2 new avenues for Caregivers to move to Canada- News

The caregiver program in Canada has undergone several revisions so far.

In the past caregivers did not have much flexibility to change jobs quickly . There were several barriers that prevented family members from coming to Canada. These will be removed in the new pilot program announced by immigration minister Ahmed Hussen on 23rd February 2019

Caregivers will soon have access to 2 new 5-year caregiver immigration pilots. These will replace expiring programs.

Under the new pilots, applicants will be assessed for permanent residence criteria before they begin working in Canada. The caregiver just needs their work permit and 2 years of work experience.  They will then have access to a direct pathway to become a permanent resident.

The Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs pilots will be phased out.

The new plans will include

  • Occupation-specific work permits for caregivers. This will provide them the freedom to change jobs quickly when necessary.
  • Open work permits for spouses/common-law partners and study permits for dependent children. This will permit the caregiver’s family to accompany them to Canada.

The Interim Pathway for Caregivers will be open from March 4, 2019, until June 4, 2019. This will allow caregivers already in Canada to apply for PR.

The current government has some impressive numbers to show off regarding caregivers. They have reduced 94% of the backlog and reduced the processing time to 12 months.


“Caregivers provide care to families in Canada that need it, and it’s time for Canada to care for them in return. We are providing them with both the opportunity to bring their family members here and access permanent residency to demonstrate our commitment.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Canadian culture- Blog

Darren was only 16 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  He could no longer walk without using a cane or a walker. When his doctor Raoul, in Newmarket, Ontario, learned of Darren’s diagnosis,  he connected him to the MS Society of Canada. This is run by dedicated volunteers like Peter and Michelle in Newmarket, Ontario. Here you find love and support and sense of community shared by their chapter. This can be seen at every support group meeting.  About 35 people affected by MS gather there to laugh, discuss their problems and share stories. Sometimes they might host a dinner or throw a party – but they always grow their relationships and even now consider each other family.

Canadian culture- What is it?

Those looking to immigrate to Canada want to know what the “culture” in Canada is. The culture of kindness or ‘giving back is the most important lesson to learn. Canadians believe being nice includes helping and taking care of others. Many of them have deeper reasons to participate. There are some volunteers at the food bank, for instance, who have once used the services themselves. Now that they are in a position to help, they do so wholeheartedly.

Canadian schools impose 40 hours of volunteer work in all High schools. This helps teach students the value of giving back to their community.

Newcomers can use volunteer hours to rack up ‘Canadian experience’ that is required by Canadian employers. Visit Volunteer Canada  to find opportunities to participate. Don’t know where to begin? Start on volunteer week, held in the second week of April each year.

Pay it forward

Canadians also constantly “Pay it Forward”. This is a concept which means the opposite of paying it back. Instead of just repaying a good deed, you “pay it forward” by doing a good deed for someone else first.  In 2013 a Tim Hortons in Winnipeg Manitoba was the setting of one of the best examples of paying it forward. On December 21 employees of the Tim Hortons witnessed a chain of 228 customers paying for the order behind them. They called this the ”..avalanche of kindness ”

It is an honor to call yourself Canadian when you hear stories such as these. In such a busy world that we live in, we can rarely stop and reflect and remember to put good into the world.

This is the most important part of Canadian culture. Canadian society is highly dependent on a culture of kindness. Without it we lose the very essence of being Canadian.

Imagine a country that is accepting, a country that is generous and one that is kind to total strangers. This is the country we call home. There are many out there who also hope to call this country home someday.

Zig Ziglar once said, ‘You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”’

That is a great quote to sum up Canadian Culture

Blog Authored by:  Guest Blogger- Amanda Piron

8 steps to buying a home in Canada- Blog

Cindy and Ben are finally ready to make the biggest investment in their lives. Yes, they are choosing their first home in Canada! Since this is their first property purchase they are unsure what homes are worth and whether to invest in detached homes, semi-detached homes or town homes. We helped them with 8 easy steps to buying their first home. They are here for your reference.

Here are 8 steps to consider when buying a home

Step one: Financing

First Cindy and Ben will need to visit their bank and maybe mortgage broker too to consider financing options – most homeowners require a mortgage and it is good sense to know what you could be approved for. They brought along recent tax returns and proof of income for their appointment to obtain pre-approval for a mortgage and the amount they are pre-approved for.

