Find a Job
Ontario has a strong economy and many opportunities to offer newcomers. But finding a job takes hard work. It can also take time. It’s a good idea to prepare for your job search before you leave for Ontario. Getting ready for interviews, improving your English or French language skills, and getting in touch with a possible mentor all may help in finding a job.
This section connects you to sites where you can learn about job search strategies and get tools and resources to help. You can also browse through job listings and training opportunities. These links may be worth a look before you come to Ontario, and will definitely help once you’re here.
Don’t forget that to work in Canada you need a Social Insurance Number.
Finding a Job
Employment Ontario Information and Services for Job Seekers – Employment related services are available across the province. You can get employment counselling services, skills development information, apprenticeship training in a skilled trade and financial support. Use this link to learn more about each of the services available to you and find out how to access services in your community.
Visit Job Bank to obtain information and referrals to help you prepare to work, specific to where you live (or plan to live) in Canada.
The Best Employers for New Canadians competition is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.
Employment Ontario Employment Service – An Ontario Government employment support program.
Finding work in Ontario as a newcomer – information to read before you arrive.
The Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) provides clear descriptions of the Essential Skills used in occupations in Ontario, as well as important work habits employers expect you to have.
Finding a job
Learn about the extra skills that Canadian employers want from their workers. To read more, select your language from the drop-down menu above. Information provided by Settlement.org
Temporary Work in Ontario
Rights of workers in Ontario
See our Rights at Work page.
You can also read about Rights for workers employed by temporary placement agencies.
Professions and Trades
See the Work In Your Profession section.
Finding an Internship
What is an internship?
An internship is an opportunity to gain work experience in your field of expertise through a temporary position. The Ontario Public Service (OPS) offers an Internship for Internationally Trained Professionals, which is an opportunity for newcomers to gain six months’ paid work experience in a variety of fields, from accounting to communications to environmental sciences.
A sample of sites that list job openings
The Government of Canada’s Job Bank - job postings and more.
SkillsInternational.ca - a job matching service that unites pre-screened, internationally educated professionals with employers who need their skills.
waterlootechjobs.com - a job portal for Waterloo Region's technology companies.
The PetriDish - Canadian bio-economy careers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Toronto’s is a major North-American centre for the financial services industry with many jobs that could use your skills and experience. Career Advisor, an interactive website developed by the Toronto Financial Services Alliance can help you access an in-demand career in the financial services sector.
Other general job banks
Canadian job search engines
Learn more about the range of employment and career counselling services available to you, and find out how to access services in your community. For more information, call the Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656.