Toronto is too big?!! Vancouver is too laid back?!! And ski resort life just won’t do it for you?!! Not to worry, Canada is a big place!
Want to work in Montreal? Perhaps you are after an oil or gas industry career in Calgary or Edmonton. Maybe foreign affairs in one of Ottawa’s many embassies is more what you want. Or maybe you just want to perfect your French in Montreal’s cafes. Each of the cities we cover here has something special to offer and with a little hard work, you are sure to find that job and lifestyle you are after.
NOTE: Consider the seasons when looking for work in each city. If you are looking for casual summer work, there is no point in arriving in July and starting your search. Start your research online and begin sending CVs/Resumes even before you go. Most seasonal employers will begin their summer recruitment drives in March or April if not earler.
See below for further information on jobs in each of these cities.
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Jobs in Montreal
First off, you will need a good level of French for the majority of jobs in Montreal, but if you are considering coming here, you probably already knew that.
If you are looking for a career job, certain industries are still quite big in Montreal, including; aerospace, electronics, software, manufacturing and transportation, not to mention that the Port of Montreal is the largest inland port in the world. Register for our WHC Jobs Kit for more information on large local employers in these industries.
On the other hand, there are casual and seasonal jobs available in hospitality, tourism and retail, not to mention Montreal’s numerous call centres. Again, speaking French will be required for most of these jobs. Un cappuccino s’il vous plaît?
Register for your WHC Jobs Kit for more information on top employers and jobs fairs in Montreal as well as our working holiday job search tool and resume guide.
Jobs in Ottawa
As with the other cities we have mentioned, it will depend on what you want to do on your working holiday. If you are looking for a career job in Ottawa, the IT sector is quite large and there are also jobs in scientific and manufacturing services.
Ottawa being the capital of Canada has many jobs in public administration. In fact, the Federal Government is the largest employer in Ottawa. However, keep in mind that preference for these jobs will be given to Canadian citizens. For these jobs you will also have to go through a screening process, so getting jobs in this area won’t be easy.
If you want casual work, there are plenty of jobs in administration and office temping. You can check out the agencies we have listed below or search for temp agencies on Google. The retail industry is another large employer in Ottawa so this is another place to search.
Just remember that all of these cities are just like any other. They all have cafes, shops, bars, restaurants, offices, building sites, hospitals, and everything else that comes with Western Civilisation. Go with a positive attitude and be as proactive as you can about finding your job – and you will! Easy…
Register for your WHC Jobs Kit for more information on top employers and jobs fairs in Ottawa as well as our working holiday job search tool and resume guide.
Jobs in Calgary
Calgary, like Edmonton, has a stronger jobs market than most other cities right now. You may have noticed on our top job sites below that we have a link for the City of Calgary careers section – that says it all really.
Calgary is also one of the wealthiest cities in Canada, probably due in large part to the discovery of its lucrative oil sands, which come second in size, only to those of Saudi Arabia. So that’s right, you’ve guessed it – the oil and gas industries are where the jobs are. However, keep in mind that many of these jobs will require specialised skills – if you have these, break out the CV!
As with other cities, you will find casual jobs available in retail, bars and restaurants too. The Beltline and 17th Avenue are where most of the partying happens in Calgary so beat the street with your resume and be persistent – you will find a job if you have the right attitude.
Register for your WHC Jobs Kit for more information on top employers and jobs fairs in Calgary as well as our working holiday job search tool and resume guide.
Jobs in Edmonton
Edmonton needs workers! As mentioned in our other sections on Edmonton, it is also known as the Oil Capital of Canada. The skilled workers required for this industry are harder to find and so the city and local government are now looking to fill vacancies by advertising them to foreign migrants and skilled labourers. The largest industry in this city is petrochemicals but keep in mind again that you will need the relevant skills.
That said, there are other job sectors in Edmonton so don’t write it off as a one trick pony. The IT, banking and biotechnology sectors are all doing well and if you are looking for casual work, again, there is retail, hospitality and restaurant or bar work. After all, these miners and engineers still need places to shop, eat, drink and socialise. Try the West Edmonton Mall!
The feedback we have from working holiday makers on the ground in Edmonton is that you won’t be long finding work here – giddy up!
Register for your WHC Jobs Kit for more information on top employers and jobs fairs in Edmonton as well as our working holiday job search tool and resume guide.