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.
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:
Information Systems Business Analysts
System Security Analysts
Information System QA Analysts
Database Administration Analysts
Computer Network Technicians
User Support Technicians
System Testing Technicians
Computer operations Technicians
Computer and Information System Managers
Computer operations Managers
Human Resources Managers
Interactive Media Developers
Web Design Developers
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Graphic Designers and Illustrators
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 and you will need to have formal proof of your credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency. In order 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 planning to apply for entry to a college or university program to upgrade your skills. First contact the institution in which you want to enroll to 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.
Credentials assessment services
World Education Services (WES) – Ontario
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) – Alberta
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) – British Columbia
The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC)
The Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada
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.
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 for you to consider in your job search are Montreal, which is the heart of the gaming industry in Canada and Vancouver which has a big number of companies in the commercial/entertainment development sector. Note that for Montreal, you need to have good French language skills.
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.
To view a list of ICT related Canadian company directories, distribution channels, supply sources and partnerships, click here.
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 in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.
Another website to check is TRIEC’s Immigrant Success Awards which recognizes employer leadership and innovation in recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area.
ICTC – Outlook 2011-2016
Between 2011 and 2016, Canadian employers will need to hire some 106,000 ICT workers—more than 17,000 per year—posing a significant recruitment challenge. Across the country, shortages will be felt most sharply for jobs requiring five or more years of experience, and most severely by employers looking for individuals with leading-edge skills or with particular combined domain and ICT expertise.
It is no longer enough to be a technical expert: the industry now needs workers with multidisciplinary skills. ICT professionals are increasingly required to understand the business of their companies—the marketing, operations and HR management aspects, for example. Employers are on the hunt for personnel who have specific combinations of ICT experience as well as expertise in domains such as e-health, e-finance and digital media. In the next five years, Canada is going to see a new, radically different ICT job market emerge.
Read the full report here.