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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.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals work in a variety of occupations. Some of these occupations are regulated, while others may require certification or licensing, or a combination of education and work experience, but no certification or licensing.

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information. The Canadian ICT sector includes the following occupational groups and sample occupations:

Analysts
Information Systems Business Analysts
System Security Analysts
Information System QA Analysts
System Auditors
Database Administrators
Database Administration Analysts

Technicians
Computer Network Technicians
Web Technicians
User Support Technicians
System Testing Technicians
Computer operations Technicians

Managers

Computer and Information System Managers
E-commerce Managers
Infrastructure Managers
Computer operations Managers
Network Managers
Human Resources Managers

Programmers
Computer Programmers
Interactive Media Developers
Web Design Developers

Engineers
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Computer Engineers
Software Engineers

Other IT
Technical Writers
Graphic Designers and Illustrators

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Credentials recognition

Several agencies assess international education credentials to help newcomers to Canada access the education and employment they need. Most information and communications technology occupations are non-regulated in Canada. However, if you intend to practice as an engineer, it is important to know that it is provincially regulated. You will need to have formal proof of your credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency. To avoid wasting valuable time and money, make sure you first contact the relevant regulatory organization to find out which credential assessment agency you should use.

The same rule applies if you are applying to college or university to upgrade your skills. First,  contact the school to find out what steps to take, and the credential assessment agency you should use.

Make sure not to discount your international education and skills. Build on your existing knowledge and skills and explore university and college options thoroughly before deciding. Use your international credentials and experience to gain credit or course exemptions. You may be able to get advanced standing, transfer some of your credits and benefit from prior learning assessment options. This will allow you to complete your program more quickly, 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.

Best locations

Most Canadian cities offer employment opportunities in the ICT sector; however, the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa offer a real concentration of them. Other cities to consider in your job search are Montreal and Vancouver. Montreal is the heart of the gaming industry in Canada and Vancouver has many companies in the commercial/entertainment development sector. Note that for Montreal, you need to have good French language skills.

Major employers

According to Industry Canada about 33,500 companies operate in the Canadian ICT sector. 80.9 per cent of these companies are in the software and computer services industries while 9.2 per cent are in the ICT wholesaling industries.

The Canadian ICT companies employ around to 555,978 employees and generate about 168 billion dollars. As well, a large number of people work in the information technology departments of Canadian companies that use technology such as banking, insurance, healthcare and retail.

You can also know the best Canadian companies that hire recent immigrants and offer them job opportunities, by visiting the Best Employers for New Canadians website. These employers offer interesting programs to assist new Canadians transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.

Sector reports

ICTC – Market Outlook Report 2017 – 2021   

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) has reported that technological changes and globalization are among some of the factors driving the demand for skilled digital talent. The report predicts that by 2021 around 216,000 critical digital talent positions will need to be filled. In addition, the report states that the proportion of youth entering the ICT workforce is a small fraction of the of the proportion of older workers who are nearing retirement.

Fueling the talent supply is immigrant employment in ICT. Supply from the immigration stream has grown at a rate of 6.7% from 2009 – 2016 while talent born in Canada accounted for only 0.7%. This means Canada will have to access Internationally Educated Professionals to transform and grow technology industries.

Read the full report here.