Top 10 employers in Canada for 2020.

Forbes has released its list for the best places to work in Canada

It is a good time to be looking for a job in Canada. With a low unemployment rate employers have to work harder to attract and retain top talent, as there are fewer available workers for each job opening.
Forbes magazine and the market research company Statista surveyed 8,000 employees to determine the best places to work in Canada. Participants were working for businesses with at least 500 employees. They ranked the top 300 employers that received the most recommendations.
Those that were listed in the top 10 hailed from major cities like Montreal, and Toronto as well as smaller cities like Ottawa and Winnipeg.
Many of the companies were a part of the technology and transportation sectors. There were also a few in other industries such as retail, utilities, and education.
And yes— they are all hiring.

10. University of Toronto

Industry: Education
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Employees: 7,198
In addition to making it to the top 10 places to work in Canada, the University of Toronto was also rated the best place to study in Canada by McLean’s Magazine.

9. FedEx

Industry: Transportation and logistics
Headquarters: Mississauga, Ontario
Employees: 6,750
FedEx is a courier company that has operations across Canada. Currently, they are hiring cargo handlers, ramp handlers, and couriers.

8. Air Transat

Industry: Transportation and logistics
Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
Employees: 5,000
Air Transat is an airline that is hiring in Quebec and Ontario. Their webpage says that Air Transat employees benefit from competitive wages, social benefits, and travel benefits.

7. Boeing

Industry: Aerospace & Defense
Headquarters: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Employees: 2,000
According to the company webpage, nearly 75 percent of airplanes in the sky today were made by Boeing. Job seekers may find opportunities in one of six career areas: business, cybersecurity, data science and analytics, engineering, information technology, and manufacturing.

6. Microsoft

Industry: IT, Internet, Software, and Services
Headquarters: Mississauga, Ontario
Employees: 2,300
The multinational computer company moved up from number nine in 2019 to the sixth spot this year In September 2020, Microsoft’s office in Mississauga will move to downtown Toronto.

5. Ubisoft

Industry: Media and Advertising
Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
Employees: 15,985
People who play video games have almost certainly come across a Ubisoft game. The video game company with headquarters in Montreal has almost 16,000 employees and is still hiring in animation, programming, quality control and more.

4. Costco Wholesale

Industry: Retail and Wholesale
Headquarters: Ottawa, Ontario
Employees: 39,000
Costco has locations in every province in Canada and offers wholesale merchandise to customers with memberships. Career paths with Cosco are available in information technology, finance, marketing and many more.

3. Cisco Systems

Industry: IT, Internet, Software, and Services
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Employees: 1,727
Cisco develops, manufactures and sells technology services and products. It is hiring in most major cities in Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal.

2. Hydro-Québec

Industry: Utilities
Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec
Employees: 19,904
Quebec’s public utility company that powers homes throughout the province is also the second-best place to work in Canada.

1. Google

Industry: IT, Internet, Software, and Services
Headquarters: Toronto, Ontario
Employees: 2,300
The world-famous search engine was named the best place to work in Canada for the third year in a row. Canadian offices are in Toronto, Montreal, as well as Kitchener, Ontario and Edmonton, Alberta.
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Applying for a Canadian scholarship as an international student.


The process of applying for studies abroad can be very overwhelming—and expensive!
To help you we put together the following list of Canadian scholarships available to international students interested in studying in Canada.
The Canadian government and many post-secondary institutions offer international students possibilities for obtaining scholarship awards, grants, or bursaries to finance their education.
Unlike a loan, money received from a scholarship program does not need to be repaid.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, it is important to understand the application process and abide by the deadline specified by the granting institution or organization.
The eligibility requirements and application package often differs from one scholarship to the next. For example, some scholarships may require a personal essay and/or request references from past teachers or employers. Other scholarships may be primarily offered based on academic performance, extracurricular achievements, or other creative skills.
It is important to note that the deadlines and eligibility requirements listed here are subject to change and it is recommended that you contact the organization and institution for updated information and deadlines.

The CanadaVisa Study Hub $500 Scholarship Contest

The CanadaVisa Scholarship Contest gives members of the CanadaVisa Study Hub the opportunity to win $500. Every month a new member is randomly selected as the winner. The contest is designed to support current international students and post-graduate workers in Canada.
The contest is offered in the Study Hub, an online portal that offers a wide range of tools and resources to international students looking to make the most of their time in Canada as international students and graduates.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be a member of the CanadaVisa Study Hub
  • Have a valid study permit and/or post-graduation work permit
  • Provide proof of enrolment at a Canadian post-secondary institution
Deadline: No specified deadline

Global Affairs International Scholarship Opportunities for Non-Canadians

In its commitment to participate in international research partnerships, Canada partners with organizations worldwide to support the promotion of international education through research opportunities in Canadian post-secondary institutions. The value of scholarships offered by Global Affairs Canada varies depending on the duration and level of study. Generally, scholarships range from $7,200 to 14,700.

