Work in Canada

What if you could work while enjoying Canada?

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Canada is the perfect country to work for a season, probably a long one, to study a course or improve your English. Its landscapes, friendly people, and high quality of life, combined with its growing job market and wide range of educational offerings, have put Canada in the spotlight for anyone looking for a new adventure. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know to work in Canada!

Advantages of working in Canada

  • In Canada, you can work legally if you come with a work visa or take courses that allow you to study and work at the same time, such as university degrees, diplomas, and Co-op (a vocational training course that includes half theory and half practical work, usually paid).
  • With the Work and Holiday visa, you can work full time.
  • If you come to do a vocational training course, you can work part-time during the course and full-time during vacation periods. Unfortunately, this does not include English courses, so if your idea is to come to study the language, you will not be able to work legally.
  • If you study a minimum of eight months in the country at a public college or any institution in the state of Quebec, you can apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit, which will allow you to stay and work legally in Canada after completing your studies. Completing 2 years of higher education, you can access this visa with a duration of 2 or even 3 years.
  • In Canada, it is possible to obtain permanent residency after completing your higher studies and gaining some work experience in the country.
  • Finding a job in Canada is easy. There are thousands of different opportunities, and the unemployment rate is very low, only 5.6%. In 2019, the economy grew by 2%, and although due to the Covid-19 crisis, the unemployment rate in May 2020 was 13.7%, Canada is recovering quickly, with an unemployment rate of 8.9%, very close to its pre-pandemic numbers.
  • If you want to stay and work in Canada for a long season, it is quite likely that you can get a company to sponsor you.
  • Canada is considered one of the countries with the best quality of life in the world, making it a great option if you are looking to grow professionally and personally.
  • Thanks to its thriving and robust economy, Canada welcomes a large number of skilled immigrants every year to fill its growing number of job vacancies in all sectors.


What requirements do I need to work in Canada?

To work in Canada, like in any other country, you will need to meet a series of basic requirements. But don’t worry, they are nothing out of the ordinary!

Obtain a work visa

If you want to make your dream of working in Canada come true, you can do so with one of the following visas:


Student Visa

The best way to combine studying and working in Canada is to come with a student visa and take a Vocational Training course, such as a Diploma with Co-Op (which means it includes a practical part) or a university degree.

If you choose a course without Co-Op, you can work 20 hours a week during the class period and 40 hours during vacations.

And if you choose a course with Co-Op, you can work 20 hours per week during the theoretical block of the course and 40 hours per week during the practical block and vacations.

Do you want to know which courses allow you to study and work in Canada? Click here.

To apply for the student visa and have the opportunity to work in the meantime, you need to meet two requirements: enroll in a vocational training course (with or without Co-Op) that lasts at least 6 months.

However, if you come to study a language course, you will not be able to work legally.

Do you want to know more about studying a vocational training course in Canada and all its advantages? Click here.

If you meet these requirements, applying for a student visa is very simple, although somewhat elaborate. You will only need to enroll in the course, demonstrate that you have $883 CAD saved for each month of the course, obtain an acceptance letter from the government, and pay the visa fees ($150 CAD).

If you find it too much paperwork to get, don’t worry. You can contact us, and we will take care of everything. At Dingoos, we will advise you to choose the course that best suits you and carry out all the registration procedures. Additionally, thanks to our Department of Experts in Canadian Visas, you can enjoy the free service of assistance in collecting and processing your student visa so that it is successfully approved, and you can come to study and work in Canada without worrying about anything. Also, if you prefer, you will have the option for us to refer you to an immigration lawyer to process your visa.


Post-Graduation Work Permit

With this visa, you can work in Canada once you have completed your studies in the country.

To apply, you must have studied a minimum of 8 months in a vocational training course (Co-Op) at an authorized public college. Keep in mind that the duration of this visa is equivalent to the duration of your studies, except in the case that you have completed more than 2 years of studies in Canada. In this case, your Post-Graduation Work Study Visa can have a duration of up to 3 years.

You can apply for this visa up to 90 days after completing the course.


Work and Holiday Visa

If you want to combine travel, study, and work in Canada, the Work and Holiday visa is for you. With this visa, you can live in Canada for a year and study for a maximum of 6 months.

To be able to apply, you must be between 18 and 35 years old, have $2500 CAD in your bank account, and have not applied for this permit before (it’s a once in a lifetime experience!). In addition, you will need to have a passport valid for at least one year, your updated resume in English, a passport photo, a medical examination, and sometimes, you may be asked for your criminal record.

