5 Facts You Need to Know About Work in Canada

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Is it your dream to live and work in Canada? To join the 1 million-plus newcomers who will soon be calling Canada home by 2023? If your answer is “Maybe”, in 10 minutes or so, you might be rethinking your decision.

Take a look at these five incredible reasons that will make your decision to work in Canada the best decision you’ll ever make, hands down!

1. Great Pay

Not sure if taking that Canadian job offer is a good idea? What if we told you that the average Canadian salary is $54,630 per year? Or, that you could even earn as high as $122,000 or higher depending on your occupation, experience, and the province you choose to relocate to? And that’s not even the best part! You’ll get not one but two paychecks each month, making it that much easier to stick to your budget.

2. Better Benefits

Getting a job offer in Canada comes with more than just a great paycheck. You can look forward to fantastic work perks, such as:

  • Pension
  • Employment Insurance – 55% of average insurable weekly earnings (up to $56,300/year)
  • Paid sick days – 55% of average earnings (up to $595/week for up to 15 weeks)
  • Paid maternity and parental benefits – 55% of your earnings for up to $595/week
  • Standard paid leave for 25 days a year
  • Caregiver benefits – 55% of average earnings for up to $595/week for:
    • Children – up to 35 weeks
    • Adults – up to 15 weeks
    • Compassionate care – up to 26 weeks

Some companies will even go above and beyond the mandatory benefits by offering things such as additional health insurance, wellness programs, vision care, dental insurance, as well as education and training programs.

3. Amazing Opportunity

Canada is a land of opportunity in more ways than one. Not only will you get the chance to gain world-class experience, but there are also thousands of jobs that simply can’t be filled by local talent. In fact, certain provinces have so many in-demand jobs that need to be filled by foreign workers that it’s easier to create a list of jobs that aren’t in demand. These jobs span almost every sector but can usually be found in the medical, tech, agricultural, and transportation sectors.

Some of the top in-demand jobs in Canada include:

  • Nurses and doctors
  • Caregivers
  • Truckdrivers
  • Teachers
  • General laborers
  • Web & software developers

4. Incredible Balance

Canada has almost perfected the balance between life and work. As the pace of life picks up speed, Canadian employers have made it a goal to ensure that employees have a work-life balance, as it not only makes for a better work environment but reduces the chance of burnout and lower company turnover. According to Forbes, 78% of Canadian employees have said that they are happy and relaxed at work.

5. Make it Permanent

Working in Canada not only opens up global opportunities but could also help you make your move to Canada a permanent one. Programs like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) allow temporary high-skilled workers with at least one year of work experience in Canada to apply for permanent residency (PR). Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) have a wide variety of immigration streams offering those with as little as six months of work experience to apply for PR status.

With all these great benefits at hand, what do you need to start working in Canada? In short, you’ll need to apply for one of two types of work permits.

What’s Your Type?

Depending on your chosen work program, you’ll be able to choose from two types of Canadian work permits:

  • Open Work Permit – allows you to work for any Canadian employer located anywhere in Canada
  • Employer-specific Work Permit – allows you to work for a specific Canadian employer for the duration of the job offer.

The type of Canadian work permit you apply for will depend on the work program you apply through. For example, if you want to work and travel through Canada, you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. You can learn more about the Canadian Working Holiday Visa and how to apply on this page.

Making the first step

Ready to start your new career in Canada but aren’t sure where and how to begin the application process? You may want to up your chances of getting a visa to work in Canada by using a professional immigration consultancy like to help simplify the application process.

What do you think?

Written by Heather Redding

Heather Redding is a tech enthusiast and freelance writer. She is a coffee-addict who enjoys swimming and reading. Street photography is her newly discovered artistic outlet and she likes to capture life's little moments with her camera.

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