Ottawa, ON, November 20, 2013 – The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is pleased to announce that a jury panel of senior public sector executives from across Canada has determined that ACCC is in the winners’ circle of the IPAC Deloitte 2013 Public Sector Leadership Award, in recognition of its pioneering overseas orientation program for economic immigrants. Continue reading
CIIP client Yu Yao was looking to continue her career in Canada. She tells us how she managed to do this, moving up the ranks from Technician to her current position as a Microbiologist.
Adapting to a new country has its challenges. And CIIP client Jing Lei works hard to overcome them. He explains how taking classes at Canadian community college is helping him learn more about Canadian culture and improve his language skills.
When finding a job in Canada, it’s important to be persistent, says CIIP client Allan Lorezca. He talks about his experience working in Saskatchewan where he resides with his wife Sherley and their son.
CIIP client Kim Li wanted to find employment that allowed her more time to take care of her family. She explains how settlement agencies helped her find her first job which led to a career working for the Alberta Government.
A Civil Engineer back in the Philippines, CIIP client Armand Landas was able to find work close to his field with BC Hydro. He discusses how he landed the job and relates the importance of having a good integration plan.
By Poonam Kochhar
I am eager to share with you that Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) eases the integration process by providing orientation to Canada sessions and by connecting you to a credible immigrant serving agency. You are safe in the hands of CIIP and their focal partners. I was confident when we left our homeland that we had made an informed choice of our city of destination, Edmonton where I now call home.
It all began when I received my Canadian immigration stamp of approval and with that I received an invitation letter to attend CIIP sessions before moving to Canada. I booked my appointment and went to CIIP for my group and counselling session. After going there I found it so useful, CIIP answered all our questions, which were troubling my husband and I. We were so comfortable and ready to move due to all the preparations which CIIP made us aware of.
CIIP newcomer care is the key which opens the immigration door and provides direction to assist one to help them become economically established and reaching the place where one is happy to call Canada home!
CIIP provides labour market information and helps you to develop an action plan with steps which lead you to employment in your field or related work. Right from your country of origin you can start planning and continue upon arrival in Canada with your Canadian employment practitioner.
I have faced immigration and understand the experiences one goes through; culture shockers, home sickness, no work upon arrival and the temporary living accommodations. Also the adjustment my children had to experience in a new country and a new school. Feel their sadness about missing their grandparents and friends. This is hard to swallow. I still had my strength and my confidence knowing that CIIP was there and checking in from time to time to enquire how I was.
Those who were affiliated with CIIP in Edmonton helped us in our initial stages of integration. We were invited for Thanksgiving, Traditional Christmas, and Heritage Festival. This was a real taste of culture. Also helped with grocery shopping and information we needed.
I have learned that CIIP brings to light our Immigrant Strengths through the session information, their direction, ongoing services and connections made for us here in Edmonton. I stand proud when I sing O’ Canada especially the verse which says: “True, North, STRONG, and Free”. I believe we the immigrants from days gone by and those of us today make up the strong in O Canada, which has and still is building our Great Nation, Canada. I can happily say five years later “I am proud to be Canadian”. I thank you CIIP for helping me to settle and integrate with your excellent services to me and my family.
Now it has been five years in Canada I am working in TD Canada Trust Bank and my husband is a senior sales associate in The Brick. Kids are going to school and doing well in their studies. By Gods grace we have our own house and a car. We also got our Canadian citizenship two months back.
Immigration is vital to Canada’s population growth and economic prosperity. Yet, while demand for their skills grows, many highly competent newcomers to Canada remain underemployed. Continue reading
The Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) helps Federal Skilled Workers and Provincial Nominees from over 25 countries reach their potential in Canada by offering pre-arrival employment and settlement services through its offices in China, India, the Philippines and the UK/Gulf.
Hear from CIIP staff and clients about how you can benefit from this free service in these short videos: