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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 not have Canadian experience or was over-qualified.Today, she is well-employed as a planning analyst in part thanks to the help of York University’s Bridge Training Program for International Educated Professionals (IEPs). The Ukrainian immigrant was among the graduates at a celebratory event recently.For immigrants like Shmanko, the certificate helps them bridge the gap between the professional skills and experience they obtained in their respective countries, and employability in Canada.“At...


Posted: Apr 30, 2017



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 experience, the whole job hunt process can be daunting. Where do they start? How can they get their applications noticed?Food and beverage processors across Ontario with seasonal businesses hire hundreds of students every summer. Here, Dave Shepherd, Director of Human Resources for Ippolito Fruit and Produce, shares his tips on how to land a great summer job.1. Don’t be shy. Speak up and let people know you’re looking. Many jobs aren’t advertised so start your search by asking friends, family and...


Posted: Apr 2, 2017



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 experiences for both public school students and post-secondary.In schools and in post secondary, academic engagement is very important. Students need to be fully engaged in order to learn.Learning, regardless of age, cannot just be a teacher pouring information into a student’s brain; it has to be a robust interchange of thoughts, ideas and knowledge between and among students and teachers within and outside of the classroom where students are as much teachers as they are learners and teachers are...


Posted: Apr 2, 2017



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 important to be sure that the person assisting you is competent and accountable.It is a sad fact that there are two kinds of people out there that can harm you and any application you submit to Canadian immigration officials.First, there are people who do not know what they are doing. Many of these people may have good intentions. But, good intentions or not, they can do considerable damage to a good application.Second, there are fraud artists, promising you things that do not exist or for which you...


Posted: Apr 2, 2017



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 those who were already in the queue and have waited for a very long time.It will create a great deal of stress for applicants and the families of those whose status remains insecure and who will, every year, anxiously await the outcome of the next lottery... until the parents are too old.The problem is that the previous system was badly dysfunctional, too.Asking Canadian families to wait years and years for a decision is also wrong, especially when we are referring to ageing parents and...


Posted: Mar 2, 2017



Occupations-specific partnerships match internationally-trained newcomers with mentors
Posted: Mar 2, 2017


CAREER STRATEGIES: Preparing for a job interview: Practise, practise, practise!
Posted: Jan 31, 2017


Applying for Canadian immigration: Get it right the first time
Posted: Jan 31, 2017


Investments in mentoring support skilled newcomers to Canada
Posted: Oct 31, 2016


Alternative careers: Taking a different path to meaningful employment
Posted: Oct 4, 2016


Canada starts a national conversation on immigration
Posted: Aug 7, 2016


Virtual mentoring connects global mentees with mentors in Canada
Posted: Jul 4, 2016


Entrepreneurship is increasingly attractive to newcomers
Posted: May 4, 2016


Self-employed newcomers, make dollars and sense of your income tax return
Posted: Apr 1, 2016


Newcomers, your taxes can help fund your new life in Canada
Posted: Feb 29, 2016


Newcomers, secure your financial future!
Posted: Feb 2, 2016


Warm up to your first Canadian winter
Posted: Jan 5, 2016


You can prepare and file your own Canadian immigration application, right?
Posted: Nov 1, 2015


Fall in Canada: Enjoy a great Canadian tradition
Posted: Sep 30, 2015


Opportunities for women in Canada
Posted: Sep 30, 2015


Mentoring partnership helps newcomers
Posted: Jun 2, 2015


Indian PM’s historic visit to Canada promotes bilateral ties
Posted: Apr 28, 2015


Moving to Canada? Do it right!
Posted: Jan 4, 2015


Tips for winter driving in Toronto
Posted: Dec 3, 2014


Don’t let Canada’s winter get under your skin
Posted: Dec 3, 2014


How to get acclimatized to Canada’s winter
Posted: Dec 3, 2014


Newcomers’ choice of destination in Canada makes a difference
Posted: Sep 1, 2014


