What it really means to own a home in Canada

Purchasing your first home is a big step, so it’s important to learn as much as possible about homeownership before you start your search. There are numerous advantages to owning a property, but there are also many responsibilities and extra costs that come with the purchase. Here’s a breakdown [...]

HousingJul 5, 2021

How to end your tenancy early in Canada

Finding your first home in Canada is exciting, but what happens if you need to end your tenancy early? There can be many reasons to want out of a lease, from landing a new job, to family emergencies, or health concerns. However, if you’ve signed a lease, it’s not as [...]

CareerJun 24, 2021

Bridging Programs: What Are They & How They Work

While moving to Canada can open the door to exciting career opportunities, unfortunately many professional certifications earned abroad aren’t recognized here. Some newcomers find they need additional training or education to continue their careers in their new home. Bridge programs help with this. They assist newcomers who already have a [...]

StudyingJun 22, 2021

Working while studying in Canada: What you need to know

Working during your studies in Canada can be a great way for international students to gain experience, make connections, and earn extra money to pay the bills (or treat yourself to something special!). However, there are some restrictions on who can work while studying in Canada and what types [...]

StudyingJun 17, 2021

How to Apply for the Student Direct Stream (SDS) in Canada

You’ve been accepted to a Canadian learning institution: congratulations! The next step to start your studies in Canada is to obtain your study permit. In this article: What’s a study permit? What happens after you get accepted to a Canadian university or designated learning institutions (DLI)? Applying through the [...]

ImmigrationJun 16, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions about Immigration to Canada

Canada is known for its multiculturalism, natural beauty, thriving economy, and world-class education system. These are just some of the reasons immigrants choose to move to Canada. Moving to a new country is a huge life decision that requires planning and a financial commitment.  Here are answers to 17 commonly [...]

HousingJun 15, 2021

Types of Housing in Canada

So, you’re looking for a home in Canada? Finding a place to call home is one of the first items to check off your to-do list as a newcomer. Luckily, Canada has a large variety of housing options. Your ultimate choice will depend on your budget, your location, and [...]

FinanceJun 11, 2021

How to build a secure financial future for you and your family in Canada

From an interview with Wanzi Silva, Financial Advisor, RBC.   Wanzi Silva is a financial advisor at RBC Newcomer Meeting place – a unique Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) branch that supports new immigrants with their banking, employment and settlement needs in Canada. She moved to Canada with her family [...]

FinanceHousingJun 9, 2021

How to Save for a Down Payment for a Home in Canada

  House hunting in Canada as a newcomer can be a challenging process, but it doesn’t have to be a confusing one. Saving for a downpayment takes time and dedication. Sometimes, it means cutting back on spending in other areas like travel and dining out while building up your [...]