Moving to Canada: What documents do you need? What professions are most in demand and what are the best cities to live in Canada?
Canada is considered by many to be the most immigration-friendly country in the world. You may be attracted by its beautiful landscapes, friendly people, fantastic social services, high standard of living, and liberal values. Indeed, freedom, respect for human rights, politeness, political correctness, and a sense for fair play are deeply rooted in Canadian culture. It is no surprise then that Canada consistently ranks highly in global Top 10 lists of best places to live.
If descriptions like this make you long for a move to Canada, read on for some practical advice!
What are the visa requirements for moving to Canada?
To help you with the immigration process, the Canadian government provides and regularly updates all of the key information on their official website. Here you can find guidelines on the immigration application process as well as helpful advice on a wide range of subjects such as how to determine your eligibility, how to have your qualifications recognised, and how to protect yourself from fraud: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/index.asp?_ga=1.68599123.333449816.1457347743
What are the best cities to live in?
This largely depends on your primary motivation for moving to Canada.
If your main goal is to find a job, then – in addition to the capital city, Ottawa – you should consider Estevan, the city with the lowest rate of unemployment.
However, there are a number of other factors that may influence your choice. To help you with your decision, financial advice website MoneySense has created an extremely helpful chart of 209 Canadian cities, measuring and comparing their quality of life. Their interactive table lets you rank cities by category such as ‘low unemployment’, ‘low crime’, or ‘strong arts and sports community’: http://www.moneysense.ca/canadas-best-places-to-live-2015-full-ranking/ .
The decisive element in choosing a city is very often the cost of the living. According to Mercer’s 2014 Cost of Living Report, the most expensive cities are Vancouver and Toronto. To get an idea about the general cost of living and the cost of some particular essentials such as accommodation, food, transport in Canada, click here: http://www.expatarrivals.com/canada/cost-of-living-in-canada
What professions are most in demand in Canada?
The Canadian immigration process is very transparent, but it can take quite a long time, especially if you don’t have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer or a contract in hand.
Demand for labour in certain professions is high in Canada, and a considerable number of companies do not have enough manpower.
The following list shows the most in-demand professions in Canada according to Manpower Group:
Retail salespersons and sales clerks
Skilled trade workers
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations
Dental hygienists and dental therapists
Barbers, hairdressers, and beauticians
Couriers and delivery people
Customer service representatives
Food and beverage servers
Advertising, marketing and PR managers
Experience in some of these professions can significantly accelerate the immigration process.
Here is a list of the most popular websites to find a job in Canada:
Canada’s Top 100 Employers: http://www.canadastop100.com/
Career Builder: http://careerbuilder.ca
Career Jet: http://www.careerjet.ca/
Government of Canada Careers: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/index-eng.htm
Headhunters Directory: http://headhuntersdirectory.com/canada.htm
Hot Jobs: http://www.hotjobscanada.ca
Job Bank: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca
Mazemaster – Youth Employment Link: http://www.mazemaster.on.ca/users/jobbank/jobpostings.aspx
Monster Canada: http://www.monster.ca
If you are planning on making the move to Canada, Euspert would like to wish you the best of luck with the job-hunt!