Job Boards Resources

Canadian Job Boards and Other EDI Resources

Check out the Inclusive employment videos on the McMaster University Student Success Centre’s website. The list of video resources includes informational videos from employer and community partners, including some described below, such as DiscoverAbility, Specialisterne, and Lime Connect.

Exploring Career Readiness with an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Lens webinar. In this webinar, award-winning instructor Rita Cossa and other professionals share practical insights on how to help students with career-readiness, and EDI considerations for future graduates.

Canada’s Best Diversity Employers competition recognizes employers across Canada that have the best workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs each year. They highlight employers which have specialized programs or resources for women, members of a visible minority, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The website also has an online job search tool for finding opportunities with these top employers.

Diversity Job Board promotes positions available for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities across Canada, the US, and remotely.

Equitek Employment Equity Solutions is a job board that promotes job postings that encourage diversity and inclusivity.

Career Edge provides internship and employment opportunities to individuals facing barriers to securing employment. Specialized resources are available for talented jobseekers who are newcomers to Canada, current or former members of the Canadian Armed Forces, recent post-secondary graduates, or persons with a disability.

TD Canada Trust is committed to diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion within its organization. They offer many internships, mentorship, and employment opportunities to Indigenous Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, minorities, and women.

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) provides hands-on work experience opportunities to students interested in the federal public service. As the Canadian government and a diversity employer, diverse candidates such as persons with disabilities, persons of color, and Indigenous students are encouraged to apply.

Mentor Canada works alongside governments, the private sector, schools, and community organizations to link volunteer mentors to youth across the country.

Culture Works is Canada’s national cultural job board, posting jobs in the cultural sector. They are committed to diversity and inclusive hiring.

Job Search Resources

Know Your Rights in the Workplace

Canadian laws and legal bodies protect Canadians against discrimination in and out of the workplace.

The Canadian Human Rights Act provides human rights protections for individuals based on the following grounds: race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability, or conviction for an offense for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.

The Employment Equity Act’s purpose is to achieve equality in the workplace so that no person shall be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to ability and, in the fulfillment of that goal, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment experienced by women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities by giving effect to the principle that employment equity means more than treating persons in the same way but also requires special measures and the accommodation of differences.

Quebec’s Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration works to ensure the integration of handicapped persons and allow equal opportunities of success for all.

Disclosure of Personal Information to an Employer and Requesting Accommodations

Though disclosure of personal information to an employer is not required or obligated, unless there is an important health and safety risk, it can be useful. Disclosure remains completely a personal decision. To disclose private information to an employer is to inform them about sensitive information that is often related to a disability, self-identification with an equity-seeking group, religion, ethnicity, or culture. Learn more about disclosure and considerations for disclosure when requesting accommodations (PDF).

Learn about the more specific aspects of how and when to disclose information pertaining to a personal disability to an employer by visiting the following learning resource (PDF).

Here is another guide about disclosing your disability. Disclosing Your Disability: A Legal Guide for People with Disabilities in BC (PDF).

General Career Resources

Resources at Bishop’s University

Bishop’s University Career and Transition Services (CATS) supports students with career development and job search strategies by offering professional and specialized services focusing on career planning, as well as workshops, events, a comprehensive job posting service and extensive career resources.

When students arrive at BU, they should already be thinking about their departure. CATS supports and empowers students to explore possibilities, opportunities and critically engage with their future.

Book an appointment with a Career & Employment Advisor.

Resources in the Eastern Township region

The City of Sherbrooke website is a great place to start learning about how and where to find work, and to become familiar with laws and programs surrounding employment.

The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Sherbrooke’s Start@9 program is available for youth ages 16 to 35 who are facing obstacles while looking for employment. The support offered is individualized to each person’s situation and needs.

The Townshippers Association offers a free employment search service called Job Links, which is managed through the Eastern Townships School Board. Job Links counselors can meet and help determine your interests, values, and abilities. They can also help figure out the next steps in your job search process.

Resources in the province of Quebec

The Government of Quebec has different employment assistance programs to help individuals quickly find assistance when looking for a job. Some of their specialized programs include employment assistance for people with disabilities and employment integration programs for immigrants, First Nations and Inuit, and visible minorities.

Montréal has committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within its workforce. The city is applying tangible hiring and inclusion measures. Learn more about Montréal’s 2021-2023 Master plan for Employment Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Career Resources for Black Students is a free job search website that is dedicated to Diversity hiring. They promote job postings in Canada, the US, and virtual positions.

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) is a Canadian non-profit organization that aims to deliver programs that support business and professional excellence to advance Black communities in Canada. They offer programs for young professionals, such as development training workshops, conferences, networking opportunities, and career mentoring for Black Canadians.

