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Canada’s Job Match Service

Published on: July 28th, 2017
Last updated: April 20th, 2022

The Government of Canada has a Job Match service that helps match certain foreign workers with job advertisements posted by Canadian employers. Matches are given a star rating out of five according to how compatible the seeker is with a job.

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What is Canada’s Job Match Service?

Job Match services, operated through the Job Bank of Canada, match job advertisements from Canadian employers with the profiles of job seekers. The service assigns a star rating to the match on a scale of one to five. The star rating considers how many of the advertisement criteria each job seeker’s profile meets. One star is a slight match, while five stars is almost a perfect match.

How does Job Match work?

Job seekers create a Job Bank profile using their credentials and experience. When a Canadian employer posts a job advertisement, Job Match will find job seekers whose profiles meet their requirements. The employer can view a “Comparison chart”. This chart allows them to see how well the profile meets the requirements of the job.

Job seeker profile remain anonymous. Employers can view only their experience, skills, and credentials. If an employer is interested in a profile, they can send them an invitation to interview for the position.

Job Match for Express Entry job seekers

Candidates in the Express Entry pool have the option of creating a Job Seeker account. This is a great opportunity for foreign workers to connect with Canadian employers.

Arranging employment before arriving in Canada is a high priority for most Express Entry candidates. Not only is the security of having a job waiting for you when you arrive comforting, but an offer of employment can make a big difference to your chances of success. A valid job offer is worth up to 200 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Job Match makes it easier for job seekers to connect directly with Canadian employers. However, it also means that having your complete work and training history on your Job Bank profile is more important than ever. Registering with the Job Bank as early as possible could also make a big difference to your chances of success since you’re competing with other job seekers.

Unless you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must be in the Express Entry pool to register a Job Bank profile. So, if you’re eligible, Job Match is another reason to submit to Express Entry as soon as possible.

Temporary Foreign Workers

For the most part, Canadian employers who want to hire foreign workers must apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Before they can secure an LMIA, employers must use Job Match to demonstrate their recruitment efforts for Canadian PRs and citizens.

While some work permits to Canada are LMIA-exempt, such as those offered through the Global Talent Stream, in eligible NAFTA occupations, or the International Mobility Program (IMP), most work permits require a positive LMIA.

To receive an LMIA, employers must meet certain recruitment requirements. Part of those recruitment requirements will include using Job Match.

Labour Market Impact Assessment

An LMIA proves that hiring a foreign worker will not hurt the Canadian labour market. During the LMIA application process, employers must prove their efforts to find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position.

If a Canadian employer is hiring someone for a high-wage position, they must invite all matched job seekers rated four stars or more within the first 30 days of the job posting. If it’s for a low-wage position, they must invite all job seekers if the match is rated two stars or more.

High-wage or low-wage?

If an employer is offering a wage that is at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, it is considered a high-wage position.

If an employer is offering a wage that is below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, it is considered a low-wage position.

Canadian employers must use at least two other methods of recruitment, in addition to Job Match, to secure an LMIA.

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