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Top things newcomers need to know about credit, finding jobs...
Mentors understand first-hand the challenges a newcomer faces
Citizenship ceremonies welcome new Canadians
Music Opens Doors
New measures help newcomers sponsor family members
Top things newcomers need to know about credit, finding jobs...
Mentors understand first-hand the challenges a newcomer faces
Citizenship ceremonies welcome new Canadians
Music Opens Doors
New measures help newcomers sponsor family members
Canada is making serious investments in immigration

Canada’s 2019 Budget includes investments in IRCC and Canadian immigration.Client services. $42.9 million over two years will be provided to IRCC to improve immigration client services by adding call centre agents, with a focus on business lines with the longest delays.$78.6 million over two years is to be invested to ease and increase the efficiency of the entry of visitors to Canada, while protecting the health and security of Canadians.The funds will also ensure the resources needed to process global demand for Canadian visitor visas, work and study permits.Border security. $1.18 billion over five years starting in 2019 to 2020, and $55 million per year ongoing, to support the Border...

Posted: Jul 3, 2019


New measures help newcomers sponsor family members
New measures help newcomers sponsor family members

New measures will help with family reunification, allowing immigrants to sponsor undeclared family members.Every worker in Canada is entitled to a safe and healthy work environment where their rights are respected, but some migrant workers with employer-specific work permits end up enduring mistreatment, fearful of workplace punishment, as well as fear of losing their job.Starting June 4, migrant workers who have an employer-specific work permit and are in an abusive job situation in Canada can apply for an open work permit. This will allow migrant workers to leave that employer immediately, maintain their status and find another job.Nobody should have to stay in an abusive situation, but...

Posted: Jul 3, 2019


A welcoming Francophone community

Prince George, BC, has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.Under the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, a total of 14 communities across Canada will receive funding so they can create programs and activities to help French-speaking newcomers feel welcomed and integrated into Francophone minority communities.This initiative of $12.6 million over three years was announced in Budget 2018 to support the integration and retention of French-speaking newcomers in Canada.The new Francophone immigration strategy, Meeting Our Objectives: Francophone Immigration Strategy, announced on March 13, 2019, is a collaborative...

Posted: Jun 5, 2019


Canada to hold immigration consultants to higher standards

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that Canada is strengthening the regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants. “Our government is taking decisive action to hold immigration and citizenship consultants to a much higher standard as we do with other professions, such as lawyers and doctors,” he said. “By introducing new legislation, we are going to protect Canadians, prospective newcomers and good-standing immigration and citizenship consultants against the fraudulent consultants who are preying on the most vulnerable.“The new legislation would make the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants the official watchdog...

Posted: May 1, 2019


Additional 2000 spaces for Provincial Nominee Program
Additional 2000 spaces for Provincial Nominee Program

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, delivered on a commitment to expand pathways for temporary foreign workers by allocating an additional 2,000 spaces under the Provincial Nominee Program.Canada is committed to an immigration system that strengthens Canada’s economy and contributes to the growth of good middle-class jobs. “We are committed to providing foreign workers, in particular those filling long-term labour market needs and who have integrated into Canadian society, with more pathways to permanent residency,” said Hussen. These additional spaces will provide more opportunities for existing temporary foreign workers at the intermediate skill...

Posted: May 1, 2019



Canadian Experience
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...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer gets crafty

Apipe cleaner or chenille stem is a type of brush originally intended for removing moisture and residue from smoking pipes.Besides cleaning pipes, it can be used for any application that calls for...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer meets her match

On coming to Canada, we discovered price-match, whereby you  shop at one store but can apply the special sale prices – or even regular prices if they are better – in...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer springs to conclusion

With Spring Equinox around the corner, Canadians can finally start looking forward to the end of winter, and the promise of longer, warmer days. I remember as a newcomer feeling quite...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns to toe the line

My parents used to say I’ve been blessed with an overactive imagination. I would hear the wind whistling through the trees as a little girl and promptly duck under the covers as it was exactly how...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers
What to expect in a Welcoming Francophone Community

Iqaluit has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.Under the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, a total of 14...



Mentors understand first-hand the challenges a newcomer faces

Claudia Medina is the brand governance manager at CIBC. She is an internationally-trained advertising and marketing professional who moved to Canada from Venezuela with her family in the summer of...



What to do when you receive an emergency alert

Thanks to previous tests and a few real emergencies, most of us are familiar with Canada’s public alerting system – known as Alert Ready. But you may not know what these alerts mean or what to do...


Seven surprising facts about driving in Canada

Bilingual signs, driving habits, inconsistent laws and road etiquette – if you are a newcomer driving on Canada’s roads and highways, you’ll notice some unique and surprising quirks.Driving in...



4 reasons to separate personal and business finances

Whether you’re already running a side business or want to start one, here are four important reasons why separating your business and personal accounts is a best practice to set yourself up 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
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...


Are negative people opportunities?

In The Essence of Happiness the Dalai Lama says that when negative people enter our lives we should treat those intrusions as opportunities to practise tolerance. Our exercise should be to try...


It’s natural to be motivated by compassion

Shortly after buying my first house, I discovered that my next door neighbour tended to overreact to any dilemma.His name was Joe, and I started thinking of him as Overkill Joe, and later simply...


Losing a job can be an opportunity to start fresh

As an executive for many years, and like many of you who are executives, my philosophy was always to work hard, often until late at night, show up for work early in the morning and do everything I...


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...


Success Snapshots

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,...



George Brown College’s new chancellor is an immigrant success story

Noella Milne was recently named George Brown College’s new Chancellor and will play a key role celebrating student success, advocating for the college and engaging with the community.Milne’s is...



Activism in many languages

Kanta Arora was the first Indian woman appointed to Ontario  Social Assistance Review Board (SARB) in 1985. She launched the first Hindi talk show in Canada, is the founder of several community...



In service of the community

Baldev Mutta is the founder and CEO of  Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) which offers programs in the areas of  mental health, addictions, settlement services,...



He’s a community builder and a philanthropist

Gyan Jain came to Canada in 1964 on a whim. He was in Germany when Lester B Pearson visited the country and said Canada wanted young graduates who were fluent in English.“I thought I was a perfect...


Focus

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...



Top things newcomers need to know about credit, finding jobs and starting a business in Canada

The initial months as a newcomer to Canada are an exciting time with many new things to do, explore and learn.However, coupled with navigating a new language, culture and surroundings, it can also be...



Mentors help newcomers achieve their goals

Marsha John-Green-wood moved to Canada from the United Kingdom in 2015. She has a background in human resources consultation and change management.Today, she is the HR Transformation Lead at LCBO and...



Canada celebrates 37 years of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Citizenship ceremonies are a moving and emotional celebration of a significant milestone in the journey of a newcomer to Canada.Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship,...



Calgary selected as a welcoming Francophone community

Calgary has been selected as a Welcoming Francophone Community as part of Canada’s Action Plan for Official Languages.Under the Welcoming Francophone Communities initiative, a total of 14...


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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