Eligibility requirements:

To apply for various scholarships, fellowships, and awards offered through Global Affairs Canada, it is important to consult the criteria for each scholarship separately. Also, many scholarships require an application to be submitted from the destination institution. Therefore, it is important to prepare all the necessary documents and coordinate with the destination school.
Currently, there are government scholarships offered in the form of short-term exchange programs, online study scholarships and research projects.

Popular scholarships:

Canada-ASEAN Scholarships, Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP), Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program, Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program and Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship
Deadline: Varies based on program and opens intermittently throughout the year.
Upcoming deadline for short-term exchange programs is 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 17, 2018.

Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program (CGS M)

The CGS M scholarship program is open to international students on permanent residence status to support their research in the fields of health, natural sciences and/or engineering, and social sciences and/or humanities.
The award is worth $17,000 for up to 12 months.
Annually, the program helps up to 2,000 students enrolled in eligible Canadian academic institutions.

Eligibility requirements:

To apply for the CGS M, you must:
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • be enrolled in, have applied for, or will apply for full-time admission to an eligible graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level at a Canadian institution with a CGS M allocation
  • not be a past recipient of CGS M (some exceptions apply); and
  • have achieved a first-class average, as determined by the host institution, in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).
It is important to consult the dedicated CGS M webpage for further details about the program eligibility requirements.
Deadline: December 1; submitted through the dedicated Research Portal.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship

The Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) helps graduate students fund their studies in a participating Canadian post-secondary institution. The award is valued at $10,000 and $15,000 depending on the number of terms in a study program.
The scholarship program is funded by Ontario’s provincial government and the school where the student will attend. A potential recipient is evaluated based on academic standing, research skills, and volunteer/ leadership experience.
Ontario spends approximately $30 million every year to support the OGS program.

Eligibility requirements:

To be considered for the scholarship, you must:
  • be enrolled in a graduate program at the master’s or doctoral level;
  • be registered in full-time studies for 2 or more terms (21 to 52 weeks in total) for the academic of application;
  • be on a valid study permit; and
  • attend a participating Ontario school.
Deadline: Varies based on the department/program at the post-secondary institution of study.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program is valued at $50,000 per year for three years of doctoral studies at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
The Vanier CGS was introduced by the Canadian government in 2008 to attract world-class talent to Canada and help establish Canada as a prime research and higher education locale.
The government selects up to 167 new Vanier CGS recipients every year.

Eligibility requirements:

Vanier scholars are chosen based on leadership skills and academic excellence at a graduate level.
In most cases, to be considered as a Vanier scholar, you must:
  • be enrolled in a PhD-level program at a Canadian university;
  • meet evaluation criteria for academic excellence, research potential, and leadership; and
  • receive a nomination from the destination Canadian post-secondary institution of choice.
Deadline: Currently closed for nominations. Results for last year’s nomination cycle will be announced early April 2018. For scholarship timeline, visit the government website.

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS)

The Government of Ontario introduced the OTS program in 2010 to help bring the best performing international students to the province to complete their PhD studies.
OTS awards are $40,000 each year and are automatically renewable every three years following the first year. It is important that a recipient maintains good academic standing and continue to meet eligibility requirement for the OTS.

Eligibility requirements:

To qualify for the OTS, you must:
  • hold a valid Canadian study permit;
  • intend to pursue full-time graduate studies at the doctoral level in a degree-granting program;
  • have exceptional research experience and potential combined with an outstanding university academic record; and
  • be present and registered full-time in the PhD program at the post-secondary institution by the start date of the award and for the program’s complete duration.
International students benefit from the OTS in various eligible Ontario universities.

School-specific scholarship awards

Canadian universities and colleges may offer unique entrance scholarships to international students. The awards and/or fellowships are mostly merit-based and have specific criteria based on academic standing and study program duration.
Some key awards include:
Some of the awards listed here were originally published in Admission Table.

