How do I Live and Work in Canada : Find Seasonal and Backpaker jobs in Canada

Just Landed I – What to do next?

Canada is the second largest country on earth and has three ocean borders: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean. Canada also borders the United States in the south and in the northwest.

Planning your landing is vital for settling quickly in Canada, to do so you need to collect as much information as possible.

As long as you made it to read this Blog, it’s obvious that Internet is your source. In fact this is the best source specially if you surf Canadian Government website like. where you can find official information about immigration, and that has very useful information about settling there. Of course some people like to consult a lawyer since the beginning, but be careful unfortunately not all lawyers are qualified or experienced.

Now after you have arrived to Canada, you need to know what to do next. in this post I will give you your Welcome to Canada Checklist, and then I will elaborate more in each one … so I will write a separate detailed post about every action item. Here is your list:

Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Apply for a Health Card (OHIP)
Apply for the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) if you have kids
Open a Bank Account: I recommend RBC Royal Bank as it is the biggest bank in Canada. I will elaborate more about Financial issues in later post.
Apply for a Driver’s Licence
Job Search: Get information about finding a job by finding an Employment Resource Centre (ERC) close to your home, where you can learn about your rights as an employee and lots of useful information about how to “job search”.
Find a Settlement Agency close to your home
Find a Community Health Centre close to your home
Find a Public Library close to your home
Find out how to register your children in school
Get maps of streets and bus routes
Find English Classes for you and your family
Find out where to shop: Food, Clothes, etc …

Find an accommodation in canada (Housing):

First thing you have to think about is where to stay temporarily and afterwards permanently in canada ; so as we are now talking about settling in Ontario (the province), probably the best city to live around is Toronto (GTA – Greater Toronto Area).

Toronto City is the largest of Canada’s vibrant urban centres. It is the hub of the nation’s commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural life, and is the capital of the Province of Ontario. That means a JOB to you.

Well, getting back to “where to live in canada”, I believe that living in Mississauga, which is located just beside Toronto, is a smart strategic move because Mississauga is a newer city, cheaper rent, has great services, and still you have quick access to Toronto; so you can live in Mississauga City and work in Toronto City.

However, this actually depends on being you a family or individual:

1 – If you are an individual then it’s much easier for you to find a place, you have several options: find a homestay room, which is a fully furnished room in a family town house where they serve meals as well as the stay, you can look for one in this great website, that has thousands of host families available ( for you, HomeStay Finder. Also you can find a short term rent or maybe a roommate, here is a best Canadian Local Classifieds website to find suitable rent: Kijiji.(

2- If you are a family (like in my case, we were family of three) then you will probably need a furnished place to stay in, at least for the first month till you discover the city and places where you can buy furniture. So in my case I decided to go for Studio 6 extended stay hotels ( which offer the affordable comfort of furnished studios, it’s the cheapest furnished option with high quality service, only $1500 per month. That decision came after LOTS of international calls and very deep research.

Now in both cases whether you are individual or a family, after a while you need to settle in an apartment and furnish it. So one important thing you need to know is that in most cases you need to sign a ONE year contract with the landlord and pay the first and the last month rent; moreover you need to show the ability to pay the rent for the complete year in order for the landlord to accept to sign that contract with you. That’s why Canadian Government tells you to bring good amount of money for the first 6 months when you first come to Canada.

Alternative sources that can also yield good finds include which is a dedicated rental site. and are also very good sources although they are not just property specific, but do have a wide selection.

A wide range of hotels is available for temporary stays upon arrival in Canada. Average cost of a room in a YWCA/YMCA: $24 – $45 CDN per night. For more information see:,  or, ,  : Find or offer houses and flats in Canada Water, Cute room close to Fulham Broadway metro Station, where you will share with another nice people.  : Greater Toronto Area and Peel Region Apartments for Rent: Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, North York, East York, Etobicoke, York, High Park, Parkdale, etc.  : Search for apartments, houses, condos and other properties for rent on the Rent Board of Canada.   : Your local REALTOR® will help you find the perfect home. Get started here by searching for properties for sale and rent across Canada.

