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Toronto is at the forefront of the Canadian working world. Not only does it act as a headquarters for all five of the major banks in Canada, but it also houses well-developed film, biotechnology, tourism, aerospace, software development, media and telecommunication sectors.
Job market in Toronto
As one of the most populous cities in North America, Toronto offers many job opportunities to expats moving to Canada, especially for those who have highly developed and unique skills sets. However, those in the service and teaching industries will find a lot of competition for positions in the city.
A number of manufacturing and industrial centres exist just outside of the city. Its proximity to the US high-powered industrial centre of New York has afforded Toronto the role as the principal contact point between the two countries. This allows the city to easily connect and trade with one of the world's largest economies. In turn, the partnership has produced extensive growth and wealth, which support the Torontonian lifestyle.
Finding a job in Toronto
Many expats who relocate to Toronto are transferred through a company they have worked for in their home country or elsewhere. Highly skilled expats are often head-hunted or manage to secure a job before moving to the city.
However, those with the desire to move to Toronto will find that there are plenty of systems of support and a variety of resources to help individuals find a job in the city.
Expats who haven't secured a job are advised to begin their job search at home. It is important to do the relevant research, such as learning about the relevant visas and work permits, before deciding to make the move. Applicants should ensure that their qualifications obtained abroad are recognised in Canada before applying for a position.
The best place to start a job search is usually online. There are plenty of job portals available and online classifieds of local newspapers are also useful sources of information. Networking and establishing connections in Toronto is very important and will certainly help new arrivals make headway in the workplace.
Work culture in Toronto
Toronto's work culture varies depending on the industry. There is a more formal atmosphere and dresscode in finance jobs, for example, than in media. Generally, Canadian workplaces function in an egalitarian manner where everyone's views are heard, but the ultimate decision lies with the boss. Typical working hours are from 9am to 5pm, five days a week.
►Doing Business in Canada is a useful resource for those setting up a new business in Toronto
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