Are you interested in immigrating to Canada and currently working and hold experience as a merchandiser/retail and wholesale buyer in your home country? This is good news! Canada is looking for individuals who hold merchandiser type skills and experience.
Job Description (NOC 6222 Retail and Wholesale Buyers)
Retail buyers are responsible for planning, managing, selecting, and purchasing goods and merchandise that are sold in retail stores. Sometimes Retail and Wholesale Buyers are called Merchandisers. The most merchandiser job opportunities will be within the cities as there are more stores to maintain. The salary for a merchandiser will vary depending on where in Canada a retail buyer will work.
Salary Average for Retail and Wholesale Buyers in Canada: $47,000 CAD per year
Types of jobs that fall under NOC 6222:
- appliance buyer
- assistant buyer
- buyer – retail
- buyer – wholesale
- chief buyer
- clothing buyer
- food buyer
- produce buyer
- taster and buyer, beverages
Canadian Merchandiser Requirements
To work in Canada as a retail buyer there are very minimal requirements. Most of the requirements for a merchandiser are skill-based rather than education-based.
- Completion of secondary school is required.
- A university degree or college diploma in business, marketing or a related program is usually required.
- Previous work experience in retail or wholesale establishments is usually required.
There are several pathways a merchandiser may take to immigrate to Canada.
The best option for merchandisers looking to move to Canada is applying through Express Entry. Express entry is a point-based system that ranks you within the Express Entry pool. When invited, individuals are able to migrate through employment and gain permanent residency.
Your Express Entry CRS Score is based on the following:
- Level of education
- Language proficiency
- Work experience
Canada Is a Great Place to Live
Canada is a great country to live in as a retail buyer. The major cities in the country (i.e. Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary) rate towards the top of the most livable cities in the world. There are a number of reasons for this.
For one thing, the people are generally friendly, there is lots of open space and many of the cities are filled with large parks. Canada’s larger cities have more parks than a lot of other large cities around the world, due to the abundance of space. Calgary has even been voted as the cleanest city in the world.
Also, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do very near the major cities. For instance, Calgary is just an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains. Vancouver also sits very near the spectacular North Shore Mountains, and the Cascades to the south. If you are into the outdoors, Canada has a lot to offer.
Climate in Canada
In Canada, the climate depends on which province you are settling in. If you are living in northern Canada, you can expect super cold weather and summer lasting less than two months! Warmer weather can be found in the southern border provinces where most Canadians live. In all, you should be prepared for super cold weather as well as warm weather throughout the seasons!