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Immigrant launches Xpat Xpo
New programs boost newcomer settlement and integration
Newcomers settling in Francophone minority communities will receive official languages training
Canadian polio activist is an advocate for change
Faster Canadian study permits through Student Direct Stream
Immigrant launches Xpat Xpo
New programs boost newcomer settlement and integration
Newcomers settling in Francophone minority communities will receive official languages training
Canadian polio activist is an advocate for change
Faster Canadian study permits through Student Direct Stream
Newcomers settling in Francophone minority communities will receive official languages training
Newcomers settling in Francophone minority communities  will receive official languages training

Canada is supporting seven organizations across the country to provide official language training services for French-speaking newcomers choosing to settle in a Francophone minority community.Newcomers will receive training that improves their skills in one language while taking more intensive training in the other, depending on their needs. Being able to communicate in both official languages is important in Francophone minority communities, where English is often the primary language used at work and French is more frequently used in the community, at home and in other social settings.These organizations will launch projects that:• Help newcomers improve their skills in both languages...

Posted: Sep 5, 2019


Faster Canadian study permits through Student Direct Stream
Faster Canadian study permits through Student Direct Stream

Depending on where you live, you may be able to get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tries to process most Student Direct Stream applications within 20 calendar days. However, some applications may take longer than this.To get this faster processing, you must give your biometrics as soon as possible and meet all the eligibility requirements.A study permit is not a visa. It does not, by itself, allow you to travel to or enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you do, it will be issued with your study permit.Who can apply. To be eligible for faster processing...

Posted: Sep 5, 2019


New Atlantic Immigration pilot change to help newcomers feel at home
New Atlantic Immigration pilot change to help newcomers feel at home

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is adding a new component to provide a better quality of life to skilled immigrants and their families, who came to Atlantic Canada to work by providing their spouses with intermediate skill level, such as food and beverage servers or long-haul truck drivers, an opportunity to apply for an open work permit.This change supports the Atlantic Immigration Pilot’s goal to ensure newcomers who have come here, stay here.Originally, only the spouses of those in high-skilled positions, such as managers, medical doctors or architects, were able to apply for a work permit. Feedback helped highlight the importance of spouses having the ability to immediately access the...

Posted: Aug 1, 2019


Canada’s rural and northern communities attract newcomers

Eleven rural and northern communities have been  selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot to invite newcomers to make these communities their forever homes.As the Canadian population ages and the birth rate declines, rural Canada’s workforce has seen a significant decrease in available workers. This pilot will help attract people that are needed to drive economic growth and help support middle-class jobs in these communities.The participating rural and northern communities will have access to a range of supports to test this new innovative, community-driven model that will help fill labour gaps.The selected communities are: Thunder Bay (ON), Sault Ste. Marie...

Posted: Aug 1, 2019


Pilot projects to make it easier for caregivers

Two new pilot projects launched by IRCC will help caregivers who are coming to Canada make this country their permanent home.The Home Child-Care Provider Pilot (HCCPP) and Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP) opened for applications on June 18, 2019, replacing the expiring Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots.Under the new pilots, caregivers who are not yet in Canada get a work permit if they have a job offer in Canada and meet the standard criteria for Canada’s other economic immigration programs. Once they are working in Canada, caregivers can gain the required two years of Canadian work experience and qualify for permanent residence.These pilots also...

Posted: Aug 1, 2019



Canadian Experience
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Help for Newcomers

Immigrant launches Xpat Xpo

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Once a newcomer in need of guidance, now a mentor for newcomers

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New programs boost newcomer settlement and integration

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How not to become a Canadian visa fraud victim

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Resources for visible minority newcomer women

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“I believe in working as a team with my clients.”

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“Scotiabank staff went out of their way to win our trust and provide a positive experience.”

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“The Scotiabank StartRight Program allowed us to transfer our funds to Canada smoothly and without any tension.”

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Success Strategies
12 reasons why you might quit your job this year

A survey conducted by Deloitte indicates that by the year 2020, two in three Millennials are expected to hand in their resignation.But it’s not just a salary issue, and according to research from...


Are negative people opportunities?

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Losing a job can be an opportunity to start fresh

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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...


Success Snapshots

Canadian polio activist is an advocate for change

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How to ace your performance appraisal

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Leading from the front

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Music opens doors

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George Brown College’s new chancellor is an immigrant success story

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Focus
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Canada attracts educated immigrants, but is the US a more desirable destination?

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Citizenship ceremonies welcome new Canadians

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Top things newcomers need to know about credit, finding jobs and starting a business in Canada

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Mentors help newcomers achieve their goals

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Diversity
What about the minimum wage earner?

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400 years of Canadian immigration and diversity

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Education

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At the end of the day, business clichés are lazy language

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