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Nigerian universities graduate thousands of students annually with little or no available industry to employ them.

Many of these qualified-yet-unemployed youths look for alternatives, as they cannot remain jobless and receive the humiliations that come with being unemployed.

A country like Canada has become an alternative source of jobs to many people including Nigerians. These unemployed individuals scramble for jobs here and there to make sure their ends meet.

Most unfortunately, many people reach a dead-end in search of these jobs because of the difficulty of the process.

The good news is that in this post, I have clearly suggested how to get a job in Canada from Nigeria.

Therefore, I urge you to stick with me as we drift along these simple steps you will need to take to secure high paying jobs in Canada from Nigeria.


I am afraid to state that there are no sure steps to take that will grant you 100% assurance of getting work in Canada from places like Nigeria. The difficulty of working in Canada from a different location is very much and it is undeniable. However, we can only suggest and it left for you to try; we will always wish you the best of luck.

Step 1: Prepare your Resume to fit the Canadian style.

Step 2: Register on different Canadian job boards like Indeed, Glassdoor, Jobbank, Monster Canada and so on.

Step 3: Learn more about Canada in order to find out which province that will best need the skill set you possess.

Step 4: Network with people in the industries and locations you wish to get in, and get your skills exposed to possible employers. You can achieve this by joining different online forums of Canadians and making sure you effectively connect with people.

Step 5: When you have found your desired job, apply with your Canadian cover letter and Canadian style resume.

You will have a better chance if you have experiences from places in Europe and America. Experiences from Africa and Nigeria to be precise are not usually trusted by most employers.

Now let’s look at how you can get to Canada.


When you have rightly taken the above steps, you could now be ripe to take the major step of securing job in Canada from Nigeria, which is through the Express Entry programme.

Express Entry is the route which many has taken to secure their desired Canadian job and process their Canadian Working visa. But you can only survive up till this point if you really have a highly demanded skill or that you just exceptional in your skills.

Express Entry however is a migration system in Canada that allows skilled workers to migrate to Canada and live as permanent residents.

If you have made the right connections as stated in Step 4, then you have a better chance through the recommendations those connections can give you.

Your network also is a powerful tool that exposes you to big migration opportunities like the Provincial Nominee Programmes, where a Canadian province can nominate you and therefore ask you to migrate to Canada.

If you think you really have the skills enough to earn you a job, you can get started with Express Entry migration programme here.

If you scale through the registration and selection processes, your employer can take it from there to make sure you work for them.

There other ways you could migrate to Canada, which you can find out here.


One of the most common ways to work in Canada is to work as a freelancer. You can virtually work for any client around the world from Nigeria when you are a freelancer who has remarkable skills. The only thing which I would not refer to as disadvantage is that you will not be a full-time worker.

You can work as a freelancer by offering certain services, precisely the ones you can deliver over the internet. You can be a freelance designer, writer and other technical and soft skills that can be sent over the web.

There are many freelancing platforms on which you can get to start getting job offers from anyone around the world. Such platforms are:

…and so many others.

You can also position yourself for freelance job opportunities in Canada, by building you portfolio and internet visibility. You can get on with this by getting a website and displaying your skills. You can also optimize your social media handles to get you the desired opportunities.


You could also be wondering why is very difficult to get a job in Canada while you a resident of Nigeria or just any other country. The answer is simple:

For a company or someone in Canada to employ someone outside the country, he needs a permit from the Canadian government and to get this permit takes long.

Except you are offering a highly demanded skill, I do not think any company would want to take that time waiting to employ you.

This permit that will be obtained from the Canadian government is called Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

This permit is to prove that no Canadian or a resident of the country that deliver on the job for which you want o employ an external person.


  • You are ready to leave Canada on expiry of your Work Permit.
  • You must have supporting documents, showing you are financially capable enough to take care of you and your family during your stay in Canada.
  • You do not have any criminal activity for which you must submit a certificate of clearance to the Police.
  • You must not be a danger to Canada’s security
  • You must be of good health and you will need to prove that through a medical examination.
  • You must not have the plans of working for an employer listed as ineligible by the government.
  • You must also not have the plans of working for an employer who offers erotic dance, escort services, striptease and other unaccepted jobs.
  • You must also be ready to provide all documents required by officers to qualify your entry to Canada.


When applying for Work Permit visa, you need the following documents:

  • A valid passport which has a validity of more than 6 months from the planned date of arrival in Canada.
  • 2 recent passport sized photographs
  • Your educational qualification certificates
  • The proves of your professional qualifications, including your work experience.
  • A proof that you have the adequate financial resources to cover your expenses during your stay in Canada
  • Medical examination certificate obtained from registered hospitals.
  • The application fee which is CA $155, which is approximately N41, 000.


One thing you must bear in mind is the difficulty involved in getting jobs in Canada from Nigeria. Great enough! That it is difficult does not mean it is impossible; you can scale through following the right steps, as stated in this article.

Keep your head up and do not relent. Meanwhile, you can subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest job and recruitment alerts.

Drop your questions, suggestions and inputs in the comment box; maybe you have a different suggestion from this we’ve described above.

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