Canada's diverse economy is a lure to both foreign investment and international graduates searching for work...
As a nation Canada is one of the richest in the world. This is in no small part to the ongoing trade agreements with the neighbouring US and Mexico.
Thriving metropolitan areas include Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and the capital city Ottawa. Some the key sectors in the country include:
Manufacturing - the world's sixth largest exporter of road vehicles, Canada's automotive industry has an annual revenue of $71billion. The aerospace industry is also important, providing companies such as Boeing and Airbus with parts.
Finance - Canada has five banks listed in The World's Strongest Banks article by Bloomberg, including the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in third place. In 2011, the Canadian banking system was rated the soundest in the world by the World Economic Forum.
IT - Each of the world's ten largest software companies, such as Microsoft and IBM, all have workforces in Canada. The country is also considered a world leader in mobile-software development.
Other active industries include food, logging, oil and renewable energy.
Completing a work placement or internship can be an excellent way to get into a permanent role and prove your skills to a prospective employer. Helpful websites include:
To qualify for work experience or an internship you will still need to secure a relevant work permit and visa (see Canadian visas and immigration below).
Volunteer Canada is the national body for volunteering in the country. This is the place to start when searching for opportunities and to learn more about why volunteering is important.
For those looking to work temporarily in Canada, a work permit must be awarded. Although it's possible to apply for a work permit after you arrive in Canada, it's recommended that you obtain one before entering the country.If you are thinking of immigrating to Canada then you must meet certain criteria based on a points system. Factors include:
Applications for permanent residency can be processed if you:
Rules can change without warning, so if you're serious about moving to the country then it's worth consulting Canadian embassy.
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