Canadian Job Listing Websites

When you are looking for a new job, planning to change your career and explore opportunities in Canada, it is often a good idea to check out not a one job listing website, but many of them. Some companies prefer to publish new jobs only on their own corporate website, certain companies don’t even publish new job opening online at all, they look for new candidates within the company and by networking, but most new jobs got published somewhere online. For a person in a HR department it doesn’t make much sense to publish the job everywhere, it is enough to mention a new opportunity on a few job websites to receive a lot of resumes, so you, as a seeker, should consider a wide range of sources to find a nice position.

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Sometimes it gets ridiculous, there might be a perfect well-payed job which suits you 100%, but you might never know about it only because you didn’t find it on time. Plus, networking plays a huge role in Canada and the U.S. when it comes to job searching, don’t forget that not all jobs are listed online and actually the majority of companies give first jobs to people within the company and spread a word about it among employees, so many jobs never even get published.

When you look at a job offer online, probably it is not the best job, or it is a very high demanding job, which requires a lot of experience. If you see a certain job offer often and a lot, like entry-level position in service sector (clerks in retail, etc.), you know what it means. Those jobs are always online because they are horrible, people are quitting and no one wants to work there.

Looking for a job in Canada is not an easy process, it takes years for some people to find a job they want and can do well, especially this is true for people without Canadian experience and references, but everyone has to start one way or another, and the place to start is to check online job listings.

Today MapleDude.Ca will share a list of the best Canadian job listing websites, free and payed, so you can maximize your opportunities.

