Working in Ontario
- Getting started
- Working in your field
- Evaluating your international academic credentials
- Immigrating to Ontario through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
- Related resources
To work anywhere in Canada, you need to get a social insurance number (SIN) from Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
You don’t need a work permit if you’re a permanent resident. You do need a temporary work permit if you’re staying and working just a short time or seasonally in Ontario.
In some situations, students are able to work while studying and after graduating. If you plan on working temporarily in Ontario after you graduate, you will need a work permit.
The work environment
Ontario’s economy offers many types of work and opportunities. To help you enter and understand the labour market and work environment, here are some resources:
- Finding a job: information to help you prepare for your job search, get ready for interviews and improve your English or French language skills.
- The Ontario Workplace Gateway: information on everything from employment standards to health and safety laws.
- Rights in the workplace: information to help you understand your rights at work — minimum wage, vacation time, public holidays, termination notice and pay, etc.
Working in your field
How can you get a job in your field and put your skills and talents to work in Ontario? Here are some ways and some tools:
- Ontario Bridge training - Bridge training programs cover more than 100 professions and trades. Bridge training can help you upgrade your qualifications, get added skills, Canadian experience, and help you prepare for exams to get a job in your field, all without duplicating what you’ve already learned.
- Global Experience Ontario - This office helps internationally trained individuals and others interested in applying for licensure and registration in 14 non-health regulated professions in Ontario (e.g. teaching, chartered accounting, and engineering).
- HealthForceOntario - This access centre gives internationally educated health professionals such as doctors and nurses, information, advice and support on becoming eligible to practice in Ontario.
- Career maps - These show you what’s required to enter almost 40 professions or trades, with step-by-step information on the assessment process, examinations and costs involved, and labour market conditions.
- Government experience - The Ontario Public Service (OPS) has an internship program to give newcomers an opportunity to gain work experience in Ontario. Interns are place in a variety of fields, from finance to environmental studies. To apply, contact Career Bridge.
- Employment Ontario- This resource centre provides personalized advice and services to help people assess their skills and experience, find work and start on the path to skills training
Evaluating your international academic credentials
If you graduated from a university, college or a training institute outside Canada, you will need to find out how your international academic credentials are recognized in Ontario. Employers, educational institutions, licensing groups, professional associations and apprenticeship programs all need to know what academic training you received before coming to Ontario.
If you plan to enroll in any studies in Ontario, your transcripts or other academic documents need to be evaluated. Contact your school directly to learn what information they need.
Having your professional credentials reviewed
Internationally trained doctors, lawyers and other such professionals will need their international education, training and experience reviewed to ensure they meet Ontario’s standards.
If you want to practice your profession in Ontario, you must apply to the organization that regulates or gives you a licence to practice. Each regulatory group has its own way of assessing your credentials.
Having your trade credentials reviewed
Certification is mandatory for some skilled trades such as electrician, plumber, hairstylist, motorcycle technician, etc, and voluntary for others, such as chef, cabinet maker, general carpenter, etc.
Tradespeople who have enough work experience to meet Ontario standards, and pass a written examination, receive a certificate of qualification. The government also helps tradespeople to enter an apprenticeship.Top
Immigrating to Ontario through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program allows Ontario to select immigrants to meet special work needs. Individuals nominated by the province and approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada are fast-tracked for Canadian permanent residence.
The program is for:
- International students - International students who are graduating or recently graduated from a publicly-funded college or university may qualify to be nominated for permanent residency. If you are a Master’s or PhD graduate from an Ontario university you do not require a job offer. If you are graduating from an under graduate program or college in Canada, you must have a job offer for a permanent, full time job. Become a fan on Facebook at Opportunities Ontario to find out more.
- Employers - Ontario businesses may fill permanent, skilled positions with foreign workers and with international students, who may be overseas, or in Canada on a work or study permit. Employers begin the process by applying for positions they need filled by foreign nationals. The position must be approved by the government before employers can recruit.
- Investors - Investors with long-term business projects in Ontario may use Opportunities Ontario to place key employees who, if approved, would obtain permanent residence status.
Starting your own business
Ontario is an excellent place to start a business. Small business enterprise centres can help with detailed information and services on topics like writing a business plan, hiring lawyers and accountants, licences and permits, finding business mentors, and more.
- Getting your Social Insurance Number (SIN) card
- Obtaining a work permit
- Ontario Employment Resources Centres
- Ontario's labour market
- Your rights in the workplace
- Ontario Bridge Training Programs
- Global Experience Ontario, career mapping and links to regulatory associations
- HealthForceOntario for internationally educated health professionals
- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program and also join the conversation on Facebook
- Become an intern in the Ontario Public Service and other workplaces
- Starting a small business
- Small business enterprise centres