Step Two: Location,Location,Location

The next step  is to decide on some factors that will form the basis of your home search – proximity to well ranked schools, hospitals and major highways. Of course this would need to be matched to the price range in that area and the type of house you are considering. Apart from homes, which are out of reach for many, condominiums are becoming a preferred choice for those with limited budgets, however, the condo corporation owns the land and monthly maintenance fees can range from $300-900 per month!

Once Cindy and Ben had determined their pre-approval they decided to go for a detached home in East Gwillimbury as the listings were showing an average price of $650,000*** Although a detached home commands a higher premium over a semi or a town, they wanted the extra space to accommodate their growing family. They also wanted to own their home outright so they decided against a condo.

Step 3: Choose a Real Estate Professional

Once you understand your budget and the options available to you for financing,and type of home/location you want you can begin the search for your home. This is where a real estate agent steps in.

As experts in their field, an agent will look for options in your price range. They will also arrange viewings and take you to open houses.  Once you want to make an offer, they suggest the offer price and handle negotiations. Overall, a good real estate agent becomes the hub for communication throughout the process.

Step 4: The home for you

Your agent will usually provide options but do not hesitate to suggest properties you would like to view while searching for a home. Attend open houses, book viewings through the sellers agent and consider the advice your real estate professional provides. Bring friends and family to view the space too – it can help to get someone else’s opinion that your trust!

Step 5: Negotiation Begins

Once Cindy and Ben had decided on the property they wanted to buy, their agent arranged an inspection of the house to be done by all three of them:  The agent, Cindy and Ben. Since the home inspection went as planned, Cindy and Ben put down a deposit that was necessary to secure the listing and their agent negotiated the closing date.

Step 6: Inspection

Once this step is reached, a property inspection must be scheduled. Inspections are non-invasive examinations of the home you will be purchasing and they are conducted by licensed professionals.  Keep in mind this comes at an extra cost – approximately between $400-$700 depending on the size of the home.* Note that findings of an inspection can lead to further negotiations. Often conditions are applied to an agreement that will help determine the grounds for these negotiations or how to proceed.

Step 7: Financing pt 2

We are almost at the final step. With all the confirmed information for the sale you can now re-approach your bank to firm up the mortgage agreement and get the exact terms of the mortgage.

Step 8: Insurance, Lawyers and paperwork.

After you have everything in place you can obtain home insurance (always a requirement by mortgage lenders), obtain signatures from the lawyer’s office, collect ownership documents and get the keys to your new home.

And with 8 easy steps you too can buy your first home in Canada!

Contact us to help you choose a tried and tested real estate professional and also a mortgage broker if you need one.

The Actor Will Rogers said “Don’t wait to buy real estate. Buy real estate and wait.” If you are already in Canada you can act now and start building towards the future you want to see.

* See https://www.solexgroup.ca/home-inspection-fees for more info

**See our education blog for more information about Cindy and Ben

***valid as of January 2019. Information anecdotal and available homes searched via https://www.homefinder.ca/homes-for-sale/1742-mount-albert-real-estate

General note: names and stories are not specific to any individual. Any resemblance is coincidental, the stories give an idea of possible paths for buying a home in Canada

Blog Authored by:  Guest Blogger, Amanda Piron

Study in Canada-Blog

Study options in Canada explained, from school to University

You want the best for your children. We understand that at Arkangel Inc. Parents all over the world are trying to provide a “better life” for their children than they had.

This blog profiles education in Canada and the different paths a student can take to enter what is a growing workforce in Canada. 

Maybe you have heard of kids like Cindy*. Her parents moved to Canada before she was born. She went to Montessori school until age 7 and then she went to public school until age 18. She attended Humber college for practical nursing and later for a Bachelor of Nursing. She works in urgent care as a Registered Nurse making $68,000/year salary**.

When I speak to families who have sent their children to Canada to go to school they all say the same thing. “I want the very best for my son” or “we want our daughter to have a bright future full of opportunity”. These are common cries of parents thinking about sending their child on a student visa to Canada.

