four year degree. It is, however, important to have an understanding of anatomy, nutrition, and first aid for safety reasons and to keep your clients well-informed. Similar to any entrepreneur, time-management and customer service skills are useful in this field. Physical stamina and a healthy lifestyle are also highly recommended.

10. Bus Driver: $35, 990

Inner-city bus drivers or train operators make a good amount of dough, and they are just required to get a license to do it. School bus drivers, on average, make a little less, but cash in at an annual mean of $28,050. Bus drivers have an important job, as they are responsible for safely transporting passenger to and from their destination. That means, to be a bus driver, you have to be alert at all times and have a keen eye for traffic and weather conditions.

Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, Editor-in-Chief, IA 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  here ,  an informational services run by Hineni Media

Note and disclaimer: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.


International Professionals in Canada: find a temporary job

Do you want to work on a temporary basis in Canada? There are many temporary positions available in various sectors. Companies usually hire out specific small-term projects as temporary positions.  Agency-placed temporary jobs are a growing haven for laid-off professionals and those in skilled trades. 

And with companies cutting millions of full-time jobs this year, staffing industry experts say they’re fielding more and more applications from local and national and international  seasoned workers . Researching companies  is a great way to find temporary jobs in Canada. Here’s tips for finding and keeping the bests Canadian temporary jobs.

1. Target the right firms . Start with a detailed list of companies in the field you are interested and province, check   Canada Employer’s database for Int’l Prfessionals. 

2.  Register with multiple staffing  agencies. Start with a detailed list of companies and staffing firms in your area, check the Canadian Staffing Association’s directory.  It’s not taboo to be working with several placement firms. “It’s understood that (it) happens. Like applying for any job, you circulate your credentials and hope for an assignment.   Many services operate Web sites with helpful career information and links to other resources in addition to online application materials and job postings. Here’s a couple of national and international staffing companies and their main specialties:

Locations: 360 worldwide
Specialties: financial, accounting, credit and collections
Web site:

Locations: 150 worldwide
Specialties: engineering, aviation, scientific and architecture
Web site:

Kelly Services
Locations: 2,000 nationwide
Specialties: professional services, law, health care, technical and administrative
Web site:

Locations: 4,200 worldwide
Specialties: professional services, technical, finance, engineering and administrative
Web site: 

 3. Tweak your resume:  Write an Accomplishments-Based Resume. employers  want to know of specific skill sets, the details on projects you’ve manage with success.

4. Be clear and firm about your salary expectations.

5. Ever been told you’re underqualified? Or overqualified? here is the best approach:

Underqualified: in a persuavie way say: “I’m very interested in working for you and your company, and I’ll keep my eye on the website. Remember candidates should indicate that they will address whatever shortcomings they’re told about, she says. They have two choices: either come up with specifics that show the gap actually isn’t there, or propose a plan that would fill any gaps.

The overqualified should avoid telling the interviewer how the company should be run or let an overinflated self-image show. “I want to hear they’re very collaborative and not independent, and that it’s a team approach.” It’s important to “show your passion is for the work, not for being a director or leader.” Candidates should avoid arguin or  explanations like: “I just need a job for now”. Interviewers are looking for people willing to grow with the company, and such answers don’t show a long-term interest in the company or the position.

Overqualified: The best tactic: Agree that “you may be right” but add on “for this job.” The idea is for the candidate to position himself or herself as someone the organization can look to as it grows and needs more experienced people. “What you’re doing is trying to position yourself not just a s a solution for today but for tomorrow.  There’s also absolutely nothing wrong, he adds, with saying you’d be content to take a position that’s seen as below your qualifications. “The world needs movers and shakers but it also needs doers.” If true, a candidate may state clearly that he or she is not interested in moving up in an organization but “they’d be happy to mentor more junior people.”

 6. Once you’re on the job, don’t coast. Temporary jobs are more than a paycheck. They’re a foot in the door to a prospective full-time employer, a networking opportunity and a chance to learn new skills in a new business sector.
7. Take advantage of training. While agency clients expect a basic skill set from their temps, such as meeting work schedules and deadlines and taking instructions from supervisors, most offer some sort of training. You might get a chance to learn a new database, the latest accounting software or how to operate state-of-the-art machinery.

8. Take advantage of temp packages: (medical benefits, paid vacation, RSSP, savings plans, workers’ compensation coverage and other benefits.

