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Workers Canada want locally and from overseas

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.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on March 7, 2018; updated March 7, 2018

Workers Canada want locally and from overseas

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:

  1. General laborer - The single most-needed role in Canada right now, in a variety of different jobs, mostly in manufacturing and logistics. Specific duties can range from folding pastry on an assembly line in a food factory to moving heavy loads in a warehouse. Carolyn Levy of Randstad Canada explains large companies usually turn to local staffing agencies.  The hourly pay is usually between $15.90 to $18.39
  2. Sales representative -the second most in-demand permanent jobs paying somewhere between $52,000 to $62,000 annually for junior level positions.
  3. Accountant – demand for this occupation, Randstad says “reflects the renewed health of the financial industry with pay ranges between $63,0000 - #75,000 for mid-level positions.
  4. Engineering project managers – stemming from the federal government’s infrastructure projects and housing programs. Salary range between $74,000 and $92,000.
  5. Business analyst- individuals “who make sure that everyone knows how to actually use – and, ideally, make the most of – that fancy new piece of software the company just adopted.  Because of the need to constantly update and adapt to be competitive or ahead of the game, Business Analysts with background in IT could get anywhere from $73,000 to $87,000.
  6.  Customer service representative – those with experience in customer relationship management have a huge advantage – and a university degree, Randstad explains is often not a requirement.  The pay?  Between $37,000 to $43,000/
  7. IT project manage – those who could “lead teams of developers, analysts and other techies through complex IT projects” could expect annual pay between $92,000 and $114,000.
  8. Account manager- typically senior-level sales representatives usually with a degree or diploma. Salary ranges between $75,000 and $92,000.
  9. Software engineer – this occupation usually requires a technical degree or diploma, and salaries range from $83,000 to $99,000 for mid-level positions.
  10. Forklift operators: believe it or not, the demand for this occupation can be attributed to increased online shoppers.  Therefore, orders must be fulfilled and items are forklifted from giant warehouses to the shipping departments. Currently, hourly pay is between $16.59 and $19.42. 

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.


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:

  1. Caregivers
  2. Welders
  3. Food Service Supervisors
  4. Light Duty Cleaners
  5. Painters
  6. Industrial Mechanics
  7. Robotics Technicians
  8. Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  9. Apiary Workers
  10. Line Cooks
  11. Farm Workers – general

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.

Authors & Contributors

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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