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Old 03-17-2012, 09:02 PM
 
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Hi all. My wife just got accepted to Brock University in St. Catherine's, Ontario and we just got back from visiting. I'm concerned as to what my options are for employment since we have bills to pay while we're there. Apparently since I'm the spouse of a student studying in Canada, I can obtain a work permit, but I will only have a 2 year Associates degree in Business Administration. Can anyone tell me what the best route to take in successfully relocating to Canada under these circumstances? Or similar? I don't need fancy or prestigious job, just something to pay the rent and bills...aka student loans, cell phones, car payment... etc.

Also, how hard would it be for me to find some kind of work in St. Catharine's or the surrounding areas while my wife goes to Brock. I had to sit in line to cross the boarder back into the US the other day and it was a hefty 2 hr wait. I'd prefer not to commute to NY for a job, but who knows? Any help would be great as I don't even know where to begin.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:12 AM
 
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Get the work permit first as you never know what problems may arise in the application process. Jobs?as you are only looking for something temporary i'd start at the university in some form of grounds maintenance or support staff for building maintenance, golf courses are usually looking for workers at this time of year, if you have a Canadian drivers license then truck driving or delivery jobs are usually getable.Many hotels in the Niagara area i'm sure a few of them may need managers. read the news papers in the area (online eh) and see whats generally available in the Niagara/Ste Catherines/Hamilton/Stoney Creek/Burlington areas.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:21 AM
 
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And see this thread for best job search websites: Canada main job sites
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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You can also get a NEXUS pass to speed up travel across the border, so Western NY might be an option for a job.

There is more job opportunity closer to Toronto in places like Oakville and Mississauga. Commute would be pretty bad from St. Catharines. One option would be to live in between in a place like Grimsby or Stoney Creek, if you found a job in Mississauga it would be possible to commute there, as long as you have two cars so your wife could also drive to Brock University.
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Old 03-19-2012, 11:34 AM
 
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With the NEXUS card you can use the Whirlpool bridge to cross back/forth.. its never busy.
Crossing is a breeze. Not sure what the commute to Buffalo would be like from St Cats if you chose to look for work in Buffalo.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:50 PM
 
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thanks for the information everyone! My employment history includes managing a fast food restaurant for a number of years, a couple years of house frame construction (which i'm a little rusty at), and a couple years working in shipping/receiving. With only an associates degree in business, I just feel slightly intimidated about what kind of work to look for or if Canadian businesses hire americans with work permits like it's no big deal. Thanks for all the advice though. Every little bit helps!
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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thanks for the information everyone! My employment history includes managing a fast food restaurant for a number of years, a couple years of house frame construction (which i'm a little rusty at), and a couple years working in shipping/receiving. With only an associates degree in business, I just feel slightly intimidated about what kind of work to look for or if Canadian businesses hire americans with work permits like it's no big deal. Thanks for all the advice though. Every little bit helps!
I'm sure with the turnover they have and with your experience you will have no problem finding a job in the fast food area.

A heads up for you, the rainbow bridge in Niagara Falls is almost always wide open. I cross over on it all the time and usually there is no lineup at all.
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