Top 10 In Demand Technology Careers in Canada.

by Sahra Togone

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, many countries are competing to attract and retain skilled workers to grow local economies. Since implementing a points-based system in the 1960s, the government of Canada has become a leader in transforming immigration. In 2015, the government introduced the Express Entry application process, which is a fast-track system designed to manage skilled immigrants settle in Canada.
In alignment with the federal system, several provinces across Canada have prioritized specific occupations for express entry through provincial nominee programs. The Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities stream has recently launched a list of National Occupational Classification (NOC) Codes for targeted occupations in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Like many provinces across Canada, Ontario is currently facing a human capital shortage in the tech sector, with thousands of local graduates failing to meet the demands of the growing economy.
Check our list below for more details about the top 10 technology careers in demand across Ontario:

  • Telecommunication Carriers ManagersTelecommunication carriers managers manage, organize, plan, and evaluate the processes of telecommunication institutions, units, and facilities. They analyze and assess telecommunication installation and maintenance services, and coordinate with internal and external companies to maintain efficient telecommunications system operations. To get hired as a telecommunications carriers manager, you will need to have a degree in electrical engineering or a related field. Most telecommunication carriers managers are usually employed by wired, wireless, or satellite telecommunication service providers.
  • Computer and Information Systems ManagersComputer and information systems (CIS) managers evaluate, control, plan, and organize the activities of organizations that administer computer and telecommunications software and information systems. CIS Managers can be found in almost all public and private organizations, including government offices, academic institutions, and nonprofit agencies. If you have a bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering and you are highly organized, this could be the right job for you!
  • Electrical and Electronics EngineersElectrical and electronic engineers plan, design, research, and monitor electrical equipment and systems in a variety of settings. They are often employed in manufacturing, processing and transportation, communications technologies, electrical utility companies, and consulting firms. Although only a bachelor’ degree in electrical engineering is required, a master’s or doctoral degree in electrical engineering or a related field could add value to your résumé.
  • Computer EngineersComputer engineers conduct research, evaluate, design, and develop telecommunication hardware and information and communication system networks. Typically employed in engineering, manufacturing, telecommunication firms, educational, and research institutions, there are a variety of roles to fill within information technology departments in both private and public sectors organizations. A bachelor’s degree in computer engineering or a related degree in engineering physics or computer science is usually required by employers, and a master’s or doctoral degree can increase your chances of getting hired. Note, at this time, software engineers and designers are not included in this category for the purposes of the Ontario Provincial Nominee program.
  • Information Systems AnalystsInformation systems analysts and consultants analyze, develop, and implement information system development plans and provide guidance on how to develop information systems and system requirements. These professionals are often employed in information technology firms within the private and public sectors. Most employers prefer hiring candidates who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related discipline.
  • Database AnalystsDatabase analysts design and analyze data management software. They are often employed in information technology departments in either private or public organizations and manage databases for information systems projects. Database analysts are often employed in information technology units within private and public sectors and consulting firms. A bachelor’s degree in computer science is normally required or a degree in a related field such as mathematics.
  • Software Engineers and DesignersSoftware engineers and designers create and integrate software applications, operating systems, and embedded software information into business processes. They are usually employed by development firms in the private and public sector, including government and nonprofit organizations. A bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer systems, software engineering or mathematics is usually required.
  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media DevelopersComputer programmers and interactive media developers write and revise software code. Computer programmers maintain existing computer programs by modifying and identifying technical problems and providing solutions, while interactive media developers are responsible for programming animation software, and special effects software for film and video applications. These roles are often employed by information technology consulting firms, information technology units within private and public sectors, and startup and technology ventures. A bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related degree such as computer systems engineering, software engineering, and mathematics is usually required by employers.
  • Web Designers and DevelopersWeb designers and developers research, design, and maintain Internet and Intranet sites. Working in private and public organizations, they liaise with clients as website architects. Web designers and developers are often employed by computer software development firms and advertising agencies. A bachelor’s degree in either computer science or communications and business studies, or the completion of a college program in computer science, graphic arts, web design or business is typically required by employers.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and TechniciansElectrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians provide technical support services in the development, testing, and operation of electrical and electronic equipment and systems. Technologists and technicians are usually employed in electrical utility companies by manufacturers of electrical/electronic equipment, consulting firms or communication firms. A two or three-year college program in electrical or electronics engineering is usually required by employers. A certification in electrical or electronics engineering technology from a provincial association of engineering may be required and can often increase your chances in getting hired.

