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Finding work in Canada

How do you find work in Canada? Let EduCanada show you.

Working as a student or graduate

By the time you graduate, you will have learned a lot about Canada. Maybe you know exactly where you want to work, like Nova Scotia or the Yukon?

If you’re still a student and looking for work, find out how you can work while studying

If you’ve finished your studies, here are some helpful job-hunting tips:

  • Visit the Job Bank
  • Learn about jobs across Canada
  • Find support to start your own business
  • Use job search companies to find a job
  • Become a networker

Visit the Job Bank

The Government of Canada has an online tool called, Job Bank with listings for more than 100,000 jobs across Canada. The job categories include student, part-time, management and retail.

When you set up a profile, the Job Bank gives you details about positions that fit your profile. It can also send you email alerts about new job listings that match your qualifications.

Canada’s federal government also offers excellent part-time, full-time and summer job opportunities. Be sure to register!

Learn about jobs across Canada

Your sense of adventure might mean you’re willing to work anywhere in Canada. This can be a great way to gain experience after you graduate. The Job Bank can provide you with:

  • Labour market details sorted by job type and wages for cities as well as regions across Canada.
  • A rating between 1 and 3 stars that reveals how likely you are to find work in your sector of the economy in a city or region.

Find support to start your own business

The Canadian economy rewards and encourages entrepreneurship. Do you have a great small business idea? Start planning. Here are some of the advantages to starting a business in Canada:

  • Strong economy
  • Low taxes
  • Low business costs
  • Commitment to excellence in research and innovation
  • High quality of life

If you have an idea for your own business, you’ll need to learn how to launch it. Discover the steps to starting a business in Canada and get the support you need from Canada Business.

Use job search companies to find a job

These sample job search websites give you access to job listings from across Canada:

Have you heard the term “headhunter?” It refers to someone who provides an employer with excellent candidates for high-level jobs.

A recruiter is different from a headhunter. A recruiter is someone hired by a large corporation or government body to oversee the hiring of many new employees.

If you sign up with a recruitment agency, it’ll help you find work in the sector where you fit best. They operate across the country and can help job-seekers find work nationwide. Search online to find a recruitment agency that meets your needs. A national group called Acsess provides a directory of recruitment companies. You can search for an agency offering services in the location where you would like to work.

Become a networker

Networking is the art of making connections with people who can help you advance your career. This is an important skill to have in Canada if you want to build your career and your future.

How do you network? You can do so by meeting people at school or in the workplace. You might even reach out to professionals who are known within your industry or field.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to set up a profile on LinkedIn. This is a great tool for networking online. Canadians are active LinkedIn users. Canadian employers also use LinkedIn to share job postings or research candidates for employment.

As part of being a good networker, you may want to:

  • Join professional bodies in your job sector
  • Attend meetings or conferences that attract people working in your sector
  • Learn to be comfortable saying who you are and what you do
  • Connect with alumni groups from the college or university where you studied
  • Network online through social media websites and professional associations

Work while you travel in Canada

There are several ways you can visit and work in Canada if you are a young person of a certain age group. International Experience Canada offers opportunities to young people from countries that have an agreement with Canada:

  • International Co-op: If you’re enrolled in post-secondary studies elsewhere, but have a job offer for an internship or co-op placement in Canada, this program can help.
  • Young Professional: You can gain professional work experience in Canada and develop your career to compete in the global economy.
  • Working Holiday: You can travel to different parts of Canada while earning money to pay for your holiday.