Jobs and career options during the coronavirus pandemic

Find available jobs, tools and government resources to help you navigate the world of work during the pandemic.

Work during COVID-19

Your number one job right now is to make sure you and your family are safe. However, if you are available to work, there are many ways to contribute to Canada's response to COVID-19.

Consider a job in the agri-food sector

Workers across the food supply chain are ramping up their efforts to provide fresh, healthy foods to all Canadians. Now is the time to consider supporting our farmers, food manufacturers, distributors and retailers. There are many job opportunities available.

Consider a job in essential services

The labour market is not closed – it's adjusting to the realities of COVID-19. Employers are still looking for workers, with many in key sectors that are continuing to provide services to Canadians.

Consider working from home

While the economy is recovering as shops and businesses open back up, telework remains a favourable option. Employers are encouraged to support flexible workplace policies that foster social distancing and remote work.

Consider working in a different field

The labour market is shifting temporarily. You can too. Whether from home or in Canada's top priority sectors, you can put your skills to use so that essential services continue to be delivered to people living in your community and across the country.

Consider volunteering

If you are able to help others in your community, consider volunteering with a local organization. It can be a great way to connect with others, be part of something bigger, and keep up your skills.

This summer, eligible students and recent graduates who volunteer with a charity or not-for-profit organization can receive the new Canada Student Service Grant. Learn more.

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Labour market news

These are recent news stories about job creation and economic revival in different parts of the country.

  • Quebec


    The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux will build a 96-seat seniors' home in the Cap-de-la-Madeleine sector of the city of Trois-Rivières following an investment of $58 M. In addition, all Residential and Long-Term Care Centres (CHSLDs) in the region will be renovated. Learn more (French only)


    Vasco Cannabis is investing close to $14 M in the construction of a factory in Notre-Dame-des-Neiges, which will create up to 30 jobs once the production of cannabis products has reached its full potential. Local entrepreneurs have been favoured. Learn more (French only)

    All of Quebec

    The Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec is investing in the creation of a short-term work-study program to fill 22 retail butcher positions in the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec regions. Learn more (French only)


    Boreas Technologies, a manufacturer of electronic products located in Bromont, has positions to be filled immediately and others to be filled later this year. Learn more (French only)

  • Ontario


    Outdoor outfitter L.L.Bean is set to expand with four new stores in Ontario by the end of 2020. Learn more

    Up to 90 Service Canada Centres are reopening across the country while most services still available online. Learn more


    The federal, provincial and municipal governments are investing $3.5M through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to fund the Bridge Street bridge replacement project in Wilmot. Learn more


    The Ottawa Art Gallery and the Diefenbunker Museum reopened to visitors with occupancy restrictions in place. Learn more

    Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula

    The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario are investing over $9.9M and $6.6M respectively, for construction of roads and bridges in the Hamilton Niagara region. Learn more


    Port Carling student launched a new PPE supply company during COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more

  • Atlantic

    Nova Scotia

    After a significant drop in real estate transactions in the spring due to the COVID-19 crisis, the market rebounded quite strongly in June 2020 in Nova Scotia and showed a 30% increase in sales over June 2019. Realtors claim supply cannot meet demand. Learn more

    New Brunswick

    New Brunswick marijuana retailer Cannabis NB is reporting higher profits, as sales have climbed during the pandemic. The crown corporation had $16.3M in total sales over the last three months and a profit of $1.4M. There are 20 stores and about 195 staff. Learn more

    Prince Edward Island

    Advanced Extraction Systems in Charlottetown has entered into a five-year partnership with a Nova Scotia company, to manufacture equipment for cannabis extraction. They expect to have to hire more engineers, project managers, and skilled labourers. Learn more

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    Variety Seafoods, a small fish processing plant that employs 10 people in Harbour Main, is having a successful season and would like to hire another five workers, if they can be found, to process cod and other species. Learn more

  • Western Canada and Territories


    The Government of Alberta is providing the University of Alberta in Edmonton $16M for two restoration projects. Both projects are ready to start and will create about 90 full-time jobs. Learn more

    The Government of Alberta is spending $120M to double the lanes on Edmonton's congested Terwillegar Drive. Construction is to start in 2021, finish in 2025 and create about 865 jobs. Learn more


    Construction has begun on the new governance centre at Kahkewistahaw First Nation. Once complete, the centre will hold all the of the band's operational department's, plus a cafeteria, post office, daycare, museum, and fitness centre. Learn more

    An additional 139 projects have been approved for the Municipal Economic Enhancement Program (MEEP), totaling just under $14M of the $150M MEEP 2020 funding. Learn more

    British Columbia

    The Ministry of Children and Family Development has approved $1.5M in funding for a new child care facility at Silverthorne Elementary School in Houston. The facility is scheduled to be operational by September 2021. Learn more

Government resources

All levels of Government are working to provide the resources, information and supports needed to get us through this difficult time. Find official federal, provincial, territorial and municipal COVID-19 resource pages.

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.

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