The Work and Holiday Visa is difficult to obtain, as they give a limited number of visas each year, and the allocation is made through a draw in which you can participate by registering in the pool (basically a website where you register so that the Canadian government has a database of all the people who want to apply for the visa).

The mechanics of the contest are simple and exciting. Between August and September, the Canadian government randomly sends invitations to a limited number of registered users in the pool to apply for the Working Holiday Visa. When all available applications are completed and approved, the draw ends.

If you don’t want to leave your fate to luck, the best option is to contact us and start the procedures to come to Canada with a student visa. It is very easy to obtain, there is no limit to places, and at Dingoos, we take care of everything, so you only have to worry about having a good farewell party.


Express Entry

So far we have seen the visa options for coming to study and work in Canada. Luckily, this country is full of job opportunities, so the Canadian government has designed a series of programs focused exclusively on helping qualified international workers who want to migrate to Canada temporarily or permanently.

To manage this type of visa and the residency applications of international workers, the Canadian government has created the Express Entry system.

The Express Entry system divides workers into three categories based on their education, level of English, and work experience.

The three categories you can apply for are:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program: For professionals with specialized studies in specific areas, such as engineers, doctors, and architects. Applicants will need to have at least 1 year of experience in a qualified job, a CLB 7 level in English or French, a certificate of studies, and sufficient funds to support themselves for the first few months in Canada.
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program: This permit can be requested by international workers with certified experience in various trades. This includes builders, masons, miners, carpenters, etc. To apply for the program, it is necessary to have a job offer from a Canadian company, have at least 24 months of work experience in the last five years, and a good level of English or French.
  • Canadian Experience Class: is ideal for people who are working or have worked in Canada and want to stay permanently in the country. It falls within the Experience Class, and to apply for this visa, you will need to have worked in Canada for at least 1 year, have certificates demonstrating your work experience, and demonstrate a good command of the language.

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    Be at least 18 years old

    To obtain a visa and work in Canada, you need to be 18 years old or older.

    Have health insurance in your name

    To apply for any visa or work permit in Canada, it is mandatory to take out health insurance that covers your entire stay in Canada. Medical expenses can be very high, and in the event that something happens, you will be glad you did.

    Also, having health insurance will guarantee you the best 24-hour medical assistance in case of an accident, and it will also cover other incidents that may arise when traveling, such as lost luggage, flight cancellations, dental emergencies, or repatriations in case of serious illnesses or death.

    There is a wide variety of insurance companies, many of them international, and different policies. We recommend that you research and look for the one that offers the services that best suit your travel plan.

    Have a Canadian bank account

    If you are going to work in Canada for a while, we recommend opening a bank account upon your arrival. This will make many procedures and arrangements easier for you. In addition, most companies pay their employees’ salaries through a bank transfer. If you come with Dingoos, we will help you open your bank account even before you arrive, so you can access your money as soon as you set foot in Canada.

    Is having a high level of English a requirement?

    Working in Canada will be much easier for you if you have a good level of English. Even if you are looking to work in non-qualified sectors, it is very important that you can speak and understand the language well, as this will facilitate your communication with your employers and clients.

    Keep in mind that to access many qualified job opportunities, you will need to provide a certificate that certifies your level of English. If you don’t have it yet, it’s best to come a few months earlier to study an English course and get your certificate in Canada. This way you can start getting to know the country and everything it offers more calmly. After finishing the English course, you will feel much more confident to go for the job of your dreams.

    In addition, with just a few weeks in Canada, your English will improve significantly, as most of your day-to-day life will be in this language, and there is no better teacher than necessity and enthusiasm. And if you need a boost, it’s best to look for accommodation with a family or in a shared flat with people who don’t speak Spanish. Laughter and English are guaranteed.

    What are the salaries like in Canada?

    Canada has high wages, which vary greatly depending on the state you are in or the job you do.

    The minimum wage in Canada in 2023 can range from $14.15 CAD to $15.55 CAD depending on the Canadian state in which you work. So if you are working part-time, 20 hours a week, your monthly salary will be between $1,132 CAD and $1,244 CAD.

    To find out how much money you can earn in Canada, you can visit the Job Bank website to see the salaries that a Canadian student can earn depending on the sector and role you are going to work in.

    It is also interesting to know the average annual salary. In 2023, the average salary of a worker in Canada was $94,332 CAD. This is equivalent to 12 payments of $7,861 CAD.

