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Dr Dev Sainani, Former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation
Top 3 tips for your next career move
F&B programs pave the way to coveted jobs
Internationally-educated professionals breaking down barriers
Dr Mohit Bhandari, Canada Research Chair in musculoskeletal trauma
Dr Dev Sainani, Former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation
Top 3 tips for your next career move
F&B programs pave the way to coveted jobs
Internationally-educated professionals breaking down barriers
Dr Mohit Bhandari, Canada Research Chair in musculoskeletal trauma
New Express Entry to welcome more skilled immigrants to Canada

Canadians are building a world-leading innovation economy. One way to do this is by making improvements to the Express Entry program – Canada’s flagship skilled-worker immigration application management system.Programs managed through the Express Entry system attract high-skilled foreign workers and former international students who want to live in Canada permanently and whose in-demand skills are needed by employers across the country to help build businesses and grow the economy.Starting June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills. These additional points represent an important change that will contribute to the growth, vitality...

Posted: Apr 30, 2017


Immigrant nominee program draws skilled newcomers to Ontario
Immigrant nominee program draws skilled newcomers to Ontario

“Immigration is key to stimulating innovation,” said Ontario’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese.Ontario is accepting more skilled newcomers than ever before through its successful Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).OINP has now reopened the following streams:International Masters Graduate Stream;International PhD Graduate Stream; andOntario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.The OINP has also launched online application systems for these streams to improve its customer service, help improve processing times and make it easier to apply.Ontario is continuing to help businesses attract the talented people they need to compete globally by accepting...

Posted: Apr 2, 2017


Celebrating 70 years of the Canadian Citizenship Act

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) hosted a special citizenship ceremony recently at the Supreme Court of Canada with 26 individuals invited to kick off Canada 150 celebrations and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Citizenship Act.The event resembled the first Canadian citizenship ceremony held 70 years ago, on January 3, 1947, at the Supreme Court chamber.On that day, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King received the first Canadian citizenship certificate, numbered 0001.“Throughout history, Canada’s identity has been largely shaped by the significant cultural and economic contributions of immigrants,” said John McCallum, former Minister of Immigration,...

Posted: Mar 2, 2017


Canada tweaks sponsorship program for parents and grandparents

Canada is committed to a fair and transparent immigration system. Family reunification is a key immigration commitment and changes made to the Parent and Grandparent Program will improve access to the application process, given that the number of applications accepted for intake is limited.In order to give the same chance to all Canadians who are interested in applying to sponsor their parents or grandparents, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) heard former applicants and has made changes to how people can apply to this program.In recent years, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada limited the number of parent and grandparent applications it would accept, in order to...

Posted: Jan 31, 2017


Express Entry: How to tap into Canada’s job market

Express entry is Canada’s immigration process for choosing highly skilled workers (professionals, skilled tradespeople and senior managers).In the past, too many immigrant foreign skilled workers already in Canada were not able to find suitable jobs, even while some Canadian employers were complaining they could not find the kind of workers they needed.In those days skilled workers were selected on the basis of who applied first rather than who had a better chance of finding appropriate work in Canada.There was a mismatch between the kind of skills Canada needed and what specific kinds of migrants Canada was selecting.So, rather than allowing highly skilled workers to come to Canada...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer finds answer to a burning question

I belong to the generation that left India when everyone  still used matches to light gas burners for cooking. The coveted ‘magic wands’ were just beginning to come into use.In our many...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Friend points newcomer in the right direction

When we were new in Canada and discovering our  new city of Toronto, finding our way around town, I took a great interest in learning street names.I have lived in different parts of the world...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Mystery solved for newcomer

We came to Canada from India, before phones with call displays were common there. Before, actually, even regular landline phones were common there. These were the days when one had to sign up to get...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer lands in hot water

This has been a cold winter. Like the good old fashioned Canadian winters, say old-timers. I recall one of our first few winters in Canada when the city was in the grip of a deep freeze.One morning,...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Fit to be Canadian

We moved to Canada in August and loved discovering the parks near our apartment. I have always enjoyed going for long walks and after the first few weeks of settling in, I decided it was time to get...


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Help for Newcomers
5 ways to recession-proof your business

Diversification and financial management are key strategies. The recession of 2008-09 may have occurred nearly a decade ago, but it’s still a painful memory for many entrepreneurs. More recently,...


What kinds of fraud should newcomers to Canada watch out for?

When you are new to Canada, you may not be used to how companies or the government do business. Sadly, sometimes people try to take advantage of this.Here are some common scams aimed at newcomers to...


Where are Canada’s crazy housing markets headed?

With the final numbers tallied for 2016, house price appreciation is expected to narrow in 2017, according to a recent survey of Canada’s residential real estate market.“Eroding affordability in...


10 tips to reduce privacy breaches in your small business

Small businesses and entrepreneurs often collect consumer information to better serve their customers and to build their business.When gathering this information, remember that privacy breaches are...



Take charge of your career

A career change may be necessitated due to many reasons. Immigrants sometimes seek new opportunities in a new land. Also, the days when employees would work at the same company for their whole life...



