• Canada, India and the Opportunity for Both
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    Commentary by: Kasi Rao in Toronto, ON Increasing trade and investment with India was a focal point of the discussion at this year’s Canada-India Business Council’s Annual Partnership Summit. There’s enormous room for growth, with two-way trade currently hovering around a modest $8 billion between the two countries. The purpose of the Summit is to provide an opportunity for the business community to discuss and collaborate on how to best pursue this lucrative opportunity. The unprecedented participation at the Mumbai…
    Written on Saturday, 28 April 2018 16:36
  • Niche Businesses in Smaller Cities
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    By Florence Hwang Starting a business can be hard. Startup capital, asset management, and just attracting customers; are all obstacles new small businesses must learn to overcome on the fly. But these challenges can be amplified for female immigrants, most especially for those in rural areas that are not accustomed to working with diverse populations. “It’s a constant battle with people questioning your qualifications because of your background and overlook[ing] your business,” says Tia Luangomba. A small business owner, who…
    Written on Saturday, 17 March 2018 05:36
  • Women Entrepreneurs Step Up
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    By: Margaret P. Bonikowska in Toronto Women from virtually every continent arrive in Canada every day, but few go on to set up their own businesses or other enterprises. As part of our ongoing Ethnic Women as Active Participants in Ontario’s Immigration Story series, we profile the entrepreneurial journeys of three women from different continents – Asia, Europe and Africa. Sandra Awuku, Maggie Habieda and Shirley Wu share their stories and keys to success. Overcoming Barriers Shirley Wu is Chinese,…
    Written on Sunday, 25 February 2018 16:20
  • Lost in the Wasteland of Survival Jobs
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    By: Nanyi Albuero in Toronto, ON The rhythmic sound of embroidering machines surround Mariam Said Mobinullah as she expertly navigates her way around a sea of powerful equipment. She reaches for the box of buttons, clasps and hooks; attaching them to various garments in one fell swoop. With movements that have become all but muscle memory, she wastes no time stitching initials onto the assortment of robe bags. There are targets to be met. However, in the midst of another…
    Written on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 15:07
  • Minimum Wage: Headstart for Newcomer Women
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    By: Summer Fanous in Toronto, ON Prabhjeet Kaur was among the first victims of the rise in minimum wages in Ontario at the beginning of the year. She lost her restaurant job while the rest of the province idly debated the pros and cons of higher starting wages. Immigrating to Canada with her family to pursue her education goals, Kaur admits she is somewhat shielded from real world expenses. She explains, “students don’t know what’s going on [at] a high…
    Written on Friday, 09 February 2018 00:49
  • ‘Precarious Work will Define our Future’
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    By: Susan Korah in Ottawa Three labour experts have highlighted the critical need for radical changes in government policies and programs that are out of step with the current realities of most Canadians’ work lives. They were speaking at a panel discussion on “In Search of the Next Gig: A Snapshot of Precarious Work in Canada Today” in Ottawa on January 25, hosted by Policy Options Magazine, a digital publication of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). Moderating…
    Written on Wednesday, 31 January 2018 11:56
  • The Great Canadian Resumé
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    By: Joyeeta Dutta Ray in Toronto, ON Toronto has always been a magnet for new immigrants. Some come here to escape bullets. Some come to fill up their wallets. Some are here to breathe in unpolluted air. Over the last few years however, more and more skilled immigrants have traded their Permanent Resident garlands for a rosy life elsewhere. The Toronto Star reports that every province and territory except for Ontario, saw immigration numbers rise drastically. Whereas in Ontario, the…
    Written on Thursday, 02 November 2017 12:43
  • Why La Presse Started an Internship Geared Towards Minority Reporters and First Nations Peoples
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    By: John Delva in Montreal, QC To improve newsroom diversity, La Presse recruited outside of francophone journalism schools. An office’s group shot usually exudes pride, but this one caused embarrassment. In December 2016, Quebec’s La Presse published one of its entire organization. The lack of visible minority faces among the roughly 250 editorial workers contrasted with the paper’s multicultural stance. “Many of our articles promote inclusion, but when people (on social media) saw the picture, they threw that inconsistency back…
    Written on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:40
  • Why Some Immigrants Make it in Canada While Others Leave
    by Joyeeta Dutta Ray (@joeyday20) in Toronto They came, they saw, they conquered against all odds. Others went back, defeated. Don’t be quick to cheer the former and sneer at the latter; more often than not, immigrants to Canada who head back end up making millions elsewhere. So what’s to blame for their departure? Is it malfunctioning planets, miserable resumes, sub-zero Martian temperatures that take the fun out of job hunting or all of the above? Statistics Canada says that…
    Written on Friday, 05 June 2015 03:05
  • Demanding Canadian Experience is no Way to Conduct Business
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    By: Andrea Elliot in Toronto “You don’t have Canadian experience.” This is what a new immigrant from New Delhi with a university degree, an MBA and a wealth of prior business experience was told at a recent job interview. In her 40s, the woman had arrived from India, confident she would have greater career opportunities and a better life for her daughters, but was quickly disheartened to find her impressive resume held little weight within our borders. This is a…
