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Indira Naidoo-Harris is riding high
Doing your taxes for the first time? Get it right from the start
No income to report? It pays to file your taxes anyway
A novel idea takes off in Canada
IRCC expands its presence in China
Indira Naidoo-Harris is riding high
Doing your taxes for the first time? Get it right from the start
No income to report? It pays to file your taxes anyway
A novel idea takes off in Canada
IRCC expands its presence in China
Options for permanent residence for caregivers

There are now three ways to apply for permanent residence, based on Canadian work experience, as a caregiver.If you are eligible, you can use any of these options to apply.Caring for Children ProgramYou can apply through the Caring for Children class if you have provided full-time child care in a home in Canada for at least two years.Caring for People with High Medical Needs ProgramYou can apply through the Caring for People with High Medical Needs class if you have been working in Canada for at least two years as a:registered or licensed practical nursenurse aid or orderlyhome support workerLive-in Caregiver ProgramYou can apply if you have at least two years of work experience in the...

Posted: Feb 3, 2018


Work permit pilot extended for spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence from within Canada

Family reunification is a key immigration priority for the Canadian government. Recognizing that when families can live and work together, their integration outcomes are improved, Canada is extending the open work permit pilot for spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) class until January 31, 2019. This ensures applicants are able to work, provide for their families and contribute to the Canadian economy while waiting for their applications to be processed.To be eligible for an open work permit, applicants must be a spouse or common-law partner living in Canada who is being sponsored under the SCLPC...

Posted: Feb 3, 2018


Canada is working to make it easier for skilled newcomers

The Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA), signed by Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, creates a new framework to strengthen the long-term partnership between Ontario and Canada to welcome and settle immigrants, boost the economy and address shared humanitarian responsibilities. The agreement outlines the respective roles and responsibilities, and shared immigration priorities in selection policy, program integrity, attraction of French-speaking immigrants, and newcomer and refugee settlement. A joint effort to help internationally-trained newcomers meet provincial requirements to...

Posted: Jan 3, 2018


New definition of age of dependants now in force

The government of Canada has changed the definition of the age of dependants from “under 19” to “under 22,” fulfilling a key mandate commitment of the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. This change will help more immigrant families stay together. When newcomer families are able to stay together, their integration into Canada, and their ability to work and contribute to their communities all improve. This change applies to all new applications received by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on or after October 24, 2017. Parents who want to see if their child qualifies should first check the ministry’s web tool.  To help even more...

Posted: Nov 30, 2017


Canada unveils ambitious immigration plan
Canada unveils ambitious immigration plan

Canada announced its historic multi-year levels plan on November 1, setting the most ambitious immigration levels in recent history.Stakeholders from across the country applauded the decision which takes into consideration Canada’s need for more immigrants to support economic growth, while balancing fiscal responsibilities. “Canada’s decision to increase immigration will help sustain long-term economic growth in light of its rapidly ageing population and low birth rate,” said Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President, Conference Board of Canada. “Introducing a multi-year levels plan will improve the ability of governments, employers, immigrant-serving organizations and other...

Posted: Nov 30, 2017



Canadian Experience
Newcomer learns how the cookie crumbles

We lived in Bahrain for many years before moving to Canada. There, too, like in India, we exchanged sweets with friends on Diwali and Eid.I sent a cake to the school with some other treats for our...


Newcomer learns that appearance can be deceiving

Our family, though originally from India, came to Canada from the Caribbean, as both my grandfather and my husband’s grandfather had gone there as indentured labourers and both sets of our parents...


Newcomer learns the secret of regifting

Would you like a gift receipt in the bag?” the cashier asked with a perky smile. The question threw me off for a few seconds.How did she know the items I had purchased at the department store were...


Newcomer tells it like it is

After coming to Canada I learned that telephone manners or etiquette varies from country to country. Or if not the etiquette itself, the words used to convey availability.I came to Canada as an...


Newcomer opens the door to a new experience

In our first few months in Canada, I did something totally uncharacteristic. I opened the door to two strangers and invited them in to taste the pulao I had just finished making after they commented...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
Investing in settlement services for newcomers

Newcomers require information and referrals to services in many areas and Canada is investing more than $334 million in settlement services for newcomers in Ontario in 2017-18. Friendly and...


IRCC wraps up the settlement design challenge

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) wrapped up its Settlement Design Challenge, during which IRCC staff and students from OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art and...


Get free help with doing your taxes

Life can be complicated, but doing your taxes shouldn’t be. Whether this is your first time or your circumstances have recently changed, there is information and free help available to put your...



No income to report? It pays to file your taxes anyway

Filing your taxes can seem like a difficult task, but knowing the benefits and claims you’re eligible to deduct makes the process worth it. Even if you don’t have any income to report for...



Doing your taxes for the first time? Get it right from the start

The saying, “There’s a first  time for everything,” also applies to taxes. Whether you just got your first job and want to claim a refund or get the goods and services tax/harmonized sales...



“At Scotiabank, we build relationships based on trust.”

Lalit Jagasia, Associate, Multicultural Banking for India, South Asia, the Philippines and the Middle East, 416-933-2342.Names: Lalit and Pooja JagasiaCountry of origin: IndiaYear of arrival in...



“Our first interaction with Scotiabank had a personal touch”

Scotiabank customers Raman Sharma and Rajni DograNames: Raman Sharma and Rajni DograCountry of origin: IndiaYear of arrival in Canada: 2011Why we are Scotiabank customers: Rajni did her homework...



