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Biotechnology employeeThe National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information. Check it out for the full and official description of this occupation.

Credentials recognition

Finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country and you may need help finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.

It is essential that you research, develop a plan for finding work and understand the specific skill requirements for your occupation. BioTalent Canada’s website includes an overview of the occupations

Canadian biotech companies are mostly small and staff often works in more than one role. However, there are some larger organizations that have specialized positions.

The BioSkills Recognition Program helps internationally trained professionals bridge any gaps and meet Canadian standards. The program will recognize your competencies and connect you with employers within the sector.

You can participate in this program if you are legally authorized to work in Canada and know English fluently. While still in your home country, you can start the process by listing a summary of your competencies, credentials and acquired skills, and once you arrive in Canada, you may be asked to do a practical test observation.

Once your skills are recognized, you will be informed that you are BioReadyTM: that you have demonstrated the required skills for an identified job function and have the needed competencies to work in the Canadian biotech industry. If, for some reason, your skills are not recognized, you will be informed in how to upgrade your skills and join the program afterwards.

You can also take an online course called the BioSynergy Program that helps you integrate into the workplace. The program includes modules on effective communication, building interpersonal relationships, lifelong learning and leadership skills. If you want to have a mentpor, you’ll have the opportunity to access a coaching module.

Credentials assessment services  

If you are planning to enroll in a college or university program to upgrade your skills, contact the institution in which you plan to study and find out the steps you should take and the credential assessment agency you should use.

Make sure not to discount your international education and skills. Try to build on your existing knowledge and skills and explore university and college options thoroughly before deciding. You might be able to have advanced standing, transfer some of your credits and benefit from prior learning assessment options by using your international credentials and experience to gain credit or course exemptions. This way you will complete your program more quickly, without wasting money and repeating the education you already have.

World Education Services (WES)
Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
International Qualifications Assessment Service  – Alberta (IQAS)
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)

To find more organizations and agencies providing credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services click here. You can also visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office for information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help internationally trained workers like you succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.

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Best locations

Biotechnology is an exciting growing field combining biology with technology and engineering. It’s applications in medicine, agriculture and other fields put biotechnologists in high demand.

You can find labour market information related to the biotechnology environment in Canada on Biotalent Canada’s website. It will help you target your job search by knowing the locations and occupations where you can contribute your skills.

Before deciding where you want to settle in Canada, research and find out where there is a higher demand for your area of the profession.

Choosing a City.

Major employers

In Canada, most biotechnology companies are small or medium sized businesses. They are cross-sectoral and may be involved in various stages of product development, like research, clinical and regulatory trials, production, and marketing. Most biotech companies in Canada do suffer from a skills shortage and you can find career opportunities in agriculture, biosciences, environment, health, industrial applications, natural resources, nanotechnology and genomics.

Visit the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers website to check for immigrant-friendly corporations and organizations that you might be interested in. This special designation recognizes Canada’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist newcomers to Canada in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.