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Resources for visible minority newcomer women
How not to become a Canadian visa fraud victim
New Atlantic Immigration pilot change to help newcomers feel at home
New economic immigration pilot to attract the best talent to Canada
Top things newcomers need to know about credit, finding jobs...
Resources for visible minority newcomer women
How not to become a Canadian visa fraud victim
New Atlantic Immigration pilot change to help newcomers feel at home
New economic immigration pilot to attract the best talent to Canada
Top things newcomers need to know about credit, finding jobs...
New Atlantic Immigration pilot change to help newcomers feel at home
New Atlantic Immigration pilot change to help newcomers feel at home

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is adding a new component to provide a better quality of life to skilled immigrants and their families, who came to Atlantic Canada to work by providing their spouses with intermediate skill level, such as food and beverage servers or long-haul truck drivers, an opportunity to apply for an open work permit.This change supports the Atlantic Immigration Pilot’s goal to ensure newcomers who have come here, stay here.Originally, only the spouses of those in high-skilled positions, such as managers, medical doctors or architects, were able to apply for a work permit. Feedback helped highlight the importance of spouses having the ability to immediately access the...

Posted: Aug 1, 2019


Canada’s rural and northern communities attract newcomers

Eleven rural and northern communities have been  selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to invite newcomers to make these communities their forever homes.As the Canadian population ages and the birth rate declines, rural Canada’s workforce has seen a significant decrease in available workers. This pilot will help attract people that are needed to drive economic growth and help support middle-class jobs in these communities.The participating rural and northern communities will have access to a range of supports to test this new innovative, community-driven model that will help fill labour gaps.The selected communities are: Thunder Bay (ON), Sault Ste. Marie...

Posted: Aug 1, 2019


Pilot projects to make it easier for caregivers

Two new pilot projects launched by IRCC will help caregivers who are coming to Canada make this country their permanent home.The Home Child-Care Provider Pilot (HCCPP) and Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP) opened for applications on June 18, 2019, replacing the expiring Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.Under the new pilots, caregivers who are not yet in Canada get a work permit if they have a job offer in Canada and meet the standard criteria for Canada’s other economic immigration programs. Once they are working in Canada, caregivers can gain the required two years of Canadian work experience and qualify for permanent residence.These pilots also...

Posted: Aug 1, 2019


New economic immigration pilot to attract the best talent to Canada
New economic immigration pilot to attract the best talent to Canada

Canada is committed to attracting the best talent from around the world to fill skills shortages, drive local economies, and create and support middle-class jobs in communities across the country that will benefit all Canadians.The agriculture and agri-food industry is an important contributor to Canada’s economic growth and vitality, supporting one in eight jobs across the country. Agricultural exports hit a new record in 2018, reaching $66.2 billion, and a new three-year economic immigration pilot will fill labour shortages, particularly in meat processing and mushroom production, within the agri-food sector and help meet Canada’s ambitious export targets.Over the past several years,...

Posted: Aug 1, 2019


Canada is making serious investments in immigration

Canada’s 2019 Budget includes investments in IRCC and Canadian immigration.Client services. $42.9 million over two years will be provided to IRCC to improve immigration client services by adding call centre agents, with a focus on business lines with the longest delays.$78.6 million over two years is to be invested to ease and increase the efficiency of the entry of visitors to Canada, while protecting the health and security of Canadians.The funds will also ensure the resources needed to process global demand for Canadian visitor visas, work and study permits.Border security. $1.18 billion over five years starting in 2019 to 2020, and $55 million per year ongoing, to support the Border...

Posted: Jul 3, 2019



Canadian Experience
Newcomer learns the rules of the game

Summer seems to be the birthday party season in Canada – our grandkids attend one every week. It’s all a lot of fun. Lots of food, balloons and often, a pinata, are common to all these parties.A...


Newcomer is plugged in

I don’t know if plugs with two-sized prongs are common  in other parts of the world, but they certainly aren’t in India, where I come from. This was cause for much confusion in our early...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer gets crafty

Apipe cleaner or chenille stem is a type of brush originally intended for removing moisture and residue from smoking pipes.Besides cleaning pipes, it can be used for any application that calls for...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer meets her match

On coming to Canada, we discovered price-match, whereby you  shop at one store but can apply the special sale prices – or even regular prices if they are better – in...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer springs to conclusion

With Spring Equinox around the corner, Canadians can finally start looking forward to the end of winter, and the promise of longer, warmer days. I remember as a newcomer feeling quite...


