Employment and Business

It may take some time before you can get a job in Canada and it may be different from the job in your home country. Being accepted as a permanent resident of Canada does not guarantee you employment in your preferred profession or any other profession. Newcomers can also face some significant challenges when trying to get a job in Canada. Here are a few things to consider:

Your credentials may not be recognized

Foreign qualifications may need to be assessed in order for you to work in regulated professions. You may have to write an examination or work as a trainee to qualify. For more information:

Credentials Assessment


The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials


Find out more about how to get your credentials assessed.

Your language skills may not be sufficient

Even if you have good language skills in English or French, those skills may not be strong enough to work in your preferred profession.

Most professions and trades require you to be fluent in English or French and to have a strong knowledge of all work-related language. Learning or improving English and/or French (the two official languages in Canada) can benefit you by improving employment opportunities, increasing self-sufficiency, and helping you to integrate and adapt.

Find out how you can improve your English or French language skills for work.

You might need Canadian work experience

Many Canadian employers may prefer you to have experience working in Canada, because they often do not know how to assess education and work experience from other countries. Getting that experience is one of the biggest challenges for newcomers.

Get help finding a job.

Start you own business

You can learn more about starting a business or make an investment in Canada by contacting an immigrant-serving organization near you or by visiting the following websites:

Find out about immigration programs for investors, entrepreneurs and self-employed persons.

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(3880 Grant McConachie Way)
Richmond V7B 1W2 Canada
Phone: 604-270-0077
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