Students like Raoul*. Raoul went to private school in his home country and but was accepted to Alathena private school in Ontario Canada when he turned 13. He studied there until 18 when he was accepted to a top Canadian University and completed a Bachelor of Science degree, scored well on the MCAT and went on to medical school. He is now a Family Doctor earning $120,000/year salary**.

Your child is unique. You are unique, and one of the best reasons to study in Canada is that we have options to help your child achieve their goals.

Like Jordan*, who is from Iran. Her family immigrated to Canada when she was 2. She went to Montessori school until age 6 and then went to public school until age 14 where she switched to private school until age 18. After completing high school she went on to study humanities at Brock University and achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree. After scoring well on the LSAT test and combined with an undergraduate degree she qualified and was accepted to a first-level law degree at Queens University, followed by articling to acquire her license and finally was admitted to the “bar” after passing the necessary exams. Now she has become a full-time Family Lawyer earning $235,000/year salary**.

In Canada, education comes with options. You will have many questions – which school will you send them to? How will you know they are getting the best education and are on track to a better life? How will you keep them safe from so far away?

.Just like Ben’s parents. Ben* was not born in Canada but his parents wanted a better future for him – so they sent him overseas to study in Canada. Ben went to private school at Chinook from grade 7 – 12 and then attended Brock University in Ontario where he studied Accounting and is now a Chartered Professional Accountant Coordinator earning $68,000/year** 

In Canada we boast about our education and we have some great private schools that help your child achieve their dreams. Most importantly, there are many opportunities available for gifted students to receive the mentoring that they require to succeed.  

Top schools like Alathena, a private school that opened its first location in 2010 in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. At Alathena they “believe every student has an equal opportunity and space to demonstrate their knowledge.” Althena is an all boys school and a top choice for families looking to send their son to Ontario.

Student success is their top priority and they have school staffed with highly trained and skilled administrators, teachers, support staff and volunteers.

By blending the goals of the curriculum,  including success criteria and ongoing assessment, with the latest technologies and beautiful renovated spaces,  Alathena is home to many students from overseas whose parents began with a dream for their child

There are some families who have a deep need for faith based education. A reputable option to consider are school networks such as Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Their international program is a place to improve English language learning skills, learn about Canadian culture, and receive among the highest quality learning experience in a safe, beautiful, culturally diverse and accepting environment. With a growing network of 3 high schools and about a dozen elementary schools, this is a great option for faith based education overseas and is available both both boys and girls.

Visit their website to learn more and click here to ask us how we can help your child to come study in Canada. 

Finally a great private school option for students abroad of both genders is Chinook. They boast that at Chinook you can “Improve your English, make friends and immerse yourself in a unique Canadian culture….You will have a life changing experience and become a lifelong member of our International family.”

Offering Provincial curriculum equivalents and competitive scoring, Chinook is a home away from home to many international students.

Visit their website here and click here to ask us how we can help enroll your child to come study in Canada. 

Every child is different and requires a different set of needs. Imagine a country that celebrates your child’s uniqueness, imagine a country that will accommodate your situation. This is education in Canada and at ArkAngel Education we are always eager to discuss the path that may be best for you. 

Cecelia Ahern said, ‘Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you will land among the stars’; with a Canadian education under their belt your dreams will be a reality.

Let’s make it happen together,  Celebrate the power of education, soar with us!   

Blog Authored by:  Guest Blogger- Amanda Piron

*names and stories are not specific to any individual. Any resemblance is coincidental, the stories give an idea of possible paths for students in Canada

**salary information available via glassdoor.com

About the author: Amanda Piron is an Ontario Certified English Teacher and is passionate about helping new Canadians achieve their career goals!

Top 10 Things To Do in Summer- Blog

The snow is melting finally. Summer is here. Long days mean more time to soak up the sun and everything going around.The Canadian summer brings along a host of fun-filled activities to participate in. Some of them are amazingly exciting and refreshing.

The country with the longest coastline in the world has a variety of breathtaking landscapes full of adventures waiting to happen. From the lush green forests, turquoise glacial lakes and snowy mountain peaks to the golden prairies, vibrant valleys and remote beaches, Canada provides endless opportunities to satiate your inner explorer.

Summer is the prime time to experience all that this beautiful country has to offer.  You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars or take months off work to travel in Canada. Jump in your car for the day or buy a train ticket for the week and you are good to go. So what are you waiting for?

