Salary outlay in Canada

Canada has a workforce of 17,768,800 and an average unemployment rate of 7.1%, which is shrinking. It is obvious that the average weekly earnings and unemployment varies amongst the provinces as listed below. Once again Alberta and British Columbia are the most favoured study destinations of international students.

Employment Unemployment rate Average weekly earnings
Alberta 2,232,400 4,8 % C$ 1,109.80
British Columbia 2,315,200 6,6 % C$ 877.00
Manitoba 631,500 5,2 % C$ 836.09
New Brunswick 349,800 10,7 % C$ 821.61
New Foundland and Labrador 232,000 10,7 % C$  942.41
Nova Scotia 456,400 8,7 % C$ 809.02
Ontario 6,920,100 7,5 % C$ 931.01
Prince Edward Island 73,900 10,6 % C$ 764.33
Québec 3,998,800 7,9 % C$ 838.08
Saskatchewan 558,700 4,2 % C$ 952.63


Fresh Graduate salaries

Canada, as a country with a lot of universities, provides plenty of opportunities for fresh graduates. The following table gives you a brief overview about the salary of various fields international students might be able to work in.

Fresh Graduate salaries
Management Consultant C$ 51000
Technology Consultant C$ 49000
Lawyer, first year associate, small firm C$ 48,000 – 65,250
Database analyst C$ 48056
Petroleum engineer C$ 58249
Banking / finance C$ 53831
Web Designer C$ 49980
Administrative assistant C$ 37301
Executive assistant C$ 49906
Legal Assistant C$ 42331


After graduation

The Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides a “Post-graduation Work Permit Program” (PGWPP), which allows eligible foreign students to gain experience, who are graduating from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution. These recent graduates can work for up to 3 years under the PGWPP without the employer having to apply for a labour market opinion (LMO) from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada.


Job prospects

Current researches show that certain industries lack sufficient workforce. Thus, employers have difficulties to find the right person for the right job. Because of this lack and the difficulties companies are prone to pay higher salaries. In Canada those “hot jobs” are:

  • Financial managers and accountants
  • Skilled tradespeople
  • Software and mobile developers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Psychologists, social workers and counsellors
  • Medical technologists or technicians
  • Human resource specialists or managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Audiologists, speech therapists and physiotherapists
  • Construction managers

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