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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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