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How to Advance Your EHS Career: A Guide for International Candidates.

  • Publish Date: Posted 10 months ago

Advancing your career in Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) in Canada as an international candidate can present plenty of opportunities in a landscape that is constantly evolving and offers a diverse range of industries and frameworks.

Here we offer our expert advice and guidance to help set yourself up for success and advance your EHS career.

Understand the EHS Landscape.

A great way to begin is by familiarizing yourself with Canadian EHS regulations, standards, and industry best practices. Research federal, provincial, and territorial regulations to grasp the comprehensive framework governing EHS practices in Canada.

Also, ensure your language skills are strong, as effective communication is vital in the Canadian workplace. Practice English or French as necessary and consider language courses if needed. Embrace Canadian workplace norms and cultural nuances and demonstrate your adaptability and openness to diverse perspectives, which are highly valued traits.


Education and Credentials.

Qualifications that align with regulatory requirements are vital to help advance your EHS career. Pursuing relevant certifications such as the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) or Canadian Registered Environmental Professional (EP) as well as enrolling in Canadian EHS programs or courses will help solidify your knowledge.

It’s also important to ensure you have the necessary work permits and legal authorization to work in Canada. Research immigration pathways that align with your qualifications and career goals.


Building a strong professional network is crucial. By attending EHS conferences, seminars and workshops and joining local EHS associations and online forums, you will be able to connect with industry experts, potential employers, and contacts.

Volunteering or interning with Canadian EHS organizations can also provide you with valuable local experience. This can help showcase your commitment, helps you understand Canadian workplace culture, and expands your professional network.


Resume & Job Searching.

Tailoring your resume and cover letter to highlight your international experience, transferable skills, and alignment with Canadian EHS standards will prove extremely beneficial and emphasize your ability to adapt to new environments and regulations.

It’s also useful to maintain a professional online profile, particularly on LinkedIn. Showcase your achievements, engage with EHS content, and connect with Canadian EHS professionals.


Interview Preparation.

Before an interview, research common interview questions and rehearse your responses. Be prepared to discuss how your international background enriches your approach to EHS challenges in Canada and, showcase skills such as risk assessment, project management, problem-solving, and communication that are universally valuable in the EHS field.

Shirley Parsons EHS Recruiter Shelby Kellysays:

“Advancing your EHS career in Canada as an international candidate requires dedication, continuous learning, and adaptability. By understanding Canadian regulations, networking effectively, gaining local experience, and highlighting your unique skills, you can position yourself for success in the dynamic Canadian EHS industry. With persistence and a strategic approach, you can elevate your EHS career and contribute to a safer and more sustainable Canada.”

Here at Shirley Parsons,we are committed to positively impacting the industry by providing expert advice and facilitating opportunities for professionals to enhance their skills and advance their careers.

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