    Qualified jobs that require professional training and a good level of English are better paid. If this is your case, you can earn between $24 CAD and $60 CAD per hour, depending on the position and your responsibilities.

    Want to know more about Canada?

    Keep reading and discover everything you need to know about studying, living, and visa types in Canada.


    We want you to get to know Canada. That's why we tell you about its main characteristics, what its cities are like, and some curiosities about the country that will not leave you indifferent. Let's go Canada!

    Studying in Canada

    If you are thinking of living abroad for a while to improve your English, deepen your studies, and perhaps perfect or learn some skill while experiencing life outside your comfort zone, we have the destination for you: Canada!

    Living in Canada

    Canada is one of the countries with the best quality of life in the world. Its landscapes will leave you speechless and the closeness of its people, known worldwide, will draw a smile that will be difficult to erase during your stay in the country. Are you ready to live the Canadian dream?

    Types of visas

    There are many visas that allow you to stay in Canada, and at Dingoos we know them all. That's why we'll be delighted to advise you so that you can choose the visa that suits you best. And we also help you with all the visa procedures for free so you don't have to worry about anything.

    What are the most demanded jobs in Canada?

    In Canada, job offers are very varied, so you will easily find one that suits your experience, qualifications, and level of English.



    If you like the world of coffee and customer service, working as a barista in a Canadian café or hotel is a good opportunity for you. It requires a basic level of English, and chatting with customers will improve your language skills almost without you realizing it while you perfect your art of preparing lattes, cappuccinos, and other coffee varieties.



    Working as a waiter is a very good option to start making money and get comfortable with English as soon as you arrive in Canada. The salary is not among the highest, but you should keep in mind that you will also receive tips, which are mandatory in the country and are between 10% and 15% of the bill.


    Sous Chef

    Being a kitchen assistant is for you if you enjoy the world of gastronomy and the noble art of preparing delicious dishes. Prep cook or line cook positions are perfect for gaining experience and learning how a kitchen operates, as you will perform the most basic and routine tasks, such as cutting ingredients or preparing sauces.

    All the world’s great chefs started out as kitchen assistants, so if that’s your dream, this job is ideal for you.


    Pastry Chef

    If you are passionate about sweets and already have training and experience in the world of pastry, in Canada, you can look for work as a pastry chef. In this job, you will be responsible for preparing sweet dishes, desserts, cakes, pastries, and other bakery products, so it is essential that you know how a kitchen works and feel comfortable in that environment.



    If you enjoy customer service, consider working as a host in Canada. Your job will be to ensure the well-being and satisfaction of all the customers who come to the hotel or restaurant. You will have to welcome them, seat them, manage phone reservations, and conduct phone interviews with your customers to assess their satisfaction.


    Front Desk Attendant

    Trabajar en Canadá como front desk attendant, ayudante de recepción, te permitirá practicar mucho inglés y estar en contacto directo con los clientes del hotel. En este puesto trabajarás bajo la supervisión del jefe de recepción y necesitarás tener unas buenas dotes de atención al cliente.


    Cleaning and Maintenance

    A very common way to take your first steps in Canada is as a house person, which is the cleaning and maintenance staff responsible for ensuring that everything is clean and in order.

    In this type of job, you will have to take care of cleaning common areas and perform basic maintenance tasks, such as changing a light bulb.



    If you are passionate about the hospitality industry and dealing with people, you can start your journey in Canada by working as a receptionist in a hotel.

    As a front desk agent, you will be the first person the hotel’s guests have contact with, so you will need a good level of English. It is also highly regarded if you know other languages, such as French, as this will allow you to give a warm welcome to people from all over the world. The shifts are very varied, and you can work on a night, day, or 24-hour shift.


    Housekeeping Supervisor

    If you are a very organized and methodical person, you can access the position of housekeeping supervisor, one of the most valued positions in Canadian hotels.

    As housekeeping leadership, you will have to supervise the work of the housekeeping staff. The working hours are usually very good, the salary is high, and the job opportunities are excellent.


    Delivery Driver

    If you have just arrived in Canada and want to start earning money and improve your English, try looking for a delivery driver job. They are easy to get, the hours are very flexible, and they don’t require much English.

    It’s perfect for covering your stay in Canada without complicating your life too much and adapting 100% to your studies.


    Au Pair

    If you enjoy spending time with children and want to learn English quickly, coming to Canada as an au pair is a great option.

    Also, by living with Canadian families, you will learn a lot about the local culture and save on accommodation and food expenses, as everything is usually included.

