Wages in Canada

The Low Wage figure ($/hr) in Canada for your profession as established by the Government of Canada is as follows:

    

Immigration Job Information Portal for International Candidates

You are probably thinking that Canada would be a great place to live, work, and possibly even start a family. 

However, making the decision to immigrate to a new country is a difficult decision, especially if you are not sure whether you will be able to find a job.

You need information.  Uniivaa is here to help. 

Sign up to our Newsletter

 
Find a Job in Canada. Immigrate to Canada. Do you want to get in contact with LMIA companies who hire people from your specific country?  If so, email us at membership@uniivaa.com

The following is intended for general information only and is not intended as legal advice. For more information please email contact@uniivaa.com.

Free Plane Ticket to Canada!

The first question anyone thinking about immigrating to Canada usually asks is ‘who will pay for my plane ticket?’  Fortunately, the Canadian government has changed the Temporary Foreign Workers Program in a way that makes it easier for you to answer that question.  As well, it will be easier to determine if you will have an affordable place to live and whether or not you will get an employment contract.

In an effort to simplify the immigration system, the government of Canada has moved away from protections based on the type of work being performed, what Canada used to call the National Occupational Codes, towards a very simple system based on how much you are being paid.

As of now, a median hourly wage amount will be established on an annual basis for every province or territory.  Based on whether the job you find is above or below this amount, different rules and protections will apply. 

For example, in Ontario the median wage is currently $21.15.  If you find a job in Ontario that pays more than $21.15, this will be considered a ‘High-Wage Position’, and your employer will have a transition plan already outlined to the government of Canada outlining how they will reduce their reliance on this temporary form of work over time. 

On a positive note, this could mean that the employer is encouraged to help you become a permanent resident in Canada.  Since the employer is required to reduce its reliance on temporary foreign employment, and they like you as an employee, a logical next step would be to help transition you from temporary worker to permanent resident.  On the other hand, it could mean the employer is encouraged to find an existing Canadian worker to perform a role similar to the job you have found in Canada.

If you find a temporary job that pays lower than the median wage, this will be considered a ‘Low-Wage Position’ and your employer must provide you with certain worker protections.   The first of these protections is that the employer must pay for your round-trip transportation.   Buying you a ticket to come to Canada is not good enough.  The employer must ensure that you have transportation to return back to your country. 

Additionally, the employer must ensure that affordable housing is available.  The employer must provide proof, usually through newspaper ads, that affordable housing is available for you in the community where you will be employed, or if necessary they have to provide you with suitable and affordable accommodation. 

Further, from the time that you arrive in Canada as a Temporary Foreign Worker until the time when you begin to be covered by a provincial/territorial health care plan, the employer must pay for your private health care insurance.  As well, this private insurance must be similar to the plan provided by the provinces. 

Finally, your employer will have to prepare and sign an employment contract outlining the above-mentioned terms, as well as your job duties, wages and working conditions. 

There are more protections for temporary workers who come to Canada for a job that pays an hourly wage under the provincial median that we have not touched upon in this article.  However, by providing protections to temporary workers whose hourly salaries fall under the median provincial wage the government of Canada has put you in a strange and difficult position.

Given the current job marketplace, it is likely that a large number of international jobs will fall relatively close to the median.  Since the new rules and protections are determined by which side of the median the job falls on and not on the occupation anymore, it leaves employers and especially employees with a critical decision to make.

Is it better to find a job that pays above the median wage where your employer is being forced to constantly think about how to move away from using temporary international workers, or is it better to find a job that pays under the median wage where you get a free plane ticket, access to affordable housing, private health care and a very detailed employment contract. 

The answer to that question may depend on how long you plan on staying in Canada, who you want to bring with you and how much money you plan on sending back home.  Is it a simple choice between protection and money?  Will employers help you transition from temporary status to permanent resident?  Every case is different, but these are all things you must consider and discuss with the employer when looking for a job in Canada.  

 

