Arrival to Canada
First Things First
1. What are the ten reasons to stay positive when arriving in Canada?
Please accept our congratulations on your arrival in Canada! If you landed at Lester Pearson airport you should know who Lester Pearson was. He was Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968, and he approved the current Canadian flag. If you landed at another airport in Canada, you are still lucky! Firstly, Canada takes a proud place among the leading countries in the world and secondly, each year almost 300 thousand immigrants arrive in Canada, so you are not alone! Here are ten reasons for you to have a positive outlook:
1. You wanted to be in Canada, and you are here! You wanted to change your life and you changed it! You can be proud of yourself for being chosen for immigration to Canada.
2. Half of Canada is made up of immigrants. Two of the world’s top six most multicultural cities in the world are in Canada (Toronto and Vancouver). There are numerous centres and programs for immigrants and the Canadian people are arguably more welcoming to immigrants than any other country in the world.
3. You do not have to abandon your culture, language and religion because the Canadian Constitution protects your rights.
4. By getting acquainted with your fellow countrymen who have spent many years in Canada, you may be motivated by their high standard of living.
5. As far as low crime rates, clean air and water and other environmental parameters, Canada is ahead of most countries. Deer, rabbits, squirrels and raccoons can be seen within the city limits. The United Nations has repeatedly declared Canada among the countries with the highest quality of life.
6. For two hundred years, Canada has not been a place of war: It is one of the most peaceful countries on earth.
7. There is a good social security system in Canada. Unemployed people receive an allowance from the government. If you are 65 years old and have lived in Canada for 10 years, then you can begin to receive pension, even though you may not have worked a day in this country. Medical care here is free of charge. The safety of women, children, the elderly and the disabled is protected by law.
8. Canadian schools, colleges and universities provide a level of education which is valued around the world.
9. Canada has a stable economy and the government has many incentives to encourage small business.
10. After four years of living in Canada (in the U.S. it is five years) with permanent resident status, you can get Canadian citizenship, and visa-free entry to over 50 countries. Also, you do not have to renounce the citizenship of your native country, as required in the U.S.
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2. Can I get my personalized settlement plan?
Yes, using the website Living in Canada www.cic.gc.ca/lctvac/english/index you can get your personalized settlement plan by simply answering the following questions:
•Do you currently live in Canada or outside Canada?
•What is your home country?
•Where do you live in Canada?
•How long have you lived in Canada?
•What is your current immigration status in Canada?
•Do you need a place to live?
•Do you want to improve your English or French?
•Are you looking for a job?
•Do you want to study while in Canada?
•Is there a child under 18 living with you?
•Do you want to become a Canadian citizen?
•Do you have any health needs?
•Do you have a Canadian bank account?
•Do you have a social insurance number?
•Do you have a health card?
•Do you have a permanent resident card?
3. What are the main secrets to settle successfully in Canada?
According to Canadian settlement and immigration expert Nick (Naeem) Noorani, there are the following seven success secrets for Canadian immigrants:
1. Learn the language. Without learning the language of your adopted country, all your skills will be hidden away like a gem in a cave. If you moved to Germany or Japan, you would make a conscious decision to learn those languages. Why then do immigrants limit themselves by refusing to learn the language here? Immigrants should make a conscious effort to learn and improve their English or French.
2. Stay positive. While you may face barriers in your settlement in Canada, complaining about it with other immigrants will just continue a cycle of negativity that will paralyze your chance of success. If you don’t believe you’ll be able to succeed and overcome the challenges of being an immigrant, you will never fully try. Stay positive.
3. Embrace Canada. Remember your dreams about coming to Canada? Well, they have come true. Now go out and enjoy all that is Canadian, from its outdoor lifestyle to its multiculturalism to its freedoms.
4. Have a Plan B. Realize that things may not turn out exactly as planned. If you were a teacher in your homeland, for example, you may be frustrated to realize that you will likely have to get relicensed to teach in Canada. If you’re not willing or able to put in the time for that process, consider using your skill set in a Plan B – for example, start a tutoring service. Having a Plan B means having flexibility in what you intend to do in Canada.
5. Look beyond the borders of your own ethnic community. Moving to a new country can be scary, which is why many immigrants tend to move into an ethnic community that matches their own background. While this may be comfortable, it’s also critical to make connections with Canadians of all backgrounds in this multicultural nation.
6. Take risks! Immigrants are natural risk takers and entrepreneurs. You have to be if you gave up your security to move to an unknown country! Apply these risks to your new life. Learn a new skill. Reach out to new people. Change careers.
7. Volunteer, mentorship and networking. Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door with a company or to get valuable Canadian experience. Finding a mentor in your industry can provide you with vital information about job opportunities and industry news. And networking, both within your industry and outside, can make the real difference between whether you start making connections and finding success or not.
Source: Success Secrets for Canadian Immigrants www.prepareforcanada.com/7-success-secrets/7-success-secrets-videos/videos/#comments
(To be continued)