Canadian experience

Agencies Ask Newcomers to Settle for Less

Many immigrants who come to Canada in the skilled workers class, find it difficult to get employment that matches their education and skill level. Seeking help from Canadian settlement agencies, many find that the agencies instead encourage them to settle for jobs they are overqualified for because of a lack of ‘Canadian experience.’

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Student immigrant finds difficulty searching for a job without Canadian experience

“Canadian Experience”: An unspoken preference

Every year, Canada sets an annual immigration target in the hundreds of thousands to fill labour shortages and to boost the economy (this year, they plan to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents). Yet internationally accomplished individuals often discover that their overseas experiences and qualifications count for less after arriving in Canada. Here, we explore the unspoken preference for Canadian experience, through the lens of a professional in the tech industry. This is part of a larger series profiling newcomers across Canada whose lives have been touched by Canada’s immigration policies.

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Immigrants are Drivers of Entrepreneurship in Canada, Study Finds

Newcomers are adapting to life in Canada by starting their own businesses and have become the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the country. Two Brazilian-Canadian entrepreneurs explain why you need passion and resilience to launch a new business.

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Students Beware: Studying is Your Job While in Canada

The number of international students that have come to Canada to complete post-secondary education has increased significantly in recent years. Unfortunately, while many international students are successfully obtaining student visas to Canada, many of them…

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Borders Explored at 4th Annual Festival of Literary Diversity

The fourth annual Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) came to a close yesterday. Every year during the first week of May, authors congregate in Brampton to talk about themselves, their books, their readers, other authors,…

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Job Market for Immigrants Consists of Minimum Wage and Moonlighting

For the last several months, much of the political discussion in the United States has revolved around President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Meanwhile, here in Canada, an invisible wall…

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Research Watch #7: Enclaves and Earnings

Several observers have noted that immigration is, generally, a non-partisan issue in Canada. That probably explains why it’s not a topic of debate during this current federal election campaign. But, it’s safe to say that…

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Bridging Program Gives Hope to Foreign Trained Medical Professionals

Like many immigrants, Sadia Sohail was looking forward to starting a new life in Canada when she moved here with her young family in 2000. “Pakistan was a troubled country. I didn’t want to raise my…

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