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    How to Work in Canada? Steps to Follow:

    Decided to take the plunge and come to work in Canada? Great. Keep reading and we’ll tell you how to make it happen.

    Step 1: Contact Dingoos

    When you decide to come and work in Canada, many doubts arise, and Dingoos will be by your side at all times to resolve them.

    There are many options and a lot of information coming at you from all sides, and we have already done the work of digesting and understanding it well to offer you the programs that best suit your needs.

    Our Dingoos team specializes in handling all the necessary procedures that separate you from your dream of working and studying in Canada.

    By contacting us, we will assign one of our Dingoos guides to your case, so you can tell them exactly what you want. They will be responsible for finding the opportunities that best suit you and carrying out the necessary procedures to make it happen.

    Step 2: Choose your destination city

    Once you contact us, your Dingoos guide will help you decide which city to go to, showing you the pros and cons, such as job opportunities, lifestyle, or universities.

    Step 3: Apply for your visa and work permit in Canada

    At Dingoos, we have a Visa Department made up of our Canada Visa Experts. They will help you with all the paperwork and documentation preparation and apply for the necessary permits to the Canadian Immigration Department completely free of charge. You will also have the option of being referred to an immigration lawyer to apply for your student visa and any permits you may need if you prefer.

    Step 4: Customize your resume to the Canadian style

    One of the essentials to start job hunting and find work in Canada is to have a CV adapted to the Canadian style. At Dingoos, we help you create and customize it so that your resume stands out among other candidates.

    Step 5: Next stop: Canada

    Ready for everything? The time has come to travel to Canada! You are about to embark on an adventure that will change your life forever. Pack your suitcase, get your plane tickets, say goodbye to your loved ones, and keep reading!

    Step 6: Open your bank account in Canada

    In order for your future employers to deposit your salary, you will need a bank account. It can be a bit daunting when you don’t know much about the country’s banks, which is why at Dingoos, we will take care of opening an account for you, even before you set foot in Canadian territory. This way, you can transfer money from your Spanish account, and as soon as you land, you can use it for your first purchases.

    Step 7: Find a job

    The fun begins! There are two ways to find a job in Canada.

    If you have a good appearance and little shyness, you can select companies you like and go directly to the manager to submit your resume.

    On the other hand, the digital age makes things much easier for us, and you can also access many job offers through different platforms or by directly visiting company websites.


    Job Search Websites

    Although the best way to find a job in Canada is through networking (meeting people who can recommend you for a job), employment platforms also work very well, where you can create your profile and upload your CV to apply for different job positions.

    Some websites for finding jobs in Canada are:


    Facebook Groups for Finding Jobs in Canada

    Facebook is another great option for job hunting. To do this, you can join groups created by people in similar situations where everyone tries to help each other out:

    Step 8: Work and Enjoy your experience in Canada

    If you’ve made it this far, you’re already in Canada, working and living the adventure of your life.

    From now on, your plan will be to enjoy, make money, and make the most of all the opportunities that Canada offers. Congratulations!

    Remember that along with all your new rights and freedoms, come some obligations. For example, not working illegally. Canadian authorities are very strict about this, and if they detect any irregularities, they can expel you from the country and deny you entry in the future.

    How does Dingoos help you?

    If you want to come and work and study in Canada and want to get rid of all the stressful paperwork, contact us. At Dingoos, we provide you with free and personalized advice. We will help you choose a city, open your bank account, process your visa, and many more services designed to make your life in Canada much easier and more comfortable.


    Dingoos Work Workshop

    Also, if you are a little overwhelmed at the moment of having to find a job in Canada, we have created the Dingoos Work Workshop.

    In this workshop, we will give you specific and actionable information on how to find a job, we will solve any doubts or problems you may have when looking for a job, and we will give you all the keys to make you feel very comfortable in the Canadian work environment.

    Do you want to work in another country?

    Keep reading and find out everything you need to know to work in Australia, Ireland, and Malta.

    Working in Australia

    Australia is a very safe country, with unstoppable economic growth for over 25 years, and there are plenty of opportunities and advantages for those who want to come and grow professionally and personally.

    Working in Ireland

    In Ireland, you can work legally while studying, making it the perfect destination for those who, in addition to knowledge, want to add some work experience to their CV, or simply earn money to cover their expenses.

    Working in Malta

    Malta has a strong tourism industry and one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, so finding work quickly will not be a problem. This way, you can earn money to cover your expenses while living on this beautiful island.

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