If you want to settle down in a particular city or town for a number of months or more, then your best option is to find rental accommodation. Sharing with a mate will be even better and help save you some cash for sightseeing. Begin your search on some of these top rental websites:







Finding a job
Where to look for jobs postings

The Internet is an excellent research medium with a number of websites that provide opportunities to employees throughout Canada. The following is a list of major Canadian job portals:

Finding the right job in Canada is important to you if you are in the Canadian immigration process or even if you are just thinking about immigration to Canada.

You could apply for seasonal jobs in Canada at a ski resort and spend an amazing 6 months exploring, living, and working a winter season. There are also positions for foreigners to work in Canada during summer and all year round with,, .

The list of job portals seems endless but some of the most important ones include :  : Offers resources for the job search and lists jobs in Canada, including government listings.  : Official job search engine of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers® project. Find thousands of new jobs in Canada every day on the official job search engine of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project.  : is the government’s job site geared towards prospective immigrants. It has been recently combined with the governmen’ts Job Bank (see below), which is the public job advertising website for Canada.

Recruiting Agencies:
Recruiting agencies vary across Canada. Depending on their location or their area of specialization, they may address the needs of different companies and different individuals.

Talking and interacting with other people can help you find a job. Family and friends may know someone that is looking to hire a worker. Many job positions are filled through contacts and recommendations; knowing the right people can be a real help.There are also online networking communities that have built-in features for finding jobs, check out the following links:

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) Job Bank:
As a designated federal body for the labour market in Canada, HRSDC offers many services to people looking for employment, including: resume writing workshops, mock interviews, etc. Please consult the HRSDC website for more information.

Work Permits:

Regulations and application process

Canada is a very popular destination for skilled workers. This section describes who qualifies to obtain a work permit in Canada, the procedures and other regulations.

Every year, almost 100,000 temporary foreign workers enter Canada to work in jobs where there are temporary skill shortages. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) allocate visas depending on the need for such workers and the benefit that they are expected to provide to the Canadian economy. Almost all cases of temporary work in Canada require the worker to possess a valid work permit.

Who requires a work permit?

Several conditions must be satisfied in order to qualify for a work permit. Firstly, you must receive a job offer from a Canadian employer. When the offer is received,Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) usually provide a labour market ‘opinion’ or simply their confirmation of your job offer. HRSDCdetermines whether the job offer is legitimate and if it is the right thing for the Canadian labour market for you to be hired. For example, if there is a shortage of computer programmers and you have the skills, you will be more likely to have an application approved.

  • Some individuals may be exempt from satisfying some conditions for work permit issue. You may obtain a work permit without the confirmation from HRSDC if you belong to any of the following groups:
  • Professionals, traders and investors who are citizens of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries. This regulation also allows the issuance of work permits to people who enter Canada under other types of international agreements.
  • Some types of entrepreneurs, intra-company transferees and other types of workers, who will provide significant benefit to Canadians or permanent residents by working in Canada.
  • Persons whose employment in Canada provides similar employment to Canadians abroad, such as participants in youth exchange programs, exchange teachers and other reciprocal programs.
  • Foreign students studying in Canada who need to work in order to fulfill co-op placements.
  • Spouses and common-law partners of skilled foreign workers, spouses and common-law partners of certain foreign students, spouses and common-law partners of a person doing post-graduation employment for certain foreign students and post-doctoral fellows.


Persons undertaking charitable or religious work.


Certain persons who need to support themselves while they are in Canada for other reasons such as the refugee determination process and certain persons who have been accepted for permanent residence in Canada.
Federal tax rates for 2016 in Canada:
15% on the first $45,282 of taxable income, +
20.5% on the next $45,281 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $45,282 up to $90,563), +
26% on the next $49,825 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $90,563 up to $140,388), +
29% on the next $59,612 of taxable income (on the portion of taxable income over $140,388 up to $200,000), +
33% of taxable income over $200,000.

