Earn a Great Living in a Stable Career You Can Be Proud Of

Canadian seafarers are some of the best in the world. If you’re interested in a rewarding career with high pay and great benefits, follow the steps below to learn how you can join our proud, hardworking team of Canadian sailors.

Be a Seafarer

Canada’s marine economy is thriving, and more demand for seafarers means a long and stable career. When you become a seafarer, you can immediately start earning more than $60,000 per year.

This is no desk job. A career as a seafarer brings adventure. After all, how many people can say they sailed the seas and were paid to do it?

Learn more about the positions available on board.

Now Hiring Skilled Workers

We have an immediate need to hire skilled workers. If you have experience in the trades and/or marine industry, we can help you transfer your skills on board and ensure a smooth a transition.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. STCW Basic Safety
  2. Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats
  3. Valid Transport Canada Marine Medical Examination Fitness Card
  4. Canadian citizenship and valid Canadian Passport OR Permanent residence, valid passport from country of birth and Visa (type C1- Class D)
  5. Certified Criminal Record Check
  6. Transport Canada Discharge Book


Have everything you need? Apply Today!

Congratulations, you’re eligible to ship out immediately. Please send your resume, application form and any certifications to

Missing something?

Don’t worry, we can help. Please email to let us know what you’re missing. We’ll do what we can to help you get what you need.

No Experience? No Problem.

We are always looking for talented and hard-working men and women with a variety of skills, abilities and backgrounds who are ready to jump into a dynamic career at sea.

Learn about the Unlicensed Apprentice Program and how to become a seafarer here.

What seafaring job is right for you?

Seafaring is a tough job that will require you to get your hands dirty. However, the SIU’s commitment to the industry’s top safety standards means our members are some of the best trained in the world. Our recruits develop in-demand skills and have access to skills upgrading to last them a lifetime.

Here are some positions available currently:

**Tanker Certifications – Any candidates holding a Certificate of Competency in any of the above-mentioned positions and who have successfully completed an approved training course and obtained an Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization certificate or endorsement as well as a Certificate of Proficiency for Vessel Personnel with Security Responsibilities (VPWSR) should contact the SIU for immediate vacancies.**

Interested in becoming a seafarer? Please email

Information for Non-Canadian citizens

To join the SIU and become a seafarer, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.