Top mistakes new Canadians make – Are you guilty of these?

Top mistake new Canadians make

Moving to a new country is stressful enough, having to make a lot of decisions in your first few weeks  can be overwhelming. Many people make poor choices when faced with stress and the pressure to act fast. The following are common mistakes new Canadians make as they try to settle in their first few … Continue reading Top mistakes new Canadians make – Are you guilty of these?

Choosing a school in Canada

If you have school aged children, one of the tasks of settling down in a new city or Country would involve finding a good school for your child. There are a variety of options available to you when deciding on your child’s education. Academic Structure In Canada, schools are divided into Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade … Continue reading Choosing a school in Canada

Health Insurance Coordination and more

In Canada, the Provincial government covers certain medical expenses like a visit to your doctor. Expenses like drugs, visit to the dentist, and prescription glasses are not covered. People buy health insurance to cover the costs of these types of expenses. Depending on the type of coverage and expense you have, your insurance company might … Continue reading Health Insurance Coordination and more

Get Canadian Work Experience without working in Canada

Almost all working class immigrants are familiar with the phrase "Canadian Experience". It is one of the many common road blocks while searching for jobs. The irony is that, you need Canadian Work Experience to get a job in Canada, but how do you get it without a job? I'm glad you asked! The perception … Continue reading Get Canadian Work Experience without working in Canada

Savings tips from the Minister of e-commerce

I thought it will be nice to write a blog on savings tips for the New Year. Spending wisely and having a budget is one of the most common things people have as their New Year's resolution. While I consider myself very prudent, I am no match to my sister, Lola. She is so good … Continue reading Savings tips from the Minister of e-commerce

Why you should immigrate to Canada

Are you thinking of moving to Canada? My experience living here has been great, though I recognize this might not be so for everyone. You will likely get different answers depending on the person you talk to. But if you are looking for reasons to convince you, here are a few tips to help you … Continue reading Why you should immigrate to Canada

How to legally change your name in Canada

My friend's new born daughter made the news a couple of years ago. She had the longest name of all the babies born that year! It has a special meaning to her parents and was 16 characters long. She goes by a shorter version with 7 characters. Many people change their names for different reasons. … Continue reading How to legally change your name in Canada

Taxes in Canada: Understanding your Pay Check

In part one of this post, I talked about sales tax and how this varies across Provinces. In  part 2 of this series, I will cover Income taxes and Payroll deductions. Let's say you get a job offer at that company you've always wanted to work for, your letter of offer arrives in the mail … Continue reading Taxes in Canada: Understanding your Pay Check

I don’t speak French

Canada is a bilingual country and we have two official languages: French and English. French is commonly spoken in Eastern Canada in Provinces like Quebec, New  Brunswick and Ottawa while some Western Provinces like Manitoba have smaller French speaking population. Anyway, a few months after I moved to Canada, I happened to be babysitting a group … Continue reading I don’t speak French