Welcome to Canada: Resources for immigrants

Posted July 28, 2015 by Blog AdministratorCareer Planning

Did you know many companies recognize immigrants as an important source of skilled labour in the oil and gas industry? With the industry preparing for an exodus of retiring workers and future skills and labour shortages, oil and gas companies will look to recruiting immigrants to fill these gaps with their critical industry knowledge, experience and skills.

Why work in oil and gas?

TransCanada-Pipeline-Welding2-Skills and attitude matter. As our workforce diversifies, equality and integration are becoming the norm.

Your credentials are important. We need  skilled people so we are working hard to have international credentials recognized here in Canada.

You can have a long and rewarding career. Oil and gas will be a big part of our lifestyles for decades to come.

Flexibility is growing. A range of positions, schedules and benefit plans can help you balance your work and family responsibilities.

In the oilpatch, learning never ends. We strongly support learning programs that help our employees become more confident, safe, innovative and productive.

Here’s a step-by-step checklist to help with your career search in Canada:

1. Contact an immigrant-serving agency in your province for employment and settlement assistance in Canada.

2. Have your English assessed and get training if required. Workers in the oil and gas industry must be able to read, write and communicate effectively in English in order to work safely and efficiently. Check out the resources below to find out more about language assessment and training.

3. Have your credentials assessed and get training if required. You likely have many years of experience gained from working in your home country and it is important to understand Canadian standards, regulations and codes of conduct for your profession. Demonstrating Canadian equivalencies and obtaining the right training and education could help in securing employment in the oil and gas sector. Check out the resources below to find out more about your credentials assessment.

4. Find out what requirements you need to meet to work in Canada if your profession is regulated. Some jobs require accreditation, professional memberships and licensing. Use the Working in Canada Tool to see if your occupation is regulated.

5. Check to see if you qualify for immigration to Canada under the Express Entry program if you are in a skilled trade. You can also contact the local apprenticeship authority in the region you plan to settle in for additional requirements you need to meet in order to work in your trade.

6. Contact your local Service Canada Centre or Citizenship and Immigration Canada for assistance on employment, job search, immigration, work permits and more.

Need more info? Need some resources?

Immigrant-serving agencies across Canada

British Columbia
– Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA)
– Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IECBC) Connector Program
– Success BC
– Welcome BC

Alberta
– Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies
– Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers
– Calgary Career Connect
– Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)

Saskatchewan
– Moose Jaw Multicultural Council
– Regina Open Door Society
– Saskatoon Open Door Society

Manitoba
– Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council
– Success Skills Centre
– Immigrant Tool Box

Ontario
– Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
– Settlement.org
– Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)

Québec
– Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes

Nova Scotia
– Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

New Brunswick
– Immigrant and Refugee Support Centre
– Multicultural Association of Fredericton

Prince Edward Island
– PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador
– Association for New Canadians (ANC)
– Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council

Immigrating to Canada
– Citizenship and Immigration Canada
– Come to Canada Assessment Tool
– Working in Canada Tool
– Canada Immigrant Youth Resource Guide

Language assessment and training
– Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB)
– Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program
– English Language Services for Adults (ELSA)

Credentials assessment
– Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
– Engineers Canada
– Foreign Credentials Referral Office
– International Qualifications Assessment Services (IQAS)

Finding Work
– Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals (CSITP)

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