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The Benefits of Being Bilingual: French Literacy in Canada

by Sigrid Roman
As a country with two official languages, Canada offers many opportunities for skilled immigrants who are proficient in English and French. Being able to communicate well in either language is vital in order to succeed in Canada. Being able to communicate well in both languages is better, and gives you a competitive edge over someone who speaks only one language.

The French Language

In 1867, French became one of the two languages in Canada that could be used in parliamentary debates as well as any Canadian court established under the Constitution Act. Its official status was later confirmed in 1969 under the first Official Languages  Act which ensured that every Canadian would have access to federal services in the official language—English or French—of their choice.
Since then, numerous events and policies have continued to frame the French language as a fundamental and important characteristic of Canadian identity. The most notable is the Constitution of 1982 which clearly states the importance of language rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms. French, it would seem, is here to stay.

Nearly 10 Million Canadians Speak French

According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 Census of Population, approximately 10 million people reported being able to speak in French. Of these, 7.9 million people reported they speak French at home on a regular basis.
In recent years, there has been a slight decline in Canada of Canadians (outside of Quebec) who are fluent in French. However, with a strong government mandate, and companies continually seeking employees who are able to communicate in both English and French, there are still many reasons why you should consider improving or marketing your French language skills in Canada.
  • Benefit # 1: It’s good for business: New Brunswick, one of the francophone regions of Canada, reports that its bilingual workforce has been a key reason why it has attracted big corporate players. As a result, being bilingual might be a key reason why you have a better chance of being hired in bilingual organizations.
  • Benefit # 2: Being bilingual increases your opportunities in your job search: Statistically speaking, knowing more than one language increases the options you have within the job market. Whether it is because the workplace needs someone who can get into contact with a certain community or they have a special need for language-based service (i.e., interpretation and translation services), your French skills can become important in such situations.
  • Benefit # 3: You can work in French-speaking parts of Canada. Relocating from a city in Canada that you’ve already settled in may not be an easy choice but there are opportunities to consider that may not only improve your job prospects, but also your quality of life. Speaking French will give you the freedom to work anywhere in Canada.
  • Benefit # 4: You get paid more: If by any chance, you have found your bilingual opportunity, chances are you are paid more for it. As this Globe and Mail article points out:
    “[Canadian] men who know both languages earn an average income 3.8% higher than those who know English only. Bilingual women earn 6.6% more.”
  • Benefit # 5: Being bilingual is better for your brain: The ability to speak more than one language is true for many skilled immigrants who settle in Canada. It is important to cultivate that ability, not only for the reasons listed above but also because it might actually be good for your brain. As stated in this Guardian article:
    “A superior ability to concentrate, solve problems and focus are, of course, valuable in everyday life. But perhaps the most exciting benefit of bilingualism occurs in ageing, when executive function typically declines: bilingualism seems to protect against dementia.”
If you speak other languages in addition to English, you are off to a great start already.

For all of the benefits listed above, and more, consider adding French as one of your professional languages. Doing so will expand the possibilities of your career path in Canada.


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We are looking for a professional Food Service Supervisor to be responsible for managing all F& B operations and for delivering an excellent guest experience. The successful candidate will be able to forecast, plan and manage all F&B orders, staff, and finance. The goal is to maximize sales and revenue through customer satisfaction and employee engagement.

  • Skills/Duties
    • Address customers' complaints or concerns;
    • Train staff in job duties, sanitation and safety procedures;
    • Establish methods to meet work schedules;
    • Supervise and co-ordinate activities of staff who prepare and portion food;
    • Prepare food order summaries for cooks, and customers;
    • Prepare and submit reports;
    • Maintain records of stock, repairs, sales, and wastage;
    • Establish work schedules;
    • Estimate and order ingredients and supplies;
    • Ensure food service and quality control.

    Work Setting
    • Brand Food Service establishment;

    Workers Supervised
    • Kitchen and food service helpers;
    • Food and beverage servers;
    • Cook (general)


  • Work Site Environment
    • Noisy; Odours; Hot
    Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities
    • Work under pressure;
    • Combination of sitting, standing, walking;
    • Standing for extended periods
    Ability to Supervise
    • Staff in various areas of responsibility; 5-10 people
    Personal Suitability:
    • Effective interpersonal skills;
    • Team player;
    • Excellent oral communication
    • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
    • Completion of a community college program in food service administration, hotel and restaurant management or related discipline
    • 1 year to less than 2 years of experience in food preparation or service are required.


