Set your children up for homework success

School is in full swing; here’s how to help your kids succeed at homework! Helping children with homework can be challenging and frustrating, even with the parents’ best intentions. It requires careful thought and lots of patience, support and encouragement. Here are some tips on making homework less of a chore. Set up an optimal […]

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Newcomers’ guide to Halloween in Canada

Halloween (October 31) in Canada today is primarily about dressing up and trick-or-treating, but the tradition actually stems from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Celtic festival of Samhain Samhain was celebrated the day before the Celtic new year, Nov. 1, a day that marked the end of summer and the beginning of the winter. […]

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Small Business Month: startup tips for newcomers

October is known as Small Business Month throughout the country — a time to recognize the significance that the small and medium-sized business sector has in the Canadian economy. The majority of  Canadian firms are, in fact, small businesses; 1,143,630 out of 1,167,978 are small businesses across the country and 70 per cent (or 8.2 million) […]

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Continuing education benefits newcomers

Newcomer to Canada? Don’t overlook continuing education courses If you haven’t considered taking courses through the continuing education department of a post-secondary institution or school, you may be overlooking valuable opportunities. Continuing education courses are usually offered part time in the evenings or weekends, and some are offered online. The courses may be work-focused, academic […]

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How jobseekers can overcome being ‘overqualified’

It’s ironic isn’t it? You work hard your whole life, climbing the corporate ladder. You gather valuable skills and knowledge along the way. You become a better you every single day you step out of that office. Then when you unexpectedly find yourself looking for work, the “overqualified” hammer falls on you. Perhaps you’re moving to […]

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Pilot project to connect newcomers with hotel jobs

A new pilot project has been announced by the federal government that will connect newcomers with jobs in the hotel industry, while also supporting their language skills and integration into Canada. Tourism directly accounted for $41.2 billion of Canada’s GDP in 2017, but the industry often struggles to attract and retain enough employees to meet […]

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Newcomers celebrated on Toronto Newcomer Day

The City of Toronto is celebrating Toronto’s diverse communities next Tuesday, with its fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day. Everyone is welcome at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.) on May 29, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Event highlights include: art exhibit city hall tours entertaining performances citizenship ceremony colouring for children food trucks information fair […]

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Canadian Immigrant Fair coming to Toronto June 7


  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 […]

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Reflect on 2017, move ahead in 2018: tips from columnist Ivy Chiu

As 2017 approaches year end, the opportunity to reflect on the year that has past, and set new goals for 2018 is a way to start the New Year off right. In Canada, a common tradition at the end of each year is to set New Year’s resolutions; these are personal goals or commitments that […]

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