The Big Decision: Where to live and work in Canada?

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Are you trying to decide where to live and work in Canada? Do you know which region of Canada has the best job opportunities for you? I have seen a handful of articles and immigration forum postings with titles such as ‘Where is the best place to live in Canada?’ and ‘Best, worst cities to find a job in Canada’. I have also come across many immigration advertisements that boast Canada is ‘desperate for workers’. If you would like to increase the likelihood of finding a job in your particular field, I caution you to go beyond these general sources of information, and here is why:

Canada’s skills mismatch.

In simple terms, a skills mismatch occurs when there is a gap between an individual’s skills and the demands of a particular job market. A great example of a news headline that demonstrates Canada’s skills mismatch is this article from the Globe and Mail: ‘Canada’s labour pain: 1.3 million jobless, but not enough skills‘.

The truth is that various regions of Canada suffer from skills shortages in particular fields, and this is likely to change over time. Consider these two examples:

This Huffington Post article states that Saskatoon Saskatchewan is ‘the place to go,’ because it has the lowest job-seekers-to-jobs ration in the country. However, if you are an oceanographer looking for work in Saskatoon you will be very disappointed – Saskatoon is thousands of kilometers from the nearest ocean.

Likewise, if you are considering Waterloo, Ontario, you may have been dismayed to hear that Canadian tech-giant Blackberry has laid-off workers in recent months. However, these lay-offs are unlikely to impact the civil engineering professor who would like to work at the prestigious University of Waterloo, nor the equine veterinarian who would find themselves surrounded by hundreds of horse farms in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.

For you to choose the right region of Canada for your particular job, in-depth research about the demand for your skills in that region is critical for success. What is happening with your profession in that particular area? Have there been major layoffs? Are there a lot of job postings for your skill-set?

My Canada Plan helps clients to make informed decisions about which regions of Canada would be best for their particular profession. I invite you to get in touch for a free consultation – this information could save you both money and stress as you look for work in Canada.


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