Working in Vancouver

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Vancouver skyline - working in VancouverVancouver has a reputation for its wonderful scenery, its thriving tourist industry and its expanding film sector. The Canadian economy is traditionally stable, and the country’s proximity to the United States gives it immediate access to the world’s largest market.
Vancouver’s location, coupled with its port being one of the busiest in the world, makes it a global hub of activity and business opportunity, and highly qualified expats looking to work in Vancouver, and who have the right experience, are likely to find opportunities in their chosen field.

Job market in Vancouver

Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest industrial centres. The traditional industries in British Columbia are forestry, mining, agriculture and fishing. However, more recently, Vancouver has developed a widespread service sector, and the film industry has become a big earner for the metro area. The biotechnology and software industries are highly advanced and Vancouver is poised to be a global player within these fields. 
The tourism industry is also important for Vancouver. Each year, over a million people pass through Vancouver to take advantage of its natural wonders and to access Alaska on scheduled cruises.
It can be difficult to find a job as an expat in Vancouver. The city has a wide pool of talented and highly qualified workers, and competition can be fierce. But there are certain industries where a shortage of talent has forced employers to look further abroad for qualified workers to fill the gaps. One example is in the tech industry, which has rapidly expanded in recent year.

Finding a job in Vancouver

It can be quite difficult to get a job in Vancouver unless one has local references or globally acknowledged skills. There are some programmes that place prospective workers, but these are usually student or entry-level jobs. However, there are also a number of job related websites that assist expats looking for positions in Vancouver; the city’s newspapers also have good job listing sections.
Upon obtaining a job offer, expats will need to apply for a work permit. There are certain requirements that need to be fulfilled by the visa applicant and their prospective employer before the working visa will be granted. There are many agencies that can help with this process.