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March 2017

Buying a home in Canada

Buying a home is an exciting experience that can be both rewarding and challenging – and potentially even more challenging for someone who is new to Canada. If you are a newcomer to Canada, and you are thinking about becoming a homeowner,…

Be Your Own Boss

Through the windows of a seventh floor of the building where Youth Employment Services (YES) is located, in downtown Toronto, you can see several buildings under construction. They will become the renovated face of the city’s financial…

Immigrating: Culture Shocked…eh?

By Consuelo Solar Most newcomers who have been to a settlement agency have heard the concept of “culture shock” during assessment sessions, job search workshops, or ESL classes. The term was coined in the 50’s by anthropologist Kalvero…

Housing: Rent to Own

There is middle ground between renting and buying a home. Every now and then, developers or builders offer a rent-to-own option. As with any home you decide to buy, you should always look at the fine print, run the numbers and get a second…

Building a Nation of Foreigners

The path to becoming Canadian is sometimes not as easy as it appears. On the way, you will go through snow-storms, transit delays, confusing conversations and hundreds of Tim Horton’s double-doubles. The settlement process for newcomers not…

How to shop safely and avoid fraud

By Christina McDonald In Canada, debit card and credit card fraud are topics of increasing interest and concern. Whether you shop in person or on line, you may be a target for debit card fraud or credit card fraud. Although the risk is low,…