“I believe in working as a team with my clients.”

Shamim Malik, Personal Banking Officer, Bovaird and Mountainash Branch, Brampton, Ontario. 905-790-7830, ext. 4205.Name: Shamim MalikCountry of origin: PakistanYear of arrival in Canada:...



“Scotiabank staff went out of their way to win our trust and provide a positive experience.”

“We tell everyone we know to move their accounts to Scotiabank,” say Neeraj and Nidhi KherNames: Neeraj and Nidhi KherCountry of origin: GhanaYear of arrival in Canada: 2010Why we are...



“The Scotiabank StartRight Program allowed us to transfer our funds to Canada smoothly and without any tension.”

Names: Abha, Lalit and Araj KapoorCountry of origin: IndiaYear of arrival in Canada: 2012Why we are Scotiabank customers: The Kapoors came to Canada for a better quality of life. In Delhi, Lalit was...


Success Strategies
Even in adverse situations there’s the silver lining of valuable lessons learned

I share a strange story from my early days in advertising.  Back in the early 1990s, the marketing director of a small software company called me in for a consultation to help them with their...


The luckiest people are often bold enough to go after what they want

Is it possible to influence luck? Eight-year-old Julie Amberg was excited when her Aunt Nancy showed up to visit. Nancy, however, wanted some adult time with her sister, so she sent Julie on a...


Envy can be a good thing when you use it to drive change

This column is primarily about human motivation, and because of that I’ve considered writing about envy for years.It is a negative emotion which has been condemned by all cultures throughout...


Four ways to exercise your creativity

Recently I was contacted by a reader asking me if I would suggest some exercises that he could use to think more creatively. That request has inspired me to write about some fun ways that...


How you interpret what you see is limited by our worldview

Fresh from making mud pies, Paul and I were coated in dirt from our elbows to our fingertips. We walked into the kitchen to clean up for lunch, where we found Rafe leaning against the wall,...


Success Snapshots

Indira Naidoo-Harris is riding high

Indira Naidoo-Harris is the member of Provincial Parliament from Halton, the second largest riding in Ontario. With close to 350 polls, it is also a diverse riding that is one of the fastest growing...



A novel idea takes off in Canada

Farzana Doctor took Ameera to a therapy session – Ameera being the protagonist of her novel All Inclusive. “I had to figure out what her journey was going to be,” says Doctor who also runs...



Economist’s success formula

Rahul Deb, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto, is a pioneer in the study of economic collusion and competition. His research interests are in microeconomic theory,...



A new direction for filmmaker Maninder Chana

Not all kids who put up plays for their families grow up to become filmmakers. Maninder Chana did. And a writer, director, producer, actor and musician.“I’ve been writing stories all my life,”...



World-renowned cardiologist shares his success secrets

Dr Salim Yusuf is a world-renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist who was named an officer in the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.A professor in the department of...


Focus

IRCC expands its presence in China

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is expanding its Visa Application Centre (VAC) Network in China, increasing its geographic reach as Canada looks for new ways to support the growth...



What and how are newcomers buying in Canada?

From 2011 to 2016, two- thirds of Canada’s population growth came from immigration, and this dependence on newcomers to grow the country is expected to increase. According to Statistics...


A new round of intake in the parents and grandparents program

This year, Canada introduced a new application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program. This change improves access to the application process and makes it more fair and...



New Canadians encouraged to start boating

The Lifesaving Society, Canada’s leading organization responsible for drowning prevention, launched an online boating safety program targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be...


Ontario expands immigration program

Ontario is continuing to welcome newcomers while helping the province’s employers attract skilled workers and responding to the needs of the labour market, with enhancements to the Ontario...


Diversity
The benefits of a cultural dialogue

There was a time not too long ago that formal intercultural dialogue occurred routinely in our public schools between and among students, teachers, staff and parent councils. I would love to...


Achieving equity in gradual, incremental steps

Many of us who work in large organizations, regardless of our positions on the hierarchy, often desire to help others in the organization. There are many ways to do this. Some people in...


How can we as individuals empower marginalized groups to have their human rights respected?

June and November are graduation/convocation months for colleges and universities. Bright graduates of all ages are eagerly going out into the world of work as well-educated, well-trained...


Watching over children’s human rights

There is nothing more viscerally painful than news about the violation of the dignity, rights and personhood of a child. If you go to the UNICEF website, you will find The Human Rights...


What can you do when you feel your human rights have been infringed?

In the busy lives of men, women and even children, today, there are so many thousands of interactions between and among people.Most of those experiences might be good, happy, routine, tolerable and...


Education
Education must begin to play a robust role as public policy

The UNESCO World report, available online at www.unesco.org, states: The founding principles of UNESCO enshrined in its Constitution (1945) are based on the conviction that education is...


At the end of the day, business clichés are lazy language

Those pointless little phrases you use at work might be sending exactly the wrong message (for instance, that you’re too lazy to come up with something better).Here, I explain why it’s time to...


Free online textbooks for Ontario students

Ontario is investing in free online textbooks and educational resources for students to make college and university more affordable and accessible.Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and...


Mother tongue helps adult learners of English

In a study with post-secondary students, I conducted paper surveys with 90 English as a Second Language (ESL) students and interviewed 19 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students. My...


Our mother tongue is an equity pillar

My life’s work as a teacher, principal, school superintendent and then as vice-president of a college has been in the area of equity and speaking out for the rights of marginalized and minority...


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