Source:  2018 CanadaStudyNews All Rights Reserved

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Financial Aid Options for International Students at Canadian Universities.

 by Abigail Byle

Canadian universities are seeing ever-increasing numbers of international students, but these students often face challenges, such as high tuition and fees. Most of the universities in Canada are publicly funded, which helps to keep tuition fees lower than in some other countries, while still offering a high-quality education. Unfortunately, however, most financial aid options at universities in Canada are primarily intended for Canadian students. International students may have limited resources available to them and will be expected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to finance their studies in Canada on their own.
Understanding what costs you should expect will help to guide your financial plan as a whole. Check out the following resources to help you plan for your study abroad expenses:
  • University of Toronto’s Student Financial Planner: This tool allows you to estimate education costs according to your specific degree program and status. Although other universities will have different tuition fees, education costs across Canada for public universities do not vary too widely, so the University of Toronto planner is a useful tool even for studying elsewhere.
  • International Centre for Students at the University of Manitoba’s Guide to Expenses: This resource is for international students, specifically, and provides a handy breakdown of the costs you can expect to pay while studying.
With a financial plan in mind, you can begin to investigate funding opportunities.

How to Start Your Financial Aid Search

A good place for international students to begin to look for funding is in their home countries, such as an education department or ministry, as there will likely be financial aid programs available for students studying abroad. Once you have explored options in your home country, you can visit the Government of Canada International Scholarships and International Council for Canadian Studies websites to get an overview of the financial aid landscape in Canada. Finally, once you have submitted your applications, you should start exploring financial aid opportunities at the universities to which you have applied directly.

Types of Financial Aid Available

Some types of financial assistance available include scholarships, bursaries, awards, grants, fellowships, and loans. Below are descriptions of the financial aid options available to you as an international student.
Scholarships and Bursaries
Scholarships and bursaries are forms of monetary support that are available to international students to help them finance their education. Neither source requires repayment and they often take into account work and volunteer experience, which may be a benefit to any international students with more extensive professional experience. After selecting the university you are planning to attend, or at least finalizing the top choices, visit the financial aid website to search for scholarships, bursaries, and any other funding for which you might be eligible.
These are the distinctions between bursaries and scholarships:
  • Bursaries are offered to students with financial needs, so there is usually an application required and you may also need to submit a need assessment of some sort to verify your finances.
  • Scholarships are offered to students on the basis of academic excellence, athletics, volunteer experience, and also by specific research areas, especially for graduate students. Many scholarships require an application, especially for high-value awards, but some will be automatically offered to eligible students, such as entrance scholarships.
Entrance Scholarships
Entrance scholarships are a good resource for academically strong students. If financing is a concern, it is worthwhile to find out if any schools in which you are interested offer entrance scholarships and if you are eligible. Remember that there may be deadlines for specific awards, so be sure to apply for the awards or for admission to your degree program as early in the year as possible.
A number of universities, such as Carleton University, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Alberta, have international student entrance scholarships available to help offset any additional tuition fees. These scholarships are often automatic, based on the eligibility criteria, which is usually a minimum GPA requirement and requires students to be registered full-time.
Student Loans
If traditional financial aid options, such as scholarships and bursaries, are not a possibility, international students are also able to access traditional student loans, which have similar interest rates and repayment schedules for both international and Canadian students. Because most provincial student aid programs are restricted to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, international students will likely need to borrow from a private lending institution or a bank.
If you want to explore loans, a good place to start is the Canada Student Loan program. While this resource is available to Canadians primarily, some protected status persons, such as refugees, are also eligible.

Final Tips

A wonderful education is available at over 100 public universities across Canada, in addition to private universities. International students may have to research their financial aid options if they are not able to pay for their education on their own, but there are many resources available.

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How to Negotiate Salary as a Newcomer

by Tunde Omotoye

Tunde Omotoye started his career as a Human Resources Associate in Nigeria. He certainly understood how the hiring process worked! However, he needed to learn an entirely new process when he immigrated to Canada.

Here’s something you might not know if you’re new to the workforce in North America:
People who negotiate their salaries earn more money than those who do not.
That’s because employers do not put their best offers first. In fact, they expect you to negotiate.
No matter how badly a company might need your skills, hiring managers are going to try to save their employers money by offering you a little less than they can afford.
In the end, this means that people with more experience and education can earn a lower salary than those with less merit—simply because they did not negotiate as much during the hiring process. Which side would you rather be on?
In order to get paid exactly what you deserve, you must learn how to negotiate salary. You can’t just make demands—and you can’t give in too quickly, either.
Below are five steps that will take you through the delicate negotiation process.

