Top 10 Part-Time Jobs in Canada for Students

Here are some part-time jobs in Canada that students should consider

Top 10 Part-Time Jobs in Canada for Students

In recent years, Canada has been one of the most popular destinations for international students to travel to and study. It has great infrastructure, a strong economy, highly-regarded educational standards and so much more. While it does have a lot to offer, it may not always be the most affordable to students who have to fund their day-to-day lives out of their pocket. This is why many international students get part-time jobs to offset the cost of their studies.

As a foreign student, you might wonder if you can work while studying in Canada, as in, would it be viable? The answer to that is a resounding ‘yes’. While you do need a government permit or legal approval, it is doable. Certain part-time jobs in Canada might only require you to work weekends or evenings. Some might be even more flexible, allowing you to plan your schedule around them. In this blog, we explore 10 such part-time jobs in Canada for international students looking to support themselves.

1. Teacher’s Assistant

This is by far one of the most convenient part-time jobs to have when studying in Canada. Many schools and teachers hire teaching assistants to help them with various tasks throughout the term. Some of these duties might include tutoring, helping students, formulating lesson plans, administrative work and even grading student papers.

There are some requirements for the candidates who take up this role. Applicants should have completed at least a year of university or college. They should also have exceptional organizational skills and experience in a relevant course with which they will be assisting. What makes this job so convenient is that you don’t even have to leave campus frequently. There is a caveat though, you have to stay on top of your studies while helping others stay on top of theirs.

2. Server/ Bartender

If you’re a little more inclined towards the service industry and prefer to work in shifts or nights, then this might be more to your liking. Serving or bartending is usually done at night, be it weekdays or weekends. While the hourly wages of this job don’t quite keep pace with the other jobs on this list, it does give you more room to breathe in terms of time management. You get more time to focus on your studies with this part-time job, and hey, there are always those customers who tip well. At the end of the day, how much you earn depends on the establishment you work at, your customers and your people skills.

Bartending is one of the best part-time jobs for students

3. Uber or Lyft Driver

If you’re not much one for sitting behind a desk or waiting on customers, and if you much rather prefer a little movement in life, then this is a part-time job you should consider. This is a rather popular part-time job for students in Canada as they get to drive around, it’s more accessible and flexible as well. All you need is a driver’s license, be 21 years of age, a car and a phone. What’s great is you get to set your work timings with this job.

4. Tutor

This is sort of in line with what we mentioned about the teacher’s assistant. Tutoring is a great part-time job for students who excel in certain areas of study. As long as you have the qualifications, knowledge and patience to teach others, you will succeed at this job.

5. Freelancer

Here we have yet another job that allows you to set your timetable. If you are someone who enjoys working from home or remotely, a freelance job like freelance writing, web designing, copywriting or even graphic designing can be good options for students in Canada. What’s more, often you can set your rates, have a diverse range of clients and have complete control over the quality of work that you produce. This is one of the better part-time jobs if you need more time on your hands.

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon, British hairstylist

Working as a nanny is one of the more relaxing part-time jobs

6. Nanny

Many students often take up au pair work due to its flexible timings and generally easy-going nature of the job. If you enjoy working with children and have experience caring for them, then this is a good role for you. Many parents seek assistance taking care of their children, from picking them up at school to preparing meals, entertaining them or just simply babysitting.  Typically, the hours are flexible and the added advantage here is that you can do your assignments while they sleep. You drive up your chances of landing jobs in this department if you have first-aid and CPR training.

7. Barista

Studying and caffeine go hand-in-hand most of the time. How can you say no to a job where you work with caffeine all day? It is generally very easy-going and enjoyable. Coffee shops love to hire students for their flexible schedules. However, if we are being honest, this is not one of the higher-paying part-time jobs on this list, but it has its upsides. For example, if you work for a big brand like Starbucks, then you get impressive benefits, perks and a decent day’s wage. Fair to say, it is a worthwhile part-time job to have.

8. Salesperson

This job is all about people skills. While nothing can be said for certain when it comes to working as a salesperson, there are benefits. There could be flexible timings and a decent income in it for you, but that all depends on where you work and the kind of role you take on. Some stores might offer you a commission-based salary or a general monthly income. So, choose wisely based on your schedule and studies.

“Studies serve for delight, for ornaments, and for ability. – Francis Bacon, Former Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

9. Dog Walker

If you’re an animal lover, this is one of the best part-time jobs you can have. Keep in mind that, while this job does sound relaxing, it is a little more time-consuming at times. Some dog walkers may be on-call so there is that to consider. You may also have to walk certain dogs, for a certain amount of time, and it varies. There is also the weather to consider, which may not always be ideal. All things considered though, it isn’t that time consuming compared to most jobs. What’s ideal about this is, you can charge higher prices depending on the services you offer and the number of dogs you walk. This could be turned into a free-lance job if you were so inclined. You could add on service offerings like dog-sitting and even grooming if you had the time and facilities.

10. Translator

If you are someone who speaks more than one language, you might be in luck! In Canada, the demand for translators is quite healthy. However, to be a translator, you need to be able to speak, read, and write the language fluently. You need these skills as you may be asked to work on documents, facilitate communication between two or more parties and so on. You could work with a company, or you could do it as an independent agent too. Either way, there is a good scope for this part-time job in Canada for students.

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Top 10 Highest-Paying Trades in Canada

Highest-paying trades in Canada

Top 10 Highest-Paying Trades in Canada

You have probably heard people saying how things are changing and how the future is here. Well, with the world becoming more and more automated, skilled positions and trades are surging in demand. This is especially true of a country like Canada as it has a vast job market with high levels of competition and demand for skilled workers. Tradespeople such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, mechanics and millwrights are surging in demand. There is such a demand for people in this line of work, that these professions stand as some of the highest-paying trades in Canada.

Canada has a great medical care infrastructure and it stands as one of the largest economies in the world. What does that tell you? There are plenty of doctors, lawyers, and business magnates. However, there is a huge gap in the skilled workers’ category if you look at the level of demand. Hands-on skill is something that employers are willing to pay top dollar for these days. It’s with that in mind that we here at Pure Staffing Solutions have put together a list of some of the highest-paying trades in Canada!

Top 10 Highest-Paying Trades in Canada

Now, before we get into it, you should keep in mind that the following list of jobs and their average salaries were taken from data from Canada’s national statistical agency, Statistics Canada as well as a combination of other sites. While they may not be current or exact, it is relevant in the sense that it will give you a holistic idea of the different trades.

1) Industrial Electricians (NOC Code - 7242)

Electricians in general are some of the highest-paid tradespeople in Canada. Apprentices generally start on around 40% of what a fully qualified electrician earns according to CanadianVisa.Org. The average going rate for electricians can come up to somewhere around $50 an hour. Industrial electricians are part of some of the highest-paid trades in Canada.

For example, in the province of Alberta, Canada, they can earn up to $120,000 for work such as installing, maintaining, testing and repairing industrial electrical systems.

Highest-paying trades in Canada

Usually, they work for contractors or maintenance departments of factories, mines, plants, shipyards and so on. While it is a long journey to get certified to work as a professional in this field, it is well worth the struggle. All these factors combine to make this one of the highest-paying trades in Canada.

2) Industrial Mechanics and Millwrights (NOC Code - 7311)

Millwrights and industrial mechanics are skilled workers who maintain, test, troubleshoot, install and repair stationary industrial equipment. This includes things like mechanical equipment in factories, plants, mines, and so on. One particular part of the country where they earn some of the highest salaries is in Saskatchewan. Here millwrights and industrial electricians can command up to $99,000 a year for an average week of work throughout the year according to immigration.ca and Statistics Canada.

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3) Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (NOC Code - 7321)

Now, there are two segments of workers in this category, we have truck and transport mechanics as well as automotive service technicians. Truck mechanics have a high demand and are one of the highest-paid trades in Canada for the simple reason of geography. Trucks and big rigs play a vital role in shipping goods across the border. Considering the average workweek, these mechanics could earn up to $100,000 per year as per the website. This is especially applicable in the Northern and North-western Territories of the country.

Now on the other hand we have automotive service technicians. They see the highest pay in the northern territory of Nunavut. While the cost of living is relatively higher than most provinces in Canada, it balances out with the high level of pay that these professionals see. At around $103,000 per year, this is right up there as one of the highest-paying trades in Canada.

highest-paying trades in Canada

4) Heavy-Duty Equipment Technicians (NOC Code - 7312)

Much like millwrights, these mechanics specialize in the repair, installation, maintenance and overhauling of heavy-duty industry mechanics. It is a tough job, to say the least, and it requires a high level of skill and qualification to perform. The job can pay around $103,000 per year according to Immigration.ca. This number applies more to the skilled individuals who find themselves completing an average workweek in Alberta, Canada.

5) Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers (NOC Code - 7252)

This group of skilled tradespeople layout, assemble, fabricate, maintain, troubleshoot and repair piping systems carrying water, steam, chemicals and fuel in heating, cooling, lubricating and other process piping systems, according to Immigration.ca. The website also mentioned how in the Atlantic Canadian province of Nova Scotia, they earn the highest salaries in the country for one reason – The Halifax Shipyard.

This shipping yard has a $25 billion contract with the Canadian navy to build combat ships. This means that the steamfitters in this place earn the highest wages in the trade at around $92,722 per year.

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6) Welders (NOC Code - 7237)

Welders who work specifically with ferrous and non-ferrous metals as well as those who work for companies that manufacture structural steel, plate works, boilers and so on, earn the most. Generally, they can earn around $85,000 to $88,000 in the highest paying areas such as British Columbia if they work a full-time job or an average workweek. The salaries also depend on the seniority and the experience that the welder has in a particular field.

7) Construction Electricians (NOC Code - 7241)

Most of the skilled workers in this field are self-employed but they can work for contractors or as a part of a maintenance division. These workers are responsible for laying out, assembling, installing, testing, and repairing electrical wiring, fixtures and other related components. In provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario, they can command a salary of around $87,000 a year for an average week’s work.

8) Plumbers (NOC Code - 7251)

While the job itself might not be the most glamorous one, the earning sure is. In areas such as Ontario can make around $78,000 per year as per data taken from Salary.com. This number can range anywhere from $72,304 to $84,000 per year. However, this does not include the bonuses and benefits that they might receive over the same period.

These skilled workers install, repair and maintain pipes, fixtures and other plumbing equipment used for water distribution and wastewater disposal in residential, commercial or industrial buildings.

9) Carpenters (NOC Code - 7271)

These workers construct, maintain, repair construction components and structures made of wood or wood substitutes, certain metals and other related materials. They can be independent, work with companies or for contractors. Working the average workweek, these skilled labourers can earn an average salary of $43,000 to $70,000 per year according to Salary explorer.

10) Long-haul Truck Drives (NOC Code - 7511)

Coming back to the trucking industry of Canada, one of the main sources of transportation of goods across the country is via trucks and big-rigs. We have already established how important the mechanics are, now we turn to the drives of these machines. Long-haul drives can earn an average of $45,000 to $55,000 per year. This plus having it as a part of your job to travel around the country is a pretty great job.

So, there you have it, these are just some of the highest-paying trades in Canada. Once again, the salaries may vary from location to location as well as other factors such as industry experience, qualifications, the company you work for, the specific line of work you specialize in and so on. All those factors aside though, this list should give you a rather good idea of how in-demand skilled workers are in Canada.

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