Getting Ready To Work

Before you begin a job search or employment in Canada, there are a few steps to take to prepare:

  1. Get a Social Insurance Number (SIN) card. It is required to be able to work in Canada. Apply for one for free through Service Canada.
  2. Work on your English language skills if it is not your first language. Visit our English as a Second Language (ESL)/ Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) page for more resources.
  3. Have your professional international qualifications assessed to see how education and training completed internationally can be applied in Canada. They will differ depending on the profession or occupation you are seeking. Resources are available through the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials to help you navigate this process. Assessments can also be provided through the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) through the Government of Alberta. 
  4. Learn about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. These are outlined in the Government of Alberta's Employment Standards Code. Important pieces of information to educate yourself on include: Pay periods and wages, including overtime; dismissal policies; vacation and holiday time; hours of work and rest periods; and available options for leaves.
  5. Familiarize yourself on Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Code to help stay safe in the workplace.