“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
Is motivating with fear a bad idea?

I still recall the time I led with intimidation and... wow, did it backfire!“Bobby, you gotta help us.”“What’s up?” I asked the three scouts who stopped me on the trail to the...


The scoop on a failed franchise

I carefully filled the cake cone  from the frozen custard machine, pushing it up at just the right moment to create a perfect ball; then as I shut off the machine, I pulled the cone away with a...


Where’s your motivation switch?

Are you a succulent Eloi ripening for a Morlock feast?Last weekend, as I was clearing clutter, I found a copy of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.As I thumbed through it, I recalled that Wells, in his...


13 ways to boost the way you view yourself

Over the years, I have beaten myself up over business breakdowns, lost relationships, and countless other failures.I would only look at what I had done wrong and where I was at fault. And, of course,...


The pursuit of pure joy

Running as fast as I could, I zigzagged across the field. I dodged and ducked, and stayed just out of reach from the grabbing hands.I stumbled and fell, but quickly rolled away from my pursuer and...


Success Snapshots

Dr Dev Sainani, Former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Each year, over 13 million Canadians volunteer over two billion hours of their time and effort for others. Most tend to focus on a cause close to their hearts.Not so Dr Dev Sainani, who has dedicated...



Dr Mohit Bhandari, Canada Research Chair in musculoskeletal trauma

Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma – the only chair of its kind in Canada – Dr Mohit Bhandari is recognized internationally for his research.The many prestigious awards he has...



Public service motivates Harinder Malhi

Harinder Malhi was motivated by the public service aspect of politics, having seen her father, Gurbax Singh Malhi serve the community as the first turbaned politician to be elected anywhere in the...



History-making Justice Russell G. Juriansz

Justice Russell G. Juriansz became one of only two South Asians bestowed with the degree of Doctor of Law honoris causa by the Law Society.The Law Society awards honorary doctorates to distinguished...



Sabrina’s success story

Sabrina Ramnanan set her debut novel, Nothing Like Love, in Trinidad. Asked if she thought about how a book about exotic people, set in an exotic place and in an exotic language might be received,...


Focus

Internationally-educated professionals breaking down barriers

After arriving in Canada more than four years ago, marketing professional Olha Shmanko sent out many unsuccessful job applications.She couldn’t land a job in her own field because she either did...


CAREER STRATEGIES: 5 tips for landing a summer job

The end of the school year  may seem far off, but employers looking to hire summer students are recruiting already.For high school and post-secondary students both with and without work...


CAREER STRATEGIES: Maintain your children’s mother tongues

There is a growing body of research (look up Cummins, Cook, Butzkamm, Macaro, Turnbull, O’Cain) that shows that mother tongues scaffold the learning of English and create more robust learning...


Don’t become a victim of immigration fraud

If you are serious about an immigration application, you will hire counsel to help you avoid innocent mistakes.If you choose to hire someone to help you with your immigration application, it is...


Lottery system for sponsoring parents and grandparents unfair

There is no question that Canada’s decision to use a lottery system to award permanent resident status to sponsored parents and grandparents is wrong in many ways.It is arbitrary.It is unfair to...


Diversity
Our mother tongues encode our identities

Many of us who speak and/or understand our mother tongues realize that our languages unlock many aspects of our identities and connect us to aspects of our histories, traditions and cultures.As such,...


Diversity is Toronto

The City of Toronto has been named one of Canada’s best diversity employers for the second consecutive year for its exceptional workplace diversity and inclusion programs.“As a leading...



Ontario’s diversity draws newcomers

Ontario Minister Laura Albanese spoke to the federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ahmed Hussen, and reiterated Ontario’s open door stance with respect to receiving...



Canadian citizenship is much valued

John McCallum, minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, welcomed new citizens at a special citizenship ceremony in conjunction with York Regional Police in Aurora. It was his first...


A Canadian celebration of diversity

With newcomers identifying more than 230 countries of birth on the National Household Survey, they bring a rich diversity of cultural and religious festivals and practices to our country. This month,...


Education

Top 3 tips for your next career move

Whether you plan on returning to the classroom or back to the office after a summer vacation, it’s a time to regroup, think about finishing personal projects, and start setting goals for the months...



F&B programs pave the way to coveted jobs

Facing a competitive, ever-changing job market, how can to day’s young people and newcomers prepare for employment? What degree, diploma or certificate program will land them that in-demand job?The...


Students can put money back in their pockets by filing their taxes

Post-secondary school can be overwhelming. While coffee may seem like the solution to any problem, putting a little money back in your pocket with tax savings might be the better answer.Even if you...


Want to make a career change? Find a career that you are passionate about

Finding a career that you are passionate about does not always happen in high school.Many discover their true passion after years of work in a field and strive to achieve their career goals in a new...



How to get free money for your child’s education

Newcomers move to Canada for many reasons, a better life and more opportunities for their children being just two of them.Not only is education a basic right, but these days a good education is...


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