If you are an international student looking to work in Canada, visa sponsorship jobs are an ideal option to kickstart your career. After all, the Government of Canada reported that immigration accounts for almost 100% of Canada’s labour force growth in 2021.
One way for international graduates to join the Canadian job market is through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA is a document that an employer in Canada may need to get before hiring a foreign worker.
CanadianVisa.org notes that Canadian companies don’t necessarily “sponsor” foreign workers, but they do assist in applying for an LMIA on your behalf to Employment and Social Development (ESDC) Canada.
The portal – which works with Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) – listed five Canadian companies that facilitate LMIA procedures.
We draw on their advice, as well as some of our own, to guide you on one method to extend your stay in Canada:
Visa sponsorship jobs: 5 companies that facilitate with LMIA procedures
1. Google Canada
First on our list of visa sponsorship jobs in Canada is Google Canada. Since Google opened its doors in Toronto, Google Canada has grown a network of international employees. As an equal opportunity employer, they do not discriminate on race, creed, colour, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, among others.
Jobs available at Google Canada’s Toronto office span five areas: Business Strategy, Engineering and Technology, Marketing and Communications, Design and Sales, Services and Support.
2. P&H Farming
Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited (P&H) is a Canadian family-owned business at the forefront of the agricultural industry. Established in 1909, P&S is a growth-orientated and diversified company with over 1,500 employees. P&H focuses on activities in grain marketing, crop inputs, flour milling, and feed mills.
Since the agriculture industry in Canada is enormous – with 2.1 million employees in the agriculture sector in 2021, as reported by the Government of Canada – farming companies, such as P&H, are constantly looking for workers to fill in the labour gap.
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If you want to join the financial sector in Canada, KPMG is a great place to start. With some 46 locations in Canada, the auditing and tax advisory firm provides opportunities for experienced professionals, executives, graduates and students.
As an employee at KMPG, you’ll enjoy many learning opportunities. KPMG virtual business school offers formal and on-the-job training to develop your technical, business, and leadership skills. You can also access Degreed, KPMG’s digital platform, for learning resources and personalise your professional development.
The Bank of Nova Scotia, commonly referred to as Scotiabank, is a multinational banking and financial services company based in Toronto, Ontario. It is considered one of Canada’s Big Five banks and is Canada’s third largest bank in terms of deposits, according to Investopedia.
The bank offers various career opportunities tailored to your passion and aspirations. You can consider joining the Retail Banking team if you enjoy building meaningful relationships. If you harbour hopes of creating seamless and secure digital experiences, you might be interested in joining the Technology team and pioneering the future of banking.
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5. Elastic Path
The last company on our list of visa sponsorship jobs in Canada is Elastic Path, which focuses on evolving digital commerce experiences. Based in Vancouver, they provide a headless commerce solution offers opportunities to kickstart your career in areas such as IT, marketing, product development, product operations and support, product management, and many more.
Labour shortages in Canada
It’s worth noting that the list above is not exhaustive; many industries in Canada are currently experiencing labour shortages, so make some inquiries into companies who may be willing to assist you in applying for an LMIA on your behalf.
For instance, the Quebec Immigration Ministry updates its list of occupations that are eligible for facilitated LMIA processing each year. Canadian Immigration notes, “Since labour shortages in these occupations are proven, Quebec employers do not need to demonstrate that they could not find a worker in Canada to fill the role.”
A report by Statistics Canada published on May 26, 2022 shows that up until the beginning of March 2022, Canadian employers are scrambling to fill over a million vacant positions across the country.
Some of the industries gravely affected by the skill shortage include accommodation and food services (158,100 vacancies), healthcare and social assistance (154,t00 vacancies) and retail trade (109,200 vacancies).
If you are considering a path to permanent residency in Canada, you should also ensure that you secure full-time work experience in “skilled” jobs.