Beating the winter blues as the cold weather sets in

As 10-year-old Carlos Castano exited Toronto Pearson Airport, he was greeted by brisk, Canadian air for the first time in his life. It was a happy moment, as the Colombian-born boy was ready to take on the new adventure of immigrating to Canada with his family. “As a kid, it was exciting to learn a […]

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Environmental champion Kehkashan Basu brings hope

  Kehkashan Basu is the founder and president of youth sustainability organization Green Hope, as well as a recipient of the Turner Social Change Prize from the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, the youth ambassador of the World Future Council and a former global co-ordinator for children and youth for the United Nations Environment […]

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Surrey-based mortgage broker Andreia Guariento helps first-time home owners

Owning a home in Canada is an important goal for most immigrants, but with a rising real estate market in Canada’s big cities like Vancouver and Toronto, it could feel out of reach for many. Andreia Guariento is here to help. A teacher from Brazil, Guariento is a mortgage broker with Xeva Mortgage in Surrey, […]

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Citizenship Week pop quiz for the citizenship exam

If you are currently studying for the Canadian Citizenship exam, you most likely already know more about our great country than many Canadians who were born here do. Ask your co-workers and neighbours what the three parts of Parliament are, and surely you will be met with blank stares. While the official citizenship study guide […]

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Changes to Citizenship Act come into effect during Citizenship Week

On October 11, 2017, during Citizenship Week, changes to the Citizenship Act come into effect.  These changes include: reducing the time permanent residents must be physically present in Canada before applying for citizenship; amending the age range for applicants who must meet the language and knowledge requirements; and counting the days applicants spend in Canada […]

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Immigrants are wanted in Atlantic Canada! Is it the right fit for you?

It was September 2013, when 18-year-old Venezuelan-born Adriana Rivas first set foot in Canada to study at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick to begin her bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations. Her choice of university was determined at a university fair she attended back home. “Since this was my first time moving […]

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Three tips for newcomers to find the right neighbourhood in Canada

Moving — many of us have done it or can at least relate to the level of planning it takes. Whether you are moving across the city or across the globe, finding a neighbourhood that suits your lifestyle likely tops your to-do list. Buying a home and choosing where to live is one of the […]

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Citizenship rules have officially been changed

Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act, has received Royal Assent. These changes to the Citizenship Act streamline the citizenship process, enhance program integrity and repeal certain provisions of the Act that treated dual citizens differently than other Canadians.   “Canada’s identity has always been shaped by the significant economic, cultural and social […]

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Know what you can afford: get pre-approved for a mortgage before start house hunting

The real estate market in Canada has been very hot for the past few years thanks in part to ultra-low interest rates, and many immigrants are diving right into the home-buying process. With housing prices quite high, especially in Vancouver and Toronto, getting a mortgage pre-approval will give you an idea of how much a […]

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