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Where to find a temporary or permanent job during the coronavirus outbreak.

We’ll continue updating this page with resources and information as new details emerge on how Canadian leaders and businesses are responding to COVID-19.

For healthy individuals who aren’t considered high risk, getting a job during the pandemic can help ease financial hardship.

While some businesses – like airlines, tourist attractions, manufacturing companies, dine-in restaurants, child care services and on-site entertainment venues such as movie theatres – are taking huge hits amid the crisis, other businesses are struggling to keep up with a massive, unprecedented increase in demand.

Looking for a job? Turn your attention to major employers in the following industries:

Telecommunications, finance & insurance

Many companies have had to close their doors but continue operating behind-the-scenes during the outbreak. Call centres for insurance companies, banks and financial service providers have been flooded by customers wanting answers to questions about coverage, financial relief and products that can help them manage their finances. Many businesses have committed to expanding their call centres by hiring more people to help handle remote customer service needs.

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TD Canada Trust

  • Call centre positions: Contact Centre Representatives, Insurance Advisors, Collections Specialists, Banking Specialists (various levels)
  • Positions available for bilingual people.


  • Financial advisors, claims advisors, call centre workers, programmers & developers, analysts


  • Contact centre, sales, technology media and more: Account specialists, acquisitions specialists, sales representatives, account managers/executives, service desk specialists, network designers and engineers, data analysts, cyber security advisors, platform delivery managers, business analysts.

Essential services businesses: food, retail & pharmacy

With isolation and social distancing measures put in place all over the country, most people aren’t venturing outside their homes very much. But when they do, it’s usually to buy groceries, pick up medication, grab a pizza for the family or get other products from businesses offering “essential services.” Such businesses are the only ones that are allowed to remain open to the public even during the COVID-19 quarantine.

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  • Store associates: Produce, deli, dairy/frozen food, customer fulfillment, overnight fulfillment, merchandising, custodial, claims
  • In-store loss prevention positions
  • Cashiers, self-checkout attendants
  • Pharmacy: Licensed Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants, Pharmacy Sales Associates

Shoppers Drug Mart

  • Cashiers, merchandisers, assemblers
  • Pharmacists, Pharmacy Assistants


  • Distribution centres and in-store employees: Assemblers (grocery, produce), meat clerks, produce clerks, cashiers, front store supervisors
  • Business and digital: Software developers, designers, analysts, product managers
  • Pharmacy and Optical: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Managers, pharmacy students and interns, relief Pharmacists, Opticians, Optical Managers


  • Delivery experts, customer service experts, pizza makers, crew chiefs, general managers-in-training


  • Local food courier


One of the more obvious industries to benefit during a pandemic is health services and medical manufacturing. With a widespread shortage of medical masks, sanitizers, medical gloves, toilet paper, facial tissues and other items needed by healthcare professionals and the general public alike, manufacturers and distributors are struggling to keep pace with the demand. Health service providers, too, are needed now more than ever to handle the influx of people needing medical assessments and treatment.

Besides the companies and positions listed here, look for job postings from businesses that provide medical supplies and services such as, Canada Medical Ltd. and Randstad.

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  • Patient services & lab operations: Lab Patient Technician, Mobile Lab Patient Technician, OPSEU BA Lab Patient Technician
  • Courier/Logistics: Courier, materials supervisor
  • Corporate: Accounts receivable, human resources, security specialist, software engineer


  • Courier (medical documents and packages)


  • Personal Support Workers (PSWs), Health Care Aides, Nurses, Nurse Supervisors, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Dieticians, Administrators, Managers

Remote work/study services & technology

If you work remotely in a digitally-based business, you’re probably more comfortable than most other employed people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Companies like Zoom and Slack are thriving in the wake of employees being forced to work from home. Thousands of people are starting (or continuing) to use online technology to keep pace with their work responsibilities while out of the office. Students whose schools have been closed are also being forced to complete coursework online and connect with teachers via virtual software.

Out of sheer boredom from being cooped up inside, many people are turning to Netflix, Spotify, Youtube and other streaming services to stay entertained until the outbreak begins to recede.

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  • Positions in Canada: Software engineers, cloud solution architects, enterprise account executives, data centre technicians, program and project managers


  • Positions in Canada: Software engineer (iOS and Android), quality engineer, customer experience agent, account executive


  • Positions in Canada: Software engineers, product sales, product management, business strategy and operations

If none of the above companies seem like a good match — or there’s not a location nearby — consider calling essential businesses that are located around you, like local grocery stores, pharmacies and companies that produce food or practical household supplies. There’s a good chance that they could be hiring to meet increased demand.

Stay up to date on the ever-changing coronavirus news. Or, find out about steps you can take to manage your finances during the pandemic.

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