Get job-ready at free fair for immigrants

LOOKING for work? Want to move up in your career? Need information on settling in Metro Vancouver? On November 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free Canadian Immigrant Fair can help you on your Canadian journey.

Held at Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place), this tradeshow and speakers’ series for skilled immigrants, newcomers, students and temporary residents is all about providing the information and inspiration people need as they look for jobs, go back to school and settle into their new home.

In Metro Vancouver, 25,000 immigrants landed between January and August 2018, according to data from Immigrant, Refugees, Citizenship Canada. That’s the majority of the 32,000 who landed in the entire province of B.C. during that time period.

And many more thousands come on temporary work permits, as refugees or as international students in hopes of staying permanently one day. Some may be fleeing war, while others are seeking new opportunities and a better life. But they all have one thing in common: they need information after they arrive to help them in their immigration journey. That’s where the Canadian Immigrant Fair comes in.

“Metro Vancouver is obviously a destination of choice, but it can also be a challenging place, given the issues of affordability and housing costs,” says Margaret Jetelina, Editor, Canadian Immigrant magazine, which is the host of the fair, in association with sponsor Public Mobile.

“Immigrants are coming to Canada, and it’s our responsibility to welcome them, and help them settle in and find success. Through the Canadian Immigrant Fair, we offer information on the three pillars of success after immigrating to Canada: careers, education and settlement.”

The free fair will feature a tradeshow of diverse exhibitors, including career advisors, education institutes and social service agencies, plus several hiring companies, so don’t forget your resumé. Employers hiring onsite include: Bayshore Home Health, Costco Wholesale, the Universal Group, Fresh Point, Sunrise Soya Foods, FPS Food Process Solutions, the Brick, Stongs Markets LP and McDonald’s Restaurants.

If you have some other employer you want to approach, get job-ready with helpful resources such as free one-on-one advice at our Resumé Clinic, run in partnership with MOSAIC immigrant settlement agency. And If you want a more professional headshot for your LinkedIn social media presence, the fair’s associate sponsor Public Mobile will be offering a free professional photo booth to take your photo onsite.

The event’s popular speakers’ series includes an English pronunciation class by Catherine Steele, motivational workshops on succeeding in Canada by two RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, Iman Aghay and Miroslav Reljic, plus a session on making the most of a job fair with Pacific Community Resources Society’s Alexander Bell.

Temporary residents and PRs looking to become citizens can also seek advice on the English testing requirements at the CELPIP English test workshop. You can also get advice from immigration consultants and lawyers at the fair.

Learn more and register for the free fair at

Registration also available at the door on the day of the event.