Immigration is a colossal undertaking, even in a culture that welcomes immigrants, as is the case in Canada. You give up a lifetime to settle in a place with different customs and perhaps even a different language than the one you are used to. The more help you can find during this transition, the easier and smoother the process will be. Here are some things that everyone who is considering immigrating to Canada or who has recently settled here should know.immigrating to Canada and working
1. one in five Canadians was born outside of Canada
To begin, it is important to know that you are not the only new immigrant to Canada! Canada is a country of immigrants. 21.9% of people who live and work in Canada were born in another country, while 22.3% of the population is a visible minority. These statistics are even higher in urban centers. Overall, Canada is a very open culture that welcomes new immigrants and celebrates multiculturalism. More than 50% of the residents of Toronto and Vancouver, for example, are members of visible minorities. Toronto has earned the title of “the most multicultural city in the world,” with more than 200 different cultural groups.
2. you do not have to be employed to immigrate to canada.
You do not need to have a guaranteed job before coming to Canada, but it makes it much easier. Canada’s Express Entry immigration system works on a point system, and you will earn many points if there is a job waiting for you before you arrive in Canada. The more points you get, the more likely you are to be invited to immigrate to Canada. You will be awarded points based on your age, education, work experience, and knowledge of English or French, among other things. Under this point system, 57% of all immigrants arrive in Canada as skilled workers or in the business class. The vast majority of other immigrants come to Canada as refugees or to join family already living in the country. Overall, Canada receives more immigrants per capita (on par with Australia) than any other country – almost 300,000 per year.
3. You can immigrate faster if you are a skilled worker
Canada offers an immigration program for skilled workers called “Express Entry”. This program aims to process new immigrants in 6 months or less. Before you register for the Express Entry profile, determine if you qualify under one of the federal skilled worker programs. If you are, go ahead, fill out your profile and pay the corresponding fee. This is the first step to immigrating to Canada! Remember that to take advantage of the Express Entry system, you will also need to prepare for a language test and have your credentials and experience assessed. After following these steps, we will evaluate your profile and place you in the pool of candidates for Express Entry. Even if you are in this pool, it does not necessarily mean that you will be invited to become a permanent resident. The higher your score, the greater your chances of being invited. This is when it is recommended that you start looking for a job through the Job Bank, which is Canada’s official job-matching platform.
4. How to become a Canadian citizen
The first step most new immigrants must take to become Canadian citizens is to become permanent residents. Permanent residents are entitled to many of the same social benefits as Canadians, including provincial health care, as well as protection under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If you are admitted to Canada under the Express Entry Skilled Worker Program, you will likely be granted permanent residence automatically. Refugees, students and other temporary or foreign workers who did not enter the country as skilled workers must apply for permanent residence before they can become citizens.
If you prefer, you can be a permanent resident throughout your stay in Canada, but many immigrants opt for the more permanent approach that allows them to become full Canadian citizens. To become a Canadian citizen, you must have lived in Canada for at least 1,095 days in the last 5 years and pass the language test. Canadian citizens acquire additional rights that permanent residents do not have, such as the right to vote and run for office, travel on a Canadian passport, obtain government employment, which requires citizenship, and a guarantee that they will not lose their status in Canada.
5. The Canadian government offers tons of useful resources for new immigrants
The Government of Canada website is an excellent resource for foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Canada, as well as for new immigrants looking to settle or find work in Canada. You will find a wealth of information on Express Entry and other immigration programs, how to become a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, links to organizations that can provide support, and anything else you may want to know about immigrating to Canada and settling here after you arrive. Employment and Social Services Canada also operates a job bank, a government job site, to help new and established Canadians find work.
6. Prepare a Canadian-looking resume.
If you are planning to find a job in Canada, it is important to update your resume to fit the regional style. This will improve your chances of finding a great job. Canadian-looking resumes (called “CVs” in Quebec) are usually in reverse chronological order, which means your most recent experience comes first. The main sections you should include (in order) your name and contact information, a summary of your professional qualifications, your work history, and details about your education and training. You can also add a section about your skills, but this is not necessary on most resumes. If you would like more tips on how to prepare a resume for the Canadian job market, try these resources:
advice on preparing a resume for new immigrants
the secrets of an exceptional resume
how to pass the resume screening test
what to find (and what not to find) in your resume
7. Be prepared to answer the usual interview questions.
If you are new to the job market in Canada, you may not be familiar with the questions Canadian job seekers are frequently asked in job interviews. To ensure that you come out of your job interviews in Canada with a clean slate, refine your interview techniques in English or French and practice answering these questions to become familiar with the job interview process. Need help preparing for interviews? Here are some resources to help you do just that:
How to answer 17 common interview questions
how to answer the question “tell me about yourself” in a job interview
8. know the salary you are going to ask for
It is important that you know your salary expectations if you are new to Canada. Do your research in advance regarding the salary that corresponds to your type of job and experience. If you are already a skilled worker when you arrive in Canada, your work experience and education will be assessed to determine the Canadian equivalent. Use this information to determine the salary you deserve. If you work in an industry that operates on a wage basis, find out what the minimum wage is in your province and make sure you get a fair wage. The minimum wage in Canada ranges from $11 to $14 depending on where you live. If you are unsure of the wage you want to charge, Randstad has resources to help you, including our wage guides and wage calculator. If in doubt, contact a Randstad recruiter who will be happy to help you determine what your skills and experience are worth in the Canadian job market.