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.

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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


    Maison d'Herbes, a retail business specializing in the sale of hemp products, will open a new branch in Drummondville in December. The company will create five new jobs. Learn more (French only)


    The Société québécoise du cannabis plans to open a branch in Baie-Comeau by the end of the winter, creating between 15 and 20 jobs. Learn more (French only)

    All of Quebec

    La Financière agricole du Québec will add 48 financing advisors, who will be responsible for going out into the field to promote investment projects, particularly in new sectors and start-up companies. Learn more (French only)


    The Integrated Health and Social Services Centres (CISSS) of Îles-de-la-Madeleine has about twenty positions to be filled, including those of nurse, coordinator and infection prevention and control technician. Learn more (French only)


    The Old Brewery Mission, a Montreal-based organization that helps people who are homeless, wants to hire people to meet the pressing needs of its clientele. Learn more (French only)


    Structure du Nord, a manufacturer of roof trusses, will build a $3 M plant in Beauharnois, creating approximately 30 jobs. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021. Learn more (French only)

  • Ontario


    Canada's National Research Council announced it will open a $40M national research facility in Mississauga, focusing on energy and manufacturing technology. 15 researchers and support staff are scheduled to begin in mid-2021, reaching around 100 employees once fully completed. Learn more

    Fresh, a vegan chain restaurant that is part of Recipe Unlimited Corporation, opened a new location in Toronto. Learn more

    Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula

    TownePlace Suites by Marriott opened in Hamilton, employing up to 30 workers. Learn more


    Kids Collective Muskoka, a children's clothing store, opened in Huntsville. Learn more

  • Atlantic

    Prince Edward Island

    Two sisters have opened the Jane & Sue Chocolate Shop this month at 4880 St. Mary's Rd. in Stanley Bridge, P.E.I. They started selling their chocolate creations at the Summerside Farmer's Market about two-and-a-half years ago. Learn more

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    The recent $2.75B purchase of St. John's-based online anti-fraud company Verafin by global giant Nasdaq will likely boost the expanding technology sector in N.L. Verafin has about 500 employees, and Nasdaq will provide support for continued growth. Learn more

    Canadian Fluorspar (NL) Ltd. has nearly completed construction of its new $10M shipping terminal near St. Lawrence. The terminal will improve the efficiency of shipping fluorspar from the company's nearby mine, and may result in more jobs for the area. Learn more

    Nova Scotia

    Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding will offer an 11-week course and a work term to 15 Indigenous students that will provide them with skills in pipe trades related to the industry, such as steamfitting and pipefitting, sprinkler systems and plumbing. Learn more

    Dartmouth-based IT company SimplyCast will increase its full-time staff from 40 to 45 workers in 2021, and also offer up to 30 co-op work terms for marketing, computer science and informatics students. Many current employees were previous co-op students. Learn more

    New Brunswick

    The founder of the nutritious-snack-food-focused Snak, is opening a class 5 regulated commercial kitchen in Fredericton this December. Once the new space opens on Mackenzie Road, Snak will hire two employees and has enough space to rent to others. Learn more

  • Western Canada and Territories


    Three Nations Energy is looking to add a wood fuel heating business and sustainable hydroponics food production in Fort Chipewyan, with the help of Greenplanet Energy Analytics. Learn more

    The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has created a new $250,000 bursary for its alumni that offers graduates the opportunity to access one course free of charge. The Government of Alberta is matching the funds making the total available $500,000. Learn more

    British Columbia

    North Basin Brewing Co., a new craft brewery, is now open in Osoyoos. Learn more

    A new 245 unit mass timber condominium building has begun construction in Victoria. Upon completion, the project will be the largest mass timber structure in the region. 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, you can request temporary income support. Check if you're eligible to receive Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).

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