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Arrive in Alberta Better Prepared & More Confident

Learn how to find a job in Alberta, understand Canadian workplace culture, and communicate effectively before you arrive through SOPA's (Settlement Online Pre-Arrival) free online facilitated and self-guided courses.

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To be eligible to take SOPA courses you must:

  • Be currently living outside of Canada.
  • Have IRCC approval to immigrate to Canada.
  • Have an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.
  • Have access to a computer and high-speed internet.

Working in Canada

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Course Description

Working in Canada provides critical information about working in Canada, including: workplace orientation, organizational culture, workplace protection, employment contracts, taxes, pay, written and unwritten workplace rules. Participants learn about the unique characteristics of the Canadian workplace and how to integrate effectively into their field of employment in Canada.

Course Objective

To provide information for immigrants preparing for the workplace.

Method of Instruction

Self-directed study - Online

Course Topics

  • Employment Contracts
  • Negotiating Contracts
  • Workplace Orientation
  • Written Rules
  • Unwritten Rules
  • Organizational Culture
  • Workplace Protections
  • Labour Laws throughout Canada
  • Labour Standards
  • Getting Paid
  • Deductions
  • Income Tax
  • Canadian Employer Expectations
  • Probationary Period
  • Workplace Success

Time Required

12-24 hours

Technology Required

  • Latest version of one of the following browsers is recommended:
    • Firefox
    • Safari
    • Google Chrome
    • Internet Explorer
  • Email: Outlook Express / Outlook / browser based package, i.e. (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo)
  • Operating System: Windows XP or higher, Mac OS X or higher
  • Latest version of Java and Adobe Flash
  • Headset or Microphone and Speakers
  • PDF reader (such as Adobe Reader)
  • High speed internet access

Participant Criteria

Recommended Language Level: Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 5 or higher (Upper Intermediate) General/Academic IELTS – 5.5+ in all skill areas


Upon completion of the course, clients are asked to complete an online evaluation.



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