Webinars by Café New Canadians


When the lockdown due to COVID-19 started, our partners at NewCanadiansTV started organizing live webinars in a series called Café New Canadians. The idea is to broadcast virtual chats packed with expert tips, information, and resources on how to best utilize your time at home. Guest speakers are subject matter experts and successful immigrants with inspiring stories who have lots to share – from boosting productivity when working from home to upskilling for that dream job, acing video interviews to virtual networking 101, and exploring Canada as a newcomer while staying indoors. The Founder of UnstoppableMe, Miguel Abascal, and the [...]

Webinars by Café New Canadians2020-06-14T23:46:35-04:00

IKEA Canada and ACCES Employment Rally to Help Refugees During COVID Crisis


This article was written by our guest author, Jody Yvonne, Director of Communications at ACCES Employment. During the COVID-19 crisis in Canada, we have heard many stories of Canadians rallying to help the most vulnerable in our society get through these difficult times. Canada’s refugee population is facing particular challenges during this pandemic. Refugees are fleeing their home countries because of war, trauma, political instability, and any number of difficult circumstances and looking for a better life in Canada. Many of them are dealing with housing, food, and financial crises and finding employment can be difficult, especially now. IKEA [...]

IKEA Canada and ACCES Employment Rally to Help Refugees During COVID Crisis2020-06-14T23:45:44-04:00

Beware of Scams Targeting Newcomers to Canada


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay After speaking to one of our mentors, I thought it would be useful to write about common scams going on in Canada. In particular, several scams are targeting newcomers who are looking for their first job. Please be careful when applying to jobs and interacting with different people you meet online! Here's a message I received recently. Read it carefully and think: would I apply to this job? From: Helena M. Subject: HR Representative Job Greetings! We reviewed your resume. You are an excellent candidate for our position. If you are [...]

Beware of Scams Targeting Newcomers to Canada2020-01-01T12:52:06-05:00

Should I Get a Survival Job?


You've been in Canada for a few months now. You have a place to live and have become accustomed to your surroundings. However, the work picture for your profession looks bleak. You've applied to many jobs in your field, took some courses, did some networking, and perhaps had a few interviews, but nothing has materialized as a temporary or full-time employment. The bills keep coming, and your savings are decreasing faster than you had thought... so now you're faced with the decision of whether or not you should take a survival job to make ends meet until an opportunity in [...]

Should I Get a Survival Job?2019-12-17T23:35:32-05:00

Webinar: Debunking the ‘No Canadian Experience’ Myth


The concept of ‘No Canadian experience’ is a myth perpetuated by those who know you will admit it and then walk away. The next time you hear such a statement, counter that notion with solid reasons why employers could benefit from the diverse skills and talents you have as well the value of your international experience. This webinar helps you identify strategies to overcome your lack of Canadian experience. It focuses on the value you will bring to employers and why your international experience is a competitive advantage. It offers insights on how to refocus your resume, cover letter, and [...]

Webinar: Debunking the ‘No Canadian Experience’ Myth2019-12-10T11:11:17-05:00

Mentoring Session with TD Bank Volunteers


On April 15, we hosted a special mentoring session and panel discussion with four representatives from the Human Resources department of TD Bank. Approximately 30 newcomers to Canada interested in the financial sector attended this two-hour event, held at Metro Hall in Downtown Toronto. At the end we gave a small token of appreciation to the four volunteers from TD. Thank you CarrieAnn from the Global Benefits department for all your help on the TD side in making this possible! THANK YOU also to our volunteers who made this a great success! Arcelia Camacho, Project Manager Madara Balode, [...]

Mentoring Session with TD Bank Volunteers2019-12-15T23:09:01-05:00

Newcomer to Canada? Here’s some advice for you – PART 1


This text was originally written by an immigrant from India. We adapted it to include views for anyone preparing to come to Canada in the next few months, or who has recently landed. Please note that the advice is mainly for people who come to English-speaking provinces, especially when we talk about Language and Communication. As you know, both English and French are official languages, so Canada has two distinct societies, the English-speaking and the French-speaking. French Canadians, and especially the Québécois (citizens of Quebec) have a very strong sense of cultural identity. On the other hand, the English-speaking Canada [...]

Newcomer to Canada? Here’s some advice for you – PART 12019-12-09T22:29:06-05:00
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