9.  Identify and research the companies in your chosen sector.   Once you have decided which industry niche can offer you the career path you are looking for, spend time  researching specific  companies. If possible, find ways to meet and get an interview with individuals (human resource, hiring managers, etc )  from these companies. Interviews always seem to take the format of the employer asking the majority of the questions: this does not have to be the case. I recommend you to prepare at least ten questions before a meeting, and make sure that they are very relevant to the vacancy and your future. Some of your key questions should focus on the internal processes for progression; for example:
■What methods do you use to encourage internal promotions?
■What percentage of staff members have been promoted in the last 12 months?
■Do you have a career development programme in place?
■How does it work?
■How often do appraisals take place?
■How is the information used?
■What is the annual training budget per person

10. Never make a career choice based on money. I know this may sound crazy but choosing your first job or changing your job for money usually only offers short-term benefit.

11. Always try to achieve a sensible work-life balance:  I’d be inclined to look for a new position in a company that recognises the considerable benefits of a healthy balance between work and your life away from work.


Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, Editor-in-Chief, IA 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  here ,  an informational services run by Hineni Media

Note and disclaimer: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.


Job hunt for foreign nationals in Canada

 General Employment

USA and EU nationals can mostly enter and reside in Canada as tourists for up to six months. Those intending to find work need to apply for Employment Authorization from the Canadian High Commission or Embassy whilst still in the USA or UK . Canadian employment laws are particularly strict and if you are found working without authorisation you are highly at risk of deportation. If you are a gap year international student it is worth looking into BUNAC’s ‘Work Canada’ programme or Canada Employer’s database for Int’l Professonals.   Some part  of this scheme is that you are permitted to live and work in Canada for a year, as long as you can show funds of about CAN$1000 (approx. £452), or less if you have already found a job for your arrival in Canada.

Agricultural Work (Seasonal Employment)
The Okanagan valley, British Columbia, and Ontario are home to some of the most promising fruit-picking jobs. Between July and September peaches, apples, pears, and cherries etc. reach their harvesting seasons. Pickers are usually paid depending on how much they can collect. As long as you have authorisation to work in Canada it is worth contacting the Agricultural Employment Service    for information relating to jobs and harvests in the Canadian agricultural sector. Alternatively, AgriVenture recruits workers for five to fourteen month work placements throughout the world, including in Canada. Workers are paid for their labour and are provided with accommodation and food. Those wanting to work with AgriVenture need to be able to fund their own travel and insurance, and require a full driving licence. WWOOF   is a voluntary organisation, placing volunteers on organic farms in various countries.


Currently in most jurisdictions in Canada, the basic requirement to enter the teaching profession is the successful completion of Grade 12 and four additional years of post-secondary education that includes at least one year of professional studies in teacher education. Since there are variations to this basic requirement, candidates should directly contact the relevant certification agency in the province where they wish to teach.

The key work is FRENCH. If you are fluent in French, can get certification to teach here, there are always French jobs being advertised. There is a need for French teachers at all levels. Otherwise, it’s hard to get a full time teaching job.  Ontario is always hiring teachers, however in most parts of the country you would likely start off as a supply teacher and then get long term assignments and eventually get a contract job.  Most medium-sized language schools will accept teachers with a TEFL or TESOL certificate, but in higher education a PGCE will often be required, especially for a long term career.

Get a TEFL or TESOL certificate; but if you’re planning on making a career out if it, it’d be an idea to look into doing a CELTA course or a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education). CELTA  (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults).

You will not have to go back to school to retrain if you have a PGCE and a BA in a teachable subject. Primary teaching opportunities are really scarce in BC, Quebec and Ontario – with one exception; remote areas. Declining demographics and city-centred populations are responsible for this. If you can teach French (language or subjects) this is a huge advantage – the demand for French speaking teachers exists in every province, including Quebec.


Canada’s tourism sector offers many opportunities for you to find a job or build a career: over 400 occupations that require varying levels of skill, experience and education. You can find front-line to managerial positions in areas such as sales, marketing, guest services, accounting, guest instruction, entertainment — the list goes on!

Many tourism jobs require transferable skills (the skills learned through past job or career experience) while others may require specific qualifications. You should take the time to prepare to work in tourism by researching the skills and qualifications you will need for a job.   Your preparation for working in Canada also depends on your occupation and where you want to live in Canada. It’s important to get the exact requirements for your occupation in each province or territory. The most common licences and certificates for certain tourism jobs in Canada are a food safety certificate; a gaming licence; responsible beverage services; and a workplace hazardous materials information systems certificate. Some employers may arrange for you to get training and certification through your place of work.

