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 Sabrina’s success story
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Your job prospects in Ontario
Canada to fast-track highly skilled global talent
Dr Manish Raizada’s harvest of hope
 Sabrina’s success story
Safe winter driving tips
Your job prospects in Ontario
Canada to fast-track highly skilled global talent
Dr Manish Raizada’s harvest of hope
Express Entry: How to tap into Canada’s job market

Express entry is Canada’s immigration process for choosing highly skilled workers (professionals, skilled tradespeople and senior managers).In the past, too many immigrant foreign skilled workers already in Canada were not able to find suitable jobs, even while some Canadian employers were complaining they could not find the kind of workers they needed.In those days skilled workers were selected on the basis of who applied first rather than who had a better chance of finding appropriate work in Canada.There was a mismatch between the kind of skills Canada needed and what specific kinds of migrants Canada was selecting.So, rather than allowing highly skilled workers to come to Canada...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017


Changes to Express Entry

Changes to Express Entry, which took effect on November 19, 2016, are aimed at bringing a more fair and responsive immigration system. Improvements include awarding points for job offers to eligible candidates already in Canada on Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempt work permits, and to international students who completed their studies in Canada.In addition, more time will be allocated to candidates to submit an application for permanent residence once an invitation to apply is received.These improvements to Express Entry support the Global Skills Strategy, contribute to Canada’s economic growth, drive innovation leading to new businesses, and assist employers in meeting labour...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017


Shorter wait times for spousal reunification

Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.Earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began a concerted effort to reduce processing times.From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times were reduced by 15 per cent for in-Canada applications and just over 10 per cent for applications outside Canada.Processing times will be reduced even further with most spousal applications now being processed in 12 months.Complex cases may require more time.Applicants who already filed an application will not have to wait an additional 12 months to have them finalized.IRCC will continue to process applications in...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017


Shorter wait times for spousal reunification

Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses.Earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began a concerted effort to reduce processing times.From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times were reduced by 15 per cent for in-Canada applications and just over 10 per cent for applications outside Canada.Processing times will be reduced even further with most spousal applications now being processed in 12 months.Complex cases may require more time.Applicants who already filed an application will not have to wait an additional 12 months to have them finalized.IRCC will continue to process applications in...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017


Canada to fast-track highly skilled global talent
Canada to fast-track highly skilled global talent

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains announced that companies will soon be able to bring in the highly-skilled experts they need to grow, flourish and provide good jobs for Canadians faster than ever before. McCallum and Bains spoke about the Global Skills Strategy and the Innovation Agenda with stakeholders, including the Council of Canadian Innovators, at Therapure Biopharma, a fast-growing biopharmaceutical company founded in 2008.The Global Skills Strategy will help attract highly qualified talent from around the world to support the growth of companies in Canada, spurring innovation and...

Posted: Jan 2, 2017



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Fit to be Canadian

We moved to Canada in August and loved discovering the parks near our apartment. I have always enjoyed going for long walks and after the first few weeks of settling in, I decided it was time to get...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Lessons I learnt about the Salvation Army

This time of year, one sees the ladies and gentlemen who represent the Salvation Army collecting donations in various malls and department stores.It takes me back to the first time I saw a Salvation...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer shows neighbour how to think inside the box

It’s true that newcomers learn a lot of things in their early days in Canada. But it can also be a two-way learning process, as my experience shows.The doorbell rang a short while ago. It was my...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer loses them at hello

Like many people from India, I was used to saying, “Hello, Ram on this side,” at the start of a phone conversation, when I called someone.Anyone who has seen the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi will...


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...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
Life satisfaction: Do you have it?

What is the secret to happiness? It’s a question that everyone has asked themselves at least once – and the perfect marketing angle for companies attempting to peddle their easy answers. But the...



Safe winter driving tips

With its cold winds, long nights and merciless snows, winter can be an ordeal for both you and your car.But beyond all the extra windshield washer fluid and maintenance your ride will need, your fuel...



Your job prospects in Ontario

Ontario has many programs in place to assist newcomers. Employment in Ontario increased by 18,900 in November – including gains in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing and...


How to apply for your dream job

Whether you have managed to secure a job or are still looking, many newly arrived immigrants are actively on the search for the career inspiring and fulfilling professional position.It is important...



3 festive season savings tips for newcomers to Canada

Canadians used to save 20 per cent of their disposable income, but not any more. Many people, who live from pay cheque to pay cheque find it hard to make ends meet, according to a recent survey by...



“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
The pursuit of pure joy

Running as fast as I could, I zigzagged across the field. I dodged and ducked, and stayed just out of reach from the grabbing hands.I stumbled and fell, but quickly rolled away from my pursuer and...


Don’t fret over a wrong assumption

A few months ago I attended a business networking event where everyone had a chance to talk about their business.I noted three people with whom I wanted to talk with further. After the meeting I made...


When someone criticizes you, don’t take it personally, it’s not always about you

When someone criticizes you, don’t assume its truth.The baseball thudded into the dirt at the batter’s feet; causing a dusty orange cloud as the dry powdery clay splashed over home plate.“Ball...


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...


Success Snapshots

Sabrina’s success story

Sabrina Ramnanan set her debut novel, Nothing Like Love, in Trinidad. Asked if she thought about how a book about exotic people, set in an exotic place and in an exotic language might be received,...



Dr Manish Raizada’s harvest of hope

Dr Manish Raizada is working to improve farming practices in Canada, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The plant agriculture professor at the University of Guelph is developing low-cost technologies that...



Hard work takes entrepreneur far in Canada

The colder weather we are heading into reminds Sudhir Talsania of his first winter in Canada. “It used to be colder, snowier, icier!” he says. “The roads were more slippery. But I used to say,...



Anuj Rastogi’s rack record sounds good

Anuj Rastogi made his mark in feature films with Surkhaab. Set in Toronto, it was screened at international film festivals. But the film composer, producer and musician was making waves long before...



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...


Focus
Investments in mentoring support skilled newcomers to Canada

The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) announced investments totalling $1.64 million in its program, The Mentoring Partnership, from the RBC Foundation, the Ontario Trillium...


Alternative careers: Taking a different path to meaningful employment

Most skilled immigrants arrive in Canada hoping to find employment in occupations in line with their education and experience prior to coming to Canada.Yet for many, this process can be challenging....


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,...


Diversity

Canadian citizenship is much valued

John McCallum, minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, welcomed new citizens at a special citizenship ceremony in conjunction with York Regional Police in Aurora. It was his first...


A Canadian celebration of diversity

With newcomers identifying more than 230 countries of birth on the National Household Survey, they bring a rich diversity of cultural and religious festivals and practices to our country. This month,...


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...


Education

How to get free money for your child’s education

Newcomers move to Canada for many reasons, a better life and more opportunities for their children being just two of them.Not only is education a basic right, but these days a good education is...



Careers in skilled trades for newcomers and youth

According to a recent Canadian report, there will be projected labour shortages in a number of skilled trades, including industrial and power system electricians, supervisors in railway and motor...


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...


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