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Canadian Jobs Market and the opportunities for Foreign Workers

Updated on January 6, 2014

Canada is one of the most sought-after countries for 'highly skilled professionals'. With the country’s propensity for one of the most welcoming, peaceful and prosperous nations in the world, Canada has seen a huge boost in the demand for immigration from people around the world.

If you want to search for jobs in Canada, then please take a look at jobbank.gc.ca and workingincanada.gc.ca. These web sites are the only official sources of jobs from validated employers by the Government of Canada.

Now, according to ‘Statistics Canada’, at present Canada has over 73,000 openings in various categories and following are the jobs and average weekly earnings in various provinces of Canada. This information is last updated in September, 2013.

Employment and Avg. Weekly Earnings in Canadian Provinces
Employment and Avg. Weekly Earnings in Canadian Provinces

Employment and Avg. Weekly Earnings in Canadian Provinces

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Province  
Employment  
Avg. Weekly Earnings  
Ontario
6,918,400
$931.04
Quebec
4,013,800
$840.43
British Columbia
2,309,800
$877.29
Alberta
2,236,400
$1,117.58
Manitoba
634,000
$836.41
Saskatchewan
558,700
$952.63
Nova Scotia
456,100
$809.31
New Brunswick
352,600
$813.82
Newfoundland and Labrador
230,700
$943.65
Prince Edward Island
73,400
$761.29
Updated September, 2013

Now, to fill this skill shortage in the country, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has crafted various programs and schemes. Under these schemes, highly skilled overseas workers can enter the Canadian Labor Market, work, live and enjoy their life in Canada.

There are many options for overseas professionals to work in Canada. However, here we are only considering the options which are specifically crafted for immigrants i.e., people who want to work, live and settle in Canada. Under any of these options, you can even apply for a Canadian Permanent Residency after living and working in Canada for a certain period of time.

Canada - also fondly called as the 'Maple Country'
Canada - also fondly called as the 'Maple Country' | Source

Which Program would you choose?

If you plan to migrate to Canada, which of these Canada Immigration programs would you chose?

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Some of the best programs that the CIC has introduced to employ foreign workers and help them migrate to Canada are:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program
  2. Québec Skilled Worker (QSW) Program
  3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  4. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

Each of these programs and their associated benefits are for skilled professionals only. All these programs are so popular that the huge demand has created significant backlogs in processing applications, which even resulted in long waiting times. To ensure that applications are processed fairly and quickly and eliminate backlogs, several immigration programs have adopted intake caps.

2. Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW) Program

This is similar to the federal Skilled Worker Program. However, the FSW Program is for all the provinces and territories of Canada whereas QSW Program is specifically for the province of Québec. The QSW Program also has a cap of 20,000 applications between 1st August, 2013 and 1st March, 2014. However, unlike the FSW Program, this does not have any cap on the applications accepted for each occupation.

1. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program

This is one of the best programs through which any skilled foreign worker can migrate to Canada. Between 4th May, 2013 and 30th April, 2014, the FSW program will be accepting a total of only 5,000 applications for processing and each eligible occupation has a further cap of 300 applications within the 5,000 applications accepted for processing.

3. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a program crafted for skilled professionals with high experience. Individuals who are already working temporarily in Canada or studying in Canada with good command over English or French can apply for CEC.

4. Provincial Nominee Programs or PNPs

Canada has 10 provinces and to address each of these provinces’ skill shortage, the CIC has introduced the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). People who want to migrate to Canada can do so if any Canadian Province nominates them. For a province to nominate you and get the eligibility to apply for a PNP, there are a certain criteria that each province has. These criteria differ from province to province.

On Canada Day 2011, a photo booth was setup at Canada Place in the heart of Vancouver and 2,700 portraits were created in a single day by Tim Van Horn.
On Canada Day 2011, a photo booth was setup at Canada Place in the heart of Vancouver and 2,700 portraits were created in a single day by Tim Van Horn. | Source

Some Eligibility Criteria for the aforementioned Canadian Immigration Programs

 
FSW
QSW
CEC
PNP
Job offer in Canada/Province
Not necessary
Not necessary
Necessary
Necessary
Language Requirement
English or French
English & French
English or French
English or French (may depend on the criteria of specific province)
Approval from a Province
Not necessary
Necessary
Not necessary
Necessary
Points-based System
Yes
Yes
No
No (may depend on the criteria of specific province)
Should Reside in Canada/any particular Province at the time of applying
No
No
Yes
Yes (may depend on the criteria of specific province)
Should have earlier studied or worked in Canada/any particular Province
No
No
Yes
Yes (may depend on the criteria of specific province)

Avg. Weekly Earnings and Employment in various provinces of Canada (September, 2013)

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A markerAlberta -
Alberta, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $1,117.58; Employment - 2,236,400

B markerSaskatchewan -
Saskatchewan, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $952.63; Employment - 558,700

C markerNewfoundland and Labrador -
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $943.65; Employment - 230,700

D markerOntario -
Ontario, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $931.04; Employment - 6,918,400

E markerBritish Columbia -
British Columbia, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $877.29; Employment - 2,309,800

F markerQuebec -
Quebec, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $840.43; Employment - 4,013,800

G markerManitoba -
Manitoba, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $836.41; Employment - 634,000

H markerNew Brunswick -
New Brunswick, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $813.82; Employment - 352,600

I markerNova Scotia -
Nova Scotia, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $809.31; Employment - 456,100

J markerPrince Edward Island -
Prince Edward Island, Canada
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Avg. Weekly Earnings - $761.29; Employment - 73,400

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**Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

The Immigrant Nominee Program of the Canadian province Saskatchewan has recently released a 5-page list of 200 occupations which are in shortage.

Skilled professionals working in any of these 200 occupations can apply for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) even if they do not possess a job offer in Saskatchewan/Canada and become Permanent Residents of Canada. The SINP applications will be accepted from 2nd January, 2014.

*However, there is a cap of 250 applications for this program. Hence, anyone who is interested in migrating to Canada need to apply as soon as possible.

Best And Worst Places To Find A Job In Canada

Province
No. of job-seekers for every available job
Best (tie): Alberta
2.0
Best (tie): Saskatchewan
2.0
Manitoba
3.7
Northwest Territories
3.9
British Columbia
5.6
Quebec
8.6
Ontario
9.3
Nunvaut
10.7
Nova Scotia
12.3
New Brunswick
13.5
Prince Edward Island
15.1
Newfoundland & Labrador
20.9
This data is based in the three-months ending in January, 2013.

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    • Nandhu Chenna profile image

      Nandhu 3 years ago from India

      Wow! Interesting information about Canada jobs market :-)

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      Opulentus Akhila Suri 3 years ago from Hyderabad

      Thank you Nandhu Chenna! :)

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      IshanOmar 3 years ago

      Hi Anita

      Nice Information Thanq.... Ji... :)

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      Opulentus Akhila Suri 3 years ago from Hyderabad

      Thankyou Ishan :)

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      sandeep m kanade 3 years ago

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      Ram Bahadur Darnal 20 months ago

      hello hi i am looking for opportunity in the Canada for sewing machine operator so i want to know the advise from you

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