In The News

Employers urged to use immigrants to fill jobs
Tuesday, February 2, 2010

With at least 425,000 jobs opening up in Canada this year due to baby-boomer retirements, employment analysts are looking to immigrants to fill the gap. Trouble is, not everyone is ready for the shift. Read article on CTV Ottawa

Immigration Partnerships tap into local knowledge
December 22, 2009 

Who has the most up-to-date on-the-ground knowledge on how to help Ontario’s immigrants integrate into their community’s economic and social life? It’s obvious – local school boards, post-secondary institutions, settlement agencies, municipalities, chambers of commerce, employers, social services agencies and other local organizations. Visit the Settlement.Org Website for more information...

Canadian government creates faster credential recognition process for immigrants
December 2009

The Canadian government has committed to making settlement in Canada easier for new immigrants by creating the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications. This framework will allow foreign-trained workers in certain professions to have their credentials assessed more quickly than before.  Read more...

Recession pain felt less in Canada
December 21, 2009

The worst recession since the Great Depression is over in the U. S. In Canada -- and Ontario -- it ended in 1982. That's because the recession just past in Canada is markedly less severe than what the American economy endured, and shorter and shallower than recessions in the early 1980s and 1990s, TD Bank Group Chief Economist Don Drummond says. Read Article...

Free English or French language lessons for new Canadians
October 26, 2009

Canada has started a program which will see vouchers for free language training sent to 2000 immigrants to encourage the learning of either language. Read Article...

Jargon training for the workplace
October 6, 2009

Immigrants working in Canada may have a solid grasp of ordinary English, but find themselves baffled by workplace jargon. A pilot college program in Ontario aims to bridge this gap.  Read Article.... or Find a college offering the program in your area

Canada seen as global leader in immigration policies
October 5, 2009 

Canada is a model to the rest of the world of how to accept new immigrants and migrant workers, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Programme. Read Article...

New Immigrants Driving Housing Demand, according to Scotia Economics
July 9, 2009

TORONTO - Canadian immigrants are narrowing the homeownership gap with their Canadian-born counterparts, according to the latest Real Estate Trends report released today by Scotia Economics. The most recent census data available show that in 2006, almost 72 per cent of immigrants lived in a dwelling owned by a household member, up from 68 per cent in 2001. The comparable share for the Canadian-born population rose a more modest two percentage points over this period, from 73 per cent to 75 per cent.  Read Article...

Cautious optimism in wake of jobs report
July 7, 2009

Cathy Gorges just added to a surprising provincial trend. The co-owner of Metal Design Niagara is advertising a job posting for a new fabricator welder. In spite of the recession, the year-old St. Catharines firm now needs another artistic worker to help create custom ironwork projects like staircases, gates and balconies. Read Article...

Have a Great Canada Day, Eh?

Canadian expressions often leave immigrants puzzled, concerned.  It's Canada Day and just because you are like any other hoser in a toque with a toonie, you can nab a double double and chill out, or kick back with a brewski and some buffalo wings for some R&R eh?    That is, if you know what it means.  It is one thing to become Canadian and another to speak it.  That is what many new immigrants to Canada discover...........Click here for Canadianimmigrant magazine's new section aimed at learning Canadian phrases and idioms

Breaking down barriers for foreign trained professionals
June 4, 2009

Aguilando Ferrari came to Canada from Brazil three years ago in search of work. He landed a job, but not the one he was trained to do. Read Article...

Niagara set for a building boom
May 30, 2009

Effective June 1, 2009, Canadian citizens will be required to present a WHTI-compliant document to enter the U.S. by land or water. We have attached for your use a Government of Canada information sheet which lists the approved documents for Canadian citizens to enter the U.S. by land or water. Government of Canada Information Sheet

Immigration agency in Ottawa receives $1.9M in government funding
May 22, 2009

Hire Immigrants Ottawa, a local agency that works with Ottawa employers to remove barriers to recruiting and retaining skilled immigrants says it will expand its activities after receiving a $1.9-million provincial grant. Read article...

The Long and Winding Road to the Top 
by Shaffiz Dar
Canadian Newcomer Magazine

Born in Kenya, I went to England for postsecondary education and I graduated with honours in Law from the University of Reading. After returning ‘home’ to Kenya, I practiced law with one of the best firms in Nairobi and early in my career, established a reputation in banking and insurance related litigation. I was head of the litigation department in the firm and had five lawyers working under me. Four years later, I made partnership in the firm.  Read full article in Canadian Newcomer Magazine

Technology gives mentoring a boost
April 22, 2009

Technology is playing an increasingly important role assisting companies eager to mentor their employees and develop their full career potential.  Jane Allen, for instance--chief diversity officer at Deloitte Canada LLP--maintains a blog about news related to the compEffective June 1, 2009, Canadian citizens will be required to present a WHTI-compliant document to enter the U.S. by land or water. We have attached for your use a Government of Canada information sheet which lists the approved documents for Canadian citizens to enter the U.S. by land or water. any's many diversity initiatives.  Read more...

Foreign credentials gaining recognition
April 18, 2009

Some Canadian companies are recognizing the foreign credentials of new immigrants at face value, levelling the playing field so they can compete with other Canadians in the workforce at the same level.  Read more...