Moving within Canada to work

Labour mobility is the freedom to move across the country for a better job. It allows you to:

  • Put your skills to work where they are needed
  • Find more job opportunities
  • Find higher wages in different areas of the country. For example, in Alberta an electrician can earn about $31.50 per hour while the average across Canada is $30.00

If you are looking to work in a different province or territory, we have programs that can help.

Where are the jobs?

It is important to know your options and carefully plan before you move. One useful and free tool to help find work is Job Bank. You can search for information such as:

  • Job opportunities
  • Job requirements
  • Job description and duties
  • Pay
  • Job market information

Moving to work in a regulated occupation

Some jobs are regulated in Canada. This means you need to have a certificate or licence to work in the province or territory where you want to move.

Visit Getting a job in a different province or territory for more information about what you need to do to work in a regulated occupation in another province or territory.

Getting help to move for work

If you are moving to a new city, province or territory to work you may qualify for the moving expenses tax deduction. You could claim expenses like:

  • Transportation and storage
  • Temporary living expenses
  • Cost of cancelling a lease
  • Other moving costs
  • Costs that you may have to pay to keep your old home

You may also apply for the non-accountable moving allowance if your employer is paying or paying you back for your moving costs.

Visit the Canada Revenue Agency for more information.

Continuing to receive Employment Insurance benefits when you move

If you want to keep receiving Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits when moving to another area to look for work you must:

  • Be available to work
  • Be actively looking for a suitable job
  • Continue to look for work until you start a job even after you have accepted a job offer. This includes the days before, during and after a move

You may still receive EI regular benefits if you voluntarily leave your job to follow a spouse, common-law partner or dependent child to a new place. For more details or any other questions about the EI program you can contact Service Canada.

Learn more about getting a job in a different province or territory.

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