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Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest industrial centres. The traditional industries in British Columbia are forestry, mining, agriculture and fishing. 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.
Job market in Vancouver
The city's location, coupled with its port being one of the busiest in the world, makes it a global hub of activity and business opportunity. Highly qualified expats looking to work in Vancouver, and who have the right experience, are likely to find vacancies in their chosen field.
The Canadian economy is traditionally stable, and the country’s proximity to the United States gives it immediate access to the world’s largest consumer market. The tourism industry in Vancouver is also important. 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 years.
Finding a job in Vancouver
Unless one has local references or globally acknowledged skills, finding a job in Vancouver can be a challenge. 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 while the city’s newspapers also have good job listings.
Upon obtaining a job offer, unless expats have a permanent residence visa, they 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.
Vancouver is a global hub of activity and business opportunity. Highly qualified expats looking to work in Vancouver, and who have the right experience and determination to succeed, are likely to find vacancies in their chosen field.
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