  • Indeed Canada. This is the first website many Canadians go to when they are looking for a job. Indeed is an old (15 years+) American job searching engine and in Canada it holds 1-st place in this business. It is simple, the majority of companies prefer to post their jobs there, but what many people forget is that this website is not perfect. Indeed offers a lot of jobs from all industries and it is great for people who want to find a job fast, any job. You have to look at when the job was published to send your resume quick, because on Indeed if you are late, a big chance you won’t be invited for an interview. Indeed can be #1 place to start your search, it is the 1-st step, but don’t stop here and don’t limit yourself with only one source.
  • Corporate websites. Online job listings market transformed in the past 10+ years in a way that HR people tend to not trust in a random resume samples they receive in hundreds, they don’t even look at 90% resumes they have got. Instead big and medium companies set up their own job seeking infrastructure and work within it. Now, in 2019, the majority of big Canadian and American corporations just post their jobs on their websites. To apply for a job there you have to create a new profile on their website and provide a much detailed information about yourself, so each company makes the hiring process unique. Some of those openings got re-published on other job websites, but not all of them. So make sure you make a list of companies where you would like to work and look for job on their websites directly.
  • Google for Jobs. New technologies make everything easier. Recently Google implemented a technology in its basic search engine which will show you jobs when you just google for it (for example you can try to search: “Marketing jobs near me”), Google will act as an aggregator. It is not perfect yet, but this system is developing and later we might not even need to use any specific jobs websites to see new openings, everything will be shown on Google. It is bad news for job websites owners as they lose the market, but Google can’t replace everything. Right?
  • Glassdoor – is another American company which not only has new jobs listed, but it is also has a benefit of giving fare and real job reviews. There you can check out an employer to see how they treat their staff. Glassdoor is helpful when you are analyzing positions and companies in general, but it might not be the best place to find a new job. Glassdoor can help you to find jobs and companies where you don’t want to work, so you can cross those positions and companies out.
  • Craigslist. Old and trusted classified advertisements website has a powerful job section which many people miss. It has an ancient engine which, however, works incredibly fast. It is very unlikely to find a great job there, but some old school small businesses prefer to post jobs there. If you are looking for something interesting, you want to get a job fast, if it is some kind of a physical labor, stop by good old craigslist as well and you might be surprised.
  • LinkedIn. How can we talk about jobs without mentioning LinkedIn? This is a very different style service, a social media platform, which works in a way that no other job board does. 5 or 10 years ago it was very hot, it was the place to connect with people in your field for a carrier purposes. Now LinkedIn is not as important and good as it used to be, because more and more low-quality jobs, people and companies got involved, but it still works quite well if you know how to use it right. There are real people, they are really looking and seek connections, plus in many other places HR managers might check your LinkedIn profile (sometimes they check Facebook and even Twitter). So when you start another round of job hunting, make sure to have a nice LinkedIn account with some connections, experience and skills mentioned. Don’t close it for search and don’t afraid to post your real picture, actually the main reason companies check this website is to see the picture, because it is unethical to attach your photo on a resume in Canada. You should work on your LinkedIn profile even if you are employed right now and have a successful carrier, because no one knows how life going to turn out, at some point you might come back to job searching process again and then you might need to refresh all old connections.
  • Eluta.Ca – is a Canadian fast and clean job searching engine, which you should look at as well. This company specializes in the Canadian market with its rating of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Some companies look for new specialists only on this website, there are terrific jobs in specific occupations. Eluta indexes jobs directly from employer websites, so it doesn’t collect much of the data or asks you to create a profile there, you can just see what i mentioned on the list as #2 – direct corporate job offers without anything else.
  • Workopolis – one more Canadian job website worth to mention in the list. They have offices in many Canadian cities and offer their services in French as well.
  • Job Bank. if you don’t look for a job here, you are missing a lot. This is Canadian Government Job Searching website with high standards.
  • Wowjobs.Ca. Another jobs website you can check out.
  • Monster – is a huge global employment website headquartered in the U.S., Massachusetts. As any global website in this industry it offers many opportunities, a wide range of jobs in all fields. It can be your #2 or #1 website for active job searching and applying.
  • Working.com. One more Canadian job portal to visit. It doesn’t have as many jobs as Moster or Indeed, but here you can find some unusual and exclusive offers from small and big Canadian companies.
  • Work in Non Profits website. An old, but still active and respected job website which focuses on non-profit jobs. If you want to do good things and serve people – don’t miss it out. Nonprofit sector is growing rapidly and many positions there are paid. Some people have a misconception that in nonprofit sector all jobs are voluntary with no salaries, but it is not true. They pay because workers have to eat, “non-profit” only means that the main goal of such organizations is not to make money.
  • TorontoJobs.ca. This list of job websites meant to be good for all Canadian cities and provinces, but Ontario still the biggest and the most important province in Canada in terms of economy, so if you are in Toronto and near it, or if you are willing to relocate, consider this website as well. If you are looking for a job in a specific province, and it is not Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, it might be a good idea to check special small local job websites too. Even local news websites and portals can have a section for local job ads.
  • Canada’s Association of IT Professionals (CIPSIT). They have a niche job board for IT specialists which you should visit if you are in this field. Canadian and provincial governments respect this organization and posts jobs there.
  • CareerBuilder is a global job website with a .CA version.
  • CareerJet. Another worldwide job board with a Canadian version.
  • Jobboom. This is a French-focused job website which offers good positions in Quebec, so if you are there or willing to move to French Canada, check it out.
  • Jobs.ca. A website with nice domain name and design. It is a decent job website where you can do your search as well.
  • ECO Canada is an online resource for environmental jobs, a non-profit organisation with many niche jobs.

This is it, a list of 20 (actually 18) job websites in Canada which you should consider to visit. Many companies would post a job on 3, 5, 10 or even on 15 job websites from this list at a time, but they often miss some, and some corporations would post jobs only on few website from the list, so it makes sense to check as many listings as possible. The best solution might be to post your resume on many job websites as a seeker, and actively look and apply on a few major job websites at the same time, also don’t completely ignore a relocation option, even to another countries. Not all jobs exist in 50 kilometers around a city you currently live in, in fact only a tiny per cent of jobs are close to your current location, even if you live in Toronto.

Good luck! 🙂

Is It Garbage or Recycling Day?

One week you should take garbage out in Canada, another one is the Recycling day. If you put a wrong kind of litter out it is just not going to be cleaned up. The city will ignore it and for a big house it can became an issue as trash will stuck up for the next weeks.

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So how to know for sure that it is garbage or recycling day? One solution is to just put a reminder on your phone or an alarm clock, it is not a bad idea, but garbageday.co came up with a simpler free solution.

GarbageDay, a venture from RBC Ventures Inc. offers 100% free service which will help you manage your trash.

