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Top Employers of Labour in Canada

Finding a job is easier in some parts of the world when compared with some other parts. Overall, it is not easy getting a job anywhere. You have to put up a good application, submit relevant documents, pass one or several assessments or aptitude tests, face an interview panel amongst others. These are applied to most skilled jobs. But when it comes to the unskilled arena, there is a tendency to get a job based on referrals and a not too serious interview.

However, for immigrants in Canada, it could be tough to get a skilled job straight away due to some reasons. Employers have given reasons that could appear as simple as “You do not possess any or enough Canadian work experience” which could mean one or more of these reasons:

  • Your English was not as good as it ought to be,
  • You did not display the right attitude or skills for the job,
  • And the most likely of it all, you have not accomplished much,

Just note that Canadian employers would want to see their employees work hard, are willing to do some extra work and willing to learn and adapt to whatever job they are given to do, if anyone can show these traits, it might not matter if such person is less qualified.

Top Employers of Labour in Canada

Top Employers of Labour in Canada for Immigrants

So as an immigrant, what are the employers of labour – skilled and unskilled you should focus on when you move to Canada?


Retail Store in Canada

The retail sector has been the largest employer of labor in Canada. It is a sector that employs about 12 percent of the country’s workforce. Other sectors also employ a substantial percentage of the workforce. According to, a worker in the retail industry is likely to average $34,125 per year or $17.50 per hour. Entry-level job roles start at $23,400 yearly and the most experienced workers could be earning as high as $58,013 per year.


According to the Canadian Nursing Association, Canada will be short almost 60,000 full-time equivalent registered Nurses in 2022 if no policy interventions are implemented. A lot of job opportunities is opening up for Nurses in Canada and that is not likely to change in the coming years. This is because lots of nurses are retiring and will retire because a huge chunk of them are ageing.  That being said, increased demand for RNs will mean an increase in the number of hours of work, including more full-time work.

According to, The average salary a worker in the medical sector in Canada is likely to receive is $49,983 per year or $25.63 per hour. Though entry-level positions start at $27,300 per year, most experienced workers make up to $84,970 per year.


There is never a scarcity of work to do on Canadian farms, and Canadians, being very educated do not want to do any manual labour. Agriculture industry professionals fear vacant gaps in the labour market could likely take a toll on production.

As the ground in Canada begins to soften in the spring, Canadian farmers need to start planting crops for the year’s harvest. Temporary workers might come to do the work that farmers cannot find local workers to do but that is not enough as Canadians will not apply or they lack the necessary skills for the job.


This is a huge opportunity for any immigrant to earn decent pay. Below is the average salary any worker in the agricultural sector could earn in a year:

  • Farm worker $27,300 – $46,410
  • Nursery workers and Greenhouse workers $27,300 – $29,250
  • Harvesting Labourer $27,300 – $27,690
  • Fish workers and Seafood Worker $25,350 – $29,908
  • Fish Plant Worker $25,350 – $29,908

Information and Communication Technology

Due to skills discrepancy, imbalances in demand-supply, ageing workforce amongst other factors, Canada is a country on a course for a major technology talent shortage in the next five years.

There are over 182,000 positions to be filled in the ICT sector of the economy. Such positions include information systems analysts and consultants, computer and network operators, Web technicians, software engineers and others in by 2022, according to an IT labour market report. Among the occupations in high demand identified by the report were:

  1. Developer/Programmer
  2. It Project Manager
  3. Quality Assurance Analyst
  4. Data Analyst
  5. It Business Analyst
  6. Senior Software Engineer
  7. Network Administrator
  8. Technical Support Specialist

According to, The average salary that an ICT worker can earn in Canada is $95,316 per year or $48.88 per hour. Entry-level roles start at $53,277 per year while most experienced workers make up to $101,369 per annum.


Canada’s manufacturing sector might be suffering a decline. Growth in the industry has been on waning since June 2019. In 2020, trades with specific skillsets continue to be the most in-demand skills across the board, with disciplines such as welders, mechanics, millwrights and electricians remaining in high demand throughout the manufacturing sector.

Manufacturing Jobs

Top jobs in this category are:

  • welder
  • mechanic
  • millwright
  • machine operator
  • heavy duty mechanic
  • production supervisor
  • electro mechanic
  • electrician

Companies like Costco, Cisco, Google, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Boeing and even University of Toronto are big employers of labour in Canada.

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