Here’s a list of Top 10 Activities to do this Summer.

  1. Live on the Edge :

Most of us are aware of the iconic CN Tower which is a prominent landmark in the Toronto skyline. But did you know that it has an EdgeWalk experience that allows you to walk around the building’s restaurant level…on the Outside! Now, how exciting is that?! Strap up to the harness, put on the jumpsuit and you are all set for a thrilling experience.

  1. Feel the spray in your face at Niagara falls :

The Niagara falls cover the US-Canadian border, but the best views are from the Canadian side. Just 90 minutes drive from Toronto brings you to this scenic spot. When you arrive, get up close with the three enormous cascades that make up the falls on the Hornblower Boat Trip. Prepare to get drenched and feel the water spray on your face. Wait till evening sets in and then you can enjoy a different,serene view of the fall amidst the play of lights.

  1. Canoeing in Banff National Park : 

Are you looking for tranquility and some ‘me’ time away from the hustle bustle of the city? Then Banff National park is the perfect place for you to spend a warm summer day. Enjoy the Rocky Mountains and soak in the calm atmosphere while enjoying various water activities available in the terrain. You can rent a cottage to spend quality time with the family, friends. The lakes and rivers of Banff and Lake Louise are as pristine and picturesque as they get. You can explore them by canoe, kayak. Try standing up paddleboard if you are the adventurous sort!

  1. Party mode on at Vancouver :

For all the party folks out there, Vancouver has a thriving and fun-filled night life. The main party areas surround Granville Street and Gastown, but do keep tabs on pop-up It-spots.

  1. Beach Trail in Toronto :

Popularly known as the Sugar beach, this spot has some amazing views of Lake Ontario and is located next to Redpath Sugar Refinery. Hire a Bicycle and tour around the beach or just sit on the sand for a summer tan. During summer, it’s a welcome retreat from heat of the city with the cool breeze blowing on you. And don’t you miss the number of food trucks and eateries adjoining the beach coupled with number of sporting activities going on.

  1. Transcontinental journey :

The TranConstinental train journey is sure going to enchant you. Hop aboard the Trans Canadian rails for a 4-night journey which links Toronto to Vancouver on the Pacific coast and features gentle prairie sunsets, dramatic Rocky Mountain panoramas ,rugged coastlines and every delightful picturesque beauty you can imagine. The journey includes stops in stunning cities such as Jasper, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. Book a ticket and enjoy your journey.

  1. Go camping in Ontario :

Fulfil your wilderness goals.  Canada’s many national parks are waiting. One of them is Algonquin Provincial Park, 2 hours north of Toronto. Here, in its mesmeric Boreal blend of pristine lakes and evergreen forests, you’ll find campers nodding off to howls of wolf packs and the strums of campfire ukulele sessions. The park has a dozen scenic campgrounds, or you can even rent a kayak and pitch your tent on a paddle-in island. Can anything be more blissful?!

  1. Food Fests :

Just about every weekend throughout the summer there’s a new food sampling opportunity at every other corner of Toronto. Take in the refined Tastemaker Toronto at Historic Fort York, the Taste of Little Italy which celebrates College Street’s rich Italian history, or the Taste of Lawrence in Scarborough with its array of flavors from practically every cultural community in the city. Time to gorge on some delicacies from around the world.

  1. Live Performance & Movie Screenings :

With the onset of summer, there’s a buzz in the cultural scene. Catch on some truly fascinating live performances of international artists. Movie screening under the star-filled sky inhabit local parks & squares. There are a whole lot of theatre performances to watch out for as well. Check out a traditional music festival. From folk in the west to country in the prairies and jazz in the east, there are plenty of summer sounds to get you dreaming.

  1. Take a tour through a Vineyard :

Take a trip through British Columbia’s Okanagan, Ontario’s Niagara region or Nova Scotia’s countryside for a taste of Canada’s wine country and all the distilleries decorating the route. Spend the day sipping away and the night at a scenic hotel or in an old Inn. Unwind and come back fresh!

So what are you waiting for?! Canada with it’s innumerable leisure activities is waiting for you to explore and discover!

Blog Authored by:   Rini Dalal

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