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The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information. The NOC classifies the following human resources occupations in Canada:

Human resources managers
Human resources professionals
Human resources and recruitment officers
Personnel clerks
Other administrative services managers

Credentials recognition

Several agencies assess international education credentials to help newcomers to Canada access the education and employment they need. HR is a non-regulated profession in Canada. However, some employers do ask for your credentials to be evaluated. Mostly though, they will give you a project to test you and have a look at your recommendations.

Before spending any money on evaluating your education credentials, enquire with the companies you are applying to if they need one. The same rule applies if you are planning to apply for entry to a college or university program to upgrade your skills. Contact the institution in which you want to enroll in to find out the steps you need to take or 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 or 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 and without wasting money and repeating the education you already have.

Credentials assessment services 

World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia


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 website 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

Generally middle to big companies are the ones to have big, established HR departments, and that’s why you might find more opportunities in HR in cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal where large Canadian companies are located.

Major Employers

To know the best Canadian companies that hire recent immigrants and offer them job opportunities, visit the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers website. These employers offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.

Starting salaries for H.R. professionals are usually about $40,000, but as your experience grows, your annual salary may go above 100,000, especially if you work for one of the large corporations.

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