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A lifelong educator receives a surprise call from the GG’s office
International students from India receive a warm welcome in Toronto
Helping internationally-trained newcomers get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada
Where are all the jobs? Tips for new grads
Being the candidate the employer is looking for
A lifelong educator receives a surprise call from the GG’s office
International students from India receive a warm welcome in Toronto
Helping internationally-trained newcomers get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada
Where are all the jobs? Tips for new grads
Being the candidate the employer is looking for
A more accurate method to calculate processing times for permanent residence applications

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now using an improved method to calculate processing times for some new permanent residence applications. The processing times are now projected and indicate how long most applications are expected to take, based on several factors, including the number of current applications waiting to be processed and the volume of admissions allowed each year, under the multi-year immigration levels plan.Before July 31, 2018, all IRCC processing times were only historical and showed how long it took for 80 per cent of applications to be processed in the past year. While this method may be accurate for applications already being processed, it...

Posted: Nov 2, 2018


Record-setting immigration levels will contribute to more religious diversity in Canada

New research suggests immigrants will help fill Canadian churches, mosques and temples. The federal government’s target of welcoming almost one million new immigrants to Canada by the end of 2020 will mean a major boost to the country’s faith communities.New public opinion research by the Angus Reid Institute, in partnership with think tank Cardus, has found that almost four in 10 first generation immigrants to Canada are religiously committed – largely certain in their beliefs, and most likely to attend religious services, pray to God, and read the Bible or other sacred text regularly. That’s almost double the proportion of the general Canadian population. The data suggest the...

Posted: Sep 30, 2018


Internationally-trained newcomers get help getting their credentials and experience recognized

Canada draws immigrants from all over the world. Some of them struggle to get their foreign credentials and work experience in other countries recognized. Now Canada is investing almost $1.29 million over the next eight years in the Learning Enrichment Foundation’s Support for Internationally Trained Individuals (SITI) project. With this investment, the Foundation will increase resources for internationally trained newcomers to get their credentials recognized in Canada, and increase access to low-interest loans to support the foreign credential recognition process.Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for York–South Weston, on behalf...

Posted: Aug 31, 2018


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



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer warms up to Canada

As the weather cools and we pull out the woollies, I remember  the time I asked for mufflers at a department store and was told I might find them at an auto store.“Or Canadian Tire might carry...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: The mark of a newcomer

Anyone watching Indian television soaps these days would see women sporting long bright red lines of sindoor (vermillion powder) in the parting of their hair. Most of them continue on to the...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer is welcomed to the table...in a manner of speaking

There are as many ways of welcoming visitors to one’s home, of making them feel at home, as there are cultures around the world. I remember being surprised to learn, for instance, that in some...


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...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
Helping adult children choose careers

I recall listening to an electrician being interviewed on CBC radio several years ago. She talked about her passion to be an electrician since she was in high school and about the barriers and...


3 communication basics that build confidence

Communication is ingrained in every facet of  life, yet many struggle with fear, insecurity and general ineffectiveness when they find themselves eye-to-eye with someone to present ideas,...


IRCC set to improve Canada’s Francophone immigrant services

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced improvements in services for Francophone...



How to get the job that’s the right fit for you

There are two approaches to looking for a job. You can scattershot your chances, applying to anything and everything with the hope something pans out.Or you can focus your efforts on those areas that...


Low-interest loans pay for education, training and other costs for joining the workforce

To help bolster the economy as it deals with an ageing population, Canada is increasing immigration numbers. In 2017, Canada attracted over 270,000 immigrants, with plans to increase that number to...



“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

A lifelong educator receives a surprise call from the GG’s office

Strini Reddy was surprised to receive a call from the Governor General’s office informing him that he had been selected to become a member of the Order of Canada. “Never occurred to me that...



Being the candidate the employer is looking for

Aneela Zaib believes that if a person does not fit the profile an employer is looking for, he or she will fit another. As a new immigrant herself, she started out as an IT project manager and noticed...



Joshna Maharaj brings farm-fresh ideas to the table

Joshna Maharaj wants to change the way we perceive food. Not just what we eat, but how we source it, what we know about it and how we feel about it.“My work with the food justice advocacy group...


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...


Focus
Come to Canada: online tool helps prospective immigrants

Newcomers learn to participate in and enjoy outdoor winter activities in Canada.Do you want to work, study, visit, travel through or live permanently in Canada?The online tool Come to Canada helps...



Helping internationally-trained newcomers get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada

Helping internationally-trained newcomers join the workforce faster will strengthen Canada’s middle class, help those working hard to join it, and grow the economy.That’s why Ahmed Hussen,...



Practical project experience opens doors to career opportunities for newcomers in Canada

Karan Dube landed in Canada with eight years of experience in sales and marketing and a professional focus on project management.Looking for an opportunity to find a job in his field, he joined the...


Canada prepares to welcome more permanent residents

Based on the 2018 multi-year Immigration Levels Plan, Canada will welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018, 330,000 in 2019 and 340,000 in 2020.Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada...



Employment strategy aims to help Canadian newcomers

The Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers aims to help highly skilled newcomers get their credentials recognized and obtain Canadian work experience more quickly so they can find jobs that suit...


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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