How hard is it to find work in Ontario?

It is not easy to find work in Canada that corresponds with your skills and experience. You need to find out what employers expect, in your specific occupation or industry, in the city where you plan to settle.

The government does not arrange a job for you. They have programs that will help you to find a job, but these programs will not get a job for you. Anyone who tells you that they can guarantee a job is probably selling something and you will find yourself out money, still without a job.

There are many parts of the job search that might be different than what you're used to. In fact, the very idea of having to search for a job may be very foreign to you.

Some professions and trades are regulated by provincial professional regulatory bodies. This means you need a licence.

It can take some time to get a licence, if you were trained outside of Canada. Regulatory bodies might not accept the qualifications you earned outside of Canada, or you might need to get further training or education, or take exams.

You might want to work in a non-regulated job in your field first. This can be a good way to use your skills and get Canadian work experience.

If you thought immigrating to a new country and starting your life over again was going to be easy, think again. The immigration experience can be very fulfilling for you and your family. There are many examples of successful immigrants in Canada. In fact, many of the most successful companies in this country were started by immigrants. But, it is not an easy process, especially in the first few years.

Know what you are getting yourself into. Have a plan of action for your arrival. Prepare, be prepared and know what to expect.

Only then can your immigration experience start with a positive first step when you land.

For More Information

  • Labour Market Information - Information about how information about Canada's labour market can help you with your job search.
  • Evaluate My Credentials - Information about your credentials and links to information about how and why to get them evaluated.
  • Alternative Jobs to Regulated Professions - Get up to 5 alternative jobs (non-regulated employment) for different regulated professions. Read and compare key information about each job. Watch videos of newcomers talking about their experiences of entering and working in an alternative job.
Last updated: November 9, 2015 4001188