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Small towns in Canada offer big rewards for newcomers

Most people thinking of emigrating to Canada think of settling in the big cites – Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary being top favourites. But increasingly, newcomers are finding that small towns offer big rewards, while maintaining the lifestyle and quality of education and healthcare that the big cities are known for. Here, newcomers share their stories. 

Ann David

Operating Room Nurse, Kitimat General Hospital and Health Centre, 

Kitimat, British Columbia 

I arrived in Canada in 2007  on a temporary foreign worker visa. 

I work as an operating room nurse in the general hospital in Kitimat, a small town in Northwest British Columbia with a population of about 7,000 residents. 

While visiting family in India in September 2008, my husband Edward and I attended the Canadian Immigrant Integration Project (CIIP) session in New Delhi. 

It struck me that the CIIP counsellors were urging clients to look at smaller towns as a good settlement option because I had already reached that very same conclusion.

Edward and our three children joined me in Kitimat in June 2009. 

We decided that Kitimat is a great place to raise our children, offering safety and facilities comparable to big Canadian cities. 

Within a month of landing, Edward was employed as an instructor in the business administration department at NorthWest Community College. 

He later joined the Wrinch Memorial Hospital as a health services administrator, which is his field of expertise.

Edward and I are happy with our settlement choice and we found work that is both fulfilling and rewarding. 

Living in a small town makes it easier to save, and rental and real estate prices are much lower. 

Commuting to work takes less time, which gives us the chance to spend more time at home with the family. 

The people are friendly and they respect different cultures, promoting cultural activities in the community.

We came here, tried and loved the place, and we have made it our home. 

Give it a thought and you won’t regret it. 

There are huge untapped job potentials in the smaller and lesser-developed regions. 

Healthcare, information technology, engineering, trades, and even finance professionals are in big demand here and in acute short supply. 

Sujay Das

Field Service Representative, Toshiba Canada, 

Timmins, Ontario 

I landed in Canada in August 2010, and got a job in my field within seven days of landing. 

I must give credit to CIIP for guiding me properly through the entire job search process.

My posting is in Timmins, a small town in Northern Ontario. I remembered CIIP’s advice to look for opportunity beyond the major cities of Canada. 

I had been reading emails sent by various people about not getting good jobs in their field and they were getting frustrated. It made me worry as well about my future in Canada. 

However, I must thank CIIP for their advice, especially that of the importance of networking and preparing a proper resumé, and also for making me a part of the group that became a source of information that helped plan for my smooth landing in Canada. 

And I must thank God that I came to know about CIIP before leaving my home country.

Although we had not been in touch since he left India about six years ago, I found the contact details of my old friend whom I knew was in Canada. 

He informed me that there was a vacancy coming up in his organization. 

So I forwarded him my resumé which he submitted to their human resources department. 

I was very happy to get a telephone interview while I was still in India. 

After I landed in Canada, I had another round of interviews with the department heads, and they were really impressed with my resumé and each of them kept on asking me how I could prepare a proper North American-type resumé, knowing that I was coming from India. 

When I told them I had attended a session with CIIP back in India, they were really impressed with my preparations, which helped me get the job in such a short time. 

I am a field service representative with Toshiba Canada.

My job responsibilities include taking care of installation and service of Toshiba medical equipment (which includes CT scans, X-ray, ultrasound, and PACS) in the hospital and clinical environment in Timmins and its surrounding areas. 

I was doing the same sort of job in India where I was employed with GE Healthcare. 

My designation in India was senior customer support engineer and the job responsibilities also included installation and servicing of GE medical equipment (nuclear medicine equipment, CT scan, cath lab, X - Ray, etc) at various hospitals and diagnostic centres.

So thanks once again to CIIP for making my dreams come true.  

Posted: Dec 4, 2013

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