Step 1: Before the Interview

It’s exciting to move forward in your job search. However, it’s not time to celebrate yet.
You probably learned a lot about the company before you applied for the position. But now you must do more research. Learn everything you can about the organization, the job title you are hoping to obtain, and the salary that you should expect.
Determine what kind of salary you should expect by researching:
  • Salary ranges within your industry
  • Your organization’s compensation structure
  • The salary range of the organization’s competitors
  • The typical salary for that title/role/position/seniority level
  • The pay level for your role within the city where you will work
  • How your present/previous salary compares to the most recent salary you can find for the same job
If you are unable to locate a salary range that fits the description, then you might be able to get an idea by looking up similar pay scales for your exact company.
Search for your title, company, and location on the following sites:

Step 2: During the Interview

Now you have learned as much as you can through independent research. But you can still gain important insights that will help you set your salary expectations—during the interview. This will happen if you listen carefully and ask the correct questions.
Please note: You should not be asking about your salary early on in an interview. This makes it seem like you are already assuming you’ll get the job! The interview is the time to express your interest in the position, ask questions, and determine whether the role is a good fit for you. Plus, some employers don’t like to discuss salary before making an offer.
However, there are other things you can ask about that will give you an idea of salary. First, study the “Four Pillars of Compensation in Human Resources.” These are what guide many hiring managers to make their final salary decisions.
The “Four Pillars of Compensation in Human Resources” are:
  1. Job Skills Required: Do you have all the skills necessary to perform this role? If you are confident that you do, you don’t have to worry about asking for a salary that might be at the top of the company’s permissible range.
  2. Level of Responsibility: Does the role involve a lot of responsibility? This question applies to the relative hierarchy of the role: Is this an entry-level, associate, management, or executive role? Find out what titles and tiers your company and industry use to delegate seniority and responsibility. This helps people understand what to expect in terms of salary.
  3. Effort Required: What effort is required to perform the job you are discussing? This is a little bit different than skills. Here, you must think about what the job description is and what goals you will need to meet. Does your company have high expectations in terms of output, performance, or delivery? If your job is going to be a high-paced, high-demand job, then you can ask for a higher salary.
  4. Working Conditions: What will your day-to-day environment be like? Will you need to work overtime or weekends? Will you be comfortable? In certain uncomfortable climates and high-risk situations, the salary must be higher in order to compensate.
Then, there is one question you must ask yourself: Is the salary that you anticipate worth accepting the conditions and responsibilities of this role?

Step 3: After Your Job Offer

Congratulations! Your interview went well, and you have been offered the job. This means that you have seen an “offer letter.” This will include details like your start date, your job title, your salary, and other benefits.
Pay close attention to these details. Take some time to consider them. And remember: They are all negotiable.
An important part of knowing how to negotiate salary is considering every factor of your job offer. And when you counter the original offer, you should already know what to expect.
Think about each of the following:
  • Base Rate: This should always be your top priority.
  • Benefits: Common benefits include health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. Having more time to spend with your family, a matched retirement plan, or an affordable health plan can make a mid-range salary seem more appealing, because it adds tangible value to your life.
  • Alternative Compensation: Some companies offer salary-equivalent value in the form of bonuses, profit-sharing, commissions, or stock options. With a monetary equivalent you can calculate and count on, these perks can help round out your base salary, incentivize good performance, and add up over time.
  • Other: Sometimes, your employer will agree to pay for additional professional training, continued education, weekday transportation, etc. They might help pay back your student loans. Sometimes, they might let you work from home. Or, they might pay for you to travel and attend conferences or train staff in remote offices. Sometimes there are offsite team-building trips, or free lunches. You might not benefit from or value all of these—but some people do. Consider unique office perks and how they will add to your quality of life and everyday happiness at your new job.
Once you are confident that you fully understand your job offer, and how your benefits complement the base salary you have been offered, then you can determine what you would like to be paid to accept the role.
It is important to note that the employer already knows what the job is worth. They have a range they are willing to pay. You can only try to explain why you deserve the very top of that range.
You, on the other hand, know what you are worth based on your experience, skills, and education. This makes you capable of negotiating your salary based on what you are worth. The information you have gathered about what the job entails will help you explain why you are uniquely qualified to fill it—and worth the best price to do so!

