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Turn your hobby into a small business
Atlantic Immigration Pilot continues to gain momentum
A new direction for filmmaker Maninder Chana
Free resources for newcomers with legal problems
New set of changes to the Citizenship Act
Turn your hobby into a small business
Atlantic Immigration Pilot continues to gain momentum
A new direction for filmmaker Maninder Chana
Free resources for newcomers with legal problems
New set of changes to the Citizenship Act
New set of changes to the Citizenship Act
New set of changes to the Citizenship Act

To provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act. These new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act are now in effect. As of October 11, 2017, permanent residents applying for Canadian citizenship must be physically present in Canada for three out of the last five years (1095 days), with no minimum number of days per year, before applying.They will be able to count each day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person as a half day towards meeting...

Posted: Nov 1, 2017


Atlantic Immigration Pilot continues to gain momentum
Atlantic Immigration Pilot continues to gain momentum

Since the Atlantic Immigration Pilot was launched last January, interest from both immigrants and employers has steadily grown.The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a partnership between the government of Canada and the Atlantic provinces to attract and keep skilled immigrants, as well as recently-graduated international students from Atlantic universities and colleges, to meet the unique workforce needs of the region.To help employers and immigrants take advantage of the Pilot, IRCC has also launched a dedicated service channel. It provides support and information to help them get through the immigration process more easily. IRCC will also be fast-tracking temporary work permits for candidates...

Posted: Nov 1, 2017


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

Author: Arjun Singh As 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 Scene If you’re in Canada already, it’s better to visit a bank’s branch in...

Posted: Oct 4, 2017


Settlement support for newcomers
Settlement support for newcomers

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Forum of Ministers responsible for Immigration met last month to reflect on Canada’s immigration system.The Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Forum of Ministers responsible for Immigration (FMRI) met in Toronto in September to reflect on Canada’s immigration system.To make progress on Canada’s Vision Action Plan for 2016-2019, all Ministers agreed to work in partnership to ensure a fast, flexible, and efficient economic immigration system; strategic immigration levels planning; and effective settlement and integration supports for newcomers. This work will further Canada’s legacy as a diverse, inclusive and welcoming country.Ministers reached...

Posted: Oct 2, 2017


Pilot program for newcomers launching companies to be made permanent
Pilot program for newcomers launching companies to be made permanent

The Start-up Visa Program, a pathway to permanent residence for cutting-edge entrepreneurs launching a start-up company in Canada, will become a regular feature of Canada’s immigration landscape in 2018.As part of the five-year pilot, launched in 2013, innovative entrepreneurs can apply to become permanent residents after a Canadian venture capital fund or angel investor group has made a significant financial commitment in their business idea, or after a business incubator has accepted them into their program.A recent evaluation of the Start-up Visa Program found that it is delivering on its goals; immigrant entrepreneurs are actively developing innovative companies in Canada that are...

Posted: Sep 6, 2017



Canadian Experience
Newcomer tells it like it is

After coming to Canada I learned that telephone manners or etiquette varies from country to country. Or if not the etiquette itself, the words used to convey availability.I came to Canada as an...


Newcomer opens the door to a new experience

In our first few months in Canada, I did something totally uncharacteristic. I opened the door to two strangers and invited them in to taste the pulao I had just finished making after they commented...


FRESH OF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns to fit in

Strange as it may seem to many people reading this, I didn’t grow up with fitted sheets. It was a whole new concept for me – so much so that while I loved the way they stretched over the edges of...


Newcomer learns new skills

When we were very new in Canada, my husband got his academic credentials assessed before beginning his job hunt, but I put aside mine for later. Money was tight and in any case, I needed to be home...


FRESH OF THE PLANE: Newcomer leaves a paper trail

When we were still very new in Canada, a neighbour in our apartment complex invited us to his place for dinner. It would be an opportunity to meet other neighbours as they would invite a few others...


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Help for Newcomers
Top tips to cope with workplace stress

If you are always waiting for Friday to roll around, you may be dealing with too much workplace stress. Improve your work week and banish the strain on your physical and mental health with these...


Top tips for financing a small business

The old adage, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life, is the mantra many entrepreneurs use to justify the endless time and energy needed to successfully start a small...



Turn your hobby into a small business

Whether it’s fixing old cars, unleashing your inner artist, or organizing get-togethers for your friends and family, you have a hobby that others find useful. You decide to commodify this pastime...



