It is important to prepare and learn as much as possible about work and professional opportunities before you arrive in your new community. The following information and links should help you to plan your career in Oxford.
Online Pre-Arrival Preparation
Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) is an Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) funded program that delivers free pre-arrival services for job readiness and retention.
Resources and courses are offered at no charge, these include: one-on-one orientation, job search support and workplace culture training, as well as referral to a wide range of post-arrival services upon entry to Canada.
Ontario Immigration Before you arrive
The Government of Ontario provides an excellent resource for those planning or thinking of moving to Ontario.
Visit Ontario Immigration’s Before You Arrive page.
Working 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.
The Immigration Process
There are many ways of immigrating to Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Website lists the ways in which individuals and families come to Canada, describing the process for each immigration program.
The immigration process can be complicated and confusing, especially if English is not your first language.
Visit the Document Checklist at Settlement.org to view a list of all the documents you will need or should bring when you come to Canada.
To make sure you’ve really got everything you need, you can also check Immigration Canada’s Document Checklist.
Having Your Credentials Recognized
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
Phone: 519. 858.2348
Global Experience Ontario
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
163 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor
Phone: 416.327.9694 or 1.866.670.4094
Working in Canada Temporarily
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.
Finding a Job in Oxford County
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
Call 519-842-9000 and ask for Multi Service Centre Employment Services
Visit the WorkInOxford.ca to browse employment opportunities available in Oxford County right now.