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Understanding how financial stress impacts you
Are you ready for the polar coaster?
Does your money sense make the grade?
Low-interest loans help newcomers achieve professional success
Tabla virtuoso Ritesh Das holds the stage
Understanding how financial stress impacts you
Are you ready for the polar coaster?
Does your money sense make the grade?
Low-interest loans help newcomers achieve professional success
Tabla virtuoso Ritesh Das holds the stage
Canada moves to attract students from Francophone countries

Canada has made the Student Direct Stream (SDS) available to international students coming from Senegal and Morocco, starting September 2019.By providing fast, reliable processing of study permit applications, Canada is better equipped to compete in attracting the best and the brightest from around the world.The more efficient SDS process was launched in 2018 for students applying from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, with an average processing time of less than three weeks.As outlined in an OECD report, Canada is a top destination for students seeking both a high-quality international education and employment in their field of study once they graduate.With Canadian education...

Posted: Dec 3, 2019


New regional police chief symbolises Canada’s vibrant diversity
New regional police chief symbolises Canada’s vibrant diversity

On October 1, Peel Regional Police welcomed its newest employee and Chief of Police, Nishan (Nish) Duraiappah, at a ceremony attended by hundreds of colleagues, dignitaries and family members. “I am pleased to join Peel Regional Police as their new chief,” said Chief Nish Duraiappah. “This organization is comprised of committed and hard working employees, who do great work on a daily basis. I look forward to working with the community on initiatives to help keep Peel Region a safe place for all.”Chief Duraiappah was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada where he later began his career with Halton Regional Police in December 1995. He worked as a constable for several years in...

Posted: Nov 4, 2019


Three of the most livable cities in the world are Canadian

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked three Canadian cities – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto – among the world’s top 10 most livable cities based on scores for stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure and health care. This bestows serious bragging tights, but is not news. Canadian cities routinely make the list. Canada and the World, an Ipsos Reid survey of over 18,000 people in 24 countries conducted in 2010, revealed that 77 per cent of respondents from China and 68 per cent of people from India said they’d live in Canada given the opportunity.Nearly 80 per cent thought Canadians enjoy one of the best qualities of life anywhere in the...

Posted: Oct 1, 2019


Newcomers settling in Francophone minority communities will receive official languages training
Newcomers settling in Francophone minority communities  will receive official languages training

Canada is supporting seven organizations across the country to provide official language training services for French-speaking newcomers choosing to settle in a Francophone minority community.Newcomers will receive training that improves their skills in one language while taking more intensive training in the other, depending on their needs. Being able to communicate in both official languages is important in Francophone minority communities, where English is often the primary language used at work and French is more frequently used in the community, at home and in other social settings.These organizations will launch projects that:• Help newcomers improve their skills in both languages...

Posted: Sep 5, 2019


Faster Canadian study permits through Student Direct Stream
Faster Canadian study permits through Student Direct Stream

Depending on where you live, you may be able to get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tries to process most Student Direct Stream applications within 20 calendar days. However, some applications may take longer than this.To get this faster processing, you must give your biometrics as soon as possible and meet all the eligibility requirements.A study permit is not a visa. It does not, by itself, allow you to travel to or enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you do, it will be issued with your study permit.Who can apply. To be eligible for faster processing...

Posted: Sep 5, 2019



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer trips over nomenclature

Many communities in India have shorter, some say affectionate, terms for themselves and each other. Gujaratis, for instance, might be described as Gujjus, Tamil Brahmins as Tambrams, and as a...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Counting down to a newcomer’s error

Prior to coming to Canada, I had never seen an Advent calendar, it being an unfamiliar concept where I come from. When I saw one at a store – it was steeply discounted a few days before Christmas...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer’s initiation into Canadian slang

I learnt that ragging – that rough introduction to college and university life in India – is called initiation in Canada and that ragging meant something else altogether from an embarrassing...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer passes freshness test!

I break the tips of bhindi (okra) before buying to check for freshness. If it snaps off, it’s fresh, if not, it’s not! It’s a simple test that everyone uses. Or so I thought, until I was...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer sings a loony tune

Before moving to Canada, we had lived in cities where we counted ourselves lucky if we spotted a sparrow or two. Thus we were thrilled to discover the natural beauty of Canada as newcomers, all the...


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Help for Newcomers

Are you ready for the polar coaster?

Snow, sleet, ice rain, black ice, whiteouts...Newcomers facing driving during their first winter can be overwhelmed by all that the season can throw at them.Observing the do’s and don’ts for...



Think twice before borrowing against your home equity

An estimated three million Canadians have done so, and they have emerged as the single largest contributor to the growth of household debt in Canada.Yet many consumers do not appear to fully...



Does your money sense make the grade?

It’s no secret that many of us struggle to meet our financial goals. In fact, in a recent study conducted by the financial services firm Primerica, found over a quarter of middle-income Canadians...



