Work advantages of studying in Canada

by Basma Ihmaidan
Share this:

Studying in Canada gives you great working opportunities for you and your family. This article will explain to you what these opportunities are.

Throughout this article, you will learn about the advantages and benefits that only a country like Canada can give you.

Personal Development

If you invest in your education, you may become in a highly-qualified professional able to get a well-paid job. This is one of the outcomes of having excellent economic stability as the one from Canada.

If you are a newcomer, you must study in a language school of either English or French. Having a complete fluency of any of those languages will be a key point in order to move forward in becoming a qualified professional.

¿Did you know that Colleges and Universities in Canada offer study & work programs for international students? Yes, they do! Canada allows you to work part-time while you are enrolled in one of these programs. Later I will explain to you what this is about. ¡Keep reading!

Quality of life

Canada is considered by UN as one of the 10 best countries to live. Its conditions increase their people’s quality of life and education. Moreover, Canada is considered the fifth happiest country in the world because of the excellent living conditions provided to its inhabitants.

Canada is a country with lots to offer to its people, such as:

A free health and education system to all its residents and citizens.
Excellent economic stability with low inflation and unemployment levels
6 of every 10 families in Canada own their homes
40% of young people over 25 are professionals.

Not bad, right? ¡That’s not all! Discover some other advantages that you will get while in Canada.

Canada is one of the safest countries in the world, with one of the lowest rates of crime and violence on the planet, these facts are one of the most important aspects for professionals that want to settle in Canada with their families because it offers a great quality of life to its inhabitants.

Peace of mind for you and your family

Canada is one of the safest countries in the world, with one of the lowest rates of crime and violence on the planet, these facts are one of the most important aspects for professionals that want to settle in Canada with their families because it offers a great quality of life to its inhabitants.

Working Part-time and Full-time (CO-OP)

As an international student enrolled in a career program, the Canadian Government allows you to work 20 hours per week, and at the end of it, you will have the opportunity to work full-time. In the next section, you will find how to apply for either one of these options.

Working Part-time

If you are enrolled in a career program in either a College or University, Canadian Government allows you to work 20 hours per week, this will give you the possibility to earn some income in Canada while studying.

Furthermore, at the end of your career, you will have the possibility to work full-time. Below you will find how you can apply for this option.

Working Full-time (CO-OP)

If you are a student who has completed a career program with CO-OP, you have the right to do a paid internship.

This option allows you to work full-time in any business, ¿for how long? For a maximum amount of time equivalent to the length of your studies.

For instance, if your program lasted for 1 year, CO-OP will allow you to work for 1 year. In Public Education Institutions you have up to 6 months to finish your internship or CO-OP.

One of the most important aspects is that every internship and CO-OP is fully supervised by your College or University, this will guarantee that your job position will be related to your career program.

This is not everything. If you want to extend your stay in Canada, you have the possibility to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). Below you will find what this is about.

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Once you finish your studies at a Public College or University, you will have a 90-days period to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) which allows you to get an open work permit valid up to 3 years.

This permit is exclusive for international students who have graduated from an educational institution in Canada and it will allow them to continue working for a maximum of 3 years. This permit will allow you to extend your stay in Canada, moving you closer to getting the permanent residency (PR)

Visa and Work Permit for the student’s spouse

If you are currently enrolled in a career program at any Public College or University, Canadian Government may grant your spouse an Open Work Permit. This is a great benefit for those couples that look forward to settling down in Canada.

Your children can have free access to the Canadian education system

If you have children, many higher education programs in public institutions give you the right to have free access to public education for your children aged 5 to 18 (certain conditions may apply depending on the province).

Opportunities in the Canadian labour market

Canada welcomes around 250 thousand immigrants each year, this shows how interested they are in receiving trained professionals and building a better workforce. By 2021, Canada expects to increase this number to 350 thousand immigrants.

Canada has adapted its immigration system to the demographic, productive and economic needs of the country considering that it seeks to attract qualified young people who want to settle in the country and thus be able to replace the labour force who is retiring.

What is the minimum wage in Canada?

The minimum wage in Canada as opposed to other countries is not calculated on a monthly basis, but per hours.

The hourly salary depends on the region and can vary by up to CAD $3, and is around CAD $10,70 with a maximum of CAD $14.

How much can a Professional earn in Canada?

Professional jobs in Canada require people with English proficiency and a Higher-education degree. Salaries vary and may start from CAD $18 up to CAD $50 per hour.

What are the most in demand jobs in 2019?

One of the most important decisions you can make is to invest in your own education. In Canada, usually, this is a key point for an international student or newcomer considering that the greater their education level is, the better their quality of life and income they get.

Below you will find a list of some of the most demanded jobs in Canada according to the Recruitment Agency Randstand:

  1. General labourer
  2. Sales representative
  3. Accountant
  4. Eng. Project Manager
  5. Business Analyst
  6. Customer Service Representative
  7. IT Project Manager
  8. Account Manager
  9. Software Engineer
  10. Forklift Operator

Cultural diversity

Cultural diversity is one of the most prominent characteristics in which Canada stands out. Many immigrants have come to Canada to reach their goals so you may run into people from many different places.

Explore different cultures and all they have to offer, starting from knowledge to traditional foods dishes. The Government respects and promotes the support for those newcomers that can contribute to the country.

Possibility to apply for a Permanent Residence (PR)

If you are a federally qualified worker in one of the 347 occupational fields, you may be eligible to apply for a Permanent Residence. You must have a study degree, working experience, be within the suggested age range and proper language skills according to the conditions established by the accelerated immigration system.

These are some of the advantages that you will get while studying in Canada and you access them without any restriction. If you are currently studying and your goal is to work in Canada but still don’t know where to start, we invite you to download our guide: Quick Guide on How to Work in Canada.

Share this: