working in Oxford

Before You Arrive
It is important to prepare and learn as much as possible about work and professional opportunities before you arrive in your new community.


Your First Days
Once you have arrived, you will likely want to start working and begin your career as soon as possible.


Your First Weeks
As days turn into weeks you will begin to feel more settled.


Your Career in Oxford
Soon you will feel right at home in Oxford.

Over 150,000 foreign workers enter Canada every year to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers meet skill needs, or to work as live-in caregivers. Most temporary workers need a work permit to work in Canada.
Visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website to learn more about working temporarily in Canada.

There will be differences between working in Canada and working in your home country. All workers in Canada are protected by employment standards created by each province. You can learn about working in Ontario by visiting the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Labour website.

The Government of Canada's Working in Canada Tool website can provide more valuable information helping you make well-informed decisions about where to live and work. It can produce a report that contains information on job descriptions, wages, skills, language training and job opportunities specialized to your needs.

Before you come to Canada, it is important to understand whether and how your credentials from your home country will be recognized here.

Community Employment Services
Community Employment Services (CES) in Oxford County provides accreditation services for residents and newcomers.

CES is a "one stop centre for accessing a variety of employment related programs and services in Oxford County", including credential assessment and accreditation. All CES services are free and confidential.

CES operates offices in Woodstock, Ingersoll, Norwich, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, and Thamesford.

Phone: 519.539.8161 or 
Toll free: 1.888.439.816

Click here to find the CES office in your community.

Visit Immigration Canada’s Foreign Credentials Referral Office website for more information on how your can have your credentials recognized.

Several organizations in Southern Ontario specialize in helping newcomers get their credentials recognized:

Other organizations offering credentials assessment in Southern Ontario include:

Access Centre for Regulated Employment
171 Queens Avenue Suite 320
London, ON
Phone: 519. 858.2348
E-mail: info@accesscentre.ca

Global Experience Ontario
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
163 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
Phone: 416.327.9694 or 1.866.670.4094
E-mail: geo@ontario.ca

Community Employment Services (CES)
Oxford County offers many professional opportunities for residents and newcomers. CES and the Tillsonburg Multi Service Centre are ‘one stop centres for accessing a variety of employment related programs and services in Oxford County.’ All CES services are free and confidential.

These services include:
Resume and cover letter preparation
Foreign qualification accreditation
Job search strategies
Interview skills
Employment counselling
Career exploration
Training and self-employment information
Labour market information
Access to employer hiring incentives and wage subsidies

CES operates offices in Woodstock, Ingersoll, Norwich, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, and Thamesford. Click here to find the CES office in your community.
Phone: 519.539.8161 or
Toll free: 1.888.439.816

Tillsonburg District Multi Service Center
96 Tillson Avenue
Tillsonburg, Ont.
N4G 3A1
Call 519-842-9000 and ask for Multi Service Centre Employment Services

Visit the Work In Oxford website to browse employment opportunities available in Oxford County right now.

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