  • Starting wage: 14 CAD/ hour
  • This is a full-time job with minimum 40 hours per week
  • Length of Contract: Permanent

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How to Immigrate to Canada as an Engineer”online course has been developed to assist International trained engineers like you to learn how you can become eligible to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency via the Express Entry System under the different immigration programs available In Canada and what you will require in order to begin your application.
This course includes a basic overview of the Express Entry system, the different eligible immigration programs, the required language and acceptance tests. It also covers some resources design to assist professional immigrants to navigate the Canadian labor market and secure employment.
By the end of this course, you will know some of the strategies and resources used in your immigration journey, job search in Canada and how to integrate into the Canadian labor market and start your new life in the True North.
The course covers the following themes:
  • How to be eligible for the different Canadian Immigration programs.
  • How to apply using the Express Entry system.
  • How to get your professional license as an engineer in Canada.
  • How to understand the accreditation procedure for engineers in every province in Canada.
  • How to integrate into the Canadian Labor Market and get a job.
  • How to implement Pre-arrival strategies.
  • How to use settlement services for better opportunities.
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Immigration to Canada: Tips for Improving Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System Scores

by David Cohen

In January of 2015, the government of Canada introduced a system called Express Entry to manage applications for three popular Canadian immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), and Canadian Experience Class(CEC).
Whereas the old system treated applications on a first-come, first-served basis, Express Entry involves the government selecting candidates from a pool on a priority basis, according to a ranking score, using a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Points are awarded differently under the CRS than under the three immigration programs, and candidates have a large incentive to gain as many ranking points as possible. Doing so increases their chances of receiving the all-important Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.
Express Entry candidates should know that increasing their score beyond the eligibility requirements is key, and that being eligible to enter the pool is a different thing than having enough points to obtain an ITA.

Distribution of Points within the CRS

The CRS awards points for a candidate’s age, level of education, language ability in English and/or French, work experience (both in Canada and abroad), whether he or she has a job offer in Canada, and whether a Canadian province has issued him or her a nomination certificate through one of the enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) categories. Additional points may be awarded to candidates who obtain a province-recognized certificate of qualification in a trade.
Certain factors, as well as combinations of factors, are rewarded more than others. Moreover, candidates with an accompanying spouse, common-law or conjugal partner (hereafter ‘spouse’) see a slight difference in how the various factors are weighted, as certain spousal factors are also taken into account.
There is a total of 1,200 points available, of which 600 may be awarded for a job offer or provincial nomination. Of the remaining half, up to 500 are available for human capital factors in their own right, and 100 for skills transferability combinations of those human capital factors. Of the 40 Express Entry draws that have taken place so far, 35 draws have seen ITAs issued to candidates who had neither a job offer nor a provincial nomination.

Increasing CRS Score

The nuances of the system dictate that there are numerous ways in which a candidate in the pool can increase his or her ranking. These nuances are important, as even a seemingly slight change in one factor—for example, improving a language ability from intermediate level to initial advanced—can have hugely positive effects on one’s ranking. Although many potential improvements may seem obvious, others are not so obvious.


Let’s first look at education, a highly valued factor under the CRS. There is much to consider on this front, but we’ll begin with candidates who enter the pool under the CEC program. Although FSWC candidates who studied outside Canada must prove their education credential(s) by way of an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA), CEC candidates may enter the pool without an ECA or Canadian credential. Some CEC candidates might enter the pool, sit back, and wait for an ITA. They could be waiting a long time, however, and often in vain, but they can increase their score by having their level(s) of education assessed. Doing so can bring up to 200 points—150 for human capital, with a bonus 50 in combination with Canadian work experience and/or language ability. Having a bachelor’s degree assessed can bring up to 170 points. So, educated CEC candidates in the pool with no ECA, I have a simple question: what are you waiting for? Get your ECA as soon as possible.
There are other potential ways in which candidates from all three programs may claim additional points through education. For candidates with more than one post-secondary credential, getting each credential assessed is recommended. Canadian equivalencies may vary from one credential to another, the CRS awards points for multiple credentials, and any credential may help a candidate become eligible under a PNP. If an Express Entry PNP category opens and you need to react quickly, it is crucial to have a fully updated education section in your profile. Proving all your education, and not just what might be deemed the highest level, can be important in this regard.
Furthermore, completing an additional level of education can also be beneficial. Some candidates are only a few courses or months away from completing a degree, diploma or certificate that, when assessed, would help to improve their ranking under the CRS. Other proactive candidates may consider enrolling in a higher level of education, knowing that completing the program would increase their chances of realizing their Canadian immigration goals.


Language is another crucial factor, as it is worth up to 260 points. Fluent English and/or French speakers may have maximized their points potential on entry to the pool. Candidates with room for improvement in language test results, however, should consider preparing for and re-taking a test. Any improvement across any of the four abilities (speaking, writing, reading, and listening) may bring a corresponding improvement in CRS ranking, but the big payoff occurs when a candidate reaches initial advanced level (Canadian Language Benchmark 9) across the board. When this happens, he or she may trigger a higher threshold in the combination factors and receive up to 100 points, in addition to the points received for the language factor in its own right.
A final note on language—bilingual candidates, should take language tests in both English and French. By not doing so, they are leaving up to 24 points on the table, unclaimed.


