Many people come to Canada because they want to improve their own life and that of their family. Not only is Canada a country of beautiful sights and experiences, but it is also one with a growing economy, open to the talents of a diverse workforce.
In 2018, estimates of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) were $1.53 trillion, putting the country at an average of 2.46% of the world’s GDP over the course of a decade. Industries expected to provide continued growth to the Canadian economy include: accounting and bookkeeping, alternative health care, IT, livestock farming (cattle, chicken), death care services and commercial and industrial machinery and equipment. In fact, the top five sectors in Canada are manufacturing, agriculture, energy, technology and services (retail, education, business and health).
Solid economic growth in Canada has been propelled, in part, but the country’s view to link the economy to global trade, strong relations to Asian countries and the establishment of the European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement has helped Canada diversify its trade and ensure ongoing economic growth. Global trade grew by more than 3% – up from 1.3% in 2016.
This is the ideal time to consider working in Canada with unemployment dropping to a four-decade low of just 5.8% in 2018. While every country’s labour market fluctuates, Canada’s is expected to stay strong for the foreseeable future for both citizens and newcomers.
Those with specific skills are in demand, like accountants, engineering project managers, business analysts, IT project managers, software engineers and others. These jobs are generally well paying for the right person and may make coming to Canada easier because they are in high demand. For those without these specific skillsets, there are still plenty of employment opportunities. With a demand for general labourers, customer service representatives, forklift operators, food servers, health care workers, agriculture workers and other roles, immigrants may find their occupation allows for an easier transition into Canada to find work.
Many people who come to Canada end up wanting to stay in the country for a wide range of reasons. By starting in a work permit opportunity, transitioning to permanent residency and even citizenship becomes easier with the time spent in the country, contributing to the community and economy.
There are a number of different options available that allow you to work legally in Canada. Most temporary foreign workers need a permit, and possibly other documentation, to work in the country. Work permits can be granted upon arriving if you are from a visa-exempt country with a valid medical certificate or if you are eligible for an open work permit.
The distinctions among work permits and other options to working in Canada can be confusing. We can help you determine which is right for you.