Canada PR: Job seekers guide to working in Canada

One of your best chances of finding work in Canada as an immigrant is to look for jobs in the Canadian list of occupations which are in shortage, meaning these occupations require vacancies to be filled. This would allow you to enter Canada as a federal skilled worker. However you would need proven skills and experience in the job role in question to qualify for immigration route.

Several professions in Canada are regulated, which means that you would have to get your academic and/or professional qualifications accredited to be able to work under that role in the country.

Before giving you some background on the industries, and culture of work in Canada, it is important to point out that in order to immigrate to Canada under any immigration route, would require fluency in either English or French, depending on which part of the country you intend to migrate to.

Where can migrants work in Canada?

  • Long term Canadian Growth industries: service sector including transport, construction, banking, retail, tourism, healthcare and education; manufacturing covering paper, aerospace technology, cars, machinery, food and clothing; and natural resources including forestry, agriculture, mining and energy.
  • Areas that have shown growth in recent years: healthcare and social assistance sectors, manufacturing, and the petroleum sector.
  • The ‘Shortage occupations’ list: medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists and audiologists; financial analysts and financial brokers; engineering, including civil, electrical and electronic, aerospace, mechanical and petroleum engineers.
  • Renowned companies of Canada: Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank Group, Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Suncor Energy, BCE (telecommunications), Sun Life Financial, Canadian Natural Resources, Imperial Oil, CIBC, The Woodbridge Company (media) and the Canadian National Railway.

How is it to work in Canada?

  • Working hours: the standard hours of work under the Canada Labor Code are 8 hours in a day and 40 hours in a week.
  • Holidays: statutory holidays vary across provinces but there are nine at the national level. Annual leave is generally two weeks per year which increases to three weeks once you’ve worked with the same employer for six consecutive years.
  • Taxes: Non-Canadian workers are subject to Canadian income tax rates, although special regulations apply for migrants during the first tax year. One would usually have to file one tax return a year. Rates of tax vary across provinces but are typically on a scale from 15% to 33% depending on your income.

Job Hunting

It is a good idea to apply for jobs in Canada while you’re still in your home country.

As in most parts of the world, the typical way to apply for jobs is with a cover letter and CV (known in Canada as a résumé). Your Resume should include standard information such as your contact details, past employment, education and skills.

You don’t have to provide references on your CV but you should be prepared to provide them at your interview. You might be expected to give work-related, academic and personal references. Make sure your application is targeted towards specific employers.

The interview process is also similar to that in other parts of the world with both one-to-one and panel interviews being used. If you’re in your home country when applying for work, you would usually have a telephonic interview. Make sure you research the company well before the interview.

If work in Canada sounds appealing to you, then don’t wait too long before applying for you Canada immigration process. Contact our Canada Immigration experts on +91 7045 688 237 or email your updated resume for a free evaluation to

As of today, the Canadian government is actively encouraging skilled migrants from across the world to bring their skills to work in Canada. So what are you waiting for?