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Job Market in Canada

Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:25 PM

Hi,

Is there some Canadians in this forum who can tell how hard is to find a job in Montreal for a java developer?
I'm making the necessary for a working visa and I plan to go there in January 2010.

Thanks for any help.
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Re: Job Market in Canada

Posted 27 October 2009 - 04:34 PM

Depends on your experience. There are a ton of employers in Montreal who would value experienced java developers...including CGI
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 06:17 PM

thanks. I've got almost 5 years of experience. even with the crisis employers continue to hire?
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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:43 PM

What crisis are you referring to?
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Re: Job Market in Canada

Posted 28 October 2009 - 03:11 AM

View PostAmadeus, on 27 Oct, 2009 - 06:43 PM, said:

What crisis are you referring to?


The economic downturn.
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 05:12 AM

Ahhh...got it. Although it did go through an economic downturn with the rest of the world, Canada was actually quite well protected and prepared compared to the rest of the G8 countries, so the impact was not as severe here as elsewhere. that is not to say there was no impact, there very much was, but it was not as bad as other places, and has allowed to country to recover more quickly.

It's not the way things were years ago, but the economy is quite stale, and employment is on the rise.
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:49 PM

Good to hear that, thank you, I feel more confidant to go there. I guess that Canada with all its natural resources hardly get into trouble. Maybe one risk is that its first business partner is the USA and their economy is just going into the toilets (like here).

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 05:30 AM

Well, I don;t want to paint too rosy a picture...while insulated from this last downturn, Canada did not escape it's effects. They were simply not as impactful as some of the other G8 countries. As a general rule, since Canada's economy is tied to the US economy on several key levels, you can expect a mirror effect of what happens in the US to happen here. there have been times in history where Canada was ht harder than the US - just not this time.
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Posted 11 November 2009 - 07:44 PM

Are you going to Montreal because it is in the French part of Canada and it is the largest city in the province and you are hoping to find work there? Or are you going there to join a family or friend, and hoping to find work there?

If you have some flexibility about location, you might also consider Ottawa, which is bilingual and is considered Canada's version of Silicon Valley. Or, if your English is good, you might consider Toronto, which is Canada's largest city and probably offers the best potential for work in technology and manufacturing.

Have you done any investigating already about what the work potential is in various cities? There are many job-posting boards you could check out first. I am not a fan of online job applications, but they at least give you an idea of what is out there (i. e. - city A has more jobs than City B, but City B has more job postings in the industry in which you are interested), etc.
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 03:42 AM

Thank you for your advices. Actually I can relocate to anywhere in Canada but I would prefer the east part because it's closer from France, I don't know how many hours of flight I'll have to bare if I'm in Vancouver lol
And then I thought about Montreal because from what I read it is cheaper to rent an apartment, I could afford to be a while without a job, it is more expensive in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto (http://www.chpc.biz/Major_Cities_Chart.htm).

I made a profile in some job posting boards (workopolis, monster, jobboom) but I didn't have any contact until now. Most announces are from head hunters and it's kind of boring. Next week I'll go to a job fair at the embassy of Canada in france, I hope to make good contacts and I will consider Ottawa for sure.

Thank you
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:04 AM

Generally speaking it is more affordable to live in Montreal from a housing perspective...the provincial government has taken steps to moderate rent throughout Quebec, as well as have an enhanced educational and health programs. Of course, the downside to that is the larger income tax burden that is imposed on Quebec residents. I hope you enjoy wherever you wind up...welcome to Canada! :)
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 07:29 PM

I second that,

Welcome to Canada, the land of opportunity, intelligence, and since I live here you would be in the same place as some of the best programmers in the world.

One more person closer to world domination...
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 03:02 AM

:D

thanks for your welcome. cool, I can't wait to dominate the world :P
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Re: Job Market in Canada

Posted 13 November 2009 - 06:57 PM

There is also TechJobs and CareerBuilder (never did like Workopolis).

There is a nice collection of links here:

Some Canadian Job Boards

Good luck.
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Re: Job Market in Canada

Posted 14 November 2009 - 03:16 AM

Thank you very much, your help is precious.
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