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New federal strategy to help newcomers put their skills to work in Canada faster

April 13, 2017   Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen has announced that the federal government will introduce a new Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers, as part of Budget 2017. The strategy will help internationally trained newcomers to our country find jobs that match their skills and experience. Newcomers […]

Settlement challenges for immigrants in Canada

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Relocating is Not for Everyone Relocating is not for everyone. Just ask Prateek Padakannaya. After moving to Peel in 2009, with dreams of a better life in Canada, Prateek decided it wasn’t the right choice for his family after all. Prateek had spent years trying to make that dream come true. With relatives in Peel […]

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Is it time for a second migration outside Toronto? Try Peterborough or North Bay

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Photo by Earl Andrew Considering a second migration outside Toronto? Here are a few settlement options. Peterborough is one example of a municipality that is benefiting from secondary migration. Karma Phuntshok, a former Tibetan monk, immigrated to Toronto with his pregnant wife from New York in 1999. After a short stay in the Canadian city, […]

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Losing an accent could be a good thing for newcomers: Bhatt

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Ava Homa is a Canadian writer from Iran (of Kurdish origin). A couple of years ago, her collection of short stories Echoes from Other Lands was published in Canada. Speaking at the book’s launch, she said, “There’s no accent when you write.” It’s an observation that has stayed with me. Most of us who aren’t […]

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Canada continues expansion of settlement programs for new immigrants

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently issued a call for proposals for new language training, settlement, and resettlement services. Such programs are integral to helping immigrants integrate into their new homes. Proposals will be accepted for projects that will begin in 2013. The projects can be local, regional, national, or international in scope. Settlement […]

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