Working Here

Niagara has a strong job market. There are many job opportunities in a variety of industries including tourism, manufacturing, advanced technology manufacturing, and agriculture. There are more than 140,000 full-time workers and more than 45,000 part-time workers.

When moving to Niagara there are many things to know about getting a job and working here. Training and apprenticeships offer the opportunity to learn a trade while working. You may also want to learn about regulated professions. And when you start working in Canada you should know about your rights and responsibilities.

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)

Sets out the rights and duties of workers, supervisors, employers and others for safe and healthy workplaces

As a worker, you have the right to:
• Know about workplace hazards
• Refuse unsafe work
• Participate in addressing workplace health and safety issues

Some examples of employer duties are to:
• Provide basic health and safety awareness training to workers and supervisors
• Provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on how to work safely
• Do everything reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers from being hurt or getting a work-related illness

There are a series of training tools to help you learn how to work safely – several available in different languages at

For more information:,
call: Health and Safety Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-202-0008

Loi sur la santé et la sécurité au travail (LSST)

· énonce les droits et devoirs des travailleurs, superviseurs, employeurs et autres intervenants pour créer des lieux de travail sains et sécuritaires.
· Les travailleurs ont le droit de :
• connaître les dangers du lieu de travail;
• refuser un travail dangereux;
• participer au règlement des problèmes de santé et sécurité dans le lieu de travail.

· Exemples de devoirs de l’employeur :
• Fournir aux travailleurs et superviseurs une formation élémentaire de sensibilisation à la santé et à la sécurité au travail;
• Fournir des renseignements, des directives et de la supervision aux travailleurs pour assurer qu’ils travaillent en toute sécurité;
• Faire tout ce qui est raisonnable dans les circonstances pour protéger les travailleurs contre des lésions ou des maladies professionnelles dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions.

Plusieurs outils de formation ont été préparés pour vous aider à savoir comment travailler en toute sécurité. Un grand nombre d’entre eux existent dans plusieurs langues, à .

Renseignements :,
courriel :
Tél. : InfoCentre de santé et de sécurité au travail : 1 877 202-0008 (sans frais)

Trades and Apprenticeships

In Canada, some trades, such as those in fields like construction or manufacturing, are regulated, meaning you need a certificate to do them. Some of these trades have opportunities to work as an apprentice under the supervision of an experienced worker. Click here to see a list of regulated trades.

Information about training and apprenticeship opportunities are available in a number of resources including:

BuildOn is an online service for Individuals coming to Ontario who want to work in the Skilled Trades. The goal is to make sure you are prepared and informed about how to work in the skilled trades in Ontario. There is no cost to Participate. Click BuildOn to go to the website.


Some professions, such as lawyers and teachers, are regulated, meaning you need to be licensed or registered to do them. Click here to see a list of regulated professions and to learn more about meeting regulation requirements.

Register for the Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA) program to help you arrive better prepared to Ontario. Get access to free online courses related to Job Search Strategies and Canadian Workplace Culture. For more information click here: Settlement Online Pre-Arrival Program (SOPA)

Working in Canada

Workers in Canada are protected by laws that define minimum wages, working conditions, hours of work, leave, and more. In addition, as a worker you have responsibilities such as paying taxes and registering for a social insurance number. Follow the links below to learn more.

Contact Information


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