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Bundeep Singh Rangar: Innovator, entrepreneur
 7 personal mistakes that can crush your career advancement
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Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live in
Pathologist’s prescription for success
Bundeep Singh Rangar: Innovator, entrepreneur
 7 personal mistakes that can crush your career advancement
 Tips on basics of home ownership
Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live in
Pathologist’s prescription for success
Temporary Foreign Worker program needs to change

MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, said, “The Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs to change. I have said before that the government of Canada will bring forward a plan later this year to address the problems with this program. “We want to ensure that the rights of those working through the Program are protected, that the Program is not undermining job opportunities for Canadians and that there is a pathway to permanent residency for eligible applicants. I am temporarily freezing at current levels the cap on the proportion of an employer’s workforce that can consist of low-wage temporary foreign workers.“The cap will remain at 20 per cent...

Posted: Aug 7, 2016


Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live in
Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live in

Canada ranked highest among G7 nations and is a world-leader in rights, freedoms, tolerance and access to advanced education according to the Social Progress Index 2016. The Index which includes measures of healthcare, education, housing, policing, rights and tolerance, ranks Canada second overall, ahead of Denmark (3rd), Australia (4th), Norway (7th), the UK (9th) and the US (19th). Using 53 indicators to calculate the final results, Canada finished top or joint top in no less than 13.Canada is a world-leader on access to advanced education. On personal rights, which include measures of freedom of speech, freedom of movement and political rights, Canada ranks second globally behind only...

Posted: Aug 7, 2016


Canada is one of the best countries in the world to live in

Canada ranked highest among G7 nations and is a world-leader in rights, freedoms, tolerance and access to advanced education according to the Social Progress Index 2016. The Index which includes measures of healthcare, education, housing, policing, rights and tolerance, ranks Canada second overall, ahead of Denmark (3rd), Australia (4th), Norway (7th), the UK (9th) and the US (19th). Using 53 indicators to calculate the final results, Canada finished top or joint top in no less than 13.Canada is a world-leader on access to advanced education. On personal rights, which include measures of freedom of speech, freedom of movement and political rights, Canada ranks second globally behind only...

Posted: Aug 7, 2016


Job growth in Ontario with over 20,000 new positions in May

In May, Ontario experienced employment growth in a number of sectors with the largest gain being in construction with an increase of almost 25,000. Ontario’s unemployment rate also dropped to 6.6 per cent, lower than the national average.More than 600,000 jobs have been created since the recessionary low in June 2009. Ontario is projected to create more than 300,000 jobs by the end of 2019, which would bring the total to more than 900,000 net new jobs over a 10-year period. Ontario’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 2.6 per cent last year, more than twice the national average. Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) recently joined private-sector forecasters,...

Posted: Jul 4, 2016


Visa program off to a good start
Visa program off to a good start

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial immigration ministers met recently to discuss immigration planning.More immigrant entrepreneurs are coming to Canada through the Start-up Visa Program and the benefits are spreading growth and opportunity to middle-class families across the country. As of May 2, 2016, 51 entrepreneurs had become permanent residents of Canada through the program, representing 26 start-ups that have launched or will be launching in communities across Canada, including Sydney, Halifax, Fredericton, Toronto, Mississauga, Waterloo, Thunder Bay, Calgary, Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria.“The Start-up Visa started slowly but has steadily picked up steam,” Arif...

Posted: Jun 1, 2016



Canadian Experience
FRESH OFF THE PLANE: A comedy of errors

In India, we always had someone come in to do what my neighbour in Canada calls “yard work”. Cut the grass, trim the hedge, even water the potted plants that lined the driveway.On moving to...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: A comedy of errors

In India, we always had someone come in to do what my neighbour in Canada calls “yard work”. Cut the grass, trim the hedge, even water the potted plants that lined the driveway.On moving to...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Message in a bottle

After moving to Canada, at first we were busy finding jobs and finding our way around the new systems in place, learning new things about Canadian ways.But after a few years, when we felt comfortable...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns about plants that pop up like weeds

Our yard comes alive with a vibrant splash of colour this time of year, each year. In one corner of the yard, a little patch that started as a couple of plants gifted by a neighbour grew to a bigger...


FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Newcomer learns to talk shop

In India, working part-time while at high school or college was unheard of. Not only was it a concept we were not familiar with, for most middle class families, it would have been a cause for shame...


Scotiabank Newcomer Newsletter

Help for Newcomers

7 personal mistakes that can crush your career advancement

Everyone in the workforce, irrespective of stature or level therein, must be mindful of one critical truth: Your brand goes wherever you go because your “brand” is you!Those seeking to move...


77,000 jobs approved for funding through Canada Summer Jobs

Canada’s prosperity will increasingly depend on young Canadians getting the education and the experience they need to prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Now more than ever, it is important...


What if the interest rates go up? Stress-test your mortgage

With interest rates at an all-time low, locking into a mortgage is a tempting commitment for newcomers seeking to put down roots in their new country.However, these low rates have experts cautioning...



Tips on basics of home ownership

Coming to a new country can be both an exciting and overwhelming experience. Before finding a permanent place to live, many people start out renting or living with relatives. Once you get a bit more...


Newcomers beware: CRA/extortion scams

Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau would like to remind the public of an ongoing extortion scam currently circulating, targeting all Canadians.Police have received reports from...



“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
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...


Stuck in a worry loop? Here’s how to break the cycle and free your mind

I have had some friends and relatives who worried all the time. About all sorts of things. Most of which never came to pass.The problem for me, was that all the exposure to their negative thinking...


Innovators are open to new experiences

A few years ago a friend of mine returned from visiting her family in Greece. Knowing that I loved to try new wines, she brought me a bottle that she said was her parents’ favourite. She told me it...


10 things you can do to snap back from setbacks

I received an urgent email from a 58-year-old friend asking if I could store some of his prized possessions.I phoned him and said I could, then asked what was going on. He said he’d lost his job,...


Don’t raise your children to be victims of bullies

The older kids in the neighbourhood prepared me for entering elementary school.They told me how the principal had a spanking machine, and if I was bad it would be used on me.Next they told me about...


Success Snapshots

Bundeep Singh Rangar: Innovator, entrepreneur

Bundeep Singh Rangar is the ceo of Nanostruck, the company that pioneered a novel water filtration technology. The water remediation market is huge, says Rangar, describing water as the new oil. It...



Pathologist’s prescription for success

Dr Butany came to Canada after doing his Master of Surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, only to find that all possibilities for training in surgery, all residencies,...



Prof Trichy Sankaran: The torch bearer of a rich legacy

In 1971, York University invited Trichy Sankaran, a top-ranking percussionist in India, to come to Canada to co-found Indian Music Studies at the university with Jon Higgins (scholar and exponent of...



Priscila Uppal’s success story

Priscila Uppal’s books have been short-listed for the Hillary Weston Prize and the Governor General’s Awards. They have garnered rave reviews for the internationally-acclaimed author who has been...



The many roles of a role model

Dr Sarita Verma is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Vice-Provost, Health Professions Education, University of Toronto.But before that, she was a diplomat...


Focus
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,...



Self-employed newcomers, make dollars and sense of your income tax return

As a newcomer to Canada, you chose to take the entrepreneurial route. Or, you left your corporate life to branch out on your own and chase your dreams. Now you call the shots and answer to only one...



Newcomers, your taxes can help fund your new life in Canada

You probably already know that Canada is the second-largest country in the world...and home to the beaver, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, maple syrup, and the French-Canadian delicacy known as...


Diversity
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...



Markham: Most diverse community in Canada

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti is joined by York University and Seneca College Presidents to discuss innovation and diversity.The success of the City of Markham’s economic development strategy was...


Awards mark progress on equity and inclusion

Employers were recognized for outstanding achievement in employment equity in their workplaces.MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and several Members of...


Education
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...



Future professionals look to make their mark on an industry

The next generation of Ontario trades professionals will be showing off their talents at RIM Park in Waterloo for the Skills Ontario’s Technological Skills Competition (OTSC). The three-day event...



The Next 36: A big catalyst for youth entrepreneurship

Simon Fraser University undergraduate student Gursher Sidhu and Lauren Watkins have been named to the 2015 cohort of The Next 36, a national initiative aimed at transforming Canada’s most promising...


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