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Top 5 small businesses to start in Canada
Student Direct Stream drawing more international students to Canada
The making of a new Canadian
6 things to know about the future of work
Newcomer Day celebrates new Torontonians
Top 5 small businesses to start in Canada
Student Direct Stream drawing more international students to Canada
The making of a new Canadian
6 things to know about the future of work
Newcomer Day celebrates new Torontonians
Student Direct Stream drawing more international students to Canada
Student Direct Stream drawing more international students to Canada

PICTURED: Jaspreet Saini of Centennial College in Toronto came from India for his Canadian education.International student Jaspreet Saini enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Design program at Centennial College.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is making great strides in promoting Canada as a destination of choice for international students seeking a quality education by finding efficient ways to process applications.To support the growth in study permit applications, IRCC announced the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which is available to students applying for a study permit from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines. Students from those countries who...

Posted: Aug 2, 2018


Global Talent Stream gives Canadian companies the edge

Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global Talent Stream pilot on June 12 by adding three new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) occupations to the Global Talent Occupations List and continuing to address the high-skilled labour market needs of innovative employers in Canada.The 24-month Global Talent Stream pilot gives companies in Canada the talent edge they need to scale up and be more innovative. Employers using the Global Talent Stream get priority processing and flexible recruitment requirements to help them quickly bring in top talent to Canada with very specialized skills or...

Posted: Jul 3, 2018


New in-demand occupations added to the Global Talent Stream list

The Global Talent Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a 24-month pilot program which aims to help innovative companies quickly access the highly skilled talent they need to scale-up and grow.The Global Talent Stream is available to:Category A: Employers in Canada seeking to hire unique and specialized foreign workers that have been referred to the Global Talent Stream by an ESDC Designated Partner because they are an innovative Canadian company seeking to scale-up and grow.Category B: Firms in Canada that need to hire highly skilled foreign workers for occupations found on ESDC’s Global Talent Occupations List because they have been determined to be in demand and for which...

Posted: Jul 3, 2018


Canada-Ontario agreement maximizes the benefits of immigration
Canada-Ontario agreement maximizes the benefits of immigration

Canada and Ontario are strengthening their partnership and collaboration to increase francophone immigration in support of a strong and prosperous economy.Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Laura Albanese, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced the signing of the annexes to the Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA).The three annexes set out Canada-Ontario collaboration on French-speaking immigrants, international students and the role of municipal governments as partners in immigration. The COIA agreement will strengthen the long-term partnership between Ontario and Canada in welcoming and settling immigrants, boosting the economy...

Posted: Jun 1, 2018


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



Canadian Experience
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...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Joke is lost in translation

Many years ago, when we were new in Canada, I tried a joke which fell flat because the person I was talking to thought I was challenged in English.It was a common enough reaction, because we came...


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...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
The serious consequences of auto insurance fraud

Using a relative’s rural address to save on your auto insurance seems harmless enough. Sure, you may save a few hundred dollars a year, but this simple act is actually considered insurance fraud...


Newcomers discover Canada on road trips

Road trips are a great way to discover Canada and summer is a great time to focus on relaxation and quality time with family and friends.But navigating the roads at this time of year can be tricky....



Top 5 small businesses to start in Canada

Many newcomers look  at starting their own business as part of their journey in Canada.Being your own boss and calling the shots is an incredibly rewarding part of running your own business. But...


Toronto annual picnic introduces newcomers to training and resources

Events such as Toronto Newcomer Day, above, introduce newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions.Toronto Mayor John Tory was joined by more than 200 newcomers and volunteers at a picnic...


Innovative pilot project connects Canadian newcomers with jobs

Addressing barriers to employment is an important step to ensuring the successful settlement and integration of all newcomers, including refugees. And private sector companies can play a vital...



“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
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...



Life in the fine arts is far from easy, says tabla virtuoso Vineet Vyas

Vineet Vyas is an internationally-acclaimed tabla virtuoso, educator and composer who has performed as a soloist and accompanied eminent musicians across Canada, the us, Europe and India.He was...



Entrepreneur’s success formula

Among his peer community of scientists and entrepreneurs, he is known as the guy who drank a chemical cocktail. “The competition at Start Up Chile is fierce, with 85 companies from all over the...



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...


Focus

The making of a new Canadian

Canada’s identity has been largely shaped by the significant cultural and economic contributions of immigrants. Citizenship ceremonies are the end of a long process of immigration, settlement and...



Promoting ethnic entrepreneurship can help newcomers integrate

Ethnic retail clusters like the one on Spadina Avenue in Toronto act as a central gathering place for communities and contribute to city building, says researcher Zhixi Zhuang.Immigrant entrepreneurs...



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...


Diversity
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...


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...


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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