Canada Has Jobs!
A key reason that approximately 250,000 people from across the globe are applying for a Permanent Resident Visa to Canada each year is that there are jobs in Canada! Canada’s expanding economy, combined with large numbers of Canadian workers retiring, has made this an excellent time to immigrate to Canada for many people. This is because Canada’s government and businesses see the value of addressing growing labor shortages across Canada through Canadian immigration. In other words, Canada has thousands of job vacancies to fill and immigrants want to secure these jobs in Canada. Thus, with much of the world still struggling economically, increasing numbers of skilled foreign workers are thinking about Canada jobs as an attractive option for a better future.
To find out if you are qualified for a Canadian work visa, click here.
Consequently, if you want to work in Canada, this webpage will provide you with helpful information about various types of high-demand jobs Canada has available; samples of recent average salaries for a range of careers in Canada; and other useful information about jobs in Canada. Keep in mind that the better you prepare for Canadian immigration, including how to search for Canadian jobs and actually secure work in Canada, the greater your chances of having a positive Canadian immigration experience.
Jobs Canada Has to Offer
For those looking for work, the good news is that Canada has a range of job openings to fill all across this huge, beautiful country – tens of thousands of them! To better facilitate filling these various jobs, Canada has created different Visa Types that correspond to the major categories of Canadian jobs:
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (for skilled tradespeople, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders and other skilled trades);
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (for high-demand professions that often require having a college or university degree or other advanced training;
- Provincial Nominee Program (similar to the Federal Skilled Trades Program in seeking skilled tradespeople, but with an emphasis on meeting the demands for these trades in particular Canadian provinces where there is a high demand for these occupations);
- Live-in Caregiver Program (for qualified caregivers who will live with and assist the elderly, disabled, children and others who may require full-time care).
In 2011, around 76% of jobs in Canada were in the services field; 13% of Canadian jobs were in the manufacturing sector; 6% of Canada jobs were in the construction industry; 2% of the work in Canada was in agriculture; and 3% of the jobs in Canada were in other areas of the economy.
Canada Jobs Pay Well
Another reason that Canadian immigration is “hot” and attracting hundreds of thousands of foreign workers every year is that jobs in Canada pay well. For example, the median annual salary (i.e., midway between the highest and lowest salaries) in 2015 for various jobs in Canada were as follows:
Aerospace Engineer ($74,880); Air Traffic Controller ($87,360); Audiologist & Speech-Language Pathologist ($81,120); Biologist ($70,720); Chemical Engineer ($76,960); Construction Manager ($75,005); Crane Operator ($62,088); Dental Hygienist ($70,720); Elementary School Teacher ($72,800); Engineering Manager ($94,994); Financial Administrator ($83,990); Financial Analyst ($69,326); Health and Safety Inspector ($70,720); Healthcare Manager ($90,626); Human Resource (HR) Manager ($83,200); Mining and Forestry Manager ($108,805); Pharmacist ($97,760); Power System Operator ($84,198); Psychologist ($76,960); Registered Nurse ($74,672); Sales & Marketing Manager ($79,997); School Principal ($93,995); Secondary/High School Teacher ($76,794); Software Engineer ($85,342); Steamfitter, Pipefitter and Sprinkler System Installer ($69,950); and University Professor ($85,717).
These jobs Canada offers and their median annual salaries are merely a small sample to help illustrate the point that if you want to work in Canada, particularly in a high-demand occupation, the pay and benefits are very competitive with other developed countries, such as the United States.
Canadian Workers Enjoy High Living Standards
Although the US economy is much larger than the Canadian economy, people who live and work in Canada are actually better off in many ways than their American counterparts south of the border.
For example, a November 2015 report by the London-based Legatum Institute states that Canada is ranked #6 in the world for prosperity, compared to the United States which was rated in 11th place on Legatum's 2015 Prosperity Index. As of 2014, the average net worth of Canadian households ($442,130) was among the highest found anywhere around the globe.
In December 2015, TD Economics reported that Canadian workers between the ages of 25-34 (i.e., the "Millennial Generation") also have a higher rate of home ownership than American millennials (i.e., 50% of Canadian millennials own their own homes vs. 36% of the young adults from the Millennial Generation in the USA who are homeowners).
Canadian residents are also entitled to free basic healthcare, while most Americans have to pay for basic healthcare.
The main point is that if you are looking for work, Canada has good paying jobs and offers a very high standard of living. To find out if you qualify to live and work in Canada, click here!