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Kundan Joshi’s pursuit of app-iness
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Streamlined sponsorship process means faster spousal reunification
3 things to look for in an all-important first job
75 per cent of newcomers find employment after...
Kundan Joshi’s pursuit of app-iness
Emerging trends: What to expect in Canada
Streamlined sponsorship process means faster spousal reunification
3 things to look for in an all-important first job
Emerging trends: What to expect in Canada
Emerging trends: What to expect in Canada

The data collected during the last census, which set the record for the highest response rate yet, revealed some interesting facts, information and insights about Canada. Condo craze. Fuelled by trends like urbanization, the housing landscape is changing, and condos are on the rise, both literally and figuratively. The growth rate of households living in condominiums in the city was more than 16 per cent since 2011, and condos represent one-third of all occupied private dwellings built between 2011 and 2016.Changing commutes. The way people get to work is changing. More people are now using public transit than before. Nearly one-third of commuters use sustainable transportation –...

Posted: Apr 1, 2018


Streamlined sponsorship process means faster spousal reunification
Streamlined sponsorship process means faster spousal reunification

Over the past year, Canada has made significant improvements to the spousal sponsorship process, making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.In December 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that it would reduce the backlog of spousal applicants by 80 per cent and shorten processing times to 12 months. It also announced improvements to the spousal sponsorship application process to make it more efficient and easier to navigate.This past February, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that the government has successfully met these commitments:• More than 80 per cent of...

Posted: Apr 1, 2018


Processing surge to eliminate Canadian live-in caregiver program backlog

Caregivers and their families will be reunited and the inventory of Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) applications will be largely eliminated by the end of 2018 said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.Great progress has been made on the backlog in recent years. As of October 1, 2017, there was a 63 per cent reduction in the number of caregivers and their family members waiting for their permanent residence applications to be finalized since reaching its highest level in May 2014.Last fall, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) dedicated additional resources to process LCP applications and encourage caregivers and their family members to submit any...

Posted: Mar 22, 2018


Canada strengthens fairness of the citizenship revocation process

Canada does not take the revocation of citizenship lightly, and is committed to integrating enhanced fairness into the process.Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citi-zenship, announced last month that provisions of Bill C-6 invol-ving changes to the citizenship revocation process came into effect.Any individual whose case is subject to possible revocation now has the choice to have their case heard and decided by the Federal Court, or to request that the minister decide. This improves the fairness of the process by allowing all individuals to choose to have their case decided by the Federal Court, an independent judicial body. The revocation process will also...

Posted: Mar 7, 2018


Ontario to welcome more economic migrants in 2018
Ontario to welcome more economic migrants in 2018

Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, left, at an event announcing programs for internationally-trained immigrants.  Ontario will welcome more economic immigrants to the province this year, with the government of Canada increasing its 2018 nomination allocation to 6,600. Ontario’s allocation is the largest in the country, in recognition of the province’s role as a key driver of the national economy and the success of the program.Ontario’s Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers pathways to permanent residence for international students, internationally-educated professionals, skilled and in-demand workers, entrepreneurs and Francophones. The...

Posted: Mar 7, 2018



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: A question of trust

A neighbour first introduced me to factory direct outlets in our first year in Canada. Chatting while waiting for the elevator in our apartment building, I had told her that we needed to buy bed...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: On the one hand...

One doesn’t see this so much now – actually come to think of it, I haven’t seen it at all for years now – but once upon a time painting the nails of only the left hand was common practice...


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...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
Employer Awards recognize businesses that support newcomers

Paramount Fine Foods was recognized for its work in developing partnerships and creating a program to train and certify newcomers to work in the food and hospitality sector. The Greater...


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...



3 things to look for in an all-important first job

Whether you’re the parent of a young person, a recent graduate or a newcomer to Canada looking for a first job, you know that Canada’s job market is rapidly changing. In order to adapt to...



Mentors help newcomers leverage their skills

Newcomers bring valuable professional experience to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), but often struggle to find employment where their skills can be fully leveraged. Toronto Region Immigrant...


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...



“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
Venture outside your comfort zone, try something new

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are the work of an extremely small minority,...


Soft skills to rule future jobs

Over the next decade, the job market is going to change dramatically. Old jobs will disappear because of the rise of automation and new ones will arise from new technologies. This change has...


Freedom, like everything else, comes with a price tag

Janis Joplin famously sang the lyrics of Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster in the song Me and Bobby MaGee, “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”But is freedom simply the...


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...


Success Snapshots

Kundan Joshi’s pursuit of app-iness

Kundan Joshi, founder and CEO of The App Lab describes his team of professionals as technology evangelists. “We want our work to amount to something. While allowing technology to fill a need, we...


Mentor acts like a spark plug

Neetika Sathe is Vice President, Advanced Planning at Alectra. She first came to Canada in 1992 as a student after completing her Master of Physics Honours from Punjab University. She accepted a...



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,...


Focus
Action plan to boost Francophone immigration

Building on the momentum from the first Forum on Francophone Immigration in 2017 in New Brunswick, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for immigration and for the Canadian...



75 per cent of newcomers find employment after participating in mentoring programs

Many newcomers to Canada are highly-skilled professionals with many years of experience in their fields. Yet, they can sometimes struggle to find meaningful employment. Sometimes their lack...



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...


Diversity
The colour of privilege and power

White supremacy or white power are strong words but many activists believe that those words more accurately describe white privilege systemically embedded in western society. “There’s...


What can you gain from negative people? Plenty!

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...



Peel plans to welcome 500,000 new residents and 250,000 new jobs by 2041

The Region of Peel is growing. By 2041, it will welcome more than 500,000 new residents and 250,000 new jobs, growing to accommodate nearly 2 million residents and 1 million jobs by 2041.You can...


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...


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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