The wireless/cell phone provider available in your area may depend on who has a license in the province where you live. The following is a list of the largest mobile carriers in Canada: Bell Mobility, Rogers, Telus Mobility, Virgin Mobile, Sprint Canada.

How do I Live and Work in Canada : Find Seasonal and Backpaker jobs in Canada

Find a Seasonal or Temporary job in Germany

The capital of Germany is the city state of Berlin. It is the seat of the President of Germany, whose official residence is Schloss Bellevue.

You have decided to look for a job in Germany. We can show you the different ways of finding the right employer for you in Germany – starting with initial research on the Internet right through to visits to job fairs in Germany or in your home country. or are the best website where you can find a temporary and seasonal job in Germany.

Federal Employment Agency: Germany’s largest official job portal belongs to the Federal Employment Agency (BA). One of its tasks is to support job-hunters in Germany and abroad in their search for suitable job offers. On the BA Web site, you can do targeted searches for vacant jobs. The search engine is available in German, English and French. However, for the moment most of the job offers are in German only.

EURES: The BA is also a member of the network of European employment agencies, which is called EURES. EURES is committed to promoting the mobility of job-seekers in Europe by providing advisory and job-finding services.

Job portals: Many German companies advertise their vacancies not only through official agencies, but also publish them on the Internet. Take a look at the well-known job portals (German keyword: Jobportal) and on social networking sites. Otherwise, search for companies in Germany which are most likely to offer jobs in your line of work. Many of these companies offer vacancies on their own Web sites. The job sections are usually called “Stellenangebote”, “Karriere” or “Vakanzen”. Here are some more online jobs webiste you may check. : Jobcentres have extensive listings of vacancies, which are free to look at (even without a work permit). The majority of these offers are for un- and semi-skilled work.

At you can get direct access to lots of opportunities for English-speaking job positions. Although the sites are mainly focused on jobs in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt, they also cover some jobs outside the cities. You can see featured jobs from employers specifically targetting expatriates and browse open positions by category.

Check the following links to search for jobs in Germany now :

Find a Accommodation in Germany :

You need your residence registration first in order to apply for a residency permit. Once you have obtained the Anmeldebestätigung, take it to the immigration office to get your residency permit. For more information click here. Here are some online websites you may check for accommodation in Germany. : They offer affordable, and fully equipped, furnished apartments directly to international people moving to Berlin for work or for studying. : The most comprehensive website for proper rentals (mieten), and some untermieten is also. : Discover for yourself what Berlin has to offer, and make great savings with our range of budget accommodation in Berlin.  : Save on Germany accommodation! Great value holiday rentals including 2140 self catering Germany apartments from €11 per night. : Offer flats and rooms in shared flats all around Germany and allow you to place your own ad for free.

Work Permit :
Citizens of the European Union, as well as citizens of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the Republic of Korea can apply for their residence permit for work purposes after entering Germany without a visa. Citizens of other countries are required to apply and obtain a visa for work purposes before entering Germany.
After the application has been approved by the Aliens’ Office and by the Work Office, the Embassy will issue you a residence permit in the form of a visa, which will include an authorization permitting you to work in Germany. You don’t need to obtain no extra work permit after arriving in Germany.
A residence permit for self-employed business purposes is valid for a maximum of three years. It can be indefinitely extended if your project is successful.

Taxes :
The first EUR 8,130 (married tax table: EUR 8,260) earned each year is tax-free. Any higher amount is subject to income tax. Income tax is progressive, starting at 18.9 percent and rising incrementally to 42 percent, or for very high incomes, 45 percent.

Find a Seasonal or Temporary job in Germany


Italy is a country in Southern Europe. Together with Greece, it is acknowledged as the birthplace of Western culture. Not surprisingly, it is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. High art and monuments are to be found everywhere around the country.