In addition to the licences and certificates that you must have for some tourism jobs, the CTHRC is an organization that offers training and professional certification for some occupations that can help you get a job and develop your career in your chosen tourism field. Available for a fee, emerit tourism training and certification is accepted in every province and territory. Some of this training is online and self-directed and some requires on-site training.

Canada Employer’s database for Int’l Professionals   has a comprehensive list of tourism jobs across Canada.

Othes Seasonal Jobs

Nannying/ Childcare
Canada also has strict employment regulations with regards to childcare positions. Most people wanting to find a placement as a nanny or mothers’ help will need to show qualifications or substantial experience in the field and should expect to dedicate themselves to a family for at least one year. Vacancies can be found in local newspapers. Nannies should anticipate working for up to 45 hours a week, and pay can be as much as CAN$880 (approx. £398) for a month’s work, but this is usually less.

Agencies with seasonal  schemes job opportunities in Canada

World Challenge Expeditions
Work with World Challenge Expeditions is sometimes paid, but is mostly voluntary. Workers are expected to fund their own travel expenses but the 12 month return ticket provided covers six months of work and a further six months of travel. There are currently opportunities for work at the Banff National Park in the Rockies, and the Jasper National Park. These vacancies are in hotels and ski resorts. Workers in hotels help with cleaning, housekeeping in chalets, waitering, and kitchen work. In ski resorts you can find work as housekeepers, kitchen helpers, and janitors. Depending on the busyness of the resort employees are expected to work between 20 and 50 hours per week, and should fund their own accommodation.

GAP Activity Projects Ltd.
GAP run projects across the world for placements of up to eleven months. Volunteers are expected to pay for insurance and registration fees, but are provided with accommodation, food, and pocket money. Placements in Canada take place in Independent Schools, in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria amongst others where positions include teaching assistants and general classroom helpers. There are many opportunities to help with sports classes and outdoor excursions. There are also projects in L’Arche care communities helping residents, or outdoor placements such as on summer camps. See the GAP website for more details of placements available.

The British Universities’ North America Club is a job organisation specialising in placements for gap year students. The types of work available vary, but include working on holiday camps with children, as a counsellor for example. Those wanting to join BUNAC are required to pay a registration fee, flights, and insurance etc. but can expect to receive a wage for the work they do.

CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) offers work placements in Canada. For gap year students who can show proof of an unconditional offer from a university for the following year the CIEE’s ‘Internship Canada’ is ideal experience in a Canadian workplace. Internships last for up to twelve months and vary considerably in place, content, and payment. However, all internees are required to fund their own living, travel, and insurance, and to pay a £150 registration fee to CIEE.

Camphill Communities run volunteer placements throughout the world, including Canada. Volunteers work in communities with adults with special needs. You will be expected to work for 6 days a week and it is usually preferred that you stay for at least one year. Accommodation is provided for the duration of your stay, but you will have to fund your own meals. WWOOF, already mentioned, is an organisation placing volunteers on work projects on organic farms.


 Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, Editor-in-Chief, IA 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  here ,  an informational services run by Hineni Media

Note and disclaimer: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.


Contratos: Todo lo referente a contratos de trabajo en Canada

 Las condiciones de empleo deben estar especificadas en un contrato de trabajo (Contrats de travail du Quebec en Frances) por escrito.  

 Las compañías contratan personas a trabajar para ellos generalmente tienen un agenda de pagos diferentes para aquellos  que las companias contratan directamente.  Los contratados cuestan a las compañías mucho menos que los empleados permanentes. Las empresas son más felices, porque al contratar profesionales asi que no necesitan para pagar las prestaciones, seguro de desempleo, o de vacaciones y pago de vacaciones. En general, es una firma de reclutamiento que compensa o paga un contratista. Existen 5 tipos de contrato principales.

Contrato de duración indeterminada – CDI (Contrat à durée indéterminée): Este contrato no tiene tiene un plazo o período de empleo. Son generalmente 3 meses a prueba al principio del empleo. Ambos pueden optar por la terminación del contrato. Este tipo de contratos ofrece un empleo estable ya que es algo complicado y caro despedir las personas.

