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Tax changes for new families and small businesses

There are many changes that will impact taxes this year, and Canadians need to be aware of how these updates will affect their tax return.“The changes will be positive for the average person, with parental benefit sharing extended, additional medical expenses allowed for claims and incentives for carbon reduction,” explains Lisa Gittens, H&R Block tax expert. “The government has also made clear that Canadian business is a priority, with the reduction in corporate taxes for small businesses.”Here are the tax laws most likely to have the biggest impact on returns.EI parental sharing benefits. The supplemental parental sharing benefit will provide an additional five weeks of...


Posted: Mar 1, 2019



Newcomers also have to file taxes

Newcomers may not be aware of the fact that they have to file their taxes whether they have an income to report or not. And busy as they are settling in, they may feel overwhelmed by the process or not know of all the benefits and credits they are eligible for. But even if you don’t have any income to report for 2018 or your income is tax exempt, you can still claim helpful tax credits and benefit payments. Just remember to do your taxes by April 30, 2019. Today’s families come in all shapes and sizes. While every family tree may grow in a different direction, most families will agree that daily expenses like groceries and new clothes for school can really add up. That’s why...


Posted: Mar 1, 2019



5 smart car tips to navigate winter driving

Winter driving is a whole different beast with seemingly more snow, ice and slush every year to get in our way. While we can’t control the weather that Mother Nature throws at us, we can prepare for it to ensure safety on the roads.Winter tires are critical for road safety. “We live in Canada where the temperatures can go as low as 40 below,” says Jeff Bullock, a tire expert and spokesman for Hankook Tire. “Summer tires just can’t handle cold temperatures. They lose their grip, their stopping power and are not able to deliver the safety you get from using a proper winter tire.”Here are a few quick tips to ensure you’re prepared for any wild weather this season brings:Winter...


Posted: Feb 2, 2019



Beat the winter blues while helping your community

The grey weather, harsh snowfalls and spending too much time inside can leave one feeling restless, anxious and cause problems sleeping. Newcomers, specially, can have a hard time adjusting to shorter daylight hours. Follow these tips to get you feeling motivated and energetic. Volunteer with a local human rights organization. There are always plenty of places to choose from wherever you live. Join an organization that you feel passionate about. Through volunteering, you can gain valuable skills, such as critical thinking and organization, which can make you stand out to potential employers. Also, meeting new people can help grow your social circle. Join a book club....


Posted: Feb 2, 2019



Are you ready for your first Canadian winter?

When people hear how cold it can get in Canada in winter – Ottawa was declared the world’s coldest capital in January – they go brrr! But stories of how “it hurt to breathe” or how someone got frost bite within minutes of exposure to the cold are, at the end of the day, just that, stories. They don’t really prepare one for just how cold it can really get. Then when they hear of polar dips in which people jump into frigid lakes, they could be forgiven for thinking how cold can it really be. Seriously cold, is the short answer. Newcomers are advised to respect the weather and dress accordingly. The Weather Network is a reliable source of information. Based on...


Posted: Feb 2, 2019



Easier to sponsor grandparents and parents in the revamped process
Posted: Feb 2, 2019


Settlement programs for newcomers to Canada
Posted: Jan 5, 2019


New report on the employment rates of new immigrants
Posted: Jan 5, 2019


People in Canada have good health and are living longer
Posted: Dec 4, 2018


Canada’s most affordable cities for raising a family
Posted: Dec 4, 2018


Communities across Canada benefit from increased immigration
Posted: Dec 4, 2018


Come to Canada: online tool helps prospective immigrants
Posted: Nov 2, 2018


Helping internationally-trained newcomers get their credentials and experience recognized in Canada
Posted: Nov 2, 2018


Practical project experience opens doors to career opportunities for newcomers in Canada
Posted: Sep 30, 2018


Canada prepares to welcome more permanent residents
Posted: Aug 31, 2018


Employment strategy aims to help Canadian newcomers
Posted: Aug 31, 2018


The making of a new Canadian
Posted: Aug 2, 2018


Promoting ethnic entrepreneurship can help newcomers integrate
Posted: Jun 1, 2018


Ontario is investing in projects to help newcomers settle and find jobs
Posted: May 2, 2018


Action plan to boost Francophone immigration
Posted: Apr 1, 2018


75 per cent of newcomers find employment after participating in mentoring programs
Posted: Apr 1, 2018


IRCC expands its presence in China
Posted: Jan 3, 2018


What and how are newcomers buying in Canada?
Posted: Nov 30, 2017


A new round of intake in the parents and grandparents program
Posted: Oct 2, 2017


New Canadians encouraged to start boating
Posted: Sep 6, 2017


Ontario expands immigration program
Posted: Jul 1, 2017


Finding a Canadian job that matches your skills
Posted: May 30, 2017


Internationally-educated professionals breaking down barriers
Posted: Apr 30, 2017


CAREER STRATEGIES: 5 tips for landing a summer job
Posted: Apr 2, 2017


CAREER STRATEGIES: Maintain your children’s mother tongues
Posted: Apr 2, 2017


Don’t become a victim of immigration fraud
Posted: Apr 2, 2017


Lottery system for sponsoring parents and grandparents unfair
Posted: Mar 2, 2017


Occupations-specific partnerships match internationally-trained newcomers with mentors
Posted: Mar 2, 2017


CAREER STRATEGIES: Preparing for a job interview: Practise, practise, practise!
Posted: Jan 31, 2017


Applying for Canadian immigration: Get it right the first time
Posted: Jan 31, 2017


Investments in mentoring support skilled newcomers to Canada
Posted: Oct 31, 2016