Italy, commanding a long Mediterranean coastline, has left a powerful mark on Western culture and cuisine. Its capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance treasures such as Michelangelo’s “David” and its leather and paper artisans; Venice, the sinking city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

How do I find a job in Italy?

By far the most important part of living in Italy – how to find temporary and seasonal jobs in Italy! or are the best website where you can find a lot of temporary and seasonal jobs in Italy.
For temporary work, Manpower has a presence in Italy as well as Kelly Services – Adecco – Metis – and many other temporary work agencies, but most deal in just that: temporary work.Media and communication, tourism, finance, and international business are the main job sectors open to foreigners.

Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner.  : craigslist provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community and events.  : Job in Rome and Italy for professionals and expats seeking employment opportunities with English as the main working language.  : you can get direct access to lots of opportunities for English-speaking job positions. Milan is home to a vibrant expat community, this site also covers some jobs outside of the city. : Thousands of Jobs at indeed, a Better Way to Search for Jobs in Italy.  : Find jobs vacant in Rome in our classifieds section. Berlitz Italy is among the world leaders in the field of language learning services.

Some other websites are here..

Some companies operate both summer and winter hotels and camps throughout Italy. Employees are required to speak good Italian. Representatives are also required for summer camps, which are organised for both adults and children. Among the main employers are Alpitour Italia, Viale Maino, 42, 20129 Milan (, Club Med(, Francorosso International ( and Valtur (

Hotels & Catering

Hotels and restaurants are the largest employers of seasonal workers, from hotel managers to kitchen hands, with jobs which are available all year round. Experience, qualifications and fluent Italian are required for all the best and highest paid positions, although a variety of jobs are available for the untrained and inexperienced.

Grape & Fruit Picking
To find a fruit or vegetable picking job, visit the local information centre, which will provide you with a list of farms in the area taking on temporary workers for the harvest season.

Ski Resorts
A seasonal job in an Italian ski resort can be a lot of fun and very satisfying. You will get fit, improve your Italian, make some friends, and may even save some money.

How can I move to Italy?

I suggest you immediately visit the Italian embassy/consulate (website if you can’t go in person) where you are a resident for more information on how to obtain the necessary paperwork. Each embassy/consulate may have a different procedure to follow.

If you’re American/Canadian/Australian, you’ll notice immediately that there are no agreements between the U.S. and Italy for work. To get a Work Visa, you have to do one of two things: apply for one from your home country and wait to receive one, or find a company willing to hire you and initiate the paperwork for you. This is a bit of a catch-22 because most companies will not hire you without a work permit and it’s almost impossible to get a work permit without a job! If you’re familiar with the green-card process in the U.S., it’s not much different, nor less difficult to obtain a work permit.

Note: There are visa types listed that I did not discuss. A visa is only used for entry into Italy – upon entering Italy, you will have to convert your visa into a permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno) for your particular reason for being in Italy.

Get on living in Italy Forums

I really suggest you get onto (or to the forum directly, immediately because there are a ton of people on there who have made the move to Italy. Your question is sure to have been asked and answered from many different angles.

Did you fall in love with Under the Tuscan Sun, but deep down being far away from a mini-mall freaks you out? This may not go away. Luckily Italy has a type of city for every person. If you’re a city person, you may want to look at the big cities – Rome, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Florence. If you like wide-open, maybe more rural-minded answer is for you.

If you have the opportunity, I would come and travel around to a few different contenders while you’re deciding. Obviously, a few days will not be a perfect indicator, but it’s better than doing a cold-turkey move. I chose larger cities because to me diversity is an essential element of living as well as availability!

If you want to work in banking or software development or fashion, you’ll need to move where you can find a job. You’ll either have to choose your profession and see where you could work in Italy, or choose your preferred city and see how you can work there by investigating companies that have branches there.

If you are a complete novice to Italy, I suggest you start by reading as much as you can about it! The Eyewitness Italy guide has tons of pictures and historical information for the main towns, or read a memoir or fiction based in Italy, get a guide to Italy, or watch a movie based in Italy.

