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Public service motivates Harinder Malhi
Tax relief for first-time home buyers
 It pays to file taxes for newcomers and students
5 ways to make your resumé stand out
Occupations-specific partnerships match internationally-trained newcomers with mentors
Public service motivates Harinder Malhi
Tax relief for first-time home buyers
 It pays to file taxes for newcomers and students
5 ways to make your resumé stand out
Occupations-specific partnerships match internationally-trained newcomers with mentors
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


Changes to Express Entry

Changes to Express Entry, which took effect on November 19, 2016, are aimed at bringing a more fair and responsive immigration system. Improvements include awarding points for job offers to eligible candidates already in Canada on Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits, and to international students who completed their studies in Canada.In addition, more time will be allocated to candidates to submit an application for permanent residence once an invitation to apply is received.These improvements to Express Entry support the Global Skills Strategy, contribute to Canada’s economic growth, drive innovation leading to new businesses, and assist employers in meeting labour...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017


Shorter wait times for spousal reunification

Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.Earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began a concerted effort to reduce processing times.From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times were reduced by 15 per cent for in-Canada applications and just over 10 per cent for applications outside Canada.Processing times will be reduced even further with most spousal applications now being processed in 12 months.Complex cases may require more time.Applicants who already filed an application will not have to wait an additional 12 months to have them finalized.IRCC will continue to process applications in...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017



Canadian Experience
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...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Lessons I learnt about the Salvation Army

This time of year, one sees the ladies and gentlemen who represent the Salvation Army collecting donations in various malls and department stores.It takes me back to the first time I saw a Salvation...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer shows neighbour how to think inside the box

It’s true that newcomers learn a lot of things in their early days in Canada. But it can also be a two-way learning process, as my experience shows.The doorbell rang a short while ago. It was my...


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Help for Newcomers

Tax relief for first-time home buyers

As a first-time home buyer, what would you do with an extra $4,000? As of January 1, 2017, that’s how much the provincial land transfer tax rebate will give back to Ontario’s first-time home...



It pays to file taxes for newcomers and students

Moving to another country is full of new experiences – including doing your taxes in Canada for the first time.If you need a hand, you can get help from the Community Volunteer Income Tax...



5 ways to make your resumé stand out

Whether you’re applying for a job straight out of school, looking to change careers, or get back into the field after time off work, the importance of having an all-star resumé is key.Your resumé...


How to ace a job interview

Congratulations! You have been invited to a job interview. You have probably heard much advice about the colours to wear and not to wear, the styles to avoid and so on.There is no one way to dress...



Tips for going digital with your small business

Now more than ever small business should invest in developing an engaging digital presence to connect with their consumers. A recent study shows that 85 per cent of consumers are interested in doing...



“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
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...


Don’t fret over a wrong assumption

A few months ago I attended a business networking event where everyone had a chance to talk about their business.I noted three people with whom I wanted to talk with further. After the meeting I made...


When someone criticizes you, don’t take it personally, it’s not always about you

When someone criticizes you, don’t assume its truth.The baseball thudded into the dirt at the batter’s feet; causing a dusty orange cloud as the dry powdery clay splashed over home plate.“Ball...


Success Snapshots

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,...



Dr Manish Raizada’s harvest of hope

Dr Manish Raizada is working to improve farming practices in Canada, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The plant agriculture professor at the University of Guelph is developing low-cost technologies that...



Hard work takes entrepreneur far in Canada

The colder weather we are heading into reminds Sudhir Talsania of his first winter in Canada. “It used to be colder, snowier, icier!” he says. “The roads were more slippery. But I used to say,...


Focus
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...



Occupations-specific partnerships match internationally-trained newcomers with mentors

“It takes a whole village – or a city in fact – to make The Mentoring Partnership a success,” said Margaret Eaton, Executive Director of Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council...


CAREER STRATEGIES: Preparing for a job interview: Practise, practise, practise!

In the previous issue we talked about the application process. Many highly qualified people have received rejection letters in their professional journeys.So if you receive a rejection letter from...


Applying for Canadian immigration: Get it right the first time

Unfortunate stories in Canadian newspapers draw attention to how easy it is to mess up an application for Canadian immigration status, even when the applicant appears to be sophisticated – and how...


Investments in mentoring support skilled newcomers to Canada

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) announced investments totalling $1.64 million in its program, The Mentoring Partnership, from the RBC Foundation, the Ontario Trillium...


Diversity

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,...


More French-speaking newcomers headed for Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec

Canadian employers hiring skilled French-speaking temporary workers from abroad who want to work in Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec will be exempt from the Labour Market Impact...



Toronto celebrates newcomers

Crowds at Toronto Newcomer Day at Nathan Phillips SquareToronto Mayor John Tory hosted the annual Toronto Newcomer Day festivities at City Hall recently to welcome newcomers to Toronto and to...


Education
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...



Careers in skilled trades for newcomers and youth

According to a recent Canadian report, there will be projected labour shortages in a number of skilled trades, including industrial and power system electricians, supervisors in railway and motor...


Careers in skilled trades are increasingly popular

A recent Ipsos Reid poll indicates Ontarians are overwhelmingly in favour of the promotion of skilled trades as a viable career choice.The poll shows that 96 per cent of Ontario residents are...


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