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We are a country of successful immigrants, all of whom started off as newcomers at some point in time. Here, we bring you the stories of such successful immigrant professionals and entrepreneurs, stories to inspire and help you set personal goals for your own life and also be successful in your new home country.

Immigrant success story: Meet Kitchener resident Ayo Owodunni

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It can be challenging for newcomers to adjust to the new Canadian life and maximize their potential. When Ayo Owodunni immigrated to Canada from Nigeria, he faced a series of barriers but didn’t let anything bring him down.  Watch the video to learn more about Ayo Owodunni’s success story. With his grit and determination, today […]

Immigrant take: Komal on how networking, volunteering helped her find a job in Canada

This immigrant from China is introducing new farming techniques to Western Canada

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Immigrants have played a significant role in shaping Canada’s agricultural industry. Here’s a story from Olds, Alberta, where immigrants represent close to 10% of the population. Jianyi Dong came to Canada as an immigrant in December 2014. In China, he was a geologist in the oil industry. “During my first two years in Canada, I was […]

Learning to stand out: Interview with employment specialist Joanna Samuels

Be authentic, be true to who you are as a new immigrant: Arlene Ruiz

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By Tosin Ajogbeje Immigrants contribute immensely to Canadian society. And they remain resilient wherever they are. As risk-takers, they continue to engage in lifelong learning activities while adapting to the Canadian culture. Each newcomer professional has a unique story to tell. Here is the success story of one inspiring immigrant. Arlene Ruiz was born and […]

Expert take: How Canada’s refugee determination system works

The Kimberlee effect: A jack of all trades paying it forward in the community

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By Tosin Ajogbeje Many people decide to begin a new life in a new country. But how many are willing to experience an entirely different culture and take a leap of faith? Kimberlee Shelley is not only a household name in Canada. The HR professional, community activist, author, and online TV personality is a goal […]

Informational interview: What is it and how to land one as a newcomer to Canada

Immigrant take: Komal on how networking, volunteering helped her find a job in Canada

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Komal Parekh learned about the importance of networking and volunteering when she attended Planning for Canada‘s pre-arrival sessions. After moving to Canada, she applied all of her learnings in her job search and it paid off. “I volunteered at CCIS. I also networked with several people through a Facebook group that I created to teach […]

Ace networking with these dos and don’ts by Brent Edwards

Amazing mentors and peers inspired me to do better: Yilmaz Ergun Dinc

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By Tosin Ajogbeje Looking for immigration stories to inspire you today? Meet Dr. Yilmaz Ergun Dinc, Senior Research Associate, Immigration at the Conference Board of Canada. When Yilmaz Ergun arrived in Canada in 2018, he had every newcomer’s worries – how to find his professional footing, build social networks, and meet people. “I had a […]

#NewcomerRiseUp with Vartika Manasvi | Episode 3

Toronto Newcomer Day 2021 artists Marta Solek, Ahmed Moneka share their story

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Every year since 2015, at the Toronto Newcomer Day event hosted by the City of Toronto, a number of newcomer artists showcase their talents as part of the day’s lineup of activities. Fellow Torontonians cheer them on and join in the celebrations. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, the 2021 event was held online […]

This couple decided to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic

Amar’s newcomer story: From quarantining at home to finding a job during the pandemic

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Amar Desai moved from India to Canada in June 2020. “My family and I landed during the pandemic, but we were prepared, nonetheless. The Planning for Canada team equipped us with lots of information and contacts of agencies in Toronto that supported us from Day 1. In no time, I had a job, too,” says […]

Meet Gina Cody, a foreign-student-turned-engineering-superhero of Concordia

New immigrant Jennifer is all praises for Planning for Canada’s pre-arrival support

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After living in the Philippines and Dubai, Jennifer Pacquing immigrated to Canada in 2020. Before the big move, she signed up for Planning for Canada‘s pre-arrival services and is “grateful for all the assistance, information and resources” she received. In this interview, Jennifer shares how Planning for Canada helped her create and follow a personalized […]

​Supporting immigrants before they land in Canada

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