Working and Investing in London, Ontario

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London has a well-balanced economy and vibrant businesses specifically in manufacturing, food and beverage processing, healthcare, professional services, and digital creative services. London’s location in the Great Lakes and along the Quebec City - Windsor Corridor empowers local businesses to expand across Canada, into the United States and the world.

Obtain a Social Insurance Number

Before you can get a job in Canada, you will need to apply for and obtain a Social Insurance Number (SIN).You can learn more about how to get one here.

Work Permits, Licensing, and Certifications

Depending on the type of work you are looking for, you may also need a certification or license. To learn about which jobs require these documents and how to apply for them review our work permits section.

Finding a Job

If you’re ready to start your job search, we have a collection of resources available to help you. These resources include: 

To get started, Find Your NOC by the Government of Canada. This is helpful to search their Job Bank and to determine if you are eligible for a skilled immigrant Express Entry permit.

Finding New Talent

If you are an employer looking for newcomer and immigrant talent, our Resources for Employers section explains how to find employees currently seeking opportunities, as well as agency connections for networking. 

Understanding Working Conditions, Employee Rights, Wages and Benefits, and More

Rates of Pay and Deductions

In Ontario, minimum wage rates vary depending on the type of job. Every worker in Canada will have various payroll deductions and taxes which are calculated based on their annual income. These deductions are used towards the healthcare system, unemployment services, and more. Learn about payroll deductions for income tax, Employment Insurance, and the Canada Pension Plan.

Benefit Contributions

While all Canadians, permanent residents, and immigrants are entitled to free public health care, many employers also offer additional health benefits as part of their compensation packages. These packages typically include expenses not typically covered by OHIP, including: prescriptions, dental, and eye care. They may include life insurance, travel insurance, retirement savings plans, and more. In some cases, employees will be required to contribute a portion of their wages to these coverage plans, but that is discussed during the hiring process. 

Working Conditions

The Employment Standards Act (ESA) guide explains Ontario’s rules about minimum wage, hours of work limits, termination of employment, public holidays, pregnancy and parental leave, severance pay, vacation and more.

Ontario Human Rights Code  

The Ontario Human Rights Commission created a brief overview document that details the rights of all Ontario citizens and residents under the human rights code.

Health and Safety

The Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development has a variety of resources available about health and safety at work

Last modified:Thursday, October 08, 2020