Where to Find Jobs in Canada

Last updated: 23 July 2023

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Knowing where to find jobs is a key part of gaining employment in Canada.

Start your Canadian job search on the right foot. Our guide offers a deep dive into job search platforms, useful job search tools, credential recognition, using a job recruiter, and understanding your rights as a worker in Canada.

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    In this detailed guide, we'll provide you with resources and strategies to effectively navigate the Canadian job market as a newcomer. From understanding the landscape of regulated and non-regulated jobs, exploring high-demand sectors, to utilising job search platforms and government resources, we've got you covered. You'll also gain insights into the role of networking in job search, credential recognition procedures, and your rights as a Canadian worker. Additionally, we'll highlight various settlement services that can provide job search support, helping you make a successful transition to your new life in Canada.

    For more information on finding and gaining employment in Canada, visit our dedicated guide for newcomers here

    Where can I find jobs in Canada to apply to?

    Jobs in Canada can be found through a range of methods, that broadly breakdown into four categories:

    • Popular job posting platforms like Indeed, LinkedIn, Workopolis, Google Careers, etc,; and
    • Networking either online (LinkedIn, Email) or offline (finding a mentor, job fairs, networking events, seminars, professional associations, alumni groups, etc.);
    • Working with a recruiter/agency; and
    • Enrolling in a bridging program.

    Read on further to get more detail on these methods, and how to use them.

    How important is networking in the Canadian job market?

    Networking in Canada (as in many countries) is of huge importance, when looking for a job. Not only does networking help your chances in succeeding in interviews, but it can also give you access to the “hidden” job market, wherein individuals looking to hire may contact you even before referring the position to a job posting portal.

    Moreover, however, networking can provide several additional benefits, including:

    • Learning from other’s experiences, particularly those with jobs that you would like to pursue, or who come from similar circumstances to yourself;
    • Gaining insights about hiring, your industry, broad trends;
    • Building and promoting your personal brand;
    • Finding a mentor; and
    • Developing meaningful personal connections.

    Read on further to learn how to network with Canadian employers, both online and offline.

    For more information on networking in Canada, visit our dedicated webpage here

    What online platforms can I use to help me on my job search?

    Most people conducting a job search (even in Canada) will do so online. In this sense, newcomers can benefit from knowing what sites they can visit to get access to public job postings in Canada. 

    Some of the most popular online job search platforms in Canada include:

    • CanadaVisa Job Search Tool: A comprehensive tool that retrieves job postings from both government and private portals.
    • Indeed: A popular job site that collects job postings from various sources, including company websites. You can search for jobs locally or globally and find helpful resources like a resume builder tool.
    • LinkedIn: A networking site where you can find jobs through direct employer listings and connect with professionals in your field. You can create a profile that serves as your resume, share career-related content, and join industry groups for discussions.
    • JobBank.ca: The official job bank maintained and regularly updated by the Canadian government.
    • Magnet: A Canadian non-for-profit that connects workers with opportunities;
    • Workopolis: A job posting site that offers services in both English and French, one of the most popular for job postings in Canada;
    • CareerBuilder: One of the oldest and largest job sites on the internet. It offers a robust search function with filters for location, job title, and pay range. CareerBuilder also provides career advice and resources for job candidates.
    • Glassdoor: A platform where you can search for jobs and read company reviews, salary information, and interview experiences shared by employees. Employers can also use Glassdoor to identify job candidates and promote their companies.
    • Monster: One of the first major job search sites, Monster offers services like resume uploads, networking boards, and company profiles. It operates in over 40 countries and provides a mobile app for job searching.
    • Google for Jobs: Google aggregates job listings from various websites, including some mentioned in this list. You can use Google's search engine to find job openings and see company ratings and salary information.
    • ZipRecruiter: Originally a tool for small businesses, ZipRecruiter now connects job seekers with employers of all sizes using AI technology. Their mobile app allows you to browse and apply for jobs, and you receive notifications when your application is viewed.
    • Ladders: This site focuses on job openings for senior-level professionals and executives. It requires a subscription fee but provides access to vetted job openings with high salaries.

    What industry-specific job search tools can I use to look for jobs in my field?

    Among other websites, some of the most popular industry specific job posting sites in Canada include:

    Arts and Communication:

    • CultureWorks: A job board for the cultural sector administered by the Cultural Human Resources Council.
    • Jeff Gaulin's Job Board: A platform to search for jobs in the journalism and media fields.
    • MediaCareers.ca: Offers listings of marketing, arts, and media jobs in Canada.
    • Media Job Search Canada: Allows users to search for jobs in the media field, post resumes for free, and access a list of media-related companies in Canada.
    • Ontario Association of Art Galleries: Provides listings for job openings in art galleries in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally.


    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools: Enables job search at independent schools across Canada, which are similar to private schools but not-for-profit.
    • Education Employment Opportunities in Ontario: Allows users to search for jobs in the education sector in Ontario and across Canada.
    • University Affairs: Lists job opportunities at post-secondary schools across Canada, including administration, faculty, and research positions.