Understanding how financial stress impacts you

Canadians consistently rank money as their biggest source of stress – higher than health, work or family obligations.This is not surprising when you consider that more than half do not regularly...


Numerous services help newcomers settle in faster

Find free newcomer services near you. Friendly and experienced settlement professionals can help you:Look for a job.Get a language assessment.Register for language classes.Find a place to live.Fill...



“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
New year, new career?

Some people grow up knowing exactly what they want to be. For others, figuring out a career path requires a lot of research, soul searching and trial-and-error.A good place to begin is by looking at...


5 reasons overachievers miss the mark

In today’s fast-paced, ever-innovating luxury sector where nothing is certain but rapid-fire change, masses have surrendered themselves to “overachievement” in pursuit of career success and a...


Volunteering is a great way to learn about yourself

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your community or lend a hand to a worthwhile cause. If you’ve been thinking about signing up for volunteer work but are unsure of where to start,...


Do you have what it takes to become a police officer?

With 23 gruelling weeks of training, 12 of those weeks in unfamiliar environments on site at the Ontario Police College, followed by another 90-plus days of on-the-job training, becoming a police...



Research scientist makes a life-changing discovery

Dr Siyaram Pandey is hailed as the scientist who has possibly discovered the cure for several types of cancer. A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of...


Success Snapshots

Tabla virtuoso Ritesh Das holds the stage

The distinctive opening notes of CBC Metro Morning News were composed by Juno-nominated tabla virtuoso Ritesh Das. “Co-composed with Donald Quan, in 2008,” clarifies Das, not one to take all the...



Words of wisdom from award-winning author

Rabindranath Maharaj has won a slew of awards for his writing. His book Adjacentland featured on the Globe and Mail’s list of the most anticipated books for 2018. In Canada 150 Stories, his...



A leading advocate for equality

When the Law Society of Upper Canada’s board approved a report which brought forward 13 recommendations to address issues of systemic racism in the profession, the working group co-chair Raj Anand...



Canadian polio activist is an advocate for change

Ramesh Ferris stands shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders, and has met Queen Elizabeth II, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Bill and Melinda Gates, prime ministers...


How to ace your performance appraisal

Whether you are a frontline worker, a unionized employee, a manager or an executive, your work will be evaluated by your organization.This process is called performance appraisal, performance review,...


Focus

Low-interest loans help newcomers achieve professional success

Microloans from Le Moulin help immigrants and refugees who arrive with education, skills and experience obtain the training and credentials they need to achieve professional success.Last year, Le...


Addressing underemployment among newcomers and other groups

Toronto Pearson, in collaboration with Deloitte, released of a white-paper titled Uncovering Underemployment: Tapping into the Potential of our Workforce. It explores the causes of underemployment...



Women entrepreneurs find success in Canada

Arwina Mogul has always had a natural curiosity about life.She was born in the Philippines, spending her childhood and teenage years in Manila and then Hong Kong where she taught herself how to code...


Common Canadian finance myths debunked

With 340,000 immigrants that settle in Canada yearly, the abundance of information given to newcomers could see some myths and misconceptions make their way through, including common myths about...



Language skills help newcomers get ahead

Canada has two official languages: English and French. While English is the most commonly spoken language in most provinces and territories, French is the main language spoken in Quebec and in some...


Diversity
What newcomers bring to the table

When a colourful sports commentator insulted immigrants by calling us “those people”, accusing us of not wearing poppies, he was dead wrong.And when his comments caused a furor and he tried to...


The priceless lessons of frugality

My parents were salt of the earth, hardworking, charitable people, but not wealthy.My father ran the flower farm for his father and then inherited it. It was a hundred acres of exquisitely beautiful...


What about the minimum wage earner?

Toronto-city is fast becoming the city for the affluent. As we drive around the downtown residential areas we see gorgeous homes, exquisite renovations, lush landscaped gardens and a feeling of...


Who are we? Our personal and community identities

As educators we often gave students an assignment to trace their personal histories and identities and create some sort of visual representation of that identity.For little children it was mostly...


Tips to navigate the e-mail jungle

If you search “e-mail etiquette” on the internet you will find some excellent advice about appropriate and inappropriate use of e-mail.Some of this advice comes from large organizations like...


Education

Where are all the jobs? Tips for new grads

Finding a job can be frustrating for newcomers as well as recent college and university graduates who are confronted with a  competitive job market after years of dedicated hard...



International students from India receive a warm welcome in Toronto

In the first-ever program of  its kind, the Consulate General of India, Toronto, in association with University of Toronto (UofT) organized a welcome ceremony at the historic Hart House to...



Study and Stay program attracts overseas students

Study and Stay is an international student attraction and retention pilot program currently being delivered in Nova Scotia by EduNova.The initiative is open to international students in the...


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...


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