Canada’s Job Match Service | Work in Canada

The Government of Canada Job Bank has a new service, called Job Match, that matches job advertisements posted by Canadian employers with job seekers who are registered with the Job Bank. Matches are assigned a star rating out of five based on how compatible the seeker is with the job posted.

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Job Match is a service offered through the Job Bank of Canada that automatically matches job advertisements from Canadian employers with anonymized profiles of job seekers.


Job seekers create a Job Bank profile based on their credentials and experience. When a Canadian employer posts a job advertisement, Job Match will find job seekers whose profiles meet the advertisement’s requirements. It will assign a star rating on a scale of one to five to the match based on 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.

Canadian employers will see matched job seekers profiles and be able to invite them to interview for the position offered.


As of August 28, 2017, Canadian employers who want to hire workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will be required to use Job Match before they can apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

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 a LMIA to hire a foreign worker, employers must meet certain recruitment requirements. As of August 28, 2017, those recruitment requirements will include using Job Match.

Labour Market Impact Assessment

A LMIA is a document that proves that hiring a foreign worker will not hurt the Canadian labour market, and that the employer tried 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 have to invite all job seekers matched within the first 30 days of the job posting to apply for the position if they are rated four stars or more. If it’s for a low-wage position, they have to 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 will have to use at least two other methods of recruitment, in addition to Job Match, to be able to apply to hire temporary foreign workers.


Candidates in the Express Entry pool used to be required to register with the Job Bank. However, since the June 6 changes to Express Entry, registering is now voluntary.

That said, 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 actually make a big difference to your chances of success. A valid job offer, usually supported by a LMIA, is worth up to 200 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, depending on the skill level of the position.

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!

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