With July 1st right around the corner, Canadians all over the country are preparing for celebrations of the country’s 150th birthday. Citizenship events and activities are being held across Canada in the coming weeks. There will be 55 special citizenship ceremonies held all over the country with the purpose of welcoming in new citizens of […]

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With changes to the Citizenship Act finally coming into effect, some permanent residents may be able to apply for Canadian citizenship sooner. Bill C-6 is an act to amend the Citizenship Act and has at last received Royal Assent on June 19, when the first wave of changes went into effect. A second wave of […]

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Canada is known for its acceptance of diversity. At the 2017 Newcomers Day, the celebration of cultures was marked with the welcoming of new Canadian citizens. Mayor John Tory enunciated the Canadian culture by acknowledging the contribution of immigrants and their value to society. Albert Wong, Citizenship Judge, IRCC was handing out citizenship certificates at […]

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On the western tip of Lake Ontario is the city of Hamilton, a city ready to welcome in new immigrants. Jim Vanderveken, the Chair of Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council, speaks about the diverse opportunities and support that Hamilton offers. These resources help make a home here for newcomers like Pedro and Diego Cortes, and Hazem […]

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Gate21 is a resource for newcomers to Canada with the goal of ensuring that skilled immigrants can find meaningful and timely employment. Stephen Chase is the founder of this Toronto based business and we talked with him to learn more about Gate21 and what all newcomers should keep in mind while adapting to a new […]

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Starting in June 2017, refugee claimants from Afghanistan, Burundi, Egypt, and Yemen will be eligible for expedited processing if they are already in Canada.  Claimants selected for expedited processing will have an opportunity to submit documents to support their claim.  Then a decision-maker from the Refugee Protection Division will either accept the claim based on […]

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Interviews are an important, inevitable, and sometimes daunting part of getting a job. They can go amazingly or poorly, but much of how you do will depend on how you’ve prepared beforehand. Career coach and author Daisy Wright has some great tips on how incorporating storytelling can make your interview responses stand out. If you’ve […]

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This is the second profile in a series highlighting some of the Hamilton area’s successful immigrants. Name: Naim Zeqiri Country of origin: Kosovo Came to Canada: 2010 Occupation: Animal care attendant, City of Hamilton. What skills, experience, business knowledge and global connections did you bring to Hamilton? In Kosovo, I worked as a veterinarian. I managed my own veterinary […]

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Gurpreet Bajwa’s story is a true personification of the realization of the Canadian Dream. It serves to reaffirm that persistence and a positive attitude can overcome the barriers to any immigrant’s achievements in their new home. After all, the Canadian Dream isn’t merely the chasing of wealth, but the hope that one can reach their […]

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This episode of NEW CANADIANS has everything you need to know if you’re a professional immigrant looking to find meaningful employment in Canada. Through the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), we take a look at a number of associations that are part of the Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) program. There are over 60 different immigrant […]

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