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The Top 10 Best Cities to Work in Canada

October 7, 2021BY Dale Carroll

Interested in coming to Canada on a work visa? If you haven’t found an employer yet you may want to use the information below to help you focus your job search. 

Each of the cities below offers some incredible job opportunities, amenities, and work environments. 

Toronto, Ontario

If you are skilled in finance or are a savvy entrepreneur then Toronto might be the place for you. 

It’s known for being Canada’s #1 start-up hub, which means a wealth of opportunity both for those taking advantage of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Entrepreneur Stream and those taking advantage of the employer job offer foreign worker stream. 

Surrey, British Columbia

Surrey is Canada’s third fastest-growing city, and it’s bursting with opportunity. 

The top industries are advanced manufacturing, clean energy, healthcare, education, and agriculture. The city has a booming high-tech sector as well as 8,000 commercial and industrial businesses that play vital roles in worldwide supply chains.

If you’re thinking of starting a business in Surrey then you’ll love being in the heart of the Vancouver metro area, being close to the US border, and getting access to all the amenities that Surrey itself has to offer. 

Montreal, Quebec

You might not think “tech hub” when you think about Quebec, but Montreal has definitely proven itself to be a contender in major STEM industries. Montreal is a leader in the aerospace, electronic goods, pharmaceuticals, software engineering, and telecommunications industries. 

There are a wealth of award-winning employers to choose from within this city. Immigrants who intend to start a new business in Canada will find Montreal offers one of the most business-friendly climates in the nation thanks to low tax rates and plenty of incentives for companies of every stripe.

Langley, British Columbia

Growing employment rates in Langley mean plenty of opportunity for job-seekers around the world. With a median household income of $77,507 the wages are high and the opportunities stable.  

It’s a fantastic small-town environment that you can live in car-free, and when you’re off work you’ll be able to enjoy festivals, local shopping, and a wide variety of restaurants. 

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary offers a wealth of opportunities in the aerospace, energy, financial services, digital media and technology sectors. It’s a thoroughly modern city in a province that’s experiencing some serious skilled labor shortages.

These shortages are serious enough for Alberta to back some fairly aggressive immigration initiatives. There’s never been a better time to apply for one of their programs, or for one of their jobs. 

Vancouver, British Columbia

While the cost of living is high, Vancouver remains one of the most desirable areas in BC to live and work. A diverse economy means there’s a wealth of opportunities in international trade, the film and television industry, manufacturing, tech sector, manufacturing, mining, and more. 

Wages are high and multiple programs exist to get visas into immigrant hands. These programs are competitive but are wide open to certain skilled employees, especially those with competitive degrees in health care and biotech. 

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Oil and gas dominate the opportunity landscape in Saskatoon, though the world’s largest publicly traded uranium company, Cameco, holds its headquarters here. Saskatchewan itself has a wealth of natural resources and this has offered prosperity to many of its residents. There is also a thriving life sciences and biomass industry.

Many immigrants with skills to share will be able to take advantage of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). You don’t have to be in oil and gas to be in-demand: current shortages include social workers, early childhood educators, medical lab technologists, and medical sonographers. 

Kelowna, British Columbia

The top 5 industries in Kelowna are healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agriculture, and tourism. There’s a thriving R&D sector working on any number of technological problems and issues, especially in aviation and defense. 

The city is beautiful and growing fast, and it’s full of beaches, outdoor activities, and a food and wine scene that are pretty hard to beat. 

Brantford, Ontario

Key sectors in Brantford include advanced manufacturing, film and television, food and beverage manufacturing, plastics and rubber products, warehousing, and logistics. The local economy is healthy, with plenty of job opportunities to explore. 

Entrepreneurs might want to give this thriving community a serious look for its convenient location along a major transportation corridor. Right now Brantford is working on a Business Retention and Expansion program 

Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City plays host to Canada’s highest ratio of researchers per capita, all in cutting-edge fields. With 400 laboratories, research centers, and R&D companies to choose from, this city is bursting with exciting opportunities for highly-skilled individuals to seize a wealth of high-paying, challenging jobs.

This city offers a competitive cost of living and tons of services to immigrants that are available right on arrival, including access to housing, welcome services, support for families, French language training, and personalized meetings with employment specialists for spouses on open permits or individuals with temporary work permits who want to find more stable opportunities. 

Which jobs are in-demand in Canada?

Express Entry eligible Federal skilled worker occupations for 2021 include:

  • Senior managers
  • Financial managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Purchasing managers
  • Engineering managers
  • Architecture and science managers
  • Computer and IT managers
  • Educators
  • Fire Fighters
  • Agricultural, horticultural, aquaculture managers
  • Supervisors across many industries
  • Scientists of every stripe
  • Engineers of every stripe
  • Medical professionals of every stripe

There are other occupations you might be surprised to find, like graphic arts technicians, administrative assistants, even bakers. You can get the full list of fast track, in-demand occupations from the Canadian government, here

Are you a skilled employee hoping to immigrate to Canada?

Even if you’re qualified with an in-demand occupation immigration to a new country isn’t easy. Get help from our experienced immigration attorneys. Our attorneys have decades of experience, speak fluent Mandarin and Punjabi, and are committed to helping you find the right path to work, study, obtain permanent residency, or obtain Canadian Citizenship.

Get started by calling our Surrey office at (604) 394-2777 today.

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