    Written on Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:34
  • Taxes are the Canadian Family's Largest Expense
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    By: Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios in Vancouver With home prices rising across the country, many of us would likely assume that housing costs (including rent and mortgage payments) are the most expensive budget item for the average Canadian family. In reality, however, the average Canadian household spends more on taxes than any other expense—including housing. Specifically, in 2016 the average Canadian family (including single Canadians) earned $83,105 in income and paid $35,283 in total taxes. That’s 42.5 per cent…
    Written on Friday, 01 September 2017 12:28
  • Why the Benefits of Diversity are not Theoretical
    Commentary by Bessma Momani, Jillian Stirk, Anna Klimbovskaia The story of Canada’s embrace of different languages, cultures and peoples is not a new one. Diversity in Canada is in many ways a cornerstone of our identity, and for generations, we have largely supported government commitments to immigration, multiculturalism, and pluralism. Now there is a new story emerging about this commonly celebrated feature of our identity. At a time of rising global xenophobia, anti-immigration parties, and populist nationalism, Canada is projecting…
    Written on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:03
  • Whitening Your Resumé to Get the Job
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    Commentary by Hamlin Grange in Toronto While working as a television journalist with Canada's public broadcaster, CBC, in Toronto, I produced a documentary series on how new immigrants were settling in Canada. It was part of an effort by the CBC to celebrate Pier 21, the point of entry for up to one million immigrants to Canada from 1928 to 1971. Pier 21 was often called the "Gateway to Canada." Today it is a national historic site and museum. For…
    Written on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 16:06
  • Looking Beyond the Name on a Resumé
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    Commentary by Vivian Li in Toronto In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare gave us the famous line “What is in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” While he was stating, with a noble intention, that it’s not the name of a person but their content and character that truly matters, we know that in 2017 our relationship with our own names and how they’re perceived by others isn’t so simple. Names…
    Written on Friday, 10 March 2017 02:34
  • Entrepreneurs Moving North
    by Don Curry in North Bay, Ontario Economic development officers in the upper reaches of Northeastern Ontario have noticed a trend in the past few years — as businesses come up for sale the buyers are first generation immigrants to Canada. They had no idea where the newcomers were coming from, how they found out about the business opportunity, how many businesses they own, how many people they employ, or much else. Now they do. I wrote about this trend…
    Written on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:22
  • Thunder Bay – Off the Beaten Path
    Commentary by Paul Wojda in Thunder Bay, Ontario Immigration represents both an incredible opportunity and a challenge for Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. As skilled workers across a wide range of fields retire from the workforce in Northern Ontario, employers are struggling to find trained and experienced replacements who can step in to take their place. Owners of small businesses throughout the region who would like to sell and retire are finding it challenging to find buyers. The inability to…
    Written on Saturday, 03 December 2016 17:18
  • London’s Poor Diversity Score No Surprise
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    Commentary by Evelina Silveira in London, Ontario A recent study published by the Western University's Centre for Research on Migration and Ethnic Relations found a severe lack of visible minorities in leadership roles in organizations in London, Ontario. While the study made headlines, the findings came as no surprise to me. I have lived in London all my life, working as a diversity consultant for the 10 years. I would like to offer an explanation as to why inroads have…
    Written on Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:15
  • New Immigrants Much More Financially Savvy
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    Commentary by Bernice Cheung in Toronto For many of us, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of immigrants is a struggling population — those who come here with little understa­­nding of the culture they’re entering into, only to spend a generation struggling so they can give their children a better future. It’s a story that Saima Naz knows all too well. Saima moved to Montreal from Pakistan with her family when she was a small child.…
    Written on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 16:12
  • Banking: Fierce Competition for Immigrant Clientele
    by Shan Qiao in Toronto Hiring multi-language speaking staff, creating real-time interpretation apps, even launching an ethnic bank to serve primarily immigrants, Canadian banking business operators are getting fiercely competitive to woo business from immigrants. Aiming to “become a preferred bank for the Chinese community in Canada”, Wealth One Bank of Canada (WOBC) has begun operations in Vancouver and Toronto. It is the very first Chinese-founded and -invested bank in Canada, a federally chartered Schedule I Bank under the Bank…
    Written on Saturday, 17 September 2016 20:07
  • Words do not Beget Attitudes; Economic Context Does
    Commentary by Marco Navarro-Genie in Halifax When prominent Nova Scotia MP and President of the Treasury Board Scott Brison recently spoke about banning the expression “come from away” (CFA, in short) from the vocabulary of Atlantic Canadians, he drew attention to our hospitality toward immigrants. His discussion also led me to reflect on my own origin as a newcomer to Canada, and more recently, as a new arrival in Atlantic Canada. The precise meaning of “come from away” remains unclear…
    Written on Saturday, 16 July 2016 16:01