The Newcomer Path To Finding A Job in Canada

Updated on:
March 24, 2022
The Newcomer Path To Finding A Job in Canada

There are many ways to find a job in Canada. If you have a degree or a trade your chances of finding a high paying job is that much greater. Even if you don’t find a job in your field right away there are plenty of blue collar jobs you can do until something opens up for you. But how do immigrants find jobs once they land in Canada?

Job Search Before you Immigrate

One of the first things you can do rests in your preparation before you immigrate to Canada. 

  • Canadian Embassy - check to see if there are any job fairs held by Canadian businesses in your region where you want to live.
  • Industry Associations - find out if there are any job fairs or trade shows that include Canadian businesses.
  • Universities - check if there are degree programs in your industry to see if they host career fairs that include Canadian companies. 

Research Companies That Hire Newcomers

Companies such as RBC, Enbridge, Scotiabank, BC Hydro, KPMG, Providence Health Care are just a few companies that hire immigrants in British Columbia but there are many more across Canada.

Express Entry

Canadian employers can hire candidates to meet labour needs when they are not able to find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job vacancies. Employers can hire workers abroad or already in Canada. You could be a qualified foreign worker already in Canada if you are about to complete a job contract with another employer or if you hold an open work permit that allows you to work for any employer in Canada. 

ImmiSearch provides free services to check your eligibility. Visit ImmiSearch ImmiExpress page.

Immigrant Employment Councils

Their obligation is to help businesses find skilled immigrants to fill vacancies.

  • BC Job Connect - has an online tool that connects BC employers to job ready newcomers designed to help employers fill their workforce needs while offering newcomers in BC an effective way to showcase their talents and gain meaningful employment.
  • MentorConnect - brings together skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific relationships. This BC based employment mentoring program offers 24 hours of mentoring over a four month period. Meetings can take place online, in person or by telephone. Some of their partnerships include Applied Science and Technologists and Technicians of BC, City of Vancouver, TELUS, TD Canada Trust. 

Immigrant community service providers 

Settlement Agencies are usually a one stop shop for a variety of support for immigrants. It is estimated that there are about 500 agencies throughout Canada. These agencies are funded by the federal, municipal governments and community stakeholders. Immigrants can book a one on one appointment with a councillor where they will guide you with programs to improve English, build resumes, cover letters, perform online job searches, provide information about job fairs that hire immigrants. Below are three Settlement Agencies in BC.  

International Student Career Ecosystem


If you came to Canada as an international student and are having difficulties finding employment opportunities, there are ecosystems available in Canada like Empower that helps connect you to mentors, resources, and potential employers. Empower’s mission is to help international students get the job they deserve, no matter where they’re from. Joining ecosystems like Empower, you’ll be able to receive the support that you need to start building meaningful careers in Canada.

Online Job Search Sites

The top five online job search sites in Canada include Workopolis, Jobboom Indeed, Eluta, Monster. All job search engines allow you to upload a resume to the site where you can search for the job in your field, save the search field where you can check when jobs are uploaded daily. You can also set up job alerts to your email. There are many job search blogs, municipal and government websites that have job listings available but search engines like the ones mentioned above generally bring in a variety of search engines so you can search in one place. Another great thing besides using a website to job search on a tablet or laptop is that all job search engines also have corresponding apps you can download. If you are a savvy smartphone user you can create resumes through word document apps on your phone, save them and apply through email or through the apps. 


If you like having a quiet place to do your job search. Libraries still provide a valuable function for job seekers. You have unlimited computer access, helpful staff that can assist your needs, a reference section and plenty of books if you want to research job prospects or general information that will help you in your job search. 

Immigrant Blogs

If you do a simple search on Google you can find plenty of immigrant centered blogs that will list online job links for employers that are constantly looking to hire immigrants in Canada. The only stipulation when using blogs is to check to make sure links are updated and that the information is borrowed from sites or sources that are reliable. Canadian Immigrant 

is a blog that lists a number of different professions that have their own job site links in various professions. They include:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising, Marketing & Communications 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Construction and Trades 
  • Education and Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology 
  • Insurance
  • Manufacturing 
  • Mathematics
  • Oil & Mining 
  • Science 

Then there are blogs that list the top ten jobs for immigrants in Canada. This blog site Fratres reviews each profession based on wages, how in demand the job is and qualifications needed to apply. Some of their top jobs for immigrants include. 

  • Teaching 
  • Computer programmers 
  • Doctors
  • Investment/Business Consultants 
  • Nurses
  • Welder 
  • Medical radiologists 
  • Engineers 

Be Optimistic and Realistic 

As you have probably gathered from reading this blog there are plenty of job search resources online and in your community to find a job. When it comes to searching for a job it is important to be optimistic but also to be realistic because there will be obstacles. Lack of Canadian experience, credentials that are not always recognized and English language barriers sometimes create potential hurdles for immigrants finding work. There will be times when you will participate in a lot of interviews, then there are periods where you get no calls at all. It is also important to keep in mind that landing a job also has to do with the ebb and flow of the economy. 

Employers That Recognize Immigrant Work Ethic and Culture

At the same time there are employers that recognize that newcomers are willing to work longer, harder and are more reliable. There are other employers that value international experience, ideas and the extra languages you speak, which may be helpful to employers who are trying to recruit other Canadians from your same cultural and ethnic background. The important thing is to never get discouraged. If you don't get a job in your field right away, think of the job you have to get to make ends meet as a stepping stone to greater things. Always stay positive and never give up. You are living in the safest country and the most welcome country to immigrants in the world. 

The Newcomer Path To Finding A Job in Canada
James Tarrant
ImmiSearch Content Contributor
March 24, 2022