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IMMIGRATING TO CANADA
Every year, Canada welcomes thousands of new residents. Coming to Canada as an immigrant is an exciting opportunity, but also a great challenge.
If you are interested in immigrating to Canada, you have a number of options when applying for permanent residence status. Read about these programs and decide which class suits you and your family best.
Skilled Worker Class ImmigrationCanada values the skills and experiences that
foreign professionals and workers bring with them. Check to see if your skills
and experience qualify you to come to Canada as a skilled worker.
Business Class ImmigrationCanada has a strong economic culture. If you have experience running or investing in businesses, you may qualify to come to Canada as a business immigrant.
Family Class ImmigrationFamily class immigration reunites families in Canadian homes. Learn how to sponsor your family member or come to Canada as a member of the family class.
International AdoptionAdopting children from abroad can be a long process. This is to protect children's rights. Learn about what you need to do to bring an adoptive child to Canada.
Provincial NominationMost provinces in Canada have programs to encourage immigrants to settle in their province and benefit their economies. Learn about settling in one of Canada's provinces as a provincial nominee.
Quebec-Selected ImmigrationQuebec is responsible for selecting immigrants who wish to settle in Quebec. Find out how to apply to be selected to settle in Quebec.
WHO IS A BUSINESS IMMIGRANT?
Business immigrants are people who can invest in, or start businesses in Canada and are expected to support the development of a strong and prosperous Canadian economy. The Business Immigration Programs seek to attract people experienced in business to Canada.
Business immigrants are selected based on their ability to become economically established in Canada.
There are three classes of business immigrants:
Immigrating to Canada as
a Self-employed Person
As a self-employed person, you must have relevant experience in cultural
activities, athletics or farm management. You must also have the intention and
ability to establish a business that will, at a minimum, create employment for
yourself. You must make a significant contribution to cultural activities or
athletics or purchase and manage a farm in Canada.
No immigration conditions are imposed on this class. You must have enough money to support yourself and your family members after you arrive in Canada.
WELCOME TO CANADA!
ongratulations! You have taken a big step. Moving to a new country takes
courage. It also creates exciting opportunities and new beginnings. Taking the
time to learn what to expect -- and what is expected of you -- will help you
succeed. This guide tells you a little about what it's like to live in Canada.
It also lets you know who can help if you need more information. We hope it will
help you adapt to your new life. Be assured that those who already live in
Canada add their wishes for your happiness and success in your new country.
Your first year in Canada will be emotional and full of change. You may be looking for a place to live, a job, and schools for your children. You will probably make many new friends. Some of them will know how it feels to move to a new community or new country.
Regardless of your situation, being a newcomer may mean giving up some familiar things for a new way of life. As a result, you may feel anxious or afraid, especially during the first few days and weeks. Almost all newcomers experience these emotions as they settle in. Feeling at home in a new country takes time.
The best way to adjust to your new community is to become involved! Do not hesitate to speak English or French, even if you make mistakes. Understanding and speaking one of Canada's official languages will help you adapt more easily. As you talk with the people you meet, you will feel more in control of your new life. Use each day as an opportunity to learn. Ask questions whenever you need to. Most people are pleased to help. Canadians believe in the spirit of community. No matter which city or town you choose to live in, you will find people who can help you adapt to your new life, and fit into Canadian society.
In the weeks, months and years ahead, you will have many opportunities to participate fully in Canadian life. Take them. You and your family can grow together, side by side with other Canadians, and make a better life for everyone. This is your new home. Welcome to Canada!
The Canadian Workplace Reality
Job search in Canada is no longer a matter of completing an application form and hoping for a job offer. Canadian businesses involved in technological innovation, corporate restructuring and unpredictable fluctuations in the recent global economy can no longer guarantee a job for life for you.
How people work is changing and so are occupational titles. Individuals are encouraged to look for work that matches their personal values and talents. The term "job" has transformed into "meaningful work" which is planned and has personal value in addition to the monetary compensation.
The onus is on the job seeker to research, to track and to secure employment options. These job opportunities may materialize as contract jobs, part-time jobs, "work-from-home" jobs, job sharing arrangements, casual assignments and long-term arrangements -or any combination thereof. To ensure your financial security, you need to constantly market your expertise to potential consumers of service.
Many internationally educated professionals in Canada have described barriers to enter their career after their arrival in Canada. The acculturation process may create such scenarios as:
· You may not necessarily achieve your career goals immediately
· You may have to take the time to gain Canadian accreditation for your professional credentials
· You may have to settle for alternative employment in the short-term to accommodate your life style and to upgrade your English language skills
· You may have to upgrade your technical skills on your own time to become employable in your field of interest.
Personal career management has become the responsibility of the individual worker who is expected to continuously create employment opportunities in keeping with a focused and planned career path