    • Canadian Forests: Offers a job search for positions across Canada in every branch of the forestry sector.
    • The Greenest Workforce: Allows users to search for jobs or sign up for a job matching service in Canada's forest products industry.


    • CivicJobs.Ca: Provides listings of various job types in many municipalities across Canada.
    • Public Service Commission: The federal government's job posting site, open to individuals legally entitled to work and usually residing in Canada.


    • Dr Careers: Job listings for health professionals from the Canadian Medical Association.
    • Healthcarejobs.ca: Lists various types of healthcare jobs across Canada.
    • RN Careers: A website that lists nursing opportunities at all levels in Ontario.

    Information Technology:

    • ComputerWork.com: Lists IT jobs across Canada.
    • Dice: Provides listings of tech jobs in Canada and the United States.
    • Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS): Offers a job board and resources for Canadian IT professionals.


    • Clear Legal: Provides a listing of jobs for lawyers and law clerks in Canada.
    • TotalLegalJobs: Offers job postings for all types of positions in the legal system.


    • CharityVillage.com: Allows users to search for jobs in the non-profit sector and provides resources for learning about the non-profit sector in Canada.

    Science and Engineering:

    • BioTalent: Allows users to search for jobs and employers in the biotechnology sector, post resumes, and receive job alerts.
    • EngineeringCareers.ca: Enables users to search for engineering jobs in Canada.
    • GoodWorkCanada.ca: Provides job postings and volunteer opportunities in the environmental sector and environmentally related positions in various sectors.

    Websites with Links to More Job Websites:

    • Canada Job Directory: Contains many links to general and occupation-specific job posting sites, as well as lists of placement agencies in Ontario.
    • Many community agencies can help with job searches as well. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "employment services" in your area.

    How can I network online to find jobs to apply to in Canada?

    Networking can have a significant impact on the job search and career growth of newcomers in Canada. It is highly recommended that they explore the power of networking to establish valuable professional connections, uncover hidden job opportunities, and gain insights into their desired industries.

    To make a lasting impression in the virtual networking landscape, newcomers might find it beneficial to invest time in building a strong online presence. Developing an engaging and up-to-date LinkedIn profile that showcases their skills, experiences, and aspirations can attract the attention of potential employers and highlight their unique value. LinkedIn is by far the most popular networking and recruiting platform, and so ensuring a strong presence here can be very beneficial.

    When it comes to expanding their network, newcomers are encouraged to proactively reach out to professionals in their field of interest. By crafting personalized messages that express interest enthusiasm and a desire to learn from experienced individuals; can help newcomers can initiate meaningful conversations that may lead to valuable connections, industry insights, and potential job opportunities.

    Furthermore, attending virtual events, such as webinars and industry-specific online conferences, can also be a valuable networking strategy for newcomers. Engaging in discussions, asking thoughtful questions, and actively participating can help them connect with industry professionals, gain knowledge about current trends, and expand their understanding of the Canadian job market.

    Newcomers may want to explore joining professional associations related to their desired industry. These associations often offer networking events, workshops, and resources that can provide valuable opportunities for career development and connection-building within the industry.

    Considering the power of informational interviews and coffee chats, newcomers might find it worthwhile to reach out to professionals in their desired field and request these interviews. By seeking industry-specific insights, learning about potential job prospects, and establishing connections, newcomers can gain a deeper understanding of their chosen industry and potentially open doors to new opportunities.

    Maintaining professionalism and gratitude can also be key in virtual networking interactions. Following up with a sincere thank-you note or email after networking conversations or meetings can leave a positive impression and reinforce the connections made; further potentially leading to employment opportunities.

    For more information on networking in Canada, visit our dedicated webpage here.

    How can I network offline to find jobs to apply to in Canada?

    Networking offline can be a valuable strategy for newcomers in Canada seeking job opportunities. One effective method is finding a mentor who can provide guidance and insights into the Canadian job market. Connecting with professionals in your field through mentorship programs or personal referrals can offer valuable advice, industry knowledge, and potential job leads—many settlement services in Canada offer mentor services to newcomers.

    Attending job fairs allows you to interact directly with employers and learn about their hiring needs (more on this later). These events provide an opportunity to make a strong impression, distribute your resume, and engage in meaningful conversations with recruiters.

    Specific networking events and seminars specific to your industry offer a platform to connect with professionals, exchange ideas, and expand your network. Often these are organized by professional associations in an industry or sector. Joining professional associations related to your field can provide access to networking events, workshops, and resources tailored to your industry. Finally, exploring alumni groups from your educational institution can help you connect with fellow graduates who may be established professionals in Canada and can offer valuable insights and connections.

    Utilising these offline networking methods, newcomers in Canada can expand their professional network and increase their chances of finding suitable job opportunities, even without having a prior network before arriving in Canada.

    For more information on networking in Canada, visit our dedicated webpage here.

