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Ontario is investing in projects to help newcomers settle and find jobs
Mentoring helps newcomers progress in their careers
Composer hits the right notes
Biometrics program strengthens Canadian immigration
The first step toward your own business
Ontario is investing in projects to help newcomers settle and find jobs
Mentoring helps newcomers progress in their careers
Composer hits the right notes
Biometrics program strengthens Canadian immigration
The first step toward your own business
Biometrics program strengthens Canadian immigration
Biometrics program strengthens Canadian immigration

International students  at an event welcoming them to Canada, are one of the groups Canada currently collects biometrics from.Canada has long had one of the highest per capita rates of immigration in the world and is an attractive destination for immigrants and visitors.Accurately establishing identity is an important part of immigration decisions and helps keep Canadians safe. For more than 20 years, biometrics (fingerprints and a photograph) have played a role in supporting immigration screening and decision-making in Canada.In 2018, Canada intends to expand its biometrics program to all foreign nationals applying for a visitor visa, a study or work permit (excluding U.S. nationals),...

Posted: May 2, 2018


Medically inadmissible no longer a barrier for Canadian immigration applicants

One of Canada’s priorities is to ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen announced changes to the medical inadmissibility provision of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, ensuring that immigration policies better align with Canadian values and reflect the importance that the Government places on the inclusion of persons with disabilities.Under the 40-year-old policy, applicants could be found medically inadmissible to Canada based on a set of criteria out of step with a 21st century approach to persons with disabilities. Most of those affected are individuals who would otherwise be...

Posted: May 2, 2018


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



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns what is a wart

Many years ago, when we were relatively new in Canada, I developed a painful sore on the sole of my foot. It started out as tenderness, hurting when I walked or stood a certain way, but not too bad...


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...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
How to turn your business dreams into reality

Are you looking to start your own business? If so, you have many important business decisions ahead of you. It is important to be prepared. Having a checklist will help guide you through the critical...



The first step toward your own business

Newcomers often look for opportunities to set up their own business.Others dream of trading in their 9-to-5 job for their own project where they set the rules.If this seems out of reach, begin by...



Mentoring helps newcomers progress in their careers

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recently marked Mentoring Month by honouring mentors and organizations who have made outstanding achievements in their mentoring programs.At...


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...



“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
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...


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...


Success Snapshots

Composer hits the right notes

Merging western and South Asian structures and sounds with bright grace, Sundar Viswanathan’s music is not your traditional music.“It is a reflection of all that influences my music and is...



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...


Focus

Ontario is investing in projects to help newcomers settle and find jobs

Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Dipika Damerla, Ontario Minister of Seniors’ Affairs, at the announcement.Ontario is helping newcomers and their families by...


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...


Diversity

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...


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...


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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