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Dress for Success Vancouver’s Newcomer Package Gives Joy To Women

I first heard about Dress for Success Vancouver’s Newcomer Package while volunteering for the Success Luncheon in November 2022. Needless to say, I was pleased upon learning about this new service. I actually wished that I was able to avail myself of it when I arrived in Canada. Like most immigrants, I came to Canada with overflowing excitement and my bare essentials. I had my regular clothes from my beloved tropical country, a few business outfits, and zero winter clothing. As I came to Canada alone, I also left behind my support system. I did everything that I could before...

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Moving to Canada Allowed Me to Learn These Things

Immigrating to a new country will force you to learn innumerable things. Today, I will share with you my precious learnings and reflections after moving to Canada. I hope these help you make your immigration journey more enjoyable. Traveling within Canada is expensive. Air travel is usually more expensive within Canada for flights of similar distances and services compared to the US, Europe, and Asia. The most cited reason is the lack of competition in the country and the low population density in Canada. Of course, other factors such as dates of travel come into play. But I am a...

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What Immigrants Need to Know About Canada’s Healthcare System

Canada’s Healthcare System is a polarizing subject. Some people are impressed by it while some are frustrated because of it. I am sometimes grateful and sometimes stressed because of it. Today we will know why.  We will look at: Hopefully, this post will help new and potential immigrants manage their expectations and prepare for undesirable scenarios. Pros and Cons of Canada’s Healthcare System Universal Healthcare Everyone who meets minimum residency requirements in Canada is eligible for healthcare coverage. Universal healthcare provides medically necessary healthcare services based on the values of fairness and equity. That is, they grant services based on...

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Eight Canadian Resume Writing Tips for Immigrants

Immigrants need to learn a gazillion things such as creating a resume tailored to the Canadian job market. Fret not. I did some research and recalled my experiences to write these eight Canadian resume-writing tips for immigrants. Font Size Multiple articles state that employers and recruiters usually scan resumes for only six to seven seconds. You need to impress them in this very short amount of time. You can only do that if they can actually read your document comfortably. To call attention to your name, experts recommend 20-24 point fonts. Section titles and headers are best with 14-16 point...

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8 Excellent Gifts from Canada to Bring Home

Imagine the excitement of going home after living in Canada for a few years. Also, imagine the chaos of looking for gifts from Canada to bring home. Fret not. Today, we will talk about Canadian gifts that will be appreciated by your loved ones back home. This way, you can focus on planning happy reunions. Maple Syrup and Maple Goodies Is it a surprise that food products top my list of best gifts from Canada to bring home? Practically everybody loves to eat! Maple syrup and maple syrup-flavored goodies are first on my list since Canada is known as the...

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Canada and What It Means to Immigrants

As a new or future immigrant, you are probably wondering how Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Canada look like. You’ve done your research. You felt relieved upon finding out that Canada’s immigrant population is more than 20% of the total so you won’t stick out like a sore thumb. However, you know that adjusting to a multicultural work environment with its unique expectations, norms, and policies is a challenge. So if you are thinking: “Are there regulations or policies that can protect me as an immigrant? How should I behave so as not to encroach on other people’s rights?”, then...

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Life in Whitehorse from a Visitor’s Perspective

How is life in Whitehorse? Future immigrants might be interested to learn about how life is in smaller cities. Those who are living in Canada may be interested in moving to other cities in search of other opportunities, a better quality of life, or more affordable housing. I visited Whitehorse recently and here are some thoughts about life in Whitehorse from the eyes of a Metro Vancouver resident: People are friendly. We all know that Canadians are generally nice and friendly. But, I feel that Yukoners are more generous with their smiles, greetings, and compliments even to strangers. There is...

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My Whitehorse, Yukon Getaway

Whitehorse, Yukon is not on everyone’s travel bucket list. But, the city’s spectacular scenery, relaxing vibe, and outdoor adventures create a charm that’s uniquely its own. I went to Whitehorse for the first time in July 2022. When people learned where I was going for a quick vacation, they asked me, “Why Whitehorse?”. Hopefully, this post will make you think, “Why not Whitehorse?” The Wilderness City Whitehorse was established as Yukon’s capital in 1953. Though it has the status of a city, it has maintained its pristine beauty. In fact, the World Health Organization recognized Whitehorse for having the cleanest...

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Mercy’s Story (and 10 Business and Financial Tips for Canadians)

Moving to a new country at 19 years of age is a formidable feat in itself. But that is only the start of Mercy’s inspiring immigration story. Mercy came to Canada from the Philippines with bright hopes of creating a rosy future. However, life sent her on a tortuous path toward her dream life. A month after landing in Canada, she found out that she was pregnant. As a pregnant teenager who was new to the country, she badly needed support. Unfortunately, she barely got any because her relationship with her baby’s father ended shortly after they learned about the...

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Erika’s Story: Going Down Memory Lane from Peru to Canada

Don’t we all have those moments that when we look back, we realize how much they changed our lives? Mine is emigrating from Peru to Canada. Hola, mi nombre es Erika (my name is Erika). My drive to lead a life full of meaning and adventure is born from my hometown experiences and Peruvian roots. You might think that my life back in my home country was hard and that was why I emigrated to Canada to look for a brighter future. Well, the truth is, I had a beautiful life in Lima, Peru, where I’m originally from. I lacked...