Before COVID-19, in-person career fairs were a unique opportunity for employers to gain face-to-face exposure with relevant and engaged new graduates in order to expand their organization with talented and eager individuals. Job fairs have always existed to support professional networking and recruitment opportunities between youth entering the workforce and organizations looking to hire. Now that “face-to-face exposure” is a massive health risk and nothing is normal, where do students and Canadian businesses turn to?
Although in-person career fairs are inevitably put on pause, virtual career fairs are occurring so that businesses and students alike may continue to network and connect on job opportunities available across Canada.
For many small business employers, virtual career fairs may very well be the ideal setting to screen candidates while adhering to social distancing guidelines and limiting further exposure. Based on the professional video interactions that are able to take place, employers may then decide to request first-round interviews or even extend job offers, many of which may be remote, at-home opportunities.
Upcoming Virtual Career Fairs for Economic Growth
This fall, although many previous job fairs have been cancelled or postponed, employers from all sectors still have several opportunities to connect virtually with graduates, alumni, and other top talent to find the right fit for their organization and help with Canada’s global recovery and economic growth.
Browse this blog to learn about local and federal virtual career fairs happening this fall season.
Can’t attend a virtual career fair? Download the How to Recruit Top Talent slide deck to learn about job boards for hiring students and recent graduates.
Southern Ontario Virtual Career Fairs in Fall 2020
Southern Ontario Virtual Job Fair
(Virtual) This Virtual Job Fair is open to the public while welcoming candidates and organizations located across the province in the following regions: Kitchener, Cambridge, Waterloo, London, St. Catharines, Niagara, Windsor, Guelph, Brantford, Halton, and Peel.
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Registration: Sign up for the Southern Ontario Virtual Job Fair
Greater Toronto & Hamilton Virtual Job Fair
(Virtual) The Greater Toronto and Hamilton (GTHA) Virtual Job Fair is a multi-sector recruitment event open to all local, regional, and provincial organizations and visitors from Halton Region, Peel Region, York Region, and Durham Region.
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Registration: Sign up for the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Virtual Job Fair
Business, Data, Tech Virtual Job Expo Toronto (#FirstFridayFair)
(Virtual) The best industry hiring practices are done with the power of networking and reference. This conference uses AI technology and the power of skill connectivity and identical profile portfolio to connect similar candidates to relevant opportunities. #FFF brings relationship and connection back into hiring.
Date: The first Friday of every month
Time: Full day, online
Registration: Sign up for an upcoming #FirstFridayFair Virtual Job Expo Toronto
Canada-Wide Virtual Career Fairs in Fall 2020
Virtual Canada Job Expo September 2020
(Virtual) The Canada Job Expo is a group of professionals who have been helping employers and candidates with their expertise in the fields of event planning, human resources, recruitment, career counseling, employee benefits, and other areas for many years.
Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Registration: Sign up for the Virtual Canada Job Expo September 2020
In-TAC National Virtual Career Expo
(Virtual) In-TAC brings together Canadian companies with highly skilled international educated professionals (IEPs) with a global view. Their mission is to help businesses fill their expertise gaps and help IEPs find jobs in their field. In-TAC has more than 600 business partners across Canada.
Date: Tuesday, October 6 – Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (48 hours)
Time: 48-hour window starting at 9:00 AM EDT
Registration: Sign up for the In-TAC National Virtual Career Expo
Manufacturing Virtual Career Fair
(Virtual) The Virtual Career Fair connect candidates with manufacturing industries in Food, Beverage, and Tobacco; Textiles, Leather, and Apparel; Wood, Paper, and Printing; Petroleum, Coal, Chemicals, Plastics, and Rubber; Nonmetallic Mineral, Fabricated Metal, and Machinery; Computer/Electronics; Electrical Equipment, Appliances, and Components; Transportation; Furniture, etc.
Date: Monday, November 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Estimate)
Registration: Sign up for the Manufacturing Virtual Career Fair
Resources to Find Top Talent for Your Workforce
Many employers and human resource professionals find it overwhelming and challenging to find potential candidates that will be a long-lasting fit for their business. If you’re unable to attend an upcoming virtual career fair, there are still other opportunities for your business to learn more about recruiting top talent.
Developing a strategic hiring process ensures your business can attract and retain employees that will help you grow and succeed.
Download the free Mentor Works’ How to Find and Recruit Top Talent slide deck to discover recruiting methods and opportunities for your business.