Two weeks until first Canadian Immigrant Fair of 2018 in Burnaby

More than 300,000 immigrants and refugees come to Canada each year, many with top credentials in their professional fields. Many more thousands come on temporary work permits in hopes of staying permanently one day. Some may be fleeing war, while others are seeking new opportunities and a better life. But they all have one thing in common: they need information and guidance after they arrive to help them in their immigration journey. That’s where the cross-country Canadian Immigrant Fair, in association with Public Mobile, comes in.

On April 26, 2018, the free fair comes to the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby, B.C. This tradeshow + speakers’ series for newcomers is all about providing the information and inspiration you need as you look for a job, go back to school and settle into your new home. In Metro Vancouver, 30,000 immigrants landed in 2017, with another 3,300 in the first quarter of 2018 alone, according to  Immigrant, Refugees, Citizenship Canada.

The free fair will feature a tradeshow of diverse exhibitors, including career advisors, education institutes and social service agencies, plus hiring companies and a LinkedIn professional photo booth by associate sponsor Public Mobile.

The event’s popular speakers’ series includes a workshop by platinum sponsor National Bank, an English pronunciation class by Catherine Steele, interview skills workshop, small business session by Trish Mandewo, and a multicultural women’s Q & A dialogue panel. Temporary residents can seek advice on immigration from the Express Entry and CELPIP English test workshops.

“Immigrants are coming to Canada, and it’s our responsibility to welcome them, and help them settle in and integrate into this great country. Through the Canadian Immigrant Fair, we offer information on the three pillars of success for immigrating to Canada: careers, education and settlement,” says Sanjay Agnihotri, group publisher of Canadian Immigrant.

Register for the fair online at before April 26, and you can have a chance to win a free talk and text plan for one full year from Public Mobile (conditions apply, no purchase necessary).