Contrato de duración determinada – CDD (Contrat à durée déterminée): Este es contrato de tiempo completo por un período determinado. No hay un período mínimo, pero 9 meses es lo normal. Solo puede ser renovado el mismo período que la parte inicial. El período máximo puede que una persona puede trabajar con este contrato CDD es de 18 meses, después de este término deberá ser cesado o transferido a un contrato de duracion ideterminada o CDI. Aproximadamente el 70% de los nuevos contratos en Canada, debido principalmente a lo difícil y caro que es despedir gente con contrato CDI.

Contrato de trabajo temporal (Contrat temporaire): Las condiciones de este contrato son prácticamente las mismas que para el CDD. La diferencia es que contempla a 3 partes; empleado, agencia de empleo y empresa empleadora. Las empresas solo pueden tener empleados temporales para el desarrollo de una actividad de corto plazo (misión). No hay leyes que prevengan que una compañía contrate directamente a un empleado temporal, esto tal vez significa que tengan que pagar una cuota a la agencia de empleo.

Contrato de trabajo de medio tiempo (Contrat de travail à temps partiel): Un empleo de medio tiempo se considera menor al 80% que sea legal. Aunque no se específícamente en el sector privado, un mínimo de 60 horas/mes son necesarias para calificar a los beneficios del seguro social. Para el sector público o los sectores límite de horas de trabajo, trabajos de medio tiempo deben ser 50 – 80% de las horas de los empleos de tiempo completa.

Empleo intermitente (Le travail intermittent): Este tipo de contratos se uso principalmente para empleos de temporal, como cosecha de berries, manzanas, duraznos o trabajos en la industria de turismo.

Modificaciones o Enmiendas a contratos de laborales
Tu administrador o empleador tal vez te propongan cambios a las condicioes de en tu contrato laboral: como ubicación, horas y paga.

Si tu jefe está considerando algunos cambios por razones económicas ( debido a cambios tecnológicos o factores economicos), deberá informarte esto con una carta registrada (lettre recommandée avec accusé de réception).

Esta carta nomalmente te dice que tienes un mes a partir de la fecha de recepción, para informar a tú jefe de tus inconformidades. De no hacerlos, se da por entendido que aceptas los terminos de las enmiendas al contrato. Esto se hace a discrecion y con cuidado.  Si te inconformas, el jefe puede continuar con la modificacion, lo significa que serías despedido o que te propongan un compromiso. Tendrás derecho a una indemnización en caso de contar el mínimo tiempo de servicio.

Una reducción en el número de horas de trabajo basado en un contrato colectivo, no constituye una modificacion o enmienda al contrato individual. Si te inconformas a dichas enmiendas, tu despido será idividual y no basado en razones económicas.


Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, Editor-in-Chief, IA 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  here ,  an informational services run by Hineni Media

Note and disclaimer: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.


Canada: Sample arrange employment offer letters

A job offer letter is the minimum promise protection you should have in any work opportunity requiring you to resign your current job or to relocate out of your place of residence. A job offer letter is a condensed pre-employment contract outlining the basics of your employment. In small companies a job offer letter may be written without a lawyer’s help.

A written agreement also benefits an employer because you as an employee agree to provide specific work benefits and make certain promises (like not revealing company secrets or stealing company customers). Employment relationships are increasingly contract-oriented for professional, managerial, technical, and administrative positions.

Arranged Employment is possible when a Canadian employer extends an offer of full-time permanent employment in Canada* to a foreign skilled worker.  The foreign skilled worker’s Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa will be expedited so that the worker can come to Canada and start working for the Canadian employer quickly.

Arranged Employment is one of ways to qualify for a Canada Permanent Resident Visa through the Federal Skilled Worker category of immigration.

If an Employer is being paid money to offer employment, it is obviously not a genuine offer. Anyone participating in such a scheme is involved in a fraudulent practice.

Moreover, HRDC is now starting to question employers closely about the relationship between the employer and the employee and the motivation for offering the job on an indeterminate basis. Similarly, at the visa interview, the visa officer will closely question the applicant in similar terms. The applicant must also satisfy the officer that he or she is capable of performing the job and likely to accept the job upon arrival in Canada.

I always advise  foreign  job-seekers to get job offers in writing if employers don’t offer any form of contract. If an employer seems unwilling, one way around the issue is to write an acceptance letter of the job offer in which you spell out what you understand to be the conditions of employment.

For a position such as sales or marketing  where there are various salary issues, including commission levels, it is extremely important to get the specifics in writing.

Click here for a sample

Coming to Canada as Business Immigrant

While I wouldn’t recommend starting an online business for everyone, for many people it’s one of the best ways to generate income without a job. It has certainly worked disgustingly well for me. If you’re interested in learning more about this option, please check out Start Your Own Successful Online Business   for details.

Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, bilingual information designer, info-Preneuer;  career and  a business facilitator . She  has been writing on legal research and Canada immigration law since 2006. contact her @

NOTE: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.

Coming to Canada as a Business Immigrant

If you already run a business  the Business Immigration Program seeks to attract experienced business people to Canada who will support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy…. but  the old adage goes: failure to plan is a plan for failure.  Whether you are building a business from scratch or buying a business, you should not skip this important step … even if it means that you just jot your ideas down on scraps of paper or a napkin!

Business immigrants are expected to make a C$400,000 investment or to own and manage businesses in Canada.
Canada has three classes of business immigrants:

•entrepreneurs and
•self-employed persons.

Each application can be made for only one class and cannot be changed once the application is submitted. The criteria you must meet to qualify are different for each class.

Business Immigrant. Entrepreneuer Subclass.  Developing your business project

When applying for immigration to Canada, entrepreneur applicants must submit a business project that will be the key factor in the assessment of their application. Remember you will summiting this project as part of your  permanent worker or businesspeople immigration paperwork.

This project is the first step towards implementing the business plan itself. Experience shows that the rigour demanded when developing your business plan will help you identify all the challenges facing your project.

In general, the business plan contains all the information about your target clientele, competitors and suppliers. It includes a market study, a marketing strategy and budget forecasts.

Need help developing your business plan? Check below our  useful links

Going into business or acquiring a business

Once in Canada, you will have to undertake a number of steps to start up your business or acquire a business. This will be much easier if you made contacts during for instance a first exploratory trip. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to contact the various resource persons who provide you with the support needed to start your business. They can guide you in your first steps and save you a great deal of time.

3 steps to take as soon as you arrive

The many different steps you’ll take will depend on the type of business you want to establish. You’ll have to contact competent persons to make your start-up easier. To guide you, here are three steps you should take as soon as you arrive:

  • Obtaining support for your start-up.
  • Completing the formalities for starting up a business.
  • Seeking out business opportunities.

SELF EMPLOYMENT SUBCLASS.  Create your own job

If you have some capital, perhaps you are planning to create your own job, start your own company or become a partner in an existing company.

To be successful, this generally requires a good understanding of the Candian business milieu and a business plan based on an extensive market study. If this option interests you, there are many resources available to help you achieve your goals.

Find out if the profession or trade you plan to practice as a self-employed worker is governed by a regulatory body. If so, you must fulfill the organization’s requirements.

There is a network of public services across all of Canada ’s regions for individuals seeking self-employment or who want to be entrepreneurs in Canada. Visit the useful links recommended here.


Investors currently have to demonstrate that they have at least three years of management experience acquired in the 10 years preceding their application in a farming, commercial or industrial business that is profitable and legal, or for a government or one of its departments or agencies or for an international agency.

Management experience is defined as the actual assuming on a full-time basis of responsibilities and duties related to the planning, management and control of financial resources and of human or material resources. 

Under the amendments : (including Quebec)

•Investors will need to have at least two years of management experience acquired in the five years preceding their application. This experience no longer has to be acquired in a profitable business, which will simplify application processing procedures.
•The level of management experience required will be more flexible in order to broaden the pool of managers eligible for the program.•Management experience will no longer have to have been acquired on a full-time basis and experience acquired in a professional business will be eligible to enable the selection of applicants who practise both management functions and a professional activity. In this case, the professional business should have at least the equivalent of two full-time staff (30 or more hours per week), excluding the candidate. Calculation of net assets
Investor immigrants are required to have net assets of $800,000. Under the present Regulation, these assets must have been accumulated through legal economic activities and may include the value of the equity of the accompanying spouse, if that equity belongs to the foreign national and is invested in an enterprise in which the investor also controls the equity and has acquired experience in management.

Under the amendments :

•Net assets may include donations and inheritances held by the applicant as well as all the assets of his or her spouse, which would broaden the pool of applicants eligible for the program. However, donations received less than six months prior to the filing of the application will not be accepted.
Selection based on applicant’s record
Currently, all investors are required to attend a selection interview. 

Under the amendments :

•Selection may be based on the applicant’s record, which would allow for more flexibility in administering the program.

While I wouldn’t recommend starting an online business for everyone, for many people it’s one of the best ways to generate income without a job. It has certainly worked disgustingly well for me. If you’re interested in learning more about this option, please check out Start Your Own Successful Online Business   for details.

Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, bilingual information designer, info-Preneuer;  career and  a business facilitator . She  has been writing on legal research and Canada immigration law since 2006. contact her @

NOTE: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.

How to Immigrate to Canada Through Employment

There are a limited number of ways to immigrate to Canada. The most common way is still through a family category( getting married or being spouse of someone that applied and is resident or a citizen) . The second most common way is through employment.  ( company transfer, job offer or work internship)

One of the most recent common paths to residency that does not involve immigrating through a family member is from student to TW (temporay work)  to SKV (skill worker visa)  to permanent resident. It is important to understand that employment based permanent residency is for a job in the future. In other words, this is a prospective position. This means that there are cases where an employee may work for other employers while a different employer petitions for their residency.

Different Employment Categories

There are a variety of different employment categories under which a person may seek residency. Briefly they include:

1st: Priority workers – Aliens with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics; outstanding professors and researchers; multinational executives and managers.

2nd: Members of professions holding advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability.

3rd: Professionals, skilled, and other workers.

4th: Special immigrants.

By far the most common categories utilized by intending immigrants are the second and third preference categories. With limited exceptions the employer will have to test the Canadian job market to show Canada Human Resources that there are no qualified Canadian workers available for the position in the geographic area of employment.  Most  Canadian citizens or lawful permanent resident are authorized to work. Individuals on non-immigrant visas are not considered “Canadian workers” for the purposes of the test of Canada Human Resources or the labor market.

The employer will have to run ads in a variety of media such as newspapers, journals, internet job sites, state job banks, etc. These ads have a limited shelf life and, assuming that no qualified Canadian worker comes forward, the employer will have to file a request for job offer with Human Resources in under consecutive or at least 180 days from the date the first ad was placed or the employer will have to run the ad again if it is needed to satisfy their burden under the law.

Once AEO is filed Human Resources  will certify the case, deny the case, or audit the case to make sure that all the appropriate steps were followed.

Assuming the case is verified and certified the employee can begin the immigrant visa process with Canada Immigration Services. This is where the category of employment is important. The availability of visas for each category fluctuates and  Canada Immigration must be reviewed to determine the appropriate path for the next step.

Marisol Diaz has been writing on legal research and Canada immigration law since 2006.

NOTE: No attorney/client relationship is formed through the submission or viewing of this article. This article is not intended as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney. The facts of every case are different and individualized advice should be sought from an attorney before proceeding with any case.

Which employers are willing to help your through Immigration Canada.

In order to work in Canada, a foreign or skill worker needs a work permit. In order to get a work permit a foreign worker or foreign trained professional needs a job offer.   That is your ‘door’ or one of first steps to immigrate to Canada through employment.  What employers or companies are  willing to help you with it?  who or which companies are ready to comply with the law?

First of all,   as editor-in chief of an ePublishing firm I’ll tackle  the question of  who are the employers willing to help through immigration Canada?  Something I got all the time as there are many Canadian companies already working on the issue but  how much is the foreign reader  willing to pay for such  compilation?

Secondly, I’ll answer the question  about  if we are an employmente agency:  no. We are not an employment agency and are not licensed or authorized to find jobs for candidates we are niche publishers. Secondly, if we did so, we’d probably be creating conflict of interest situations. But while our firm can’t find you a job, we CAN give you some good advice:

There ARE such things as “International Trained Professional friendly” companies. We were running such database for years. These can be anything from a giant corporation which routinely is forced to hire foreign talent to a small company which has filed a successful employment-visa in the past in the name of a really great employee and, with the experience demystified and a positive situation, is willing to do so again. As with all employment, SUPPLY and DEMAND is the key issue in your ability to find such company/or  employer. For example, if you are a Computer Programmer with expertise in a hot new programming language, you’ll have companies fighting over you. If you are a recent grad with degree in marketing, then you better be prepared to show prospective employers why you are worth the effort.

In companies which hight hire foreign workers’s volume, the legal fees for thevisa filing are usually paid for by the employer. While there is no prohibition that the employee pay legal and filing fees, there are  others that MUST be paid by the employer. In smaller companies, WHO pays the lawyer fee is a matter of negotiation, again, based on supply and demand. If you are cutting your own deal because you are in high demand, the workers visa processing is usually a part of it. If not, the employer may be willing to sign the papers but not pay. They MUST, ALWAYS, pay the workers visa fee.