Accommodation / Mobile / Tax / General
Housing in Rome is rather expensive. You have to spend on average 400-500 € for a single room in an apartment shared with other people, and from 300-400 € for a shared room or a room in a family’s apartment.

If you are looking for accommodation in Italy then or will help you to find a right place to live in ItalyThe MioAffitto website has a comprehensive search system as does (link to Rome rentals) – if the prices on this site seem ridiculously high, you’ve probably set the site to look for properties for sale and not for rental properties! : craigslist provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale in Italy. : Find Beds and Rooms for rent 30,000 Rooms for Rent in Italy. : Providing a wide range of options to suit all budgets, has apartments in the beautiful historic centres of Rome and Florence, as well as stunning Tuscan villas. : Offered Bright single room for rent in a comfortable apartment on the. and bright room with shared bathroom in a lovely apartment. : Cheap accommodation in Italy: budget hotels, bed and breakfast, holiday homes, apartments in Venice, Rome, Florence, Siena, Naples, Milan, Sicily, Sardinia.

Visa :
The Visa allows applicants to enter Italy for a short term period (type “C”) or for a long term period (type “D”) with the purpose to work while earning a salary.
This Visas are subject to an Authorization (“NULLA OSTA”) issued by the competent Italian Authority (“SPORTELLO UNICO PER L’IMMIGRAZIONE”) which is valid within 6 months from the date of issuing.

Italy individual income tax rates:

Tax (%) Tax Base (EUR)
23% 0 – 15,000
27% 15,001-28,000
38% 28,001-55,00
41% 55,001-75,000
43% 75,001


Temporary And Seasonal Jobs in Ireland!

Internet resources for job seekers in Ireland that will help you settle quick during your stay in Ireland:,, jobsie, and There are the usual volunteer sites in effect of work away and help exchange and various culture exchange programmes.

To find jobs in Ireland you will need a well checked/edited CV and cover letter, a local phone number and address. 50% of jobs are filled via recruitment and jobboards the rest by some form of networking. Handout CV’s locally, try to be specific and talior your cover letter so.

There is a big hospitality sector and seasonal work often temporary work can be found here from May to September, other seasonal work can be found in Retail before christmas and agriculture and harvest work August/September usually popular with migrant workers on summer temporary work visits; mostly tractor driving and harvest picking, see and contact for recruitment and for milking relief work.

There is seasonal work all over ireland but it requires often to contact local people via volunteering roles or even the Irishpub. Some of the harvest is tough and all pay minimal wages and often less as you are piece picking, so not guaranteed to reach 8.65 per hour.

For Accommodation check, most rental accommodation is available on this website, and lots of shared accommodation offers. Hostels for backpackers are often a good way to start for a week or two also consider getting in contact with landlords via AirBnB for more isolated areas.

You need a PPS Number from to work in Ireland , this is available to all EU citizens easliy and to students on work supported visa’s, it involves queuing at the local branch with a bank statement and letter from your accommodation, the number will then be posted to you in 7 days.

Job Offer First – Then the Permit or Green Card :

You can’t just apply for a work permit or green card and then come here to look around and find work. You can only get such permits AFTER you have a job offer in hand. If you have been offered a job paying at least €60,000 you’ll have no problems and will gain the Green Card easily. Some few exceptions are made for those with a job offer paying between €30,000 and €60,000 and such job seekers may be granted a work permit or green card. Those of you with a job offer worth less than €30,000 per year will find it exceedingly difficult to get a work permit.

There are fast track visa’s granted for I.T workers to supply the increasely over supported multinational I.T companies such as Facebook and Google. Currently (2016) there is a shortage of Para research engineers and I.T multi Lingual programe engineers and these applicants can expect fast processing other wise approval is not guaranteed, is expensive and takes up to a year.

You can get a pay as you go mobile chip easily, that will work on your gsm phone, wifi is availble all over and there are a choice of network providers, Tesco being a cheap option.

Temporary And Seasonal Jobs in Ireland!