14 Oct, 2015 A Complete Guide to Finding Housing & Employment in Canada
One of the biggest questions we receive is “do we arrange employment and/or housing in Canada for our clients?” The short answer to this question is: no we do not and here is why:
Why We Don’t Provide Housing or Employment
Securing suitable housing and employment in Canada might seem like a daunting task for someone living abroad with little experience in Canada. But the reality is there are numerous resources and services at the disposal of newcomers that provide free housing and employment assistance when you first arrive in Canada. We feel that charging a fee to our clients for this type of service would be unnecessary and costly to our clients.
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What We Do
We are a full-service Canadian Immigration law firm. We are not a job placement agency, although we do offer a free Canadian job search toolbar to help you connect with employers in Canada. We are also not in a position to select suitable accommodation for our clients because we believe this is a personal decision best made by the applicant’s own preferences and desired location. We specialize in obtaining the right to live and work in Canada for you and your family.
Finding Housing in Canada:
In a major city, things can be a bit easier but the general process of securing housing in Canada is the same in a big city as it is in more rural and suburban areas.
More often than not, applicants find temporary accommodations first, and then transition to a more permanent solution when they have secured employment or found their preferred place to live in Canada. These temporary accommodations can be hotels, hostels or month-to-month rental apartments but keep in mind that many rental agreements are for 12 months leases. So before you commit to such a long time, it is best to evaluate your options once you arrive in Canada.
The main factors you want to take into consideration when it comes to selecting the right type of housing for you are:
Transit time to employment, whether by car, walking or public transportation
A landlord in Canada can ask for several things you might have difficulty obtaining as a newcomer to Canada like:
Previous references from old landlords
Where you work and what your income is
A review of your credit history
Cost of living in Canada largely depends on where you choose to live. Urban centers like Vancouver, for example, can be expensive while cities like Montreal can be more economical. This link provides a great breakdown of costs per Canadian provinces.
Resources for Finding Housing in Canada
KIJIJI.CA & CRAIGSLIST.CA
Canada’s Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Employment in Canada
With great programs like Express Entry, many applicants coming to Canada already have formal job offers from Canadian employers. But the vast majorities of newcomers to Canada do not have arranged employment and must secure a suitable job once they are permanent residents of Canada.
Securing employment in Canada can be a bit more difficult than housing, but the principals are largely the same. Prior research and dedication will pay off whether you are looking for a new job or a place to live.
Newcomer services are essential to your success in Canada and as a new resident of Canada; you should take full advantage of these great programs to help you adjust to life in Canada. For the link to the list of newcomer services by Canadian province, please click here.
Essential Tips for Securing Canadian Employment
Improve Your Language Proficiency
Improve your language proficiency, either English, French, or both. You might not need to be bilingual (most Canadians are not) to get a great job in Canada but being bilingual is a great opportunity and will always be an asset to your employability in your new country. There are many different services available to newcomers, paid for by the Government of Canada, to help you enhance your English and/or French proficiency.
Ideally, you should start working on your language proficiency before you come to Canada so you will be ahead of the curve and in a better position to correspond with potential employers when you finally arrive.
Don't Be Afraid To Take Risks
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Consider becoming an entrepreneur or starting a new career path. Another great option is learning a new skill/trade in one of the many great Canadian educational institutions available.
Improve & Westernize your CV/Resume
Improve & Westernize your CV/Resume. In North America we tend to have a different style for our CV/Resume than in certain parts of the world. For example, pictures of yourself, your religion or your parents’ names are inconsequential to a Canadian employer. So regardless of where you are coming from, it is highly advisable to consult an employment counsellor or an online service to ensure your CV/Resume showcases your skills and credentials in the best possible light, while also adhering to North American standards of how such a document should be prepared.
Make connections outside your ethnic community
Make connections outside your ethnic community. Canada is a multicultural country, representing many different nationalities. Often when newcomers arrive in Canada they are drawn to communities with the same ethnic background as themselves which can be comforting and help ease your transition to Canada. That being said, don’t forget to expand your horizons beyond your ethnic enclave to experience all that Canada has to offer and allow you to explore new opportunities for networking employment options.
Have a Plan B for your employment plans
Have a Plan B for your employment plans. Things don’t always go as planned and you might find that your certifications or experience are not sufficient to practice your exact profession in Canada without additional training. Don’t despair! Consider other employment options, similar to your career path, that can allow you to either; get the experience you need or the financial resources necessary to obtain your Canadian certifications.
For example, if you are working as a nurse in your home country, it is likely you will need to be certified as a nurse in Canada if you wish to practice that profession here. Sometimes additional schooling is required or sometimes you just need to write the Canadian nursing examination. One option that I suggest to many nurses is that working as a healthcare assistant will still pay significantly higher than most nursing occupations in your home country. You can work on your certifications part time while still earning a sizable salary and making connections that will help you in your future employment.
Job Search Resources
Most available employment in Canada is listed online. There are many websites, some are official and run by government agencies while others are private companies who list the types of occupations available in your area.
CANADIM JOB SEARCH TOOLBAR
Our website can be an excellent resource to finding Canadian employment. Our online toolbar collects job listings available in Canada from other resources online. You just simply enter the type of job and your ideal location in Canada and our job search toolbar then conveniently displays all available listings in an easy to review list.
This is a great website that sources jobs from all over Canada. It is highly recommended that anyone considering immigrating to Canada complete a profile on this site to familiarize themselves with what Canadian employers are looking for. This is also where Express Entry candidates create a profile for them to be selected by a Canadian employer.
This is a private company that has very much pioneered the digital recruitment industry and has excellent job matching algorithms so it makes suggestions based on your online profile that you create.