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Tips for purchasing your first home in Canada
Additional 2000 spaces for Provincial Nominee Program
Calgary selected as a welcoming Francophone community
Activism in many languages
Visible minority newcomer women in Regina get IRCC’s support
Tips for purchasing your first home in Canada
Additional 2000 spaces for Provincial Nominee Program
Calgary selected as a welcoming Francophone community
Activism in many languages
Visible minority newcomer women in Regina get IRCC’s support
Canada to hold immigration consultants to higher standards

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that Canada is strengthening the regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants. “Our government is taking decisive action to hold immigration and citizenship consultants to a much higher standard as we do with other professions, such as lawyers and doctors,” he said. “By introducing new legislation, we are going to protect Canadians, prospective newcomers and good-standing immigration and citizenship consultants against the fraudulent consultants who are preying on the most vulnerable.“The new legislation would make the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants the official watchdog...

Posted: May 1, 2019


Additional 2000 spaces for Provincial Nominee Program
Additional 2000 spaces for Provincial Nominee Program

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, delivered on a commitment to expand pathways for temporary foreign workers by allocating an additional 2,000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program.Canada is committed to an immigration system that strengthens Canada’s economy and contributes to the growth of good middle-class jobs. “We are committed to providing foreign workers, in particular those filling long-term labour market needs and who have integrated into Canadian society, with more pathways to permanent residency,” said Hussen. These additional spaces will provide more opportunities for existing temporary foreign workers at the intermediate skill...

Posted: May 1, 2019


New caregiver immigration pilot programs launched
New caregiver immigration pilot programs launched

New pilot program will facilitate the coming of caregivers to Canada with their families. Caregivers will soon have access to two new five-year care-giver immigration pilots that will replace expiring and ineffective pilot programs. The new pilots will allow caregivers to come to Canada together with their family and provide a pathway to permanent residence. Caregivers will also soon have greater flexibility to change jobs quickly, and barriers that prevent family members from accompanying caregivers to Canada will be removed, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen announced. Under the new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent...

Posted: Apr 3, 2019


National call for proposals for newcomer programming

As part of its commitment to deliver high quality settlement services to newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued a call for proposals for the Settlement and Resettlement Assistance programs. The National Call for Proposals (CFP) intake process has been streamlined since the previous CFP to improve the experience for service provider organizations and maximize funding flexibility. Extensive national consultations with partners and stakeholders have identified the principles and key priority areas that will be addressed through the call. These include fostering the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engagement with the private sector,...

Posted: Apr 3, 2019


New immigration programs in rural and northern Canada

New immigration programs are connecting immigrants to opportunities beyond the big cities. Canada is committed to supporting immigration strategies that will enable smaller communities to enhance their economic, social and demographic vitality.Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, announced the creation of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, a five-year federal immigration pilot involving communities and selected provincial and territorial governments that works to help participating communities gain access to a range of support to help newcomers settle in as part of the local community.This innovative economic immigration pilot is aimed at...

Posted: Mar 1, 2019



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer meets her match

On coming to Canada, we discovered price-match, whereby you  shop at one store but can apply the special sale prices – or even regular prices if they are better – in...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer springs to conclusion

With Spring Equinox around the corner, Canadians can finally start looking forward to the end of winter, and the promise of longer, warmer days. I remember as a newcomer feeling quite...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns to toe the line

My parents used to say I’ve been blessed with an overactive imagination. I would hear the wind whistling through the trees as a little girl and promptly duck under the covers as it was exactly how...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Walking in a newcomer’s shoes

My first friendships in Canada were formed with our neighbours and with a group of mothers who were also dropping their children off at kindergarten every morning.As we stood watching our children...


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...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
Newcomers, build your credit history

Owning a home or a car, opening a business, taking out a loan and renting a home all have one thing in common – they require a credit score.Your credit score is a number that reflects your ability...



Tips for purchasing your first home in Canada

If you’ve recently settled in Canada from another country, you might have your sights on buying a home, and the process to do so here can differ greatly from other countries. It’s normal to...



Visible minority newcomer women in Regina get IRCC’s support

To ensure that newcomers, specially newcomer women, have the support and services they need to make the most of their talents and experience in order to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian...


More funds available to skilled immigrants

Windmill Microlending will now offer low-interest loans of up to $15,000 to help immigrants and refugees obtain the credentials needed to continue their careers in CanadaThe Canadian charity is...



How to plan ahead for a career change

Thinking about a career change? Did you know the average person will change careers five to seven times during their life? Career changes are daunting, but taking steps towards finding your dream job...



“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
Are negative people opportunities?

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...


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,...


Success Snapshots

Activism in many languages

Kanta Arora was the first Indian woman appointed to Ontario  Social Assistance Review Board (SARB) in 1985. She launched the first Hindi talk show in Canada, is the founder of several community...



In service of the community

Baldev Mutta is the founder and CEO of  Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) which offers programs in the areas of  mental health, addictions, settlement services,...



He’s a community builder and a philanthropist

Gyan Jain came to Canada in 1964 on a whim. He was in Germany when Lester B Pearson visited the country and said Canada wanted young graduates who were fluent in English.“I thought I was a perfect...



Don’t settle for less, advises health equity expert

Gurwinder Gill sees samosas and spring rolls as a good starting point. “They bring people into the room for a discussion, but my hope is that people are now beyond that, that they realize diversity...



Be sincere to your art, advises acclaimed dancer and choreographer

Internationally-acclaimed dancer and choreographer Janak Khendry’s distinguished dance career spans over fifty-five years and he has given more than a thousand performances in different parts of...


Focus

Calgary selected as a welcoming Francophone community

Calgary has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.Under the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, a total of 14...



Could you be missing out on benefit payments?

Benefit payments can make a huge difference in your life. Having a regular source of income can relieve some of your day-to-day stress and help you and your family live a better...



Newcomer discovers new opportunities

A 2018 study conducted by HR consultancy firm Robert Half shows that 38 per cent of employers are willing to hire credit and collections practitioners without a post-secondary...



Tax changes for new families and small businesses

There are many changes that will impact taxes this year, and Canadians need to be aware of how these updates will affect their tax return.“The changes will be positive for the average person, with...



Newcomers also have to file taxes

Newcomers may not be aware of the fact that they have to file their taxes whether they have an income to report or not. And busy as they are settling in, they may feel overwhelmed by the process...


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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