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Winter (End November - Mid March): The average temperatures are around -5.5 degrees Celsius. Cold waves during this period is generally accompanies by blizzards. Snowfall is frequent during this period. The city also experiences unusual occurrences called “Ice Storm” that occurs when fall rain freezes on the ground, and freezes everything from roads, trees, light poles, to cars.
Spring (Mid-March - May): This is a very unstable season, with huge temperature fluctuations. March is quite cold, accompanied with frequent snowfall and frost. In April the weather improves, but still snows in the first half of the month. May is mild, but most afternoons are interrupted by thunderstorms.
Summer (June - August): is usually warm, and experiences average temperatures in the mid-twenties. On extremely hot days, the temperatures can rise above 30 degrees Celsius. Due to the humidity from Lake Ontario, thee weather can sometimes be sticky and moist. Heat waves are not uncommon during summer, with highs of around 37 degrees Celsius.
Autumn (September - Mid November) - is pleasant, with plenty of sunny days in the initial few weeks, and temperatures in the low twenties. Towards the end of Autumn, the weather rapidly decreases, and cold days become frequent.
Post-secondary institutions in Toronto includes 5 Universities; four public and one private university, vocational schools, and four degree and diploma granting colleges. Several education institutions also have well-established satellite campuses, offering online courses and distance learning opportunities for students.
Colleges in Toronto include technical, applied arts, and applied science schools.
Key performing industries in the Toronto economy includes:
If you are registered as a full-time student at an eligible post-secondary institution in Canada, you will be able to receive a study permit which will allow you to work on and off-campus. You are allowed to work for upto 20 hours per week during the semester, and upto 40 hours a week during semester breaks.
The best way to search for casual, part-time jobs and internships is to go through your university's career services office, which will guide you in finding suitable jobs, and helping you to develop your resume and skills. You can also look for job postings on university notice boards, or use job specific websites such as Monster.com, Eluta, Indeed, and Jobboom, among others.
Make sure you adapt your resume and cover letter to fit Canadian employer requirements. A cover letter should be short and sweet, ideally limited to one page. A resume should also not exceed 3-4 pages. A cover letter should be used to convince the employer why you would be the ideal candidat for the advertised position. This is your chance to be candid and sell yourself. It is also a good idea to mention your visa status on your cover letter. It is always advisable to customize your cover letter to each specific job.
Networking is important, so ensure you build a strong network through your social media profiles such as LinkedIn, Build your reference list, sign up for job-related workshops and career days, attend networking events hosted by your University and College, and volunteer to take part in community activities. Volunteering can significantly build up your work experience in Canada and is very highly regarded by employers
Enrol in co-op programs at your university, which provides the same benefits as paid internships. It is also an opportunity to continue studies in your field of study and get work experience. These co-op positions usually lead to employment opportunities upon graduation.