Step 4: Script Your Reply

Here are some tips that will help you script your counteroffer:
  • Don’t beg.
One mistake that many people make when negotiating is that they appear to be begging for more money. However, a job is about exchanging your skills for money, so your negotiation must be about justifying the level of your skills for an adequate amount. Help your employer understand why you deserve the pay you are requesting.
Try phrasing your request this way:
“Based on my years of experience as an analyst in the industry, along with my certifications, leadership skills, and ability to drive revenue, I believe a more competitive rate for this role might be [COUNTEROFFER]. I am hoping there is a room for flexibility.”
  • Provide your credential evaluation.
A credential evaluation can help internationally educated professionals negotiate better salaries. That’s because this report will help employers understand and value your past education and experience.
For example, your employer might not understand that a three-year bachelor’s degree from India is worth the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States (depending on your university and field of study). However, World Education Services (WES) is one of the most trusted credential evaluation providers in North America; your employer will be able to rely upon the degree equivalency report provided by WES. Now, they will understand that you have the exact same training and knowledge as your peers.

You should provide your credential evaluation report to potential employers when you apply for jobs and present the report again during your job interview. However, you should share it again during salary negotiations to ensure that you are being paid for the correct level of education and skills that you are bringing to the role. 

  • Apply your research.
Remember your pre-interview research? This is when it will come in handy.
You can say: “Based on my research, I qualify for the upper level of your salary range for this position.”
You do not need to cite the specific places you gathered your research; for example, you don’t need to say that a job must pay you more because of a figure you saw on Glassdoor.
However, you can call your own qualifications to attention. Try saying: “Due to my decades of experience, my degree in this field, and my proven track record in this industry, I believe I will quickly prove a valuable addition to your organization.”
  • Give options.
Negotiation is a two-way street. Sometimes, you are more likely to get what you want if you provide options—instead of a yes-or-no ultimatum. For example, you might be able to ask for either a higher base pay or a higher bonus; then, there is a good chance that your employer will agree to at least part of your proposal.
You can also provide a counteroffer with some range; for example, if they propose a salary of $77,000 per year, you might say that you feel like you are qualified for a salary in the range of $80,000-$85,000. This way, there is a good chance that they will offer you $82,500 (whereas they might simply respond to your outright counteroffer of $82,500 with something lower, like $79,000).
Carefully analyze your potential benefits, and learn what you would actually be happy accepting, before putting forth your options. Then, you will find yourself in a situation where you are happy with their response, no matter which option they choose!

Step 5: Negotiate Your Salary

Salary negotiations typically take place after you have received a job offer. This might happen in person or over the phone; however, traditionally it takes place through email.
When the time comes, follow these rules to negotiate:
  • Let the employer lead.
You can’t proceed until they offer you the job. Even if they bring up the general topic of the job’s salary with you before an offer is made: This is the time to gather information, not the time to negotiate.
  • Learn about the job’s salary range.
Then, learn about the factors that inform the salary requirements. If you must have a master’s degree to earn the top of the range, it might be hard (but not impossible) to negotiate for that amount if you only have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Research your role.
If the employer doesn’t state any salary range, then you must use numbers from your research. You should state your research and reasons when suggesting the salary or range than you expect for the job title and responsibilities. It’s especially good to specifically reference the responsibilities you discussed during the interview and saw in the job description. Then you can explain why your skilled performance in that role should be compensated well.
  • Aim high—but be realistic.
Employers often respect negotiators who are confident and have clear reasons behind their requests. However, they will also lose respect for candidates who immediately ask for the top salary and cannot explain why they deserve it. If you are realistic about your qualifications and ask for a higher amount, you are likely to get it. Or, you will at least get a higher offer than you were originally sent.
  • Understand your salary.
Remember that a higher salary will come with higher taxes. Do your research to learn what’s going to come out of your paycheck, and then you can calculate what your take-home salary will be. Then, consider how your benefits will balance out your salary to give you both monetary and non-remunerative payment in return for your work.
  • Take your time.
Finally, remember that you do not need to rush and accept the first offer you receive. Many immigrants are so excited to get a job, and so excited by the high conversion rate of the U.S. or Canadian dollar, that they are happy to take what is first offered to them. Plus, there is a cultural difference.
Many immigrants feel like it is impolite or rude to argue with their future employers. However, part of adjusting to your new life is understanding your new labor market and your new economy. Hiring managers do expect you to counter their first offer, and it is possible to negotiate while remaining thoughtful, polite, and professional.

In Conclusion

Negotiation is an art. If you are new to Canada or the United States, you might lack confidence in your language or social skills. But if you follow the guidelines above, you will look just as confident as everyone else when it comes to the art of negotiation.
Source: WES

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