A major reason that hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe are moving to Canada each year is that Canada has jobs! With the world’s 10th largest economy and a GDP of $1.7 trillion, full-time employment in Canada continues to increase. For example, 320,000 full-time jobs in Canada were created during 2019. Canada’s unemployment rate of 5.6% (December 2019) is also one of the lowest in the world. Of course, it certainly doesn’t hurt that Canada is not only next door to the world’s most powerful economy – the United States – but is also America’s #1 trading partner! If you receive a student visa to Canada, you might have an option for Canadian employment after graduation, depending on your education, work experience, job skills, the needs of employers, and other factors.
There is a severe labor shortage in Canada due to many Canadian citizens retiring; a mismatch between the education many Canadians are obtaining and the labor demands of the country for certain high-demand job skills; and Canada’s expanding economy which continues to create thousands of new jobs each month. Therefore, the Canadian government is trying to retain qualified international students to help fill high-demand jobs in Canada. In fact, a 2012 Canadian government report stated that, “international students choosing to remain in Canada after their studies constitute a desirable source of qualified immigrants who are capable of integrating well into Canadian economy and society.”
It should be noted that a full-time international student attending a designated learning institution with a Canadian student visa/study permit may be able to work in Canada, but normally a work permit will also be required. The accompanying spouse/partner of the international student may also be able to apply for an open work permit. Often, however, an international student may be able to work on campus at their school in Canada without a work permit according to certain restrictions. There may also be options available to remain in the country and work long-term after completing an educational program in Canada (depending on the international student’s education, experience, skills, needs of Canadian businesses, and other factors).
Therefore, if you want to study abroad in Canada, you may want to do some research about what job skills are likely to be in high-demand and what educational programs can prepare you for these “hot” jobs in Canada, because you might be able to apply for a temporary work visa (such as an open work permit) or, perhaps, a permanent resident visa to Canada (for example, through the Canadian Experience Class program) after graduation (before your study permit expires).
Canada has excellent job opportunities for those with the right education and experience (remember this when planning on what to study in school). Some examples of high-demand jobs in Canada and their median yearly salaries (2016) include: aerospace engineer ($89,003 CAD); audiologist/speech pathologist ($83,200 CAD); computer engineer ($83,200 CAD); computer systems manager ($100,006 CAD); construction manager ($79,996 CAD); human resources manager ($82,284 CAD); marketing/public relations manager ($83,200 CAD); mechanical engineer ($79,996 CAD); petroleum engineer ($104,000 CAD); psychologist ($83,200 CAD); registered nurse ($74,880 CAD); secondary/high school teacher ($83,200 CAD); software engineer ($90,001 CAD); university professor ($91,998 CAD); urban planner ($86,320 CAD); and veterinarian ($83,990 CAD). Keep in mind that these are examples of median annual salaries (i.e., the middle salary between the highest and lowest) for select jobs in Canada and many factors can affect how much a person earns for Canadian employment (e.g., education, experience, occupation, location, company, etc.).
There are, naturally, many other great Canadian jobs in numerous professions available throughout this amazing country, but these examples are offered to illustrate that Canada has many excellent employment opportunities, particularly for high-demand occupations. So, if you want to receive an excellent international education and also have great opportunities to find Canadian employment after you graduate in a beautiful, multicultural country with a high standard of living that is seeking educated immigrant workers, you should definitely consider moving to Canada for a study abroad program!
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