Instead of asking your neighbours or looking around to see what they did with the trash (and they can be wrong too!) you can sign up for a free service which will remind you about the garbage:

Go to their website, enter the street number, your email and mobile phone to get notification every week.

Is It Expensive To Live In Canada?

For anybody who wants to move to Canada cost of living there is an important question. How much money do you need every month to be able to live in Canada? MapleDude.Ca will try to answer this question.

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First of all we have to say that for different people comfortable life might mean very different things depending on the place they are coming from and their standard of living.

Canada is one of the world’s developed countries, income, costs, prices and expenses there are somewhat similar to western Europe, Australia and The United States, people who are coming from those places wouldn’t feel much of a difference.

What are basic necessary expenses for anyone?

  • Food;
  • Rent;
  • Clothes;
  • Miscellaneous (phone, internet, transportation, etc.);

In Canada, however, car is very important as in the U.S. Most of the Canadian cities and infrastructure designed in a way that without a car, especially during long and cold winter, live is quite hard.

Let’s start with food. It is actually quite hard to compare countries by cost of living because numbers are very different from city to city. For example according to numbeo.com (great website to compare prices) grocery prices in Toronto are 9.32% lower than in New City.

To be more accurate go to numbeo.com and compare your city with a Canadian city you want to move to.

These are examples of average food prices in Toronto:

  • Milk (regular), (1 liter): $2.08;
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g): $2.45;
  • Rice (white), (1kg): $3.3;
  • Eggs (regular) (12): $2.75;
  • Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg): $13.48;

Many researches give a number around $200 per month per person as average food costs (source). It can be lower if you can find good deals and shop at Walmart, if you cook food by yourself and don’t go to restaurants.

You will struggle in Canada if you have a bad habit of smoking as one pack of cigarettes would cost you $11+. Smoking will add additional $150 – 300 dollars to your monthly expenses.

That is if you buy cigarettes in convenience stores. Today even marijuana (legal in Canada) might be cheaper than cigarettes.

When it comes to rent prices it is very different depending on the location. In Toronto basement for one month can cost you $500, one room in a house would be from $500 to $1000 (kijiji.ca) and if you want to rent one room apartment it starts with $1500. Rent is much cheaper in smaller cities and if a location far from downtown. If you have money to buy a house, you can check this article to see average house prices in different cities and provinces. Getting a mortgage is not going to be cheaper than renting for a new immigrant because of the lack of Canadian credit history.

To roughly round it up let’s say that rent would be $750 per month.

As i said, it can be a bit lower, but it also can be much higher.

Clothes costs are hard to calculate. If you shop at H&M and such places it is not going to be much, $1200 per year should be more than enough ($100 per month), although many people would live comfortable with $600 annual spending ($50 per month).

Minimum phone bill would be $35 per month, internet cost is similar, but it is often included in the rent.

Transportation in Toronto would cost something like $150 per month (A regular adult Metropass).

To sum this up our minimum cost of living in Canada (Toronto) would be from $1185, that is if you don’t smoke. If you find a cheap place to rent, total monthly expenses might go down by $250. Maybe you can save on food too, then total number would be $100 less. If you are lucky to have workplace at walking distance, subtract another $150 from total expenses. So the perfect case would be around $900 per month, but it is hardly possible to go much lower than that in big cities in Ontario.

With $11+/hours minimum wage ($14 in Ontario) and 40 hours per week you can make $2240 before taxes.

Everything falls apart if we consider car expenses and/or girlfriend expenses. Median monthly cost to insure in Ontario is around $125 (but in places like Mississauga it can be $300+), plus gas, plus a lot of things for the car.

All of this is, of course, very rough numbers, MapleDude.Ca estimates. For a single person you can live on $1k quite easily if you are willing to look for good deals, sales and if you are ok with walking. Numbers can be much lower for other Canadian cities, Toronto is one the most expensive ones (but salaries are higher too). In smaller cities rent is much lower, as well as other expenses, but it is safe to say that it is close to impossible to live on less than $500 per month in Canada.

Some people would say that it is very hard to live on $1000 too, if you live an active live, sometimes visit restaurants, go to movies or clubs, this would add $150-500+ more every month.