Microskills: Helping newcomer women and youth
Posted: Jun 30, 2014


New rules for work permits
Posted: Apr 1, 2014


Small towns in Canada offer big rewards for newcomers
Posted: Dec 4, 2013


Canada welcomes the first immigrants under the Federal Skilled Trades program
Posted: Oct 2, 2013


How to make a successful offer on a new home
Posted: Jul 31, 2013


Finding the right neighbourhood for your family’s needs
Posted: Jul 31, 2013


Tips for newcomers: How to choose the mortgage that’s right for you
Posted: Jul 31, 2013


Tips for newcomers: How to purchase your first home in Canada
Posted: Jul 30, 2013


Brampton newcomers bus tours a success
Posted: May 1, 2013


Newcomers flock to Brampton
Posted: May 1, 2013


Toronto welcomes newcomers
Posted: Apr 3, 2013


Bridging program for internationally-trained nurses
Posted: Mar 3, 2013


British Columbia needs skilled labour
Posted: Jan 31, 2013


Get that Canadian job faster with these five simple tips
Posted: Dec 31, 2012


Canadian immigration system gets a makeover
Posted: Dec 4, 2012


Toronto is a magnet for newcomers
Posted: Oct 31, 2012


Planning on studying in Canada? It pays to listen to these gentlemen!
Posted: Oct 2, 2012


How College Students Can Avoid Credit Hassles
Posted: Sep 4, 2012


Speed mentoring helps newcomers to Canada
Posted: Aug 1, 2012


Does life in Canada meet immigrants’ expectations?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012


Why do immigrants earn less in their first years in Canada?
Posted: May 30, 2012


How to dress for success: Seminars and workshops on topics of interest to newcomers.
Posted: May 2, 2012


Interactive workshops for newcomers
Posted: May 2, 2012


How to reduce your Canadian tax bill
Posted: Apr 2, 2012


Champion of social justice invested with the Order of Ontario
Posted: Feb 29, 2012


Coping with the stress of coming to a new country
Posted: Feb 1, 2012


Immigration can be stressful at many levels, but there’s help at hand
Posted: Feb 1, 2012


Award for many years of serving the immigrant community
Posted: Jan 3, 2012


Schulich School of Business to build a world-class campus in India
Posted: Dec 1, 2011


Top marks for Ontario schools
Posted: Nov 2, 2011


How immigrants keep their language alive in Canada
Posted: Oct 6, 2011


Move-in advice for newcomers to Canada: “Be emotionally prepared”
Posted: Aug 31, 2011


Internationally-trained immigrants find alternative employment solutions and satisfaction in helping other newcomers
Posted: Aug 5, 2011


Ontario human rights system: 50 years of progress worth defending
Posted: Jul 1, 2011


Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services: programs and services for newcomers to Canada
Posted: Jun 2, 2011


Agency helps immigrants improve their chances of finding work
Posted: Jun 2, 2011


The Chaturvedis find their groove in Canada
Posted: Apr 30, 2011


Job prospects draw newcomers to Ontario
Posted: Mar 31, 2011


Top performers recognized for leveraging skilled immigrant talent
Posted: Mar 31, 2011


Amar Shah’s five tips to get you the job you want
Posted: Mar 4, 2011


Changes to the Immigrant Investor Program necessary, says minister
Posted: Mar 4, 2011


Understanding the changes to the Immigrant Investor Program
Posted: Mar 4, 2011


Canadian university in India prepping students for success in Canada
Posted: Jan 6, 2011


Tips to ensure success in your job hunt
Posted: Dec 4, 2010


Toronto is unmatched for its sense of community
Posted: Nov 14, 2010


Ontario opens doors to opportunities for new immigrants
Posted: Oct 16, 2010


A parent’s guide to bringing up caring, high-achieving children in Canada
Posted: Sep 3, 2010


A management student’s approach to finding the right university in Canada
Posted: Aug 6, 2010


Canadians Believe Overseas Compatriots Are Still ‘Real’ Canadians, APF Canada Poll Finds
Posted: Jul 15, 2010


How to choose an immigration consultant
Posted: Jul 1, 2010


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