Canada’s immigrants often choose to move here for a multitude of reasons. Erkan Ucargonul had just one single reason – his daughter. To truly appreciate Erkan’s decision, we need to take a trip back in time and halfway across the globe to Turkey. Erkan had a career in Turkey that most would envy. After obtaining […]

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When your home is destroyed and you can’t go back, where do you turn? For these Syrian refugees, Canada was their haven. They’ve found work, friends and a new home in this country. This video from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) tells the story of a chef, a builder, a scholar and their families […]

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Networking is a crucial skill for immigrants to Canada to develop. In this interview with Gloria Pierre, founder and president of Clearly Speaking, she explains how to make memorable impressions and how to follow up on networking encounters effectively. Transcript:  Nafiz Imtiaz: Hello, everyone. This is Nafiz Imtiaz. I’m here with Gloria Pierre, the President […]

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Immigrant entrepreneurs are receiving a leg up from the government of Canada with the new permanence of a pilot program that helps newcomers launch their Canadian businesses. The five-year pilot called Start-up Visa Program was designed to encourage entrepreneurs to immigrate to Canada. Professionals can apply for permanent residence after their company is accepted into […]

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When searching for a place to move into as a new Canadian, what makes some cities better than others? Jobs that pay well and low unemployment rates are definitely factors to pay attention to, as well as a reasonable average rent price for housing. Strong diversity is a plus too, making it easier for you […]

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Hamilton is a welcoming and diverse city in the province of Ontario that welcomes newcomers. We met with a number of new immigrants to hear how living in Hamilton has enhanced their Canadian experience. Get a sense of the city and the way of life there by hearing their stories. Students looking to study in […]

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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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The fantasy to make a new life in Canada became reality for one photography student who took the chance to move from China to study at Mohawk College in Hamilton. He stood out from his fellow students, always looking to improve, and completed his college program with flying colours. Soon after, a job and the […]

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Hamilton may be nicknamed Steeltown for its massive metal production, but small businesses are just as valued in the community. The government program Small Business Enterprise Centre run by city hall is there to help support and encourage entrepreneurs. This centre offers resources to business owners to ensure they have the right support, research, plans […]

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If you’re itching to start a new business in Canada, Vanh Kalong’s story will inspire you. This immigrant entrepreneur started off with the help of Hamilton’s city hall to open her first restaurant. After feeling the success of her first venture, Kalong went on to open six more restaurants in the city. Have a look […]

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