A Canadian employer is required to hire locally and only when there are no available Canadians or residents for the job could they recruit from overseas. The top 10 in-demand occupations locally and 11 occupations from overseas are shown here.
What occupations are in demand in Canada for 2018 and what jobs are being offered to workers overseas?
A recent research by human resources giant Randstad shows 10 occupations that Canadian employers need – preferably those who are citizens or lawful permanent residents in the country.
Getting workers or professionals already in Canada saves employers time and money in recruitment. Therefore, foreign nationals who are in Canada as temporary workers or international students get the edge since they can immediately arrange for personal interview for an essmployer with urgent need for a specific job.
The top 10 most sought after jobs across Canada and across a variety of industries in terms of sheer volume of wanted ads” are:
What Canada needs from overseas
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) lists the following occupations as the most in-demand by Canadian employers. Since they could not fill it up locally, they rely on agencies to recruit qualified overseas applicants.,
As of March 5, 2018, the following jobs are open to foreign workers but only after the Canadian employer has obtained the Labor Market Impact Assessment from the Canadian government confirming the existence of the need, the unavailability of Canadian workers, prevailing wages offered which in turn must have been verified and accredited by the designated Philippine Labor Attache.
JOB ORDERS FOR CANADA, BY OCCUPATION.
It is clear that the in-demand occupations in Canada are not the same occupations with approved job orders by licensed recruitment agencies with POEA.
Twenty-five of the approved job orders are for Caregivers. Please note that Caregivers no longer required to be live-in. Employers in Canada intending to hire foreign caregivers must go through the regular work permit processing for Temporary Workers.
Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) specifically instructs that the “Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is closed to new applicants. If you don’t already have a LCP work permit and would like to work as a caregiver in Canada, you must apply for a regular work permit.”
Therefore, a Canadian employer apply for and obtain Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before you can apply for the work permit.
IRCC explains that a “Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document from the Employment and Social Development Canada that an employer in Canada needs to get before hiring a foreign worker.”
A positive LMIA will show that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job. It will also show that no Canadian worker is available to do the job. A positive LMIA is sometimes called a confirmation letter.
The POEA’s approved job orders for Canada through various licensed recruitment agencies (LRAs) list the number of workers needed by each Canadian employer (that licensed agency must have registered with the POEA).
There are 68 categories of approved job orders obtained by LRAs and from this list, 11 are listed as “Open” meaning the employer has an unlimited need for the occupation listed:
Interested applicants must call up the POEA and verify if the agency advertising the “Open” positions is in good standing and if the job order remains open or already filled.