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New website helps new English speakers Enunciate Better

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Brock University linguistics professor Ron Thomson created a free site to help new Canadians with pronouncing English. “The focus of these tools is to help non-English speakers better hear differences between different English sounds”, he says. Job candidates who are able to be understood very clearly in English with a softer accent, can find the job search easier than others. Thomson’s English Accent Coach is a free website, or mobilphiles can pay $1.99 for the app.

From The Toronto Star, March 12, 2012  GT3


Can Minister Kenney manage Transformational Change ?

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment


Categories: New Canadians

How does Canadian Immigration affect Employment ?

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Government announced changes for December 2011.

Tests now required for language points under Quebec Skilled Worker program

As of December 5th, new candidates to the Quebec Skilled Worker program who want to receive points for language for French and/or English, will have to submit test results along with their application. >>Read more…

Live-in caregivers can now get work permits significantly sooner

Foreigners in Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) can now receive open work permits immediately after completing their caregiver commitments, and submitting an application for permanent residence (PR). >> Read more…

Some no longer must submit passports once granted permanent residence

A final step during the application for Canadian Permanent Resident status, submitting your passport to the visa office so it can be stamped, is no longer necessary for citizens from Visitor Visa exempt countries. >> Read more…

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Where is your Employer ?

November 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The findings of a new report completed by Deloitte  point to gaps in productivity caused by a Canadian workplace that fails to welcome and support foreign born workers. While some professional associations have started streamlining the recognition of foreign credentials, there are more than 440 regulatory bodies in Canada, many which have not begun to seek efficiencies in their procedures. As a result, Deloitte found there is a growing fear among progressive companies that Canada is going to lose workers to other countries if these systemic problems are not corrected.

So where is your employer in this spectrum of businesses succeeding and failing to hire and integrate new Canadians ?

If you want resources to evaluate or improve your company’s benefits from the knowledge level, language skills, and range in diversity provided by foreign born workers , there are many offered through the public sector and private consulting services. A few are listed below:

The Alliance sector of councils – Gateway potential

Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council


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Immigration Consultants must be Registered

Recent changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) require that all representatives used at any stage of an immigration application or proceeding be members in good standing of a provincial bar, the Chambre des notaires du Québec, or the governing body for immigration consultants, as designated by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

This means it will be illegal for anyone to operate in Canada as an unauthorized representative at any stage of an immigration application or proceeding. There will be some transitioning while applications for registration are submitted to meet this new standard. Eventually, individuals contravention of the IRPA and liable by providing immigration consulting without registration can be  fined of up to $100,000 and/or to imprisonment for up to two years.

Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister with the authority to designate the regulatory body says the legislation is important because “Crooked immigration consultants pose a threat not only to their victims, but also to the integrity of our immigration system…This new legislation will help us protect people wanting to immigrate to or stay in Canada, as well as the integrity of Canada’s immigration system.”

This improvement will save many would be immigrants from getting incorrect information for large unrecoverable fees.

Click for FAQs and background on B-35

Click to review the Canadian government\’s advice for immigrating



Ontario Speaks many Languages

April 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Many information guides on Employment Standards and health and safety are now available in different languages.

Links can be found at:


New Canadian Resumes

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

I always appreciate the quality and advice in Canadian Immigrant magazine however I believe this tip for resumes is particularly good.  A candidate should get their education credentials assessed by an evaluation service such as World Education Services ( Then the resume can be written as:

Bachelor of Economics, University of Delhi – assessed as equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor of Economics degree (WES, 2011)