    How can I use a recruiter or hiring agency to find jobs in Canada?

    For newcomers in Canada, utilising the services of a recruiter agency can be a valuable approach to finding job opportunities. Recruiters and the recruiting agencies work to connect job seekers with employers, helping to match skills, qualifications, and experiences with relevant job openings. When engaging with a recruiter agency, it is important to thoroughly research and select reputable agencies that cater to your specific industry or profession. These agencies have extensive networks and deep knowledge of the job market, allowing them to identify suitable positions that align with your background and aspirations.

    Importantly, a recruiter/agency does not receive pay from you upfront—they instead usually receive their pay through commission, that is granted through a percentage of the job seeker’s salary once a candidate is successfully matched with a job. This also does not mean that you (as the jobseeker) will be underpaid: whatever contractual salary agreed upon between employee and employer must be paid in full, with recruiters/agencies receiving their compensation on top of this.

    Working with these professionals offers several advantages. Firstly, they have access to hidden job opportunities that may not be advertised publicly. By tapping into their network and connections, you can gain access to a wider range of job options. Additionally, recruiter agencies often have established relationships with employers and hiring managers, which can enhance your chances of securing interviews and potentially landing a job.

    To begin the process, it is advisable to prepare a well-crafted resume and cover letter that highlight your skills, experiences, and accomplishments. These documents should be tailored to the specific industry or position you are targeting. Submitting your application to the recruiter/agency, along with any supporting documents or portfolio samples, will allow them to assess your qualifications and consider you for relevant job openings.

    To contact recruiters or agencies in Canada, a quick web search for recruiters in your field can yield results. From here, (once you are sure the page is reputable) you can upload your resume and contact the agency online or by phone.

    While using a recruiter agency can be beneficial, it is important to remember that they act as intermediaries between job seekers and employers. It is essential to stay proactive in your job search by simultaneously exploring other avenues such as networking events, online job boards, and direct applications to employers. This multi-faceted approach will increase your chances of finding suitable employment opportunities in Canada.

    What are some key considerations to a good LinkedIn profile in Canada?

    One of the most important things to creating a successful LinkedIn profile for the Canadian job market (if possible) is to emphasise your Canadian experience. This can greatly help increase your chances with employers, as it helps show them you have relevant skills and experience to the role that they are hiring for.

    While this may be the case, many newcomers may not have prior Canadian experience upon entering the job market. In this case, there are universal considerations to having a good LinkedIn profile as a job candidate, that can be broadly applied and followed. Some tips from LinkedIn include:

    • Choosing the right profile picture. This is important as it helps create a first impression of yourself across your LinkedIn profile. Your profile picture should be recent, show what you look like, and cover around 60% of your face. It is also recommended that you wear something that you would normally wear to work, and smile with your eyes;
    • Adding a background photo to your profile will enable it to stand out, engage attention, and remain memorable;
    • Describing your job role with your headline will also help to portray your role more effectively than just a job title. It should include more about why you do what you do, and why it matters to you.
    • Presenting your story through your resume summary; this is your chance to tell your story, rather than just simply listing your background and skills - so make sure to highlight this.;
    • Growing your network, which can be done by synchronising your profile with your email address book, or by following up conversations and meetings with connection requests;
    • Listing relevant skills on your profile, which can help to substantiate your description and provide a platform for endorsements.;
    • Spotlighting the services you offer by filling out the services section of your profile, which can boost visibility in search results;
    • It is also suggested that you take a skills assessment and display the results (voluntarily) on your profile. This can increase your chances of being hired for roles you apply for;
    • Requesting recommendations from people who know your capabilities can help to highlight your skills in a more personal manner;
    • Showcasing your passion for learning by adding a course certificate to your profile will bring a new dimension to your profile;
    • Following relevant influencers in your industry is a good way to get an understanding of the topics and points of view which is generally talked about in the topic;
    • Turning on Creator mode will also help to grow your reach and influence, as will sharing relevant content from your LinkedIn feed, and adding comments; and
    • Publishing long-form content will enable you to start conversations online and establish your opinion and thought-leadership.

    Are there government assistances available for newcomers looking for jobs?

    Canada runs an extensive system of settlement services that help newcomers settle in the country. These services cover a variety of different aspects of life, one of the most important being employment help.

    Depending on both your legal status within the country, and where you reside in Canada, you may be able to avail free newcomer services to help you with:

    • Finding a job;
    • Writing and editing your resume;
    • Free job seminars and mock interviews;
    • Job-specific language training;
    • Networking events, and more.

    For more information on what free settlement services are available to newcomers, and how to avail them, you can visit our settlement services page here. Note that depending on your legal status in Canada, and who is funding the specific services, you may or may not be eligible for these services. Newcomer services funded by the federal government are usually restricted to permanent and some temporary residents, however provincial and municipal services can differ.

    For more information on finding and gaining employment in Canada, visit our dedicated guide for newcomers here.

    For more information on free settlement services for newcomers in Canada, visit our dedicated webpage here.

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