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Communities across Canada benefit from increased immigration
People in Canada have good health and are living longer
MP is making a positive impact
Canada’s most affordable cities for raising a family
A lifelong educator receives a surprise call from the GG’s office
Communities across Canada benefit from increased immigration
People in Canada have good health and are living longer
MP is making a positive impact
Canada’s most affordable cities for raising a family
A lifelong educator receives a surprise call from the GG’s office
Canada is expanding its biometrics program

Canada is expanding its biometrics program which requires foreign nationals who are applying for a Canadian visitor visa, a work or study permit, or permanent residence to give IRCC their fingerprints and a photo.This information helps verify that you are the person you say you are. This change began with applicants from Europe, the Middle East and Africa who need to submit their fingerprints and photo as of July 31, 2018.Why is Canada expanding its biometrics program?Your biometric information makes it easier for border service officers to confirm your identity when you enter Canada. Providing  this information also makes it more difficult for someone else to forge or steal your...

Posted: Dec 4, 2018


Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver among top 10 cities in the world on Millennial City Ranking

In the 2018 Millennial City Ranking which rates the top 110 cities for millennials to live, work and travel, based on 17 factors, Canada is listed as a top country for millennials, with three cities in the top 10; Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.The Nestpick study, based on factors such as startup ecosystem, housing affordability, immigration tolerance and quality of nightlife, pinpoints which cities are successfully attracting young professionals who display clear migrational patterns and are therefore, a core future workforce.Building on last year’s study, Nestpick researched a wider scope of criteria and sources for the 2018 ranking, including an analysis of top universities and...

Posted: Dec 4, 2018


A more accurate method to calculate processing times for permanent residence applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now using an improved method to calculate processing times for some new permanent residence applications. The processing times are now projected and indicate how long most applications are expected to take, based on several factors, including the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year, under the multi-year immigration levels plan.Before July 31, 2018, all IRCC processing times were only historical and showed how long it took for 80 per cent of applications to be processed in the past year. While this method may be accurate for applications already being processed, it...

Posted: Nov 2, 2018


Record-setting immigration levels will contribute to more religious diversity in Canada

New research suggests immigrants will help fill Canadian churches, mosques and temples. The federal government’s target of welcoming almost one million new immigrants to Canada by the end of 2020 will mean a major boost to the country’s faith communities.New public opinion research by the Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with think tank Cardus, has found that almost four in 10 first generation immigrants to Canada are religiously committed – largely certain in their beliefs, and most likely to attend religious services, pray to God, and read the Bible or other sacred text regularly. That’s almost double the proportion of the general Canadian population. The data suggest the...

Posted: Sep 30, 2018


Internationally-trained newcomers get help getting their credentials and experience recognized

Canada draws immigrants from all over the world. Some of them struggle to get their foreign credentials and work experience in other countries recognized. Now Canada is investing almost $1.29 million over the next eight years in the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s Support for Internationally Trained Individuals (SITI) project. With this investment, the Foundation will increase resources for internationally trained newcomers to get their credentials recognized in Canada, and increase access to low-interest loans to support the foreign credential recognition process.Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for York–South Weston, on behalf...

Posted: Aug 31, 2018



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer feels a lot like Scrooge

As a newcomer, I made several mistakes as I learned my way around Canadian ways, however, none was worse than my faux pas one snowy December day.Rushing home from work, I remembered I needed to pick...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer warms up to Canada

As the weather cools and we pull out the woollies, I remember  the time I asked for mufflers at a department store and was told I might find them at an auto store.“Or Canadian Tire might carry...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: The mark of a newcomer

Anyone watching Indian television soaps these days would see women sporting long bright red lines of sindoor (vermillion powder) in the parting of their hair. Most of them continue on to the...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer is welcomed to the table...in a manner of speaking

There are as many ways of welcoming visitors to one’s home, of making them feel at home, as there are cultures around the world. I remember being surprised to learn, for instance, that in some...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer wakes up to smell the coffee...cake!

I love cakes and pastries, but growing up in India, my exposure to different varieties was limited. I should clarify here that I belong to the era when choice was limited to a few flavours, and to...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
Why older adults and seniors need the flu shot

If you’re an adult, you may be skeptical about whether you need a yearly shot against influenza. Will it help? Can you get a mild case of the flu from the vaccine?As you age, your immune system...


How to keep your kids active over winter break

There’s the busy lead-up to Christmas, the happy frenzy of the day itself and that sweet spot afterwards, when children’s gifts are still new and interesting.But most kids get two weeks off...


Helping adult children choose careers

I recall listening to an electrician being interviewed on CBC radio several years ago. She talked about her passion to be an electrician since she was in high school and about the barriers and...


3 communication basics that build confidence

Communication is ingrained in every facet of  life, yet many struggle with fear, insecurity and general ineffectiveness when they find themselves eye-to-eye with someone to present ideas,...


IRCC set to improve Canada’s Francophone immigrant services

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced improvements in services for Francophone...



“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
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...


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...


Success Snapshots

MP is making a positive impact

Active in not just the Indo-Canadian community but in the wider mainstream community as well, Chandra Arya saw an opportunity to take his involvement to the next level.“The impact I can make as a...



A lifelong educator receives a surprise call from the GG’s office

Strini Reddy was surprised to receive a call from the Governor General’s office informing him that he had been selected to become a member of the Order of Canada. “Never occurred to me that...



Being the candidate the employer is looking for

Aneela Zaib believes that if a person does not fit the profile an employer is looking for, he or she will fit another. As a new immigrant herself, she started out as an IT project manager and noticed...



Joshna Maharaj brings farm-fresh ideas to the table

Joshna Maharaj wants to change the way we perceive food. Not just what we eat, but how we source it, what we know about it and how we feel about it.“My work with the food justice advocacy group...


Usha Srinivasan offers an entrepreneurs’ guide to success

Can entrepreneurs be made or trained? Dr Usha Srinivasan believes they most certainly can. She is a strong advocate of an entrepreneurial approach to understanding a problem and defining the...


Focus

People in Canada have good health and are living longer

Data from the Global Burden of Disease Study shows that the overall health of Canadians is good and is consistent with other similar countries, and people are living longer with diseases, according...



Canada’s most affordable cities for raising a family

There are many factors that make a city an attractive place to live. One of the most important, especially for young people, is affordability. Several factors affect affordability, such as housing...



Communities across Canada benefit from increased immigration

This new immigration plan will benefit all Canadians because immigrants contribute to Canada’s economic growth and help keep Canada competitive in a global economy.The new plan builds on the strong...


Come to Canada: online tool helps prospective immigrants

Newcomers learn to participate in and enjoy outdoor winter activities in Canada.Do you want to work, study, visit, travel through or live permanently in Canada?The online tool Come to Canada helps...



Helping internationally-trained newcomers get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada

Helping internationally-trained newcomers join the workforce faster will strengthen Canada’s middle class, help those working hard to join it, and grow the economy.That’s why Ahmed Hussen,...


Diversity
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...



Top five languages spoken in Canada

With Canada being one of the most multicultural countries in the world, many people speak more than one language.Being bilingual has many benefits, including better decision-ma-king, improved memory...


Diversity, harmony and equal opportunity are the cures for racism

In March 2017, another icon in the anti-racism struggle, Ahmed Kathrada, passed away.A South African freedom fighter, he too, like Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned on Robben Island for twenty- seven...


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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