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1. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

Hi All

I am planning a working trip to Canada next year and was wondering if anyone has any advice on finding work once you have arrived in Canada. I know there are programs that you can organise a job before leaving but I found that a bit restricting as to where you can go. So if anyone has any advice on finding work or great towns or cities they have visited while in Canada this would be great.

2. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

What kind of work are you looking for Karlee?

There's a lot in Alberta, in pretty much any industry, and you could really make some good money here to boot!

3. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

I am looking for probably either admin type work, tourism or retail probably or anything fun. I had been thinking of going to Calgary, but was having trouble finding info on it. Good money is always a bonus to.

4. Posted by ovi (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

This might go without saying, but Saskatchewan, despite the efforts made by our province to say otherwise, is really hurting for jobs, so Saskatchewan is probably a no-no -.-
I agree with Delthefunk, you should definitely consider Alberta, most people here go there for jobs :D

5. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

As everyone notes, Alberta will give you the most options and probably the highest pay. If you can find or split the cost of accomodation, then it's easy.

With respect to Ontario, you may find it very difficult to find an administrative job. These jobs are highly competitive for a lot of university grads that can't find anything else to do. However, retail jobs should not be a problem, but they won't pay much.

Lastly, keep in mind that your chances of finding a job drastically decreases if you go in the summer. Retail jobs starting in September are plentiful...

6. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

Hey guys thanks for this information all good to know. I guess I am choosing the wrong time to go cause I want to go just before summer.

7. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 9y


If you go to Calgary it really doesn't matter when you go. Companies here are really desperate for workers.

It seems that many places have downgraded their candidate criteria to "has pulse" ;)

8. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

My note about the summer job shortage was more geared towards Ontario. Fuzzypuppy probably has a good point about Calgary.

Nevertheless, May 1st is essentially the start of the summer season for university and college students. High schools do not get out until mid-late June.

9. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

Edmonton would also be another choice in Alberta. There are tons of jobs and finding one in the summer would definitely not be a problem. Its also cheaper to live then Calgary (if only by a bit). AND Edmonton is absolutely amazing in the summer time. Tons of festivals and the like.

10. Posted by Karlee (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

Hey I hadn't thought of Edmonton, but it looks really nice there. What is the public transport like ?