Alternative careers: Taking a different path to meaningful employment
Posted: Oct 4, 2016


Canada starts a national conversation on immigration
Posted: Aug 7, 2016


Virtual mentoring connects global mentees with mentors in Canada
Posted: Jul 4, 2016


Entrepreneurship is increasingly attractive to newcomers
Posted: May 4, 2016


Self-employed newcomers, make dollars and sense of your income tax return
Posted: Apr 1, 2016


Newcomers, your taxes can help fund your new life in Canada
Posted: Feb 29, 2016


Newcomers, secure your financial future!
Posted: Feb 2, 2016


Warm up to your first Canadian winter
Posted: Jan 5, 2016


You can prepare and file your own Canadian immigration application, right?
Posted: Nov 1, 2015


Fall in Canada: Enjoy a great Canadian tradition
Posted: Sep 30, 2015


Opportunities for women in Canada
Posted: Sep 30, 2015


Mentoring partnership helps newcomers
Posted: Jun 2, 2015


Indian PM’s historic visit to Canada promotes bilateral ties
Posted: Apr 28, 2015


Moving to Canada? Do it right!
Posted: Jan 4, 2015


Tips for winter driving in Toronto
Posted: Dec 3, 2014


Don’t let Canada’s winter get under your skin
Posted: Dec 3, 2014


How to get acclimatized to Canada’s winter
Posted: Dec 3, 2014


Newcomers’ choice of destination in Canada makes a difference
Posted: Sep 1, 2014


Microskills: Helping newcomer women and youth
Posted: Jun 30, 2014


New rules for work permits
Posted: Apr 1, 2014


Small towns in Canada offer big rewards for newcomers
Posted: Dec 4, 2013


Canada welcomes the first immigrants under the Federal Skilled Trades program
Posted: Oct 2, 2013


How to make a successful offer on a new home
Posted: Jul 31, 2013


Finding the right neighbourhood for your family’s needs
Posted: Jul 31, 2013


Tips for newcomers: How to choose the mortgage that’s right for you
Posted: Jul 31, 2013


Tips for newcomers: How to purchase your first home in Canada
Posted: Jul 30, 2013


Brampton newcomers bus tours a success
Posted: May 1, 2013


Newcomers flock to Brampton
Posted: May 1, 2013


Toronto welcomes newcomers
Posted: Apr 3, 2013


Bridging program for internationally-trained nurses
Posted: Mar 3, 2013


British Columbia needs skilled labour
Posted: Jan 31, 2013


Get that Canadian job faster with these five simple tips
Posted: Dec 31, 2012


Canadian immigration system gets a makeover
Posted: Dec 4, 2012


Toronto is a magnet for newcomers
Posted: Oct 31, 2012


Planning on studying in Canada? It pays to listen to these gentlemen!
Posted: Oct 2, 2012


How College Students Can Avoid Credit Hassles
Posted: Sep 4, 2012


Speed mentoring helps newcomers to Canada
Posted: Aug 1, 2012


Does life in Canada meet immigrants’ expectations?
Posted: Jul 4, 2012


Why do immigrants earn less in their first years in Canada?
Posted: May 30, 2012


How to dress for success: Seminars and workshops on topics of interest to newcomers.
Posted: May 2, 2012


Interactive workshops for newcomers
Posted: May 2, 2012


How to reduce your Canadian tax bill
Posted: Apr 2, 2012


Champion of social justice invested with the Order of Ontario
Posted: Feb 29, 2012


Coping with the stress of coming to a new country
Posted: Feb 1, 2012


Immigration can be stressful at many levels, but there’s help at hand
Posted: Feb 1, 2012


Award for many years of serving the immigrant community
Posted: Jan 3, 2012


Schulich School of Business to build a world-class campus in India
Posted: Dec 1, 2011


Top marks for Ontario schools
Posted: Nov 2, 2011


How immigrants keep their language alive in Canada
Posted: Oct 6, 2011


Move-in advice for newcomers to Canada: “Be emotionally prepared”
Posted: Aug 31, 2011


Internationally-trained immigrants find alternative employment solutions and satisfaction in helping other newcomers
Posted: Aug 5, 2011


Ontario human rights system: 50 years of progress worth defending
Posted: Jul 1, 2011


Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services: programs and services for newcomers to Canada
Posted: Jun 2, 2011


Agency helps immigrants improve their chances of finding work
Posted: Jun 2, 2011


The Chaturvedis find their groove in Canada
Posted: Apr 30, 2011


Job prospects draw newcomers to Ontario
Posted: Mar 31, 2011


Top performers recognized for leveraging skilled immigrant talent
Posted: Mar 31, 2011


Amar Shah’s five tips to get you the job you want
Posted: Mar 4, 2011


Changes to the Immigrant Investor Program necessary, says minister
Posted: Mar 4, 2011


Understanding the changes to the Immigrant Investor Program
Posted: Mar 4, 2011


Canadian university in India prepping students for success in Canada
Posted: Jan 6, 2011


Tips to ensure success in your job hunt
Posted: Dec 4, 2010


Toronto is unmatched for its sense of community
Posted: Nov 14, 2010


Ontario opens doors to opportunities for new immigrants
Posted: Oct 16, 2010


A parent’s guide to bringing up caring, high-achieving children in Canada
Posted: Sep 3, 2010


A management student’s approach to finding the right university in Canada
Posted: Aug 6, 2010


Canadians Believe Overseas Compatriots Are Still ‘Real’ Canadians, APF Canada Poll Finds
Posted: Jul 15, 2010


How to choose an immigration consultant
Posted: Jul 1, 2010


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