Live, Work & Travel in Canada

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Bear Creek Outdoor Centre – Offer a ten week summer programme in outdoor adventure leadership.

Young Canada Works – Information on summer jobs and internships for Canadians and those eligible to work in the country.

CIC Canada – Information about visiting, working in and emmigrating to Canada. Also details about the Live-in Caregiver Program.

Employment in Canada

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services

ABC Nannies – Agency based in Vancouver, Canada.

Babysitting Whistler – An alternative to traditional babysitting offering a wide range of activties and fun for kids. They are always looking for qualified nannies and babysitters who have experience, a positive, outgoing, fun attitude and a smile. All babysitters are first aid certified, bonded and insured.

Free From Care Agency – Provides nannies and caregivers for childcare, disabled care and elderly care covering all locations in Canada.

The Irish Embassy – Well regarded Toronto Irish pub. Send your details for employment if you have a valid Canadian work visa.

Manpower – Canadian branch of the worldwide employment agency.

Moose Travel Network – Canadian jump on and off adventure bus network. Adventure tour guides usually sought to work from late April through to late September.

Moraine Lake Lodge – Seasonal jobs in Alberta in summer (late May to early October).

Nanny Perfect – Allows nannies to register online to view a list of nanny jobs in their area. They also provide advice for nannies on finding a nanny position, what kind of nanny salary to ask for, plus a list of local nanny jobs in Canada.

Ontario Waterway Cruises – Employ servers, deckhands and cooks for an overnight passenger ship on the Rideau Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway between Ottawa and Big Chute Marine Railway near Georgian Bay.

Young Canada Works – Information on summer jobs and internships for Canadians and those eligible to work in the country.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in Canada

Advice & Useful Sites for Finding Work

Agricultural Labour Pool – Rural jobs in BC.

CIC Canada – Information about visiting, working in and emmigrating to Canada. Also details about the Live-in Caregiver Program.

CoolJobsCanada – Post resumes or search for work. A useful set of links too.

Golf Jobs Canada – A golf jobs site by CoolJobsCanada.

Government of Canada – Lots and lots of information for both Canadians and non Canadians including immigration, studying and working. – Who said background checks and pre-employment screenings should be reserved for employers only? asks this site.

The Toronto Employment Directory – A list of agencies in Toronto.

Toronto Job Centre – Job posting site for Toronto and surrounding area. 20% of the postings are generally available, the rest by subscription.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in Canada

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Bear Creek Outdoor Centre – Offer a ten week summer training programme in whitewater adventure leadership. The programme will focus on personal development through group experience and skills mastery and will utilise some of the best rivers in Canada. National and international certification is available in all programme areas, including rafting, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking and swiftwater rescue.

Canada World Youth – Exchange programmes for Canadians.

Edmonton International Fringe Festival – North America’s largest and oldest fringe festival, held each year in August, requires around 1,200 volunteers to perform a number of diverse roles from face painting to photography.

Gap Year Canada – Get paid to work, live in Banff and experience one of the longest seasons on snow.

Go Global Expo – A work, study and volunteer abroad expo held in Toronto and Montreal.

Hostelling International Canada – Volunteer work in hostels across Canada.

Kip and Kaboodle – A Nova Scotia hostel that will dish out a bed and a bike for a few hours each day answering the phone, housekeeping and chatting with their guests. You should also be willing to assist with cooking lobster. Minimum one week, but longer stays are welcome.

NothinButSnow – Provides a range of ski instructor courses and snowboard instructor courses in British Columbia.

Ocean Island – Casual work here earns a bed and credit towards food and drinks, internet time, laundry, etc. The amount of work you do depends on the type of job you’re doing. Some jobs may be three and a half hours per day, others might be 40 hours a week: it depends how much time you have and how much money you want to save. An average worker spends most of their time in housekeeping, working about six hours a day, five days a week. A valid Social Insurance Number is required though.

Ontario Nature – Spare a couple of weeks to help preserve Ontario’s natural heritage. Past volunteers have conducted wildlife surveys, restored and enhanced habitats, and reduced human impacts in sensitive natural areas.

Pride Toronto – Each year, over 1000 volunteers dedicate more than 15,000 hours to bring Pride Week, one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world, to life.

Section 8 Snowsport Institute – Ski instructor training, snowboard instructor training, mountain safety and leadership courses on Vancouver Island, Canada, home to North America’s deepest snowpack.

Ski le Gap – Provide the option of going to Canada to qualify as a ski instructor. After the students have received their qualification many stay on to work at the resort.

Tofino Travellers Guesthouse – Work/stay opportunities in British Columbia with preference given to people who have already stayed there. Cleaning, washing, bed making, painting and decorating are some of the things needing doing.

Tofino Trek Inn – Help get this place clean and fresh for the new season and there will be a bed in it for you. A peak season helper able to stay for two months working two or three hours a day is also required. A job seeker package is available here for those looking for paid work about town.

Up The Creek – Offers travellers the chance to stay longer in Roberts Creek by helping out with the various tasks required to run their business. Work is expected for three hours per day (five hours from a couple staying), for five days per week. Work duties include cleaning, gardening, building maintenance, lawn care, painting, planting, pruning, chopping/stacking firewood, fruit harvest, bike cleaning, and various related projects. Accommodation is provided in a 14 foot travel trailer, or in a dorm bed.

Wilderness Jobs – This guest ranch in British Columbia has paid and internship positions, sustainable living, wilderness and work stay programmes.

WWOOF Canada – Volunteer on an array of farms, homesteads, ranches, rural properties, even urban places all across Canada. You help four to six hours a day and receive accommodation, meals and an interesting experience. You are free to chose for how long. Many WWOOFers go for one to three weeks at one place, then move on to another place, gaining a variety of interesting experiences. A wonderful way to see Canada, meet Canadians and have a fun learning time.

Yao Mandarin School – Specializes in absolute beginner, intermediate and advanced Mandarin Chinese language study in Vancouver.

Living in Canada

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term – Commercial and residential properties for sale as well as land. Includes a list of lawyers.

CanuckAbroad – A resource for Canadian expats and travelers. There is material for finding work abroad, and sections devoted to teaching English overseas.

Re/Max – Sells over one third of homes in Canada.

Travelling in Canada

Accommodation & Getting Around

Cat Skiing Canada – Provides skiers with information for snowcat powder skiing in British Columbia.

Edmontonconnect – A guide that includes travel tips, cheap restaurants, accommodation and night life. – Furnished apartments plus Vancouver travel information.

Other Useful Canadian Websites

Culture, News… – Search and directory.

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