Canada is a welcoming, open country where newcomers can find various jobs. If you know more about how money works here, moving up in your job will be easier.
Do you want to move to Canada and live there, or are you already there? We know the answers to all of your questions about your new job in Canada, including how the paperwork works and how much it will cost.
What kinds of paperwork do you need to do to work in Canada?
Make sure that you have a work permit to work in Canada.
If you are a temporary or regular resident of Canada, you must have permission from the government to work there. You must be in good order based on the visa that was given to you. On the website of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, you can find out what you need to do to get a work pass or permanent residency.
Get a SIN or Social Insurance Number.
Your number is private and kept secret. At a Service Canada office, they will give it to you.
Open a bank account in Canada
You should open a Canadian bank account as soon as possible to get to your money easily and make your daily life easier when you move to Canada. Then you can move money before you leave, get your money as soon as you arrive, and pay much less in bank fees. Also, once you give your new company a blank check from your Canadian bank, your salary can be sent straight to your account.
Get Canada to accept your diplomas and professional credentials
For some jobs, the Canadian government has agreements with other countries that say their diplomas are the same as Canadian ones. If this agreement applies to you, call your professional order and ask for a certificate that shows you are qualified to work in the province where you want to work. To move to a new country as a skilled worker, you’ll need an Educational credential assessment (ECA).
Have sufficient funds
If you want to move to Canada as a skilled worker (Express Entry), the federal government will ask you to show the Canadian visa office proof that you have enough money.
Start making a credit record.
Your boss could look at your credit report if you let them. Some companies might give you a job based on your credit report, so building and keeping up a credit history is important. The best way to do this is by getting a credit card from your Canadian bank.
Does the work I’ve done matter more than my degrees?
Employers in Canada tend to value work experience more than college degrees. Most are looking for people who can start working right away. They will often ask for references from your previous bosses to make sure you have the skills they need.
Still, a diploma can help you get a better salary and can also be used to figure out how much you should be paid. After a few years of working, you won’t be asked to show your license again. Some jobs, like engineering and design, are regulated and require a certain degree.
Why do I need a payslip, and how is my pay calculated?
Your future boss should give you a contract that says how much you’ll be paid by the hour or as a set amount per year. In general, Canadians work between 35 and 40 hours a week.
Your employer will give you a payslip that lists the hours you worked, the amount you made, and the different amounts that were taken out. You should always make sure it’s right.
Things to know: Depending on your employer, the business you work in, and where you want to go, working extra hours can show that you’re motivated or can’t get your work done on time. Agree clearly with your employer about how you will divide your time between work and home.
Check out all the good things about the job.
When looking for a job, you should also consider the perks, such as retirement plans, group and prescription drug insurance, paid time off, and so on. If your workplace doesn’t offer these benefits, you’ll have to take care of them independently, for example, by getting your own RRSP or insurance. If the perks are good, taking a lower hourly wage may be better.
How much is Canada’s minimum wage?
The minimum wage in each state is different. But the rule is the same everywhere: an employer can’t offer you a job that pays less than your province’s minimum wage, and you can’t take it.
How can I tell if a job pays well?
Even if you think you’re making more or less than you did at your last job, your living may not change.
There could be big differences in pay from one state to the next and even from one region to the next. Depending on where you live, things like the cost of housing can change a lot. This means that even if you make the same salary, you sometimes have different amounts of money to spend.
To figure out what a salary should be, find out how much it costs to live in the area you’re going to. There is a search engine on the website of the central government that shows the average salary for each job by province.
Should I get a job, work for myself, or start a business?
Having a job gives you more security and financial stability, but being your own boss gives you a lot of room for growth and more freedom to build your business.
There are a lot of perks that come with jobs in Canada that you have to pay for yourself if you are self-employed. These include group insurance, retirement funds, paid vacation, etc.
Are you a business at heart? Click the link to learn how a business owner can move to a new country.
In Canada, what jobs are most in demand?
Each state puts out a list of job openings in many high-demand fields. The government has set up a program to help skilled people immigrate and find jobs in:
- IT Transportation
- Web statistics, SEO, and digital technology
- Effects on the Eyes and video games
- Day workers, welders, drivers, electricians, and mechanics have specialised jobs.
Developing a speciality is a great way to stand out on the Canadian job market. Employers often want to hire people with certain skills.
- Canada is a welcoming, open country where newcomers can find various jobs.
- Canada requires work permits and SINs for newcomers.
- Canadian authorities may need to approve your diplomas and certifications to work in regulated professions.
- A diploma can boost earnings in Canada, but employers prefer work experience.
- Employers cannot pay less than the provincial minimum wage in Canada.