BLOG ARTICLES

Want to Connect with a Canadian Company?
Are you hoping to immigrate to this Canadian city? Something awful is happening
You will need to do this one simple thing if you want a job in Canada
You will be mad at yourself for making this mistake when applying to jobs in Canada
Need a job in Canada? Don’t let job postings get in your way!
Attention all Chefs, Cooks, Butchers and Bakers - Get Permanent Residence status in Canada!
Save one million Filipino pesos in one year!
Want a job in Canada? How to get your application rejected!
How to triple your chances of immigrating to Canada
Are you Justin Bieber in the eyes of Canadian employers?
Double your chances of getting immigration status in Canada!
Which candidate has the better chance of getting a job in Canada?
Want a job in Canada? Bad English? No Problem!
How do you jump the line if you want to immigrate to Canada?
To succeed with an Immigration Application watch for Misrepresentations
Move beyond Express Entry to properly brand yourself and improve your chances of getting a Job in Canada
Want to immigrate to Canada? More people have Jobs in Canada than ever before!
How the Employer Letter can make or break your application to immigrate to Canada
You have 1-2 years to apply to Immigrate to Canada. What do you do in the meantime?
Want to come to Canada as a Permanent Resident? Use a temporary strategy to increase the chances of getting a Job in Canada.
How can you figure out if an employer really wants to hire an international worker for a Job in Canada?
Thinking of finding a job in Canada? Here is how to start the process
Under Express Entry in Canada Don’t be like the Asian Women and Box yourself in by being jobless
What every Chef must know in order to get a Job in Canada
These are the Causes for No Work Permit in Canada
Conquering the Existing Employee Comparison
What are the causes for no work permit to Canada?
No love for you? Be resilient to find a job and immigrate to Canada
Lost in Translation. Avoid these Mistakes when Interviewing for an International Job Opening
When applying for a Job in Canada Don’t try to be the jack of all trades
Avoiding the Open Ended International Interview Trap
For a Job in Canada do not worry about the Future
Give international employers what they want…speed!
Provincial Nominee vs. Express Entry
Express Entry mid year report. Surprise…your best chance of immigrating to Canada is still to get a job first
For a job in Canada be like a Beatle
Be fast and make it easy for your future employer to say yes to the call back!
Assessing the Express Entry Assessors
Job Wars. Using Technology to evaluate Immigration Candidates for jobs in Canada
Despite the cold, Canada will give you a warm reception
Don’t come across like a Millennial if you want a Job in Canada!
For a job in Canada Pay Attention to what comes First
Want a job in Canada? You better have these three "Social Survival Skills”
Where in Canada are the jobs for International Workers?
Want a job in Canada? Take advantage of the Canadian skills gap problem
What are the options if your Immigration Application Is Rejected?
How safe is Canada? Walk the streets like its 1969!
To get a job in Canada be more like the Fox
Don’t be a Turkey. Just Get a Job in Canada
Big Door or High Ceiling? What is the best city for a Woman to get a Job and Immigrate to Canada?
Grab that Job in Canada with a Cool Head
Want to find a Job in Canada quickly? Focus on the Small!
Working in Canada. Buying into the next hot immigration luxury neighbourhood
To find your Dream Job in Canada just cut your Baby in Half
Thinking about immigrating to Canada? Take a look at Recovering Cities
For a Job in Canada Beware of Mysterious Immigration Helpers Bearing Gifts
It’s Better to fall into a Job in Canada than into a Pit of Fire
Trying to find a Job and Immigrate to Canada? Technology Always Wins!
Want a Job in Canada? Here is a simple test to figure out if you are talking to an Internationally Friendly Employer
The Gate to Jobs in Canada is Wide Open
Want a Job in Canada? Avoid making these Three Job Interview Mistakes
For a Job in Canada you need to Swing a Bat while on Skates
For a Job in Canada don’t go with the Big Labels
Love or Work? Which one is better when trying to immigrate to Canada?
To score a job in Canada Eat some Bacteria
Good News! Canada is running out of Entrepreneurs!
For a Job in Canada Complement the Employer’s Nose
No Job Opening? No Problem!
Free Plane Ticket to Canada!
Hey Ya super star do you want a job in Canada? If so, then don’t spurn the commonplace!
To get a Job in Canada don’t fall into a Pit
Canada Needs You More Than You Know!
To Get a Job in Canada Do Not Put a Brown M&M into your Job Application
How to be happy living in Canada? Size does matter!
Has Immigration to Canada become far more difficult?
Why is it so hard to find International Job Positions?
Don’t Walk Into The English Language Trap!
Do people from certain countries have an advantage when immigrating to Canada?
Act Fast! You have just won The Canadian Immigration Game
The New Express No-Entry Immigration System?
Substantially Enhance your Chances of Getting a Job in Canada through Credibility
How to Get Employers to Take Notice
Work Permit versus Express Entry: Which is better?
Frozen Moose and Maple Syrup. Don’t immigrate to Canada?
Is Winnipeg, Canada the next Immigration Paradise?
Get onto a Green Roof for a Job in Canada
The Specialist or the Generalist? Which candidate gets more international job interviews?
When it comes to getting a job and immigrating into Canada, Rules Rule
How do you choose your winning cricket player for a job in Canada?
Studying in Canada? Want to Stay? Prepare to enter the Beauty Contest!
SWOT Your Way to a Job in Canada
Warning! Want to come to Canada? Be a little crazy
Want a job overseas? Don’t be the dreaded Blank!
Don’t Use the Stone in Your Shoe as a Motivator
Don’t Get Cursed by the Curse of Knowledge
How Street Markets are Critical to Finding a Job Overseas
How to double your chances of getting into Canada
Are you likeable enough to get a job overseas?
Which workers are better: South Asian or North American?
You did a Bad Bad thing…
Want to get a Job in Canada? Don’t be Mr. Baseball!
Anatomy of a Successful Canadian Work Permit Application
3 THINGS YOU MUST DO IF YOU ARE A FORMER ENTREPRENEUR AND WANT TO GET A JOB OVERSEAS
Reciprocation: A highly Effective Strategy for Increasing your Salary
The Worst Mistake You Can Make in Applying for an Overseas Job
The Myth of the Canadian Experience Requirement
Three Essential Job Application Tips for Overseas Skilled Workers
How to increase your Chances of getting a Job in Canada
Uniivaa Jobs in Canada Guide: This is Something You Must Know About the International Credential Assessment Process.
Uniivaa Jobs in Canada Guide: The International Engineer who got accepted into Canada by understanding the “Iron Ring” Culture.
Uniivaa Jobs in Canada Guide: Should you fear the credential assessment process?
Interview with an Employer Who Hires Overseas Professionals
Can you “Make it like Manny” in Canada?
Who wants to win Canada’s new immigration beauty contest!
Filipino Man fulfilled his Big Canadian Dream
Connecting Canadian Employers
Benefits of Foreign Workers!
Federal Skilled Worker Program
New Tactics for Finding a Job in Canada - Think Smaller!
Capitalizing on Company Interests

Find a Job in Canada. Immigrate to Canada. Do you want to get in contact with LMIA companies who hire people from your specific country?  If so, email us at membership@uniivaa.com

The above-mentioned is intended for general information only and is not intended as legal advice. For more information please email contact@uniivaa.com.