One of the most disheartening things I hear about Canadian Immigration is the
stories of families who return to their original country after unsuccessfully
attempting to settle in Canada. One of the main reasons for the
failures, it seems, is that the principal member of the household
that normally supports everyone financially is unable to gain meaningful
employment in their chosen profession or trade.
Many of these stories state that once in Canada it is quickly discovered
that the foreign qualifications do not meet Canadian standards and
so they cannot find employment without extensive retraining. Most
of these cases may have been avoidable if the prospective employment
requirements had been thoroughly researched well in advance of landing.
Canada has an extremely high standard of education and many other
systems simply don’t measure up against theirs – a degree
program is 4 years for instance. So the chances are you will have
to retrain, recertify or normally as a minimum, start again at the
bottom. This may seem crazy but it’s the way it is –
at least once your experience is apparent you may well soon find
yourself rising up the ranks.
When my wife and I moved to Canada I believe we had exceptional
luck, but we had also spent two years thoroughly researching our
respective occupations in the Province of our intended destination.
When I realized that my qualifications would not suffice I had to
make alternative plans and so set about working towards qualifications
that would be attractive to any employer – not just my “niche”.
A first aid at work course run by the St Johns ambulance will only
cost 2 days of your time and around $150.00 and will instantly make
you slightly more attractive to any employer – most Provinces
have Laws requiring employers to train their staff. Being computer
literate with a variety of applications is almost imperative. Anything
that makes you stand out and will reduce the cost and time needed
to train you, will be a massive boost to your Resume. Also, employers
are the same the world over – everyone prefers people who
are keen to self improve and make themselves more employable.
The first step is to decide which Province you wish to settle in
as each has its own educational assessment agencies and occupational
regulators. The Federal application for skilled trades bases your
trade on the National Occupation Classification (NOC) list. However,
some “Red Seal” trades are regulated in such ways that
they transfer between Provinces, but the majority of trades and
professions do not, which means recertification if you ever move.
Once you have an idea whereabouts in Canada you want to settle,
contact the agency that will carryout your educational assessment
and follow their instructions. Once you know what your qualifications
equate to you will have a good point from which to start. Then using
the PROVINCIAL regulators find out exactly where you stand with
regards your intended field of expertise. The International Credential
Assessment Service (ICAS) in Ontario provides a service that evaluates
educational documents to provide a Canadian equivalent that can
be used for employment, immigration or further education. ICAS also
has information and advisory services for all types and levels of
education - elementary, secondary, postsecondary and technical.
I would definitely recommend contacting them well in advance for
some professional advice. You can find the contact details on our
website “Job search” and “Ontario Immigration
assistance” pages on our site.
If you only need to complete a few exams or courses to change over
to the Canadian system then great, if not, make plans so that you
can support yourselves during the time it takes to recertify. Also,
try to make sure that there will be a good chance of employment
available once you’ve qualified.
Definitely have a back up career chosen or identify anything you
could easily cross over into as things rarely work out as you intend.
If you read the “Our Story” page on our Canadian Immigration
information website, you’ll see that events transpired that
meant my Plan A and Plan B both went wrong. Luckily some earlier
research paid off and I managed to “the right job” within
To close this article, DO NOT rely on your settling funds to last
– I would thoroughly recommend working anywhere to start with
– our budget gave us 6 months without work but in reality
we’d have been in trouble in 4!!!! A servers or Bar job can
be very lucrative but even $1,000 a month means that your money
will last longer or help with retraining costs. My wife, Andie,
worked in the local movie store almost straight away and apart from
the money it means you meet people and start making contacts. As
the saying goes “it’s not what you know it’s who
Whatever you decide about your Canadian Immigration adventure,
please ensure you fully research your employability – Onestopimmigration-canada.com
is packed full of great FREE information about Canadian Immigration
and if it’s not on the site, there’ll be a link to the
About the Author:
The author immigrated to Canada in 2003 and has constructed a free
information website http://www.onestopimmigration-canada.com about
Canadian Immigration based on his family’s experiences. This
ever expanding resource covers all aspects of settlement and life
Read more articles by: Dave Lympany
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