How is the job market in Canada

Working in Canada

The fascinating landscape and unique flora and fauna attract many people to Canada every year. In addition, the low number of unemployed, a high standard of living and low cost of living are another incentive for many Europeans to look for a job in Canada.

Are you ready for the Canadian adventure too? If you are fit in the English or French language and have already gained experience in your job, the doors to the Canadian job market are open to you.

Labor market trends in Canada

You have a good chance of a permanent position if you work in one of the following professions:

  • mechanics
  • Joinery
  • Gas and water installation
  • Roofer
  • Locksmith
  • Professional driver

Canada requires workers from abroad to have completed vocational training. In addition, professional experience of at least one year is required.

Finding a job in Canada

Perhaps the easiest way to look for jobs in Canada is through the many large ones Online job boards such as.:

It is easier than looking for a suitable job from Germany if you look for suitable jobs for you directly in Canada. In any case, it is worth taking a look at the most important onesCanadian daily newspapers how:

Similar to Germany, there is also a in Canadaemployment exchange, Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), which will also help you find a suitable job.

If you have exhausted all other options, it is always worthwhile to contact youdirectly with a company to apply. You can find all important companies in the yellow pages.

Applying correctly in Canada

In Canada, personal contact with potential employers is very important. Of course, an appropriate written application also plays a major role. This is divided into a cover letter and a resume. Further documents are usually not required. It is very important that you find out in advance who is responsible for personnel issues in the company to which you are applying. You then send the cover letter to these responsible persons. In the cover letter, you should briefly explain why you are applying for the advertised position and what your particular strengths and qualifications are.

The Canadian curriculum vitae differs from the German one in that, apart from the name and address, no other personal data such as date of birth, nationality or marital status are listed. On the other hand, you should report briefly on your previous training, internships, special knowledge and any relevant leisure activities or volunteer work. Your résumé shouldn't be longer than one page.


In contrast to other nationalities, Germans are allowed to enter Canada without having a visa. You can then stay in Canada for half a year.

If you only want to work in Canada for a limited period of time, you do not have to submit an immigration application, but in most cases you will need a work permit. In order to apply for a work permit, however, you must already have a job offer in your pocket. You apply for a work permit at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Another option to work for a limited time in Canada is with the Working Holiday Visa, which is issued by the Canadian Embassy. If you are between 18 and 35 years old, you can use this visa to work in Canada for a year. However, if you have decided to permanently move your residence to Canada, you cannot avoid filing an immigration application with the immigration authorities. If you want to work in Canada, you will also need to apply for a social security number. You also have to pay income tax. You can find more detailed information on this on the website of the Canadian Tax Office.

Canadian immigration policy

In order for your permanent residence application, which gives you unlimited rights to reside and work in Canada, to be granted, you must meet certain requirements. A point system is used to assess your suitability. There are points of different amounts, for example, for your vocational training, professional experience or your language skills. In order to have a chance at all, good language skills in English and / or French are absolutely essential.

In addition to the criteria of the points system, it is important that you have sufficient financial reserves for the first few weeks in Canada. And last but not least, it is of course crucial whether applicants are currently being sought in your professional field.

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