Black Physicians of Canada has many resources and tools, including the Black Physicians of Tomorrow program for university students to help prepare for and attain careers in the field of medicine.  A link to the Quebec Black Medical Association is also available from this resource.

Nature Canada’s Work to Grow Program for BIPOC Youth, in collaboration with Parks Canada, connects racialized jobseekers to openings that work to promote and protect nature. The website also has its own job board to promote current openings.

The Onyx Initiative helps Black Canadians access placements, mentorships, and professional development opportunities after university. The initiative’s aim is to close the systemic gap in hiring, retention, and promotion of Black university students or graduates for roles in corporate Canada.

The Caribbean African Canadian Social Services offers free employment services, as mandated through Employment Ontario, and as a part of CAFCAN. Job seekers are provided with connections to employers, career planning, and resume assistance services, among others, to support them in their job search.

The Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) connects Black tech professionals and creates a network focused on mentorship and growth. They also offer an early career hook-up program that helps Black professionals break into the technology space and land a position at a leading tech organization.

Noir Professionals is a Canadian professional startup organization that acts as a platform for bringing Black professionals together for support, networking, and career growth.

The Manyatta Network’s mission is to create professional networking opportunities for the African Diaspora. They have events and newsletters tailored to three major cities in Canada; Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.

Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI) is dedicated to the empowerment of Black professionals in Canada. BMI elevates professional advancement through mentorship, education, and skills-building, fostering leadership in Black youths, professionals, and entrepreneurs alike. Black Mentorship Inc. – Strengthening Leadership Opportunities for Black People
HueMax Recruitment is a full-service Social Impact Recruitment Agency that works to make workplaces more diverse by facilitating the hiring of Black job seekers. They have specialized resources and events for job seekers, as well as their own job board.

The Black Community Resource Centre is a leader and advocate whose priority is to promote and support the wellbeing and success of Quebec’s English-speaking Black-Community, as well as serving other marginalized groups. Its mission is to help identify and remove barriers to access to employment, education, healthcare, social and legal services.

Career Resources for Indigenous Students

Bishop’s Indigenous Student Support Centre (ISSC) provides specialized resources for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students, including academic support and educational workshops. Visit their page to learn more.

There are numerous job boards that post jobs targeted towards Indigenous students.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) provides tools and financing for Aboriginal business. The CCAB also offers a series of events and programs, including specialized certifications, to inform, connect, and equip their members.

RBC Indigenous has an Indigenous Peoples Development Program that enables recent graduates to develop important professional skills and networking opportunities.  The RBC Indigenous Student Internship Program offers hands-on work experiences in fields such as Finance, Sales, IT Services, Marketing, HR, etc.

The Indigenous Professional Association of Canada (IPAC) is dedicated to advancing Indigenous leadership across various sectors. IPAC offers professional skill building, network development, recognition of excellence, and specialized career opportunities.

The Environmental Careers Organization Canada BEAHR Training Programs aim to help Indigenous communities across Canada by offering environmental training and career development programs, leading to jobs in the environmental field.

Indigenous Canada works to connect Indigenous adults and youth with Canadian jobs. This site has its own job board, along with the promotion of events and job fairs.

Career Resources for International Students

Working in Canada

Studying and working in Canada as an international student
Learn about Canadian laws and eligibility to work on or off-campus, access to coop or internships, and how to work in Canada after graduation as an International Student. You may be eligible to work more than 20 hours per week off campus under a temporary public policy.

Bishop’s Career and Transition Services hosts in the fall and winter semesters the BU Works International daily workshop series. It is a great opportunity to help International Students learn about how to start their Canadian work experience, extending professional possibilities beyond campus, and the Canadian work culture. You do not want to miss this event! Keep an eye out for event dates and details.

Quebec’s Employment Integration Program for Immigrants and Visible Minorities (PRIIME)
This program aims to help those who have had permanent residency status for less than 5 years or belong to a visible minority and have never worked in their trade or occupation in Canada or the US to open doors with potential employers.

Actions Interculturelles de Développement et d’Éducation (AIDE) is an organization in the Eastern Townships that works towards highlighting the value of cultural diversity in society and in the workplace. They have a program for youth aged 15 – 30 years who are looking to find their first job in Quebec.

The City of Sherbrooke website has many useful resources and information, including:

  • How to request a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Tools to assess education and training equivalencies completed outside of Quebec
  • Tax returns
  • Employment Insurance
  • French lessons
  • What to expect in terms of behavior in the workplace
  • Retirement in Quebec
Career Resources for LGBTQ+ Students

Start Proud is a Canadian non-profit organization that works to facilitate the transition of LGBTQ+ students from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQA+ community. They host a series of training events and recruitment conferences, where students can meet some of Canada’s most inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly employers.

Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students. The University of Toronto has created a career guide specifically for Trans and Non-Binary students. The Your Journey guide encourages students to reflect on their wants, needs, and values, and how these might show up in different career possibilities, to ultimately lead to a better job search, and navigation of the workplace.

LGBT Job Board is a specialized online job search tool that promotes opportunities with employers who provide fulfilling career opportunities to the LGBTQ+ community.

Out for Undergrad (O4U) invites high-achieving LGBTQ2+ students to attend their unique conferences about Business, Engineering, Marketing, and Tech, and to network with like-minded members. Their goal is to help and inspire LGBTQ2+ undergraduate students to reach their full potential.

Out Professionals is a nonprofit networking organization for LGBTQ professionals in the USA. The organization offers numerous professional networking events, career-building programs, volunteer opportunities, and connections to a growing community of LGBTQ professionals.

CERIC is dedicated to advancing career development in Canada. They offer webinars, programs, funding opportunities, and different events. In 2020, an extensive literature search was conducted by this organization to gather LGBTQ career-related resources and learning articles. The list of topics covered in the literary search and the final resource document itself can be found on their website.

The following article provides a recent list of the top ten job positions where people can work to directly support the LGBTQ community: Job Options in the LGBTQ Community.

CenterLink LGBT Jobs/Career Board promotes current openings at organizations whose work is closely related to the needs and interests of LGBTQ communities. US and remote positions available.

The following LGBTQ resource guide from Velvet Jobs includes information about LBGTQ laws surrounding careers, specialized job opportunities, LGBTQ associations, etc., to help students with career development.

TransEstrie is a community organization that aims to support, accompany and represent trans and non-binary people in the Estrie region.

SFU Career and Volunteer Services created this guide to help trans people share their unique skills and knowledge by providing tailored advice specific to their wants and needs. This advice includes how to: find trans-positive workplaces, dress and feel like yourself at work and protect your legal rights. Finding Work a Trans-Positive Guide (PDF).

The University of Toronto created this guide to support trans and nonbinary students in applying for jobs. Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students.

Showcasing Your Openness is a tool that was created to help individuals to carry out an analysis around the inclusion of sexual and gender diverse individuals and families in their organization (whether they work in a community organization, a daycare, a health or social service establishment, or even a school). Showcasing Your Openness (PDF).

Rainbow Health Ontario has designed 8 new Washroom for Everyone signs. Choose the one best suited to your facilities to make your building more welcoming and inclusive of trans and non-binary people: Steps to Having Gender Neutral Washrooms in Your Organization.

Pride at Work Canada published Know Your Rights: A Guide for LGBTQ+ Employees (PDF).

Éducaloi’s mission is to explain the law to Quebecers in everyday language and enhance their legal competencies. These links contain information about the Rights and Freedoms of LGBTQ+ persons in Quebec:

The Centre for Gender Advocacy is an independent, student-funded, Concordia University organization, mandated to promoting gender equality and empowerment particularly as it relates to marginalized communities.

Career Resources for Students Living with Disabilities, including invisible disabilities, chronic and mental illness

Bishop’s University is proud to welcome and support all students and works to ensure students have equal opportunities and equitable treatment to succeed in their studies. If you have a medical or mental health condition or disability, or if you are experiencing barriers that are affecting your academic success, the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) are there to support you!

The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) helps persons with disabilities find meaningful jobs or careers. WORKink™.

JobStart is a Toronto-based organization funded by Employment Ontario, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario, that promotes employment opportunities for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities. They also offer many other free services, such as mentoring, and access to apprenticeships.

Mentra: Neurodiversity Employment Network is a job-search site that helps people who are neurodivergent, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, learning differences, and other forms of neurodiversity, find meaningful careers. Their team also provides ongoing support and mentorship to help job-seekers build skills, prepare for an interview, and forge an exciting career.

Specialisterne promotes job opportunities of companies and businesses around the world who are interested in leveraging the skills and capabilities of people on the autism spectrum or with similar neurodiversities.

The DiscoverAbility Network is a free online job-matching platform funded by the Government of Canada that matches job-seekers with disabilities with employers looking for skilled candidates.

Lime Connect is a global not-for-profit organization that is the largest network of university students and professionals who have disabilities from around the world. The program offers internship and career opportunities with its corporate partners; an important partnership being with BMO.

Dolphin Digital Technologies is an IT firm that uses technology to create a level playing field by developing barrier free solutions for persons with disabilities. They have a mentoring program called the Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day, that facilitates the paring of job-seekers with disabilities to companies.

The Pursue Your Potential program at RBC offers persons with disabilities volunteer-based placements, that can transition into paid positions. RBC also has other interesting programs supporting persons with disabilities.

The Federal Internship Program for Canadians with Disabilities is a national program that offers 2-year internship opportunities in the federal public service to persons with disabilities.