Ultimate Canada Job Hunting Guide

Job Trends - Toronto - Calgary - Vancouver

Since Canada is one of the most targeted destinations to go for by residents around the world, there are literally hundreds of types of work you can keep your eyes on. There are available jobs in all business sectors and the demands are all over. But is it a guarantee that anyone will settle with a job quickly?
Generally, the job market in Canada remains remarkably strong in comparison to the difficulties being experienced south of its border.

Employment grew by 36,000 in April, 2009, the result of an increase in self-employment. Despite this increase, overall employment has fallen by 321,000 since the peak in October 2008. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.0% in April, remaining at its highest level in seven years, with the growth in employment coinciding with an increase in the labor force.

This job growth has been driven by hiring in information, culture and recreation, business, building and other support services, professional/scientific/technical services and agriculture. Employment was unchanged in manufacturing and construction.

All the employment growth observed in April occurred in Quebec (+22,000) and British Columbia (+17,000), while employment declined in Nova Scotia (-4,100) and Newfoundland and Labrador (-2,800). There was little change in the other provinces.

The increase in employment in April was all in full-time work. Overall employment gains for the month were spread between adult men aged 25 and over, and older women aged 55 and over. Since October, employment has declined among men aged 25 to 54 and youths 15 to 24, whereas it has increased among older workers.                                                                 


Forbes Magazine tracked the "World's Most Economically Powerful Cities" and included Toronto in its top ten list.
According to Forbes, powerful cities such as Toronto attract investment due to the size of their economy, their projected future prosperity, cost of living and quality of life. Forbes describes Toronto as lying at the economic heart of one of the world's wealthiest countries, projected to keep humming through 2020.
The other top ten most economically powerful cities identified by Forbes were London, Hong Kong, New York, Tokyo, Chicago, Seoul, Paris, Los Angeles, and Shanghai.
Toronto is Canada's banking/financial capital and home to its principle stock exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Toronto has North America's third largest concentration of private IT companies, bettered only by San Francisco and New York.
In addition to IT and high finance, Ontario's plentiful natural resources, such as hydroelectricity and raw materials have helped Toronto and its surrounding municipalities to become major industrial centers, producing more than 50 percent of Canada's manufactured products.
From the perspective of today's more troubled economic times, Canada's banks never extended themselves as unwisely as some of their American and European counterparts and have relatively strong balance sheets.
Unfortunately, however, Canadian industry has not been immune from the effects of collapsing demand in the United States. The impact of reduced demand is being felt particularly painfully in the manufacturing sector, which has been shedding jobs in 2009 at a higher rate than any other business sector.

Alberta has the lion's share of Canada's oil industry. Its reserves - in the form of oil-sands - are estimated to be twice Saudi Arabia's. Projections in 2006 show a labor shortage of 100,000 workers in the next few years. Calgary is one of Canada's wealthiest cities.
Low taxes have brought many businesses to Calgary. Small businesses in Alberta pay just 16 percent taxes.
Calgary continues to grow rapidly. New housing developments and infrastructure projects abound. The city's building industry is healthy with a good supply of construction jobs. Calgary's unemployment rate is 4 percent, lower than other major Canadian centers. At the beginning of 2009 Calgary's unemployment rate has remained low, despite the credit crunch and lower oil prices. The changes remain to be seen in the future.
The oil industry and its suppliers pay some of the highest salaries in Calgary. The government, universities and schools aren't as generous with their money but offer reasonable salaries and good conditions of employment.
Despite the low unemployment rate, getting well-paid work has proved difficult for many migrants when they first arrive in the city. Many of Calgary's employers seem to look first for a local employee. If they can't find a suitable local employee, employers will consider employing a migrant.
If you have specialist, in-demand skills in the oil and gas industry, you are less likely to have difficulties.
Getting low paid work is easier.
There is no sales tax in Alberta. Shoppers in most of Canada's provinces have to add sales tax to their purchases, ranging from 7 percent in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan to 15 percent in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Alberta and Calgary's public finances are very healthy and the standard of healthcare compares favorably with other parts of Canada.

Top Jobs in Vancouver

Vancouver is poised for significant growth in many sectors. From resource-based industries to construction trades, the future looks bright for job seekers in the Lower Mainland.
Maybe you're a recent high school grad wondering what path to take, or someone already on a career track that is looking for a change. Here is a list of the top jobs that will make up the bulk of tomorrow's new jobs: 

Job openings vary from one city to another across Canada so do know your job target and be in the right city to seek the right job and build your career from there. Knowing what you want and doing by what you’ve always planned will save you quite a lot of stress.

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