Getting a work experience in Canada

Many people willing to move to Canada ask about how to get Canadian work experience. In fact, there are several ways whereby you can gain a professional experience in Canada.

This includes volunteering programs, internships, and exchange programs.

casual work and placements

Volunteering programs

Getting a work experience in Canada

If you want to volunteer in Canada, we advise you to check the ‘Volunteer Canada program which will provide you with all the necessary information that you need to know.


If you are interested in an internship in Canada, we advise you to do research on the Internet. You will find many websites and organizations which provide information about internships abroad. The following are some of them:

Exchange programs

Here are two common ones:

AIESEC: This program is well known and it has many offices in different cities in the world. It is a cross-cultural exchanging program that offers the applicant either a voluntary work experience or an internship. 

ASSE: This is an international student exchange organization with English and French-speaking exchange programs.

Casual work

As a British citizen, you will need no Visa to get into Canada. But you will have to submit an Electronic Travel Authorization to the department in charge of the travel process. And if you want to get temporary paid work in Canada, you will need an open work permit (which allows you up to 24 months of work), an SIN (a social insurance number) and you will have to meet the age requirements (between 18 to 30 years old).

What can I do to obtain a Canadian permanent residency?

Permanent Residency is granted to people who aim at staying for a long period in Canada, and you can apply for it under one of the following categories:

  • Quebec-selected Immigration
  • Skilled Worker Class Immigration
  • Family Class Immigration
  • Business Class Immigration
  • International Adoption
  • Provincial Nomination

As a permanent resident in Canada, you will almost have most of the rights Canadians have except for the right to vote and other few travel restrictions.  Yet, rules and regulations regarding permanent residency in Canada change constantly. Therefore, we advise you to keep yourself updated with all new information and changes concerning this issue.

How is life in Canada?

As Canada ranked 17th in the world for overall happiness, and for its foreign-born residents’ happiness according to the World Happiness Report’s latest survey, you may be more excited and encouraged to immigrate to this wonderful country,  encouraging those considering a move to Canada.

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Canada is a massive nation (about 41 times the size of the United Kingdom), containing 3 territories and 10 provinces. This is why it could be difficult to have a broad idea about how your life in Canada would be like. For instance, the climate in the western side of Canada is totally different from that in the east, and both sides are culturally unlike.

Vancouver can be the best place for those who prefer a temperate climate; while Toronto with its long summers can be the suitable choice for those who cannot bear the cold of other cities in Canada.

Since living in one province is not the same as living in another, you need to conduct research in cities where you can find the most suitable job for you. The following are some simple facts to give you a general idea about living in Canada:

  • Living costs: It always depends on the province you want to settle in. If you are planning to live in a major city such as Toronto or Vancouver, then expect very high living costs. But if you want to settle in other cities or a rural area, then the living costs will be low for sure.
  • Currency: Canadians use the Canadian dollar (or loonie as they usually call it).
  • Health: The healthcare system in Canada is subsidized by the government. Citizens and permanent residents of Canada pay for health benefits through their income. Please, bear in mind that the Canada Health Act does not normally cover long-term care, prescription medications, dental care, and home care. Hence, most Canadians must purchase private insurance. So, if you’re working casually in Canada, you’ll need to get private health insurance because care can be very costly without it.
  • Types of government: Federation, constitutional monarchy, and parliamentary democracy.
  • Religion: 67.3% of Canadians are Christians, 23.9% of them have no religion, and 3.2% of them are Muslims.