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At the helm of Peel Police Services Board
Extra Express Entry points for candidates with siblings in Canada
New Global Talent Stream applicants to be fast-tracked
How to land your first job in Canada
New to Canada? Avoid unexpected bank charges.
At the helm of Peel Police Services Board
Extra Express Entry points for candidates with siblings in Canada
New Global Talent Stream applicants to be fast-tracked
How to land your first job in Canada
New to Canada? Avoid unexpected bank charges.
Conditional Permanent Residence for spouses and partners eliminated

To uphold its commitment to family reunification and to support gender equality, the government has removed the condition that applied to some sponsored spouses or partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to live with their sponsor for two years in order to keep their permanent resident status.This change applies to anyone who was subject to the requirement, as well as to new spouses and partners who are sponsored as permanent residents.Eliminating conditional permanent residence supports the government’s commitment to gender equality and to combat gender violence. The regulatory change addresses concerns that vulnerable sponsored spouses or partners may stay in abusive...

Posted: Jul 1, 2017


Age increase for dependent children

Canada has published regulatory changes to increase the maximum age of a dependent child which will allow more families to stay together.  The new age limit of  “under 22” will come into effect this fall, on October 24, 2017, raising it from the current “under 19” requirement. The increased age will apply to new applications for all immigration programs under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, including for refugees. Children who are 22 years of age or older and who rely on their parents due to a physical or mental health condition will continue to be considered dependent children.A higher age limit will have more positive social and cultural impacts...

Posted: Jul 1, 2017


New Global Talent Stream applicants to be fast-tracked
New Global Talent Stream applicants to be fast-tracked

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Donald Arseneault, New Brunswick Minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, signed the Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement recently. Canada’s new Global Talent Stream will create good, middle-class jobs by helping innovative companies in Canada access the specialized global talent they need to expand, grow and thrive.Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, met with industry and business leaders at the Vancouver Economic Commission to talk about Global Talent Stream, a key part of the Global Skills Strategy and the Innovation Agenda, one of the ways in which the...

Posted: Jul 1, 2017


Extra Express Entry points for candidates with siblings in Canada
Extra Express Entry points for candidates with siblings in Canada

Improvements to the Express Entry system that took effect in early June help support the integration of skilled workers as they build their new life in Canada. This benefits Canada as newcomers are able to more quickly put their skills to use to help strengthen and grow Canada’s economy.Effective June 6, new points are awarded to candidates with siblings in Canada. Studies have shown that as newcomers build a new life in Canada, those with siblings benefit by having improved integration into Canadian society.Other changes to the Express Entry system include points for candidates with strong French language skills, removing the requirement to register with Job Bank and a new approach...

Posted: Jul 1, 2017


New to Canada? Avoid unexpected bank charges.
New to Canada? Avoid unexpected bank charges.

Author: Arjun SinghAs an immigrant, one of the first things you have to do after landing is to open a bank account. Only after having a bank account in Canada can you proceed with other applications for services to settle down here. The banking system, products and regulations between banks in your home country and Canada are very different. As an immigrant living in Canada for just over 3 years, I would like to share some of my personal experiences with everyone. When I was fresh off the boat, I paid for bank charges I could have avoided had I known enough about how the banks work in Canada.The Opening SceneIf you’re in Canada already, it’s better to visit a bank’s branch in person...

Posted: Jun 15, 2017



Canadian Experience
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FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Learning to “speak Canadian”

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FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer finds answer to a burning question

I belong to the generation that left India when everyone  still used matches to light gas burners for cooking. The coveted ‘magic wands’ were just beginning to come into use.In our many...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Friend points newcomer in the right direction

When we were new in Canada and discovering our  new city of Toronto, finding our way around town, I took a great interest in learning street names.I have lived in different parts of the world...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Mystery solved for newcomer

We came to Canada from India, before phones with call displays were common there. Before, actually, even regular landline phones were common there. These were the days when one had to sign up to get...


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When you need a Canadian lawyer...

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Free financial tools for new home owners

Buying their own home figures prominently on the wish list of newcomers. But buying a home is often stressful and involves lots of considerations.One of the first is what amount should you borrow...



4 things every home buyer needs to know

New homeownership is a significant milestone in your life – it’s an investment in your future and the place where you’ll spend a significant amount of time.But a purchase this large requires...



“At Scotiabank, we build relationships based on trust.”

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“Scotiabank staff went out of their way to win our trust and provide a positive experience.”

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“The Scotiabank StartRight Program allowed us to transfer our funds to Canada smoothly and without any tension.”

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Success Strategies
There’s no such thing as stubborn

Did you just call me stubborn? If you were trying to motivate me – you just failed. Before you call anyone stubborn, consider this: there is no such thing.Stubborn is a non-word like greed. It’s...


Is motivating with fear a bad idea?

I still recall the time I led with intimidation and... wow, did it backfire!“Bobby, you gotta help us.”“What’s up?” I asked the three scouts who stopped me on the trail to the...


The scoop on a failed franchise

I carefully filled the cake cone  from the frozen custard machine, pushing it up at just the right moment to create a perfect ball; then as I shut off the machine, I pulled the cone away with a...


Where’s your motivation switch?

Are you a succulent Eloi ripening for a Morlock feast?Last weekend, as I was clearing clutter, I found a copy of H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine.As I thumbed through it, I recalled that Wells, in his...


13 ways to boost the way you view yourself

Over the years, I have beaten myself up over business breakdowns, lost relationships, and countless other failures.I would only look at what I had done wrong and where I was at fault. And, of course,...


Success Snapshots

At the helm of Peel Police Services Board

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Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission

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Dr Dev Sainani, Former Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation

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Dr Mohit Bhandari, Canada Research Chair in musculoskeletal trauma

Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma – the only chair of its kind in Canada – Dr Mohit Bhandari is recognized internationally for his research.The many prestigious awards he has...



Public service motivates Harinder Malhi

Harinder Malhi was motivated by the public service aspect of politics, having seen her father, Gurbax Singh Malhi serve the community as the first turbaned politician to be elected anywhere in the...


Focus
Ontario expands immigration program

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Finding a Canadian job that matches your skills

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Internationally-educated professionals breaking down barriers

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Diversity
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Diversity is Toronto

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Ontario’s diversity draws newcomers

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Canadian citizenship is much valued

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A Canadian celebration of diversity

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Education
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In a study with post-secondary students, I conducted paper surveys with 90 English as a Second Language (ESL) students and interviewed 19 English for Academic Purposes (EAP) students. My...


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Top 3 tips for your next career move

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F&B programs pave the way to coveted jobs

Facing a competitive, ever-changing job market, how can to day’s young people and newcomers prepare for employment? What degree, diploma or certificate program will land them that in-demand job?The...


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