An affordable cost of living and low crime rate make Canada a great option for those graduates wishing to work abroad

Home of maple syrup, Niagra Falls and ice hockey Canada has something to entertain everyone. Combine this with the friendly inclusive nature of its inhabitants and Canada becomes even more appealing.

Jobs in Canada

The unemployment rate in Canada was at 5.8% in March 2019, its highest since October 2018. Jobs are on the increase in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta and popular industries across Canada include:

  • agriculture
  • energy
  • fishing
  • healthcare
  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • retail
  • tourism.

Popular graduate jobs

  • accountant
  • electrical engineer
  • HR manager
  • merchandiser
  • registered nurse

How to get a job in Canada

The majority of job opportunities are posted online. You can start your job search at:

Canadian employers will require a résumé rather than the UK standard CV and covering letter. A résumé is designed to be more concise and tailored to each individual job application. A writing guide, along with downloadable examples, can be found at Settlement.org.

Summer jobs

The majority of summer jobs in Canada are in summer camps or hospitality and you can find opportunities at:

You'll need an International Experience Canada (IEC) working holiday visa to carry out summer work in the country.

Teaching jobs

If you hold a Bachelors degree, are fluent in English and have hands-on teaching experience, becoming an English tutor may be the job for you.

With English being one of Canada's official languages, demand is relatively low for international English teachers. Canadian citizens are at a greater advantage for filling teaching positions, however there are a number of opportunities in Canada's larger cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certified candidates.

To find out more:

Internships

An internship is the perfect way for any student or graduate to immerse themselves in Canadian culture, enhancing their skills and proving themselves to future employers in an exciting environment. In order to complete an internship in Canada, you'll need to secure the correct work permit or visa (see Canadian visas for more information).

If you're looking for an internship in Canada, here are some good places to start:

Canadian visas

Most people need either a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) to travel to Canada. To find out which applies to you visit Government Canada where you can answer a couple of questions to assess your eligibility.

Anyone travelling into Canada must do so with the correct travel documents, and must be able to prove that they are:

  • financially capable of supporting their trip
  • a law-abiding citizen
  • medically fit.

You will usually need either an open or employer-specific permit to work in Canada and you can find out which one best suits your needs at Government Canada - Types of work permits. If you're planning to be in Canada for more than a few years, you might consider applying for permanent residency.

Language requirements

Canada is officially a bilingual country. It is home to both English and French speakers. Fluency in English will be enough to navigate around the vast majority of Canadian cities and provinces. Quebec is the only officially French-speaking province, although you'll likely be exposed to both languages wherever you're based.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to prove your proficiency via an accredited online test. The Government of Canada approves two English tests:

Explaining your qualifications to employers

As the Canadian higher education system closely resembles the structure of the UK system, many employers will have no trouble understanding your qualifications.

If your job is regulated, you will need to have your credentials assessed. Regulatory bodies vary between provinces and territories. If your job isn't regulated, the eligibility of your qualifications is usually down to the discretion of your employer.

For more information visit the Government of Canada credential assessment or the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC).

Working life in Canada

On average you'll be expected to work 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, although this will depend on the company and the role.

The average Canadian salary is CAD$55,000 (£31,500) and the minimum wage in any profession is set by each individual province. The tax system in Canada benefits the lower income brackets, where they're fixed at 15% on any salary below CAD$47,630 (£27,363).

Holidays are issued as standard, with workers being entitled to nine paid public holidays, and a minimum of two weeks' annual leave after one year of paid work; this increases to three after six years' service.

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