May 25, 2024

Comprehensive Guide on Finding a Job in Canada After Receiving an ITA

Individuals who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence have several options to explore in their quest for employment opportunities in Canada.

Many individuals from abroad aspire to immigrate to Canada, often through the widely-used Express Entry application management system administered by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Express Entry is the application management system overseeing three prominent economic immigration programs in Canada: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

Essentially, upon being selected in an Express Entry draw, candidates are prompted to submit an Application for Permanent Residence (eAPR).

Applicants are given a 60-day timeframe to submit their eAPRs to IRCC, with a service standard outlining the expected processing time by IRCC. Currently, the aim is to handle 80% of eAPRs within six months.

Throughout this waiting period, applicants who have lodged their eAPRs and hold a reasonable assurance of approval can initiate their job hunt in Canada by employing the following three strategies:

Building a strong network is crucial as it opens up avenues for job opportunities that may not be publicly advertised, enhancing job performance and prospects.

Networking entails the sharing of information and ideas among individuals with similar professional interests, often in informal social settings.

This practice can help prospective immigrants to Canada broaden their connections, even prior to arrival, as networking opportunities abound on various online platforms, including social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter), and professional networks such as LinkedIn (further details on LinkedIn to follow).

Networking functions as a tool to discover potential job opportunities within the desired industry upon arrival in Canada, while also serving as a valuable resource for staying abreast of industry news and trends.

Establishing a network may appear daunting, especially for new immigrants to Canada, but dedicated webpages like this one can serve as valuable tools. They help understand the significance of networking, learn how to establish and nurture professional relationships, and discover resources for effective networking.

The Government of Canada Job Bank

The Government of Canada Job Bank, overseen by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), acts as a nationwide employment service. Accessible through a website and mobile app, it assists Canadians in finding jobs and planning their careers. Additionally, it facilitates nationwide recruitment for employers, serving as a valuable platform for both job seekers and businesses.

The Canada Job Bank provides access to more than 150,000 job postings, offering various filtering options such as position title, location, job type (including remote and part-time), and more. These features empower prospective immigrants to explore job opportunities and strategize their careers ahead of their arrival in Canada.

Furthermore, the Job Bank offers filtering and sorting functions, including "best match" and "date posted," which are especially advantageous for immigrants in search of recently listed positions.


LinkedIn, a leading Canadian employment-oriented platform, provides numerous advantages for ITA recipients pursuing job opportunities in Canada.

A 2023 study by Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) revealed that LinkedIn ranked as the second most utilized tool among newcomers gathering information on work prospects before immigrating to Canada.

According to the TMU study, LinkedIn emerged as the top information source for a range of pre-arrival needs, including job search guidance, interview strategies, salary insights, and educational opportunities. This underscores its versatility and value for aspiring immigrants.

The TMU study showcases the positive post-arrival employment outcomes attributed to social media, notably platforms like LinkedIn, indicating its efficacy as a job search tool.

Roughly 75% of survey respondents who engaged with social media before coming to Canada indicated that the jobs they obtained closely matched their skill sets, illustrating the effectiveness of social media in job alignment.

Nearly 80% of immigrants who secured high-paying positions were active users of social media prior to their arrival.

On the flip side, the research indicated that almost 75% of immigrants who ended up in precarious, low-paying jobs had not utilized social media before immigrating to Canada.

Unlocking Employment Opportunities with Pelican Migration Consultants after receiving your ITA

Pelican Migration Consultants stands as a steadfast ally in your journey toward securing employment in Canada after receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through the Express Entry system. Leveraging our expertise and extensive network, we guide you through the intricacies of the Canadian job market, helping you identify potential employers and navigate the application process. From refining your resume to preparing for interviews, our team provides tailored assistance every step of the way, ensuring you stand out to prospective employers and maximize your chances of landing a job offer that aligns with your skills and aspirations. With Pelican Migration Consultants by your side, you can confidently pursue your dream of building a successful career in Canada.