Although Canadian work experience is more valued than non-Canadian work experience, the latter is nonetheless a factor within the combinations. For example, a candidate with strong language skills (CLB 9 or better across the board), but who only has one or two years of skilled work experience outside of Canada, may be awarded 25 points. As soon as he or she adds a third year of experience, however, an additional 25 points may be awarded. So, a word to the wise—keep working!
For candidates with Canadian work experience, similar principles apply, only the potential for obtaining points is greater because of two things: Canadian work experience is valued as a factor in its own right (i.e., not only in combination with something else, as non-Canadian work experience is), and points may be gathered for up to five years of experience. If you’re working a skilled job in Canada, keep at it and ensure you maintain your legal work status throughout.
I would also advise candidates to update their profile with any additional work experience, even if it does not directly increase CRS score. I say this because doing so may help to make a candidate eligible for a PNP category. You may not increase your score by a few points today, but you may increase it by 600 points tomorrow.

Couples Increasing Their Chances

The improvements outlined above apply to all candidates, whether they have an accompanying spouse or not. Candidates with a spouse, however, may have additional potential for improving their CRS score because the spouse’s level of education, language ability, and Canadian work experience may all be rewarded. Up to 40 points may be awarded for the spouse’s factors, 20 of which may be awarded for language ability (and 10 each for education and Canadian work experience). Having a spouse sit a language test and/or obtain an ECA could bring hugely valuable points. Moreover, some PNP categories reward the spouse of an applicant for his or her education, work or study experience and/or language ability.
Furthermore, every couple should carefully review who should be the principal applicant. Indeed, there is nothing to stop both partners from each creating a profile. Consider the following scenario: a 36-year-old rocket scientist and his or her 29-year-old partner, who works as a cook, want to immigrate to Canada. The rocket scientist may appear to be the superior candidate, but, other things being equal, it is, in fact, the cook who would be awarded more points, simply because he or she is younger. We could substitute surgeon for rocket scientist and plumber for a cook, and the result would be the same. Also, it should be noted that three years of skilled work experience is worth the same as 10 or 15 years, as the number of points awarded ‘caps out’ at three years. With this in mind, it is worth seeing if a candidate’s spouse can obtain more points as the principal applicant.

Provincial Nominee Programs

Each of the above sections has touched on the reality that every improvement to a candidate’s profile may also bring the candidate closer to being eligible to apply to an Express Entry PNP category—and this is really where the big gains are to be found. We’re talking about 600 points, an ITA at a subsequent draw, and a straight pathway to permanent residence. To achieve this, however, it’s important to display your full education and work record, stay up to date on Canadian immigration news, and have all your documents ready and reviewed in preparation to make an application promptly. PNP categories often open and close quickly, sometimes within days or even hours.
Saskatchewan’s Express Entry-aligned PNP category, for example, has opened and closed seven times since it was first introduced last year. Not only that, but it recently changed its eligible occupations list—a change that came with no prior warning. Candidates who are not ready to apply to a PNP, or who do not keep their profile up to date, are in a far worse position than organized, knowledgeable candidates.

Combinations Are Key

As I have outlined above, the skills transferability factors (also known as combinations) are an oft-forgotten or underestimated area for boosting a CRS ranking. I can’t stress enough how much these combinations may be the key to success. Very often, candidates are so wrapped up in one or two areas that they miss the forest for the trees, so please consider combinations when looking at improving your CRS score.

Obtaining a Job by Networking and Visiting Canada

Obtaining a Canadian job offer from abroad is a difficult, though not impossible, task. The task becomes far more realistic, however, if your network, make connections, and secure interviews. Employers generally prefer to meet with potential employees in person, and therefore potential candidates in Canada have an advantage. Serious candidates for immigration to Canada should consider taking the time to make a visit to Canada in preparation for the major life decision they are taking. Before coming, they can set up interviews and networking opportunities, perhaps even coordinate the visit with a job fair or similar recruitment event.
Not only would visiting Canada increase a candidate’s chances of landing a skilled job, but it may also increase their PNP options, as certain PNPs reward individuals for their previous visit(s) to a province.

A Final Note

If I were to offer only one piece of advice to Express Entry candidates, it would be to not lose heart. Explore all your options across human capital factors, combinations, work in Canada a PNPs, and give this everything you’ve got. It will be worth it in the end.


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