Thinking of coming to live and work in Canada? This section of the website has information and links you may find useful for immigrating, settling and working here.
Before you can come to Canada to work, you must first apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
IRCC offers a number of programs for those wishing to enter and work legally in Canada. You can find more information on their website.
IRCC has an electronic method of application called Express Entry for the following federal programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class. For more information on Express Entry, and to see if you could be eligible under one of these programs, check HERE.
Approximately 20% of the careers in Canada are regulated, which means that you must obtain a license before you can legally work in that field. It is illegal to practice or use the titles without a licence from the proper provincial or territorial organization. Collectively, these organizations are known as regulators, and are often referred to as “Colleges”. Local provincial and territorial regulatory “colleges” are responsible for reviewing your education and work experience, and determining if you are eligible for licensure. The immigration process is separate from the licensure process. Information on regulation in Alberta and a list of professions that require a license to practice can be found HERE. For example, teaching in elementary, middle and secondary schools in Alberta is a regulated profession. More information on the licensing process and links to the appropriate regulatory college can be found in the Attaining Your License section.
If you are planning to pursue licensure and/or work in a regulated profession in Canada, it is important to contact your provincial regulator before you leave your home country. Please note, that the immigration and licensing processes are separate; being accepted to immigrate to Canada does not automatically mean that you have a license to practice in your profession.
You may consider the recommendations listed below to better prepare you for life in Canada.
Immigrant serving agencies, also known as settlement agencies (like the Bredin Centre for Career Advancement), provide help and advice to newcomers. They offer a wide range of services including:
In most cases, these services are offered free of charge. Many settlement agencies have staff who can speak languages other than English and French. If you go to a settlement agency and they do not have the service or language you need, they will help you find another agency that does. IRCC offers a list of newcomer services in each province and territory including Alberta (see: HERE).
A low-interest loan of up to $15,000 CAD may be available to you through Servus-Bredin Microloans to help you pay for licensure exams. Additional information and eligibility criteria are provided HERE.
Clients of the BredinWorks for Internationally Educated Professionals program in Edmonton may be eligible for support in paying expenses related to foreign credential recognition. These costs may include: