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Language skills help newcomers get ahead
Success tips for newcomers thinking of starting a business
A leading advocate for equality
New regional police chief symbolises Canada’s vibrant diversity
Things Canadian newcomers should know as renters or first- time home buyers
Language skills help newcomers get ahead
Success tips for newcomers thinking of starting a business
A leading advocate for equality
New regional police chief symbolises Canada’s vibrant diversity
Things Canadian newcomers should know as renters or first- time home buyers
New regional police chief symbolises Canada’s vibrant diversity
New regional police chief symbolises Canada’s vibrant diversity

On October 1, Peel Regional Police welcomed its newest employee and Chief of Police, Nishan (Nish) Duraiappah, at a ceremony attended by hundreds of colleagues, dignitaries and family members. “I am pleased to join Peel Regional Police as their new chief,” said Chief Nish Duraiappah. “This organization is comprised of committed and hard working employees, who do great work on a daily basis. I look forward to working with the community on initiatives to help keep Peel Region a safe place for all.”Chief Duraiappah was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada where he later began his career with Halton Regional Police in December 1995. He worked as a constable for several years in...

Posted: Nov 4, 2019


Three of the most livable cities in the world are Canadian

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked three Canadian cities – Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto – among the world’s top 10 most livable cities based on scores for stability, culture and environment, education and infrastructure and health care. This bestows serious bragging tights, but is not news. Canadian cities routinely make the list. Canada and the World, an Ipsos Reid survey of over 18,000 people in 24 countries conducted in 2010, revealed that 77 per cent of respondents from China and 68 per cent of people from India said they’d live in Canada given the opportunity.Nearly 80 per cent thought Canadians enjoy one of the best qualities of life anywhere in the...

Posted: Oct 1, 2019


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



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer’s initiation into Canadian slang

I learnt that ragging – that rough introduction to college and university life in India – is called initiation in Canada and that ragging meant something else altogether from an embarrassing...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer passes freshness test!

I break the tips of bhindi (okra) before buying to check for freshness. If it snaps off, it’s fresh, if not, it’s not! It’s a simple test that everyone uses. Or so I thought, until I was...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer sings a loony tune

Before moving to Canada, we had lived in cities where we counted ourselves lucky if we spotted a sparrow or two. Thus we were thrilled to discover the natural beauty of Canada as newcomers, all the...


Newcomer learns the rules of the game

Summer seems to be the birthday party season in Canada – our grandkids attend one every week. It’s all a lot of fun. Lots of food, balloons and often, a pinata, are common to all these parties.A...


Newcomer is plugged in

I don’t know if plugs with two-sized prongs are common  in other parts of the world, but they certainly aren’t in India, where I come from. This was cause for much confusion in our early...


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Help for Newcomers

Things Canadian newcomers should know as renters or first- time home buyers

Devoting an ever-larger portion of their income to pay for shelter, Canadian renters are overstretched financially to keep a roof over their heads.In fact, 40 per cent are spending over 30 per cent...



How to attract financing to your business idea

If you have ambitions of leaving your current career behind to fuel your entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll likely need some help funding your next move. To get investors on your side and show them you...


Get your business up and running

If you’ve been thinking about making your business ownership dream a reality, here are steps to help get you started and set up for success:Finalize your business plan. A business plan is your road...



Success tips for newcomers thinking of starting a business

Newcomers often think of starting their own business as they navigate a new start in Canada.A recent small business poll revealed that over half of Canadians have thought about owning a business....


What skills are Canadian employers looking for?

Thanks to ever-evolving technology and a constantly changing job market, the skills needed for success today may not be the same as those needed yesterday. Knowing what employers are looking for...



“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
Volunteering is a great way to learn about yourself

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to your community or lend a hand to a worthwhile cause. If you’ve been thinking about signing up for volunteer work but are unsure of where to start,...


Do you have what it takes to become a police officer?

With 23 gruelling weeks of training, 12 of those weeks in unfamiliar environments on site at the Ontario Police College, followed by another 90-plus days of on-the-job training, becoming a police...



Research scientist makes a life-changing discovery

Dr Siyaram Pandey is hailed as the scientist who has possibly discovered the cure for several types of cancer. A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of...


The three Ps of problem-solving

As a retired senior executive, I try not to go back to the organizations that I served because new executives don’t need previous executives poking around. However, recently I was invited by...


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...


Success Snapshots

A leading advocate for equality

When the Law Society of Upper Canada’s board approved a report which brought forward 13 recommendations to address issues of systemic racism in the profession, the working group co-chair Raj Anand...



Canadian polio activist is an advocate for change

Ramesh Ferris stands shoulder-to-shoulder with world leaders, and has met Queen Elizabeth II, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Malala Yousafzai, Bill and Melinda Gates, prime ministers...


How to ace your performance appraisal

Whether you are a frontline worker, a unionized employee, a manager or an executive, your work will be evaluated by your organization.This process is called performance appraisal, performance review,...



Leading from the front

Mina Mawani brings experience gained over 15 years as a leader to her role as President and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. She has received a whole slew of awards, and been recognized as one of...



Music opens doors

Dr Vinay Bhide has a PhD in Physics and an Alankaar from the prestigious Gandharva Mahavidyalay in India. Internationally-recognized in his field, Dr Bhide has performed all over India and Europe,...


Focus
Common Canadian finance myths debunked

With 340,000 immigrants that settle in Canada yearly, the abundance of information given to newcomers could see some myths and misconceptions make their way through, including common myths about...



Language skills help newcomers get ahead

Canada has two official languages: English and French. While English is the most commonly spoken language in most provinces and territories, French is the main language spoken in Quebec and in some...


Immigration Matters focuses on the benefits of immigration at the local, community level

Launched in late 2018, Immigration Matters seeks to start conversations about the importance of immigration at the local level by sharing and promoting stories of communities that have clearly been...


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

Canada is successful at welcoming educated immigrants every year, but when it comes to the most educated immigrants around the world – those with PhDs – the United States remains a more...



Citizenship ceremonies welcome new Canadians

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, delivered the oath of citizenship and presented certificates to the new citizens. Also attending was Peter Montopoli, Canada...


Diversity
What about the minimum wage earner?

Toronto-city is fast becoming the city for the affluent. As we drive around the downtown residential areas we see gorgeous homes, exquisite renovations, lush landscaped gardens and a feeling of...


Who are we? Our personal and community identities

As educators we often gave students an assignment to trace their personal histories and identities and create some sort of visual representation of that identity.For little children it was mostly...


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...


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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