New program helps skilled immigrants make vital connections

February 24, 2015, Toronto (TRIEC) – Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) announced the pilot of Connector in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

This innovative program puts professionals (Participants) who have immigrated to Canada in touch with well-connected leaders (Connectors) who want to expand their networks with new talent. The pilot is funded by the Metcalf Foundation. Continue reading

Winners of the 8th annual Immigrant Success Awards announced

TRIEC IS AwardsToronto, May 8, 2014 (TRIEC) – The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most culturally diverse regions in North America, a significant advantage in today’s global marketplace. GTA employers need to tap into the diverse talent pool here to build the economy and remain competitive on a worldwide scale. Today, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC are recognizing the winners of Continue reading

Canada launches videos to help new immigrants settle (Video)

Ottawa, April 19, 2013 — New immigrants can now access two new videos at CIC website to help them navigate their way before and during their first weeks in Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced.

“By providing newcomers with practical advice and information before and as soon as they arrive, we can help them integrate more quickly into the Canadian economy and their new local community,” said Minister Kenney. Continue reading

Invisible minorities?

Invisible MinoritiesBy Nick Noorani, November 26, 2012

I see them everywhere. The huddled masses. Staying close to their own ethnic groups. Speaking in their own languages and staying away from “others.” They hover outside schools twisting their fingers, nervous that someone might talk to them! I hear so many stories of Canadians who reach out to these immigrants, inviting their children over for a party or a play date and their friendliness is looked on with such suspicion that could almost be considered rude!

I understand that many newcomers feel some uncertainty and fear when it comes to connecting with people outside their culture. But I truly believe that there is no way you are going to achieve your dreams if you stay in an ethnic silo.

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Campbell River receives WelcomeBC Award


Campbell River receives WelcomeBC AwardCampbell River– Campbell River was recognized by the Province of B.C. at the WelcomeBC Day celebration on November 6 in Vancouver. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, Pat Bell and Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology and Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, John Yap presented this year’s award to two individuals and two communities for their outstanding contributions to services and programs for new immigrants.

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Immigrant communities embrace bilingualism, survey finds

Immigrant communities embrace bilingualismBy Don Butler, Ottawa Citizen – November 15, 2012


OTTAWA — Immigrant communities appear to be buying into the idea of Canada’s linguistic duality, according to a new poll.

The national survey of 2,200 Canadians, conducted last week by Leger Marketing, found that people whose mother tongue is neither English nor French strongly support official bilingualism and its perceived benefits. In fact, their appreciation exceeds that of English Canadians and rivals that of francophones.

Among those who speak immigrant languages, nearly six in 10 say Canada’s promotion of linguistic duality is a source of cultural enrichment for them — the same as among francophones and far higher than among anglophones, only 39 per cent of whom they feel culturally enriched.

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Interested in a free financial makeover?

Financial Makeover for New CanadiansAs immigrants to Canada, our retirement dreams need special attention as we have had fewer earning years. Are you someone who could benefit from a financial planning ‘makeover’?

Whether your goal is to get out of debt, budget better, send your kids to university, or be comfortable during retirement, if you could use some professional financial help, we’d like to hear from you.

We’ll select three individuals, couples, or families to get free money makeovers by a certified financial planner, who is an immigrant himself.

Makeover stories will be shared on Prepare for Canada. However, names and personal details will not be revealed.

To be considered for a makeover, simply send an email to [email protected] with the following:

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Safe environment for children, relatives here attract newcomers to Manitoba

More newcomers moving to Winnipeg in recent yearsBy Adele Dyck, Winnipeg Free Press – October 27, 2012

I immigrated from Paraguay to Manitoba, together with my husband and children, in the summer of 1985. My husband had Canadian citizenship and therefore all our children had Canadian-citizen-born-abroad status. I was the only one who had to go through the entire immigration process of becoming first a landed immigrant or permanent resident and later a Canadian citizen.

The reason we chose Manitoba was simple and practical and it is still the motivation for many immigrant families coming to our province today. My husband’s family had emigrated from Manitoba to Paraguay in 1948, and in the years since then several of his siblings had moved back to Manitoba. We therefore had connections and the all-important initial support to help us get settled and started here.

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