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South Asians 4 Life gives patients a chance at life
3 eco-friendly ways to enjoy the great Canadian outdoors
 Newcomers’ guide to banking services
How affordable is home ownership for Canadian newcomers?
Pilot project to attract and retain newcomers
South Asians 4 Life gives patients a chance at life
3 eco-friendly ways to enjoy the great Canadian outdoors
 Newcomers’ guide to banking services
How affordable is home ownership for Canadian newcomers?
Pilot project to attract and retain newcomers
How affordable is home ownership for Canadian newcomers?
How affordable is home ownership for Canadian newcomers?

The headlines are playing out in familiar patterns across Canada with the notion that homeownership is quickly slipping out of reach for many.This is specially challenging for newcomers who hope to find a home within their budget, when currency from their home country often dwindles drastically on conversion into dollars.At the same time, mortgage rates have continued to fall, with little indication that things will change significantly any time soon.“Affordability is an interesting conundrum,” says Craig Blanchard, broker-owner with Royal LePage Atlantic Homestead in St. John’s, Newfoundland. “While home prices have risen sharply in some of Canada’s largest urban markets, it’s...

Posted: Sep 1, 2016


Pilot project to attract and retain newcomers
Pilot project to attract and retain newcomers

John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, signed the first bilateral framework immigration agreement between the federal government and the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador.The new agreement establishes the same formal relationship on immigration issues that Canada already has in place with most other provinces. It sets out joint objectives and defines the roles and responsibilities of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador in relation to how we work together on immigration.“The government of Newfoundland and Labrador supports a national vision for immigration,” said Gerry Byrne, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills in the province of...

Posted: Sep 1, 2016


Internationally-trained immigrants find jobs through new bridge training programs

Ontario is investing $3.35 million over two years through the Ontario Bridge Training Program to help internationally-trained professionals find jobs that match their skills and experience.The investment will support 11 new bridge training projects that will:Improve access to career assistance services such as career mentoring, employment events, language skills-training and a micro-loan program for internationally-trained immigrants.Help employers recruit, hire and retain internationally-trained immigrants, with networking events, an online recruiting service and employer workshops.Identify newcomers’ transferrable skills and alternate career pathways through, for example, mentoring...

Posted: Sep 1, 2016


Temporary Foreign Worker program needs to change

MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, said, “The Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs to change. I have said before that the government of Canada will bring forward a plan later this year to address the problems with this program. “We want to ensure that the rights of those working through the Program are protected, that the Program is not undermining job opportunities for Canadians and that there is a pathway to permanent residency for eligible applicants. I am temporarily freezing at current levels the cap on the proportion of an employer’s workforce that can consist of low-wage temporary foreign workers.“The cap will remain at 20 per cent...

Posted: Aug 7, 2016


Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live in
Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live in

Canada ranked highest among G7 nations and is a world-leader in rights, freedoms, tolerance and access to advanced education according to the Social Progress Index 2016. The Index which includes measures of healthcare, education, housing, policing, rights and tolerance, ranks Canada second overall, ahead of Denmark (3rd), Australia (4th), Norway (7th), the UK (9th) and the US (19th). Using 53 indicators to calculate the final results, Canada finished top or joint top in no less than 13.Canada is a world-leader on access to advanced education. On personal rights, which include measures of freedom of speech, freedom of movement and political rights, Canada ranks second globally behind only...

Posted: Aug 7, 2016



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: An egg-cellent idea!

In my early days in Canada, I shared an apartment with a fellow student. He had been in Canada longer, and was helpful in showing me around the city as well as showing me how things were done in...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: A comedy of errors

In India, we always had someone come in to do what my neighbour in Canada calls “yard work”. Cut the grass, trim the hedge, even water the potted plants that lined the driveway.On moving to...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: A comedy of errors

In India, we always had someone come in to do what my neighbour in Canada calls “yard work”. Cut the grass, trim the hedge, even water the potted plants that lined the driveway.On moving to...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Message in a bottle

After moving to Canada, at first we were busy finding jobs and finding our way around the new systems in place, learning new things about Canadian ways.But after a few years, when we felt comfortable...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns about plants that pop up like weeds

Our yard comes alive with a vibrant splash of colour this time of year, each year. In one corner of the yard, a little patch that started as a couple of plants gifted by a neighbour grew to a bigger...


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Help for Newcomers

3 eco-friendly ways to enjoy the great Canadian outdoors

Wonderful weather is still in full swing all across the country, even as kids gear up for school.While it lasts, get friends and family together and enjoy the great outdoors with these three fun...


How new Canadian tax benefit notices are making life easier

With newly designed tax benefits correspondence from the Canada Revenue Agency, it’s now easier than ever to find what you are looking for. Now, all the information you need is on the first...



Newcomers’ guide to banking services

Building a life in a new country is a brave decision for anyone to make. For many newcomers it can be overwhelming and stressful, but also exciting and filled with anticipation about the future.While...


Canadian innovations in employment

Ryerson’s Magnet is a non-profit initiative, bringing together more than 120 community and employment-based organizations.Currently, over 5,000 employers and 75,000 job seekers are registered with...



7 personal mistakes that can crush your career advancement

Everyone in the workforce, irrespective of stature or level therein, must be mindful of one critical truth: Your brand goes wherever you go because your “brand” is you!Those seeking to move...



“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
In every moment, you have a choice of whether to feel good or not

During the late 1970s, when I was a college psychology student, I worked in two different psychiatric hospitals.I was enthralled with my studies, and loved learning what made people tick. Especially...


How to start a business of your own

In the early years of owning my own advertising business, I had my own clients, but I also freelanced for advertising agencies. This was back in the days before email, so I actually delivered my work...


Stuck in a worry loop? Here’s how to break the cycle and free your mind

I have had some friends and relatives who worried all the time. About all sorts of things. Most of which never came to pass.The problem for me, was that all the exposure to their negative thinking...


Innovators are open to new experiences

A few years ago a friend of mine returned from visiting her family in Greece. Knowing that I loved to try new wines, she brought me a bottle that she said was her parents’ favourite. She told me it...


10 things you can do to snap back from setbacks

I received an urgent email from a 58-year-old friend asking if I could store some of his prized possessions.I phoned him and said I could, then asked what was going on. He said he’d lost his job,...


Success Snapshots

South Asians 4 Life gives patients a chance at life

Dr Prateek Lala co-founded South Asians 4 Life in 2008 to help a friend find a stem cell donor. The group has since transformed itself from a patient-specific campaign to a community-oriented...



Bundeep Singh Rangar: Innovator, entrepreneur

Bundeep Singh Rangar is the ceo of Nanostruck, the company that pioneered a novel water filtration technology. The water remediation market is huge, says Rangar, describing water as the new oil. It...



Pathologist’s prescription for success

Dr Butany came to Canada after doing his Master of Surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, only to find that all possibilities for training in surgery, all residencies,...



Prof Trichy Sankaran: The torch bearer of a rich legacy

In 1971, York University invited Trichy Sankaran, a top-ranking percussionist in India, to come to Canada to co-found Indian Music Studies at the university with Jon Higgins (scholar and exponent of...



Priscila Uppal’s success story

Priscila Uppal’s books have been short-listed for the Hillary Weston Prize and the Governor General’s Awards. They have garnered rave reviews for the internationally-acclaimed author who has been...


Focus
Canada starts a national conversation on immigration

The government of Canada is asking Canadians about what they think immigration means for Canada, and how we can continue to grow our nation through immigration.Until August 5, 2016, Canadians can get...



Virtual mentoring connects global mentees with mentors in Canada

ACCES Employment hosted the fifth annual Speed Mentoring Marathon recently, welcoming 400-plus mentors and mentees to an evening of networking, mentoring and new connections.The evening featured 11...



Entrepreneurship is increasingly attractive to newcomers

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), through its Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) program, organized an information and networking event, hosted by MaRS Discovery District,...



Self-employed newcomers, make dollars and sense of your income tax return

As a newcomer to Canada, you chose to take the entrepreneurial route. Or, you left your corporate life to branch out on your own and chase your dreams. Now you call the shots and answer to only one...



Newcomers, your taxes can help fund your new life in Canada

You probably already know that Canada is the second-largest country in the world...and home to the beaver, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, maple syrup, and the French-Canadian delicacy known as...


Diversity
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...


Immigrants help improve economies

There is too much poverty in the world, and even where there is some wealth it does not bring much benefit to those who need it most.Obviously, the need for financial security is one important reason...



Markham: Most diverse community in Canada

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti is joined by York University and Seneca College Presidents to discuss innovation and diversity.The success of the City of Markham’s economic development strategy was...


Awards mark progress on equity and inclusion

Employers were recognized for outstanding achievement in employment equity in their workplaces.MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and several Members of...


Education
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...


Novel quiz gives international students a financial headstart

Scotiabank and yconic, a student help community that provides access to financial opportunities, have partnered to announce $10,000 in cash and prizes for international students studying in...


Seneca College and U of T team up to offer college diploma and a university degree in four years

A new academic transfer agreement between Seneca and the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) will enable qualified students to receive both a college diploma and a university science degree in...



Future professionals look to make their mark on an industry

The next generation of Ontario trades professionals will be showing off their talents at RIM Park in Waterloo for the Skills Ontario’s Technological Skills Competition (OTSC). The three-day event...



The Next 36: A big catalyst for youth entrepreneurship

Simon Fraser University undergraduate student Gursher Sidhu and Lauren Watkins have been named to the 2015 cohort of The Next 36, a national initiative aimed at transforming Canada’s most promising...


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