Vote now for the 2020 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:38:56 +0000

We are happy to announce that the RBC Top 25 Awards are now open for online voting. Now in its 12th year, these prestigious national awards recognize immigrants who have helped shape Canada’s diverse landscape. These awards are an important celebration of diversity and the significance of coming together as Canadians, highlighting inspiring stories of […]

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The other side of COVID-19: What comes next for Canada’s immigration system?

Credit to Author: Steven Meurrens| Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2020 23:07:10 +0000

Canada is currently in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Its borders are closed to discretionary travel.  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has suspended the processing of most temporary residence applications. The Canada Border Services Agency has put a pause on removing people from Canada.  Civil servants are largely working from home. The Royal […]

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A message of solidarity and commitment to diversity and inclusion

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 17:24:04 +0000

At Canadian Immigrant, we tell many heartwarming stories of diversity and integration. We share success stories of newcomers who’ve made Canada their home. We speak to experts in various fields who share their advice based on their own experiences about how newcomers and immigrants can build vibrant new lives in their adopted home. But, at […]

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South Asian festivals showcasing Ontario’s culture and diversity to come alive in a digital format

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2020 13:15:28 +0000

Keeping the current COVID-19 pandemic in mind, four eagerly anticipated events – Vibrant Brampton, Vibrant Star, Visual Arts of South Asia (V.A.S.A) Arts festival and META – showcasing the culture and diversity of Ontario, will come alive this year in a digital format. Presented by Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), more than […]

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Will Canada be as open to immigrants after COVID-19?

Credit to Author: Guest Author| Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:35:23 +0000

By Ratna Omidvar  As Canadians continue to battle COVID-19 by staying in their homes or working on the front lines in the hospitals and clinics, my thoughts turn to a hopeful end of the crisis and a return to normalcy. But the new normal may well be different from the old. For most of its […]

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Many new immigrants and international students ineligible for CERB benefits during COVID-19

Credit to Author: Kaitlin Jingco| Date: Thu, 07 May 2020 21:59:08 +0000

Stuck in quarantine with no job, no benefits, and no income, life in Canada has been harder than John* anticipated when he landed in Canada as a Permanent Resident from India in December 2019. “Whenever you’re new in a country, it’s difficult to find your first job because many of them ask for Canadian experience, […]

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CERB benefits during COVID-19: many new immigrants and international students are ineligible

Credit to Author: Kaitlin Jingco| Date: Thu, 07 May 2020 21:59:08 +0000

Stuck in quarantine with no job, no benefits, and no income, life in Canada has been harder than John* anticipated when he landed in Canada as a Permanent Resident from India in December 2019. “Whenever you’re new in a country, it’s difficult to find your first job because many of them ask for Canadian experience, […]

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Keeping the faith in this time of COVID-19

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:32:26 +0000

Lebanese-Canadian couple from the GTA, the Khouris, are not regular church goers. But attending Holy Week services, especially for Easter Sunday, was important to them. Given the current situation with COVID-19, they adapted and attended services online. “Even if we don’t go regularly to church, I always make it a point to go for Good […]

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Practising wellness during COVID-19: Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast Series, Episode 2

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 21:28:22 +0000

Episode 2 of the Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast series features Hazel Morley who writes the wellness column for Canadian Immigrant.  Hazel speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on our lives. Why is social distancing so challenging? How can immigrants and newcomers with family at a distance deal with this situation? How do we stay mentally […]

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Questions about immigration issues during COVID-19? Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast Series, Episode 1

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 07:20:43 +0000

Impact of COVID-19 on travel and immigration processing, change in application fees and other important information Episode 1 of the Canadian Immigrant 2020 Podcast series features Steven Meurrens, who has written the Canadian Immigrant Immigration Law column for close to a decade now. Steven, speaks about the impact of COVID-19 on issues including immigration policies, […]

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