How to financially prepare for your winter semester in Canada

Credit to Author: Amit Brahme| Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 01:40:24 +0000

Over the last few years, there has been a dramatic increase in international students enrolling from South Asian countries such as India – countries known for their mild climates. In addition to coming face-to-face with a brisk Canadian winter, they may be in for a surprise at the unanticipated expenses that go along with it.

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PGWP holders entering Canadian workforce on the rise

Credit to Author: Alexandra Miekus| Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 13:00:47 +0000

The significant increase in the number of international students arriving in Canada in recent years has resulted in increased participation in the PGWPP, according to a recent Statistics Canada study. Over the past decade, the number of first-time study permit holders in Canada has continued to rise, from around 75,000 in the mid-2000s to 250,000 […]

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Why Talk to a School Counsellor?

Credit to Author: Geneviève Beaupré and Susan Qadeer| Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:12:45 +0000

Most people think of counsellors as mental health professionals you can talk to about your personal problems. While that is a major role, post-secondary counsellors are familiar with the range of issues that impact students.

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Douglas Todd: Ten most popular articles of 2021

Credit to Author: Douglas Todd| Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 04:29:44 +0000

Astronomical housing prices, the crisis of the middle class, right-to-roam campaigns, foreign ownership and vaccination chaos for travelling Canadians were among the topics covered in Douglas Todd’s top-10 articles of 2021

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Banking 101 in Canada: How to get through the school year as an international student

Credit to Author: Staff Writer| Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2021 13:00:36 +0000

Figuring out how to manage your money while being away from home can be a challenge for international students. On top of keeping up with studies, making friends, and becoming accustomed to a new culture, it’s important to quickly familiarize yourself with Canada’s banking system, which will help you feel financially confident as you settle […]

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How to get settled in Canada as an international student

Credit to Author: Staff Writer| Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2021 15:53:33 +0000

Each year, many students from across the world choose to come to Canada to pursue their education. And while starting at a new school can feel overwhelming for anyone, international students face a number of additional considerations. “Moving countries can be a complex and stressful undertaking,” says Frank Psoras, Senior Vice President, Money-In Solutions at […]

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Living with housemates: Can you make shared housing work?

Credit to Author: Geneviève Beaupré and Susan Qadeer| Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2021 21:03:49 +0000

The joys of living with people can be endless. There is companionship, shared expenses, help with cleaning, maybe new friends and more. The pains can also be endless. There is the possibility of unpaid rent, coping with different lifestyles, broken rules, no privacy, unwanted houseguests, etc. While many students claim to have had the housemates from hell, others have found long lasting friendships or at least someone tolerable who will share the rent. Here are some ideas for making the experience workable.

Set guidelines

Even with the best housemates, there is a need for clear communication to avoid upsets and misunderstandings. It is usually better to set up some guidelines at the start. This may include what will and will not be shared and expectations of each other. If your housemate is away for the weekend, is your visiting friend welcome to use their room? Who buys the toilet paper? Who cleans and how often? Can you ask for quiet when you are studying and they are entertaining? If you have lived with brothers or sisters, you may have appealed to a parent for correcting behaviour. Now you have to rely on good will and the guidelines you agreed to when you made them, so it is better not to skip them.

Adjust your expectations

Consider if there are some things that you might adjust to make the situation. Can you ignore what bothers you? Should you try harder to tolerate differences? Would a full airing of your concerns be productive? If they leave their dishes unwashed overnight but do them in the morning, can you accept that? If they talk too loudly on the phone, can you use earplugs? If they have to be reminded not to borrow your things without asking, can you think of a good way to solve that without having a full out war?

Living with someone can be an opportunity in practicing your skills of negotiation, persuasion and creative problem solving. It can also help develop your appreciation and tolerance for people with lifestyles that are different from yours. Learning to live with someone is an opportunity for reflection on what matters to you and expanding your people skills.

Review the arrangement: Does it needs to end?

You don’t want to be preoccupied with your housing arrangements when you are a student. It can be not only bothersome but time consuming. Small problems can be overlooked or tolerated so you can get on with your studies. When problems are not small, when they impact your physical or mental well being, when your grades suffer, or you feel concerned for your safety, you will need to take some action. Renegotiating the agreements, offering or accepting apologies, clearing the air, explaining your concerns can all be tried. But if nothing changes and serious problems persist, it may be best to end this shared arrangement.

Sometimes it is not possible to leave because of a lease, bad timing with exams, lack of funds or other issues. You may need to look for other places to study such as the library, a café or a friend’s house and just use the shared housing for sleeping and quick cooking. Minimizing your time at home doesn’t entirely solve the housemate problem but it may be the best option when other solutions don’t work. Having problems with housemates can be very stressful and negatively impact your mental health and academic performance. These issues can be talked over with a counsellor at your school. They may also be aware of other options open to you through your school and the community, particularly if there are safety concerns. One consolation is that housemate problems are time limited. You just won’t sign another lease with someone who gives you trouble.

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CIC News celebrates 25th anniversary reflecting on past, looking forward to the future

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:32:45 +0000

The world is constantly evolving and so are we. Over the years, CIC News has become one of the Internet’s most popular sources of information on Canadian immigration—and we do not take that lightly. We are humbled when we see our work cited in ground-breaking studies, picked up by other media, and being a part […]

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CIC News: Our top 25 stories from the past 25 years

Credit to Author: Kareem El-Assal| Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:00:37 +0000

CIC News was born on November 30, 1996. The vision of our founder, the late David Cohen, was to provide timely and insightful updates to users on the latest developments in Canadian immigration. His goal was to attract clients to his law firm while also helping the many others who would inevitably go on to […]

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Canada extends online study eligibility period for PGWP applicants

Credit to Author: Shelby Thevenot| Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 15:06:37 +0000

Online study is not normally eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), but that has changed since the pandemic. International students can now do 100% of their studies online from outside Canada, and still get a PGWP once the program is complete. Canada has extended the period that international students can study online until August […]

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