Employment for Spouses and Family Members
Finding suitable employment can significantly influence a spouse’s satisfaction with rural living. Your community connections, such as the regional health authority, Chamber of Commerce or municipal government will be best situated to offer you assistance.
A number of other services are available throughout Alberta that may be of value to you. They are described below. Website addresses with information and reference materials are also provided.
The Government of Alberta has extensive career services near you. Offices exist in more than 40 locations across the province to provide career information, educational planning, employment assistance and educational funding in your area. The Alberta Learning Information Services system (and website) lists these office locations and offers information about careers, learning and employment. Also on the website are profiles of more than 500 occupations, providing Alberta-specific details on responsibilities, working conditions, personal and educational qualifications, etc.
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) – a federal government department – has information on job and language training, work creation programs, job-search planning and how to write a resume. It also has computerized listings of available jobs and job banks. For newcomers to Canada, information is provided on having documents translated and the names of other immigrant-serving agencies.
The federal government offers another good source through the Canada WorkinfoNET website – a virtual library of career and employment information.
Additional sources for job listings include classified ads or the careers section in newspapers. Temporary employment agencies may be found in the Yellow Pages of your phone book.
Documents generally required for employment include:
- Record of landing (visa),
- Birth certificate, and
- Educational diplomas, degrees, or certificates,
- Letters of recommendation, and
- Social insurance number (SIN).
Alberta Learning Information Service (Government of Alberta)
Alberta Occupational Profiles
Government of Canada – Jobs, Workers, Training and Careers