Are jobs still plentiful in Canada despite the oil glut that affected oil-producing provinces as well as the downs and ups of the Chinese economy?

Bank of Canada says “yes.”

Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor of the bank explains “the Chinese economy has the potential to grow at 6 per cent a year for another 15 years, more than doubling its economy and sustaining its appetite for Canadian goods”

So what jobs are available within the next 15 years or before China’s appetite for imports resumes?

Canada’s Job Bank has the official answers. -

From the private sector, Canadian Business lists the Top 100 jobs -

“We are seeing some positive signs for Canadian job seekers, with overall employment in the country surpassing 18 million for the first time,” said Michelle Dunnill, Manpower Area Manager for Toronto. “Employment in natural resources continues its downward trend, particularly in Alberta. However, we expect modest gains overall in the coming quarter, led by stronger growth in the transportation, construction and manufacturing – durables sectors.”

Increased hiring is predicted in the following industries according to Workopolis.

Industries predicting increased hiring:

Manufacturing – Durable Goods [View jobs]
Public Administration [View jobs]
Transportation & Public Utilities [View jobs]
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate [View jobs]
Wholesale & Retail Trade [View jobs]

Foreign Workers

Businesses recruiting from overseas for these top jobs need to comply with the rules in place for foreign workers.

Generally, Canadian employers intending to recruit and employ foreign workers must get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire a foreign worker -

An LMIA is a document from Employment and Social Development Canada/Service Canada that allows an employer to hire a foreign worker through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.  After LMIA  approval a foreign worker meeting the requirement must apply for a work permit.

Not all foreign workers, however,  need a permit to work in Canada.-

For those that need to apply and obtain a work permit, the employer must comply with foreign worker recruitment. -

As stated on Canada’s official website – “The LMIA must be valid on the date the application is received at the embassy. OR Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) (offer of employment ID number or IMM 5802) with proof of payment by the employer (receipt number).

The employer should provide it to the foreign worker being offered employment with eEvidence of exemption from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if applicable. NOTE: The above is not required if you are applying for an Open work permit.

Applying for Canadian Work Permit OUTSIDE Canada

Are You Eligible for a Canadian Work Permit

Even if you have an Employer willing and able to comply with the recruitment procedures, you – as the applicant must also meet specific requirements:

Eligibility requirements

No matter where you apply, you must:

Role of the Philippine Government

Filipino professionals and skilled workers with qualified employers abroad need to comply with the law, rules and regulations regarding Overseas Employment as implemented by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Whether applying or being recruited directly (called direct or name hire) or going through a licensed recruitment agency in good standing the OFW or OFW-to be, must have the job offer and other documents of the employer verified and accredited by the appropriate Philippine Overseas Labor Officer with jurisdiction over the Canadian employer’s place of business (where the OFW will work).  Click this link for POLO info -

Work Permit Processing Times. After submitting the complete application, here's what happens next -

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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