So how do you get a job? Well, let’s divide you into three categories:


As you probably know, getting an workers visa transferred is usually less painful than that first work visa approval. If you are in valid work status, recruit aggressively and fire out resumes. If competition for the job is tough, you may want to add in the cover letter that you will be responsible for handling all of the costs associated with the transfer of your work visa, and save in fees explanation for later, in person.


You will encounter MANY immigration lawyers who tell you that it’s “safer” to get your work permit as soon as possible and that practical training can be cut short. Don’t buy it. Unless you are graduating with a highly coveted degree and you KNOW you are in great demand, the Post Completion Practical Training can be an INVALUABLE tool. Here’s why: when you start a new job and the employer doesn’t know you, they are right to be concerned about investing the time and the money in getting you an work permit. By starting with them in practical training- which requires NOTHING on their part- and proven your worth to them- you set up a situation where the transfer to work permit status a year later is a piece of cake if you don’t have or gained an internship while at school. I have had dozens of inquiries follow this advice successfully…six months into the practical training, I get a call from the client and after 5 mellow minutes explaining what we need to do in six months, the employer is happy and ready to commit to the work permit. Besides, if you DON’T use the year of practical training or internship, you are wasting a year of work permit status!

NOTE: there are some limited situations where it DOES make sense to cut your internship or practical training short in exchange for an work permit. As we have explained in the past,  internship status is an extension of the student visa, which requires continuing nonimmigrant intent. Conversely, the work permit does NOT require proof of nonimmigrant intent. Consider the following situation:

EXAMPLE: You graduate and start practical training. Your girlfriend, a lawful permanent resident, and you decide to get married. You do so and she files an immigrant petition on your behalf, but it will take a few years for the priority date to become current. If you remain in the international student internship status and travel during that year after graduation, you risk getting stuck abroad! By filing your petition, you have demonstrated that you intend to immigrate. In doing so, you are deniable at entry as  student visa  if you travel abroad…so if you ARE going to travel that first year, you’d better switch to work permit and get stamped while abroad with a new international student stamp in your passport.


I imagine that we have many of these among our readers, as this question appears in e-mail all the time. Here’s the best advice I can give you about finding an Immigration-based visa position in Canada.

Rely almost exclusively on the Internet for your career search, especially if you are in a high-tech field.
If you have any friends or family in Canada., ask them to help you in your job search.
NEVER, EVER pay a “finders fee” to a company purporting to place professionals. Except for megafirms, I have YET to see a SINGLE such situation which did not result in an absolute theft of money. The REAL employers don’t charge you because they need you if they are bothering to consider work permit visa applicants!

Don’t be shy about asking for company information, but don’t be obnoxious. I can’t begin to tell you how many calls I get from great employers expressing disbelief at the arrogance of some of the applicants, sitting overseas, “demanding” this and that. Without respect and common courtesy, forget it…Canadian employers understand an egalitarian system, and you should treat whomever you are communicating with- from the lowliest clerk to the CEO – with the same modesty and respect with which YOU would like to be treated.

Everybody and their brother is on the Internet. Before you go with the “exciting new upstart” (translation: we are new, enthusiastic, and have no history), spend HOURS researching them online. Dig deep for information and if it isn’t there, most likely they are not there either…

If they ask you for original documents- degrees, passports, etc.- tell them you understand that if you provide them with certified copies that will suffice. If they say that they must have originals, I can almost guarantee you that you are dealing with a disreputable company. It’s a lie.
If they tell you that “the case is pending”, then they should have, within a couple of weeks of filing, a receipt from the Canada Immigration. Adjudication may be slow, but the receipts are not.

So there you have it, folks. Best of luck in your Canada job hunt!

Marisol Diaz
Settlement & Integration Resources Publisher
Int’l Employment & Career Columnist

How to Get Professional Licensure, Accreditation, and Certification in Canada

Canadian Qualifications Recognition / Determining the Equivalency of your Foreign Degree

Recognition of foreign credentials is a challenge for all professions in Canada. There have been many articles in newspapers and magazines on how various professions and trades deal with credentials obtained outside Canada. Hineni Media’s office frequently receives calls from prospective employers, and from job seekers, asking about the equivalency of foreign credentials.

In Canada, professionals such as engineers, doctors, dentist, pharmacist, lawyers and teachers must be licensed to practice in their profession. It is illegal to hold oneself out to be a licensed professional without approval from the appropriate regulatory body.