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Help for Newcomers

How not to become a Canadian visa fraud victim

Canada launched an information campaign in India  to help temporary resident visa applicants save their time and money, avoid falling victim to fraud and common immigration scams, and inform...



Resources for visible minority newcomer women

Canada is making it easier for newcomer women to find a job by providing the support and services they need to succeed.This will help them highlight their talents and experiences as they settle in...


How to stay safe in a toxic work environment

I have been a retired executive for many years now, but I keep in touch with professionals in many diverse fields.I am finding it alarming that toxic and vindictive workplaces are becoming more and...


What to expect in a Welcoming Francophone Community

Iqaluit has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.Under the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, a total of 14...



Mentors understand first-hand the challenges a newcomer faces

Claudia Medina is the brand governance manager at CIBC. She is an internationally-trained advertising and marketing professional who moved to Canada from Venezuela with her family in the summer of...



“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
12 reasons why you might quit your job this year

A survey conducted by Deloitte indicates that by the year 2020, two in three Millennials are expected to hand in their resignation.But it’s not just a salary issue, and according to research from...


Are negative people opportunities?

In The Essence of Happiness the Dalai Lama says that when negative people enter our lives we should treat those intrusions as opportunities to practise tolerance. Our exercise should be to try...


It’s natural to be motivated by compassion

Shortly after buying my first house, I discovered that my next door neighbour tended to overreact to any dilemma.His name was Joe, and I started thinking of him as Overkill Joe, and later simply...


Losing a job can be an opportunity to start fresh

As an executive for many years, and like many of you who are executives, my philosophy was always to work hard, often until late at night, show up for work early in the morning and do everything I...


When did you quit believing everything you heard?

A recent spate of fake  news has gotten everyone in a tizzy. But, this isn’t news – phony stories have been around forever.It’s just that the internet is delivering them faster, in greater...


Success Snapshots

Leading from the front

Mina Mawani brings experience gained over 15 years as a leader to her role as President and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. She has received a whole slew of awards, and been recognized as one of...



Music opens doors

Dr Vinay Bhide has a PhD in Physics and an Alankaar from the prestigious Gandharva Mahavidyalay in India. Internationally-recognized in his field, Dr Bhide has performed all over India and Europe,...



George Brown College’s new chancellor is an immigrant success story

Noella Milne was recently named George Brown College’s new Chancellor and will play a key role celebrating student success, advocating for the college and engaging with the community.Milne’s is...



Activism in many languages

Kanta Arora was the first Indian woman appointed to Ontario  Social Assistance Review Board (SARB) in 1985. She launched the first Hindi talk show in Canada, is the founder of several community...



In service of the community

Baldev Mutta is the founder and CEO of  Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) which offers programs in the areas of  mental health, addictions, settlement services,...


Focus

Citizenship ceremonies welcome new Canadians

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, delivered the oath of citizenship and presented certificates to the new citizens. Also attending was Peter Montopoli, Canada...



Top things newcomers need to know about credit, finding jobs and starting a business in Canada

The initial months as a newcomer to Canada are an exciting time with many new things to do, explore and learn.However, coupled with navigating a new language, culture and surroundings, it can also be...



Mentors help newcomers achieve their goals

Marsha John-Green-wood moved to Canada from the United Kingdom in 2015. She has a background in human resources consultation and change management.Today, she is the HR Transformation Lead at LCBO and...



Canada celebrates 37 years of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Citizenship ceremonies are a moving and emotional celebration of a significant milestone in the journey of a newcomer to Canada.Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship,...



Calgary selected as a welcoming Francophone community

Calgary has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.Under the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, a total of 14...


Diversity
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...


Titles and sand castles

In my 40 years as an educator, 25 years of which were in senior leadership positions, I always maintained that titles are like sandcastles, easily blown in the wind. And reporting lines are like...


400 years of Canadian immigration and diversity

Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, was joined by Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Normand...


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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