Moving within Canada to work

Labour mobility is the freedom to work in a job wherever there is an opportunity in Canada. Moving across the country for better work opportunities can have many benefits. It can allow you to put your skills to work in a location where there is a greater need for them. In addition, wages and job opportunities vary across the country and are better in some areas than others. For example, in Alberta an electrician can earn about $30 per hour, while the average rate across the country is $28.

If you are looking to work in a different province or territory, the Government of Canada has programs that can help you locate jobs and learn which occupations are regulated and non-regulated. These programs can help you to get your credentials recognized so you can work in another province or territory. They may also help you to pay for moving expenses.

Where are the jobs?

Moving needs to be carefully planned, so it is important to know your options before you move. One helpful tool is the Government of Canada’s Job Bank.

Job Bank provides free occupational and career information, such as job opportunities, education requirements, responsibilities, pay, current employment trends and outlooks.

Moving to work as a certified worker in a regulated occupation

Some occupations are regulated in Canada—such as accountants, architects, carpenters, doctors, electricians and welders. To work in a regulated occupation in the province or territory where you want to move, you need to obtain a certificate or licence from the responsible regulatory body.

Visit Getting a job in a different province or territory for more information about (what you need to do to work in) a regulated occupation outside your province or territory.

Getting help to move for work

If you are moving to a new city, province or territory to work, you may qualify for the moving expenses tax deduction. You could claim expenses like transportation and storage, temporary living expenses, the cost of cancelling a lease, incidentals and costs that you may have to pay to keep your old home.

You may also benefit from the non-accountable moving allowance if your employer is paying or paying you back for your moving costs.

Visit the Canada Revenue Agency for more information.

Continuing to receive Employment Insurance benefits when you move

If you receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and you are moving to another area to look for work, you may continue to receive EI benefits. The number of weeks you can receive EI benefits and your weekly benefit amount will not change.

To receive EI regular benefits, you must be available to work and be actively looking for a suitable job. You must continue to look for work every day you are receiving EI regular benefits, including the days before, during and after a move.

If you receive EI regular benefits and accept a job offer that requires you to move, you must still look for a job every day that you are receiving EI benefits. This includes all of the days from when you get the job offer to when you start the job.

If you voluntarily leave your job to follow a spouse, common-law partner or dependent child to a new place, you may still receive EI regular benefits. You can contact Service Canada for more information about the EI program.

Learn more about getting a job in a different province or territory.

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