There are thousands of job opportunities in the Canadian mining industry for a variety of skill sets. Whether you have a degree in engineering, in healthcare, communications, business, or the technical know how to operate the equipment; the options are endless. Canada, the country with the eighth highest per capita income in the world, is one of the wealthiest nations due in no small part to mining. There are more than 418,000 people working full time in the Canadian mining industry, according to the Mining Association of Canada. The second largest country in the world has a lot to offer the average job seeker, much more than those beautiful mountains and never ending coastlines.
So, what entices people to join the mining industry?
For one, the average weekly pay in the industry stands at around $1,600 higher than many other industries out there. Estimates state that it is the top paying industrial sector in Canada today and creates thousands of indirect jobs as well.
It’s important to know the requirements if you’re aiming to have a career in mining in Canada. For one, if you’re a non-Canadian citizen, you would need a work permit or visa – no matter what your job entails. A work permit or visa is a Canadian government requirement. Be sure to do your own due diligence as restrictions and requirements vary from country to country. This is because certain jobs are considered regulated occupations in Canada and you would need a Canadian license or certificate before you are allowed to work in those sectors. Regulated occupations, such as engineering or Geosciences, help the Canadian Government to protect public health and safety.
In addition to national guidelines, each Canadian province has its own responsibility to set their specific regulations and requirements. You can use the Working in Canada tool to learn more about your career, know how it’s regulated, as well as display the contact information of the regulatory body whom you can contact for more information.
Making your way into the non-regulated occupations
Not all jobs in the mining industry are regulated and in general these areas have lower requirements for employment. Don’t expect to have it easy though, as competition in the non-regulated occupations can be tough too.
You can undertake training to improve your skills and there are plenty of training courses in Canada to help you break into the Canadian mining industry including the Canadian Mining Certification Program (CMCP). A national program, the CMCP certifies those who want to enter the mining industry with a leg-up on competition for one of these sought-after jobs.