Free resources for newcomers with legal problems

Do you think you are being unfairly treated by your employer? Are you going through a divorce or a child custody matter? Or maybe you are having difficulties with your landlord?Many people experience...


Autumn is beautiful in Ontario

Just because fall is here does not mean you have to put the travel bug to bed. Autumn’s vibrant colours are a great backdrop for some amazing experiences.Sure, the kids are back in school and most...



“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
Envy can be a good thing when you use it to drive change

This column is primarily about human motivation, and because of that I’ve considered writing about envy for years.It is a negative emotion which has been condemned by all cultures throughout...


Four ways to exercise your creativity

Recently I was contacted by a reader asking me if I would suggest some exercises that he could use to think more creatively. That request has inspired me to write about some fun ways that...


How you interpret what you see is limited by our worldview

Fresh from making mud pies, Paul and I were coated in dirt from our elbows to our fingertips. We walked into the kitchen to clean up for lunch, where we found Rafe leaning against the wall,...


How far has your imagination taken you?

Did you ever steal something from a store; shoplift a candy bar; anything?” asked my college girlfriend. She had just told me that, as a little girl, she took something from a gift shop without...


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...


Success Snapshots

A new direction for filmmaker Maninder Chana

Not all kids who put up plays for their families grow up to become filmmakers. Maninder Chana did. And a writer, director, producer, actor and musician.“I’ve been writing stories all my life,”...



World-renowned cardiologist shares his success secrets

Dr Salim Yusuf is a world-renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist who was named an officer in the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.A professor in the department of...



Anti-oppression activist Sabra Desai’s lessons in equity

All of the awards Sabra Desai has received in a long and distinguished career as an educator and activist – including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her work empowering women through...



Anoop Prakash is driving the Harley-Davidson team forward

Anoop Prakash was until recently the Managing Director  of Harley-Davidson in Canada. He was the key person to oversee subsidiaries and that included everything from the dealerships to...



At the helm of Peel Police Services Board

Amrik Singh Ahluwalia sees his role as the chair of the Peel Police Services Board as a responsibility to serve the people of the Region of Peel to the best of his capacity.Peel Regional Police is...


Focus
A new round of intake in the parents and grandparents program

This year, Canada introduced a new application intake process for the Parents and Grandparents Program. This change improves access to the application process and makes it more fair and...



New Canadians encouraged to start boating

The Lifesaving Society, Canada’s leading organization responsible for drowning prevention, launched an online boating safety program targeted to new boaters, particularly new Canadians who may be...


Ontario expands immigration program

Ontario is continuing to welcome newcomers while helping the province’s employers attract skilled workers and responding to the needs of the labour market, with enhancements to the Ontario...



Finding a Canadian job that matches your skills

Internationally-trained immigrants find jobs through many innovative programs such as the Mentoring Partnership and Ontario Bridge Training.The Mentoring Partnership matches internationally trained...



Internationally-educated professionals breaking down barriers

After arriving in Canada more than four years ago, marketing professional Olha Shmanko sent out many unsuccessful job applications.She couldn’t land a job in her own field because she either did...


Diversity
How can we as individuals empower marginalized groups to have their human rights respected?

June and November are graduation/convocation months for colleges and universities. Bright graduates of all ages are eagerly going out into the world of work as well-educated, well-trained...


Watching over children’s human rights

There is nothing more viscerally painful than news about the violation of the dignity, rights and personhood of a child. If you go to the UNICEF website, you will find The Human Rights...


What can you do when you feel your human rights have been infringed?

In the busy lives of men, women and even children, today, there are so many thousands of interactions between and among people.Most of those experiences might be good, happy, routine, tolerable and...


What are human rights and how do they apply to your everyday life?

Ontarians are governed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by the Ontario Human Rights Code.Under these regulations, living in a democracy grants us the rights to live, grow, learn and...


Our mother tongues encode our identities

Many of us who speak and/or understand our mother tongues realize that our languages unlock many aspects of our identities and connect us to aspects of our histories, traditions and cultures.As such,...


Education
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...


Free online textbooks for Ontario students

Ontario is investing in free online textbooks and educational resources for students to make college and university more affordable and accessible.Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and...


Mother tongue helps adult learners of English

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...


Our mother tongue is an equity pillar

My life’s work as a teacher, principal, school superintendent and then as vice-president of a college has been in the area of equity and speaking out for the rights of marginalized and minority...



Top 3 tips for your next career move

Whether you plan on returning to the classroom or back to the office after a summer vacation, it’s a time to regroup, think about finishing personal projects, and start setting goals for the months...


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