Canada does not have a national system of institutional accreditation; rather, education falls within the jurisdiction of the provincial governments.

Each regulatory body assesses academic credentials and professional experience in order to determine whether a candidate meets the requirements for licensure. Some regulators have other requirements as well. For example, in addition to academic and experience requirements, the Professional Engineers of Ontario requires applicants to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, be at least 18 years of age, be of good character and to have successfully completed a Professional Practice Exam.

We develop an Fast Track Individual Accreditation Help Plan and  Fact Sheets, where you gather the necessary documents and information, and we arrange for translation, complete application forms to initiate the application process, and pay the application fees on behalf of the applicant. In most cases, the application process can be expedited by developing the Accreditation Plan and applying for licensure before the applicant moves to Canada.

Why Accreditation?

Accreditation assures within and outside of Canada that the school’s programs are delivered by qualified faculty and are up-to-date. A degree or other credential from an accredited school or program can help make you more competitive on the job market.

Once You are in Canada

Foreign professional credential recognition in Canada is a territorial and provincial responsibility. However, the federal government has taken on a “facilitative role” in response to the difficulties migrants have faced in the past after migrating to Canada.

Newcomers to Canada can also turn to the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO), which helps internationally trained individuals find the information they need to get their credentials assessed and recognized more quickly. Established in 2007, the FCRO provides information, path-finding and referral services to help internationally trained individuals use their skills in Canada. There are now 320 Service Canada centres across the country offering in-person services to newcomers.
Contact us now for info-assistance with your application or Guide to Professional Accreditation

Twitter is a tool you can use to find jobs

Job search accounts

There are a variety of Twitter accounts dedicated to providing job listings by field, company, region, and more. Once you’ve decided which best match your job search, consider turning on mobile alerts for these accounts to be among the first to receive messages (if your mobile phone plan includes SMS messages).

By company
@attjobs – Jobs at AT&T
@mtvnetworksjobs – Jobs at MTV
@TRCareers – Jobs from Thomson Reuters

By field
@alldevjobs – Developer jobs
@ArtDirectorJobs – Art director jobs
@cwjobs – Copywriter jobs
@jobsinhiphop – Jobs in Hip-Hop
@journalism_jobs – Jobs in journalism
@juicyjobs – Green jobs
@libgig_jobs – Library Jobs

@mediabistrojobs – Media job listings from
@medical_jobs – Medical jobs
@media_pros – Jobs for media professionals
@narmsjobs – Retail marketing jobs
@PRSAjobcenter – Jobs in public relations, communications and marketing
@reflectx – Physical Therapy jobs
@seojobs – SEO job listings
@socialmediajob – Jobs in social media

@travelmaxallied – Healthcare jobs
@travelnursejob – Jobs for traveling nurses

@usmusicjobs – CANADA Music Jobs

@web_design_jobs – Web design and other graphics jobs

By job type
@findinternships – Internships and entry level jobs for college students
@freelance_jobs – Freelance jobs
@heatherhuhman – Entry level jobs and internships
@Project4Hire – Freelance and temporary jobs
@jewish_jobs – Jewish job listings

By region
@MyBristolJobs – Job listings from torontojobs
@torontowebjobs – Web-related jobs in toronto
@torontoTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater Toronto area
@ITJobsLondon – IT jobs in London (Ontario, Canada)
@ITJobsWinnipeg – IT jobs in Winnipeg, Canada()
@JobsQuebec – Jobs in the greater Quebec area
@jobhalifax – Jobs in Halifax
@DowntownTorontoTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater Toronto area
@PDXJobs – Jobs in Vancouver

@sdjobs – Vancouver technology jobs

@sfmobilejobs – Mobile Web and Digital Media jobs in Saskachewan
@mtltweetjobs – PR/marketing/social media/tech jobs in Montreal
@TopJobsInToronto – Top jobs in Toronto,ON
@web20jobs – CANADA-based web 2.0 jobs

@JobAngels – Helping the unemployed find jobs
@indeed – One search. All jobs.

@jobshouts – General job postings
@simplyhired – Job search site

@StartUpHire – Jobs at VC backed companies
@twithire – Job board service 

To find additional Twitter job resources, use the Twitter search function and type in keywords important in your job search. For example, “job openings,” “looking for a job,” or “healthcare career.” Additionally, you can search out others in your desired career field on sites like Twellow(), Just tweet it, and TwitterTroll.

Your next job could be just a tweet away