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

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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Why move to Canada?- Blog

Life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness has been a well known phrase in North America.

Over the years people have flocked to the USA with the hope and desire of living  this coveted American dream. America’s founding fathers created a vision that everyone deserves a chance and they will find it in America. This has been one of the most attractive ideas, making millions to migrate into this nation in search of good jobs, better lifestyle, a good education and a comfortable house to live in.

But this picture has undergone a significant change over past few decades. Some other countries have matched or surpassed the United States of America in terms of education, lifestyle, employment among other sectors.

One of them is their friendly neighbor up north, Canada.

Did you know that Canada is ranked as the 6th happiest country  as per World Economic Forum in comparison to USA which trails at 14th position now? Canadians also have a higher life expectancy as compared to that of Americans.

The notion of a free country has also taken a beating in USA and again some other countries like Canada have done better here. As per the Cato Institute’s Human Freedom Index –Canadians are considered the 6th freest people in the world, while Americans lag behind at 23rd.

Let us talk a little more about Canada now. Education and employment rates are at an all time high in Canada . 59 % of the population in Canada has earned a college degree (46% in USA). Canadians are more likely to find jobs. Canada’s employment rate is 4 points better. Unemployment in Canada is at a record low at 5% in past 20 yrs.

You are more likely to afford a house with a white picket fence in Canada, where home ownership has climbed upto 5% higher than the southern neighbor. Incredible? True! Canadians also enjoy their life as much as they work. In fact they have more time to spend time at home or leisure activities as they work over 80 hours fewer per year and get an extra 3 days vacation.

Do you want to know what the costs of living in Canada are? Click here for our blog post on the subject.

The comparison list is exhaustive. The measurement of economic inequality is significantly better in Canada over past 80 years. You are twice more likely to move from the poorest section of the population to the wealthiest in Canada, provided you are willing to work hard and give your heart and soul to whatever it takes to build one’s career path. As the saying goes, hard work pays.

While the recent developments in immigration scene of USA are turning out to be restrictive as also unpredictable and volatile, there has been an upward increase in immigrants into the continent.  In comparison to USA, Canada offers a dynamic range of immigration and visa programs. It also offers the most supporting social security benefits program for immigrants and their families. Canadian government is compassionate to immigrants and invests millions of dollars every year to help immigrants settle into their new lives in Canada, ensuring that newcomers can benefit from an improved quality of life after being eased into their new habitat.

The Canadian government spends more per capita on education than any other country in the world.

Not only has Canada achieved great heights but is arguably one of the the safest, healthiest, happiest country in the world. A fact that is backed by statistics.

Blog Authored by  Rini Dalal

10 in-demand skills for jobs- Resource

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Looking for a job

When you look for a job in Canada, on a given job posting you may know many skills that are mentioned. However there may still be other transferable or soft skills that employers expect from a new hire. With knowledge of what employers are actually looking for, you can work towards enhancing those skills. Also focus on customizing your resumé, cover letter and even your job interviews. Employers will give your resume a second glance only if you exhibit an understanding of their needs and the range of skills expected of the position.

Some of the top skills that hiring managers look for in Canada are: 

1. Communications expertise 

Candidates possessing great writing, speaking and listening skills are always sought after for every position. The ability to communicate effectively is in demand. Therefore, show them that you are a strong communicator and it will help you get ahead. You will need to work hard at it though, specially if your first language is not English.  

Suggestion:

  • Make sure your resumé, cover letter and Social media ( Linked-in ) work are synced. All of them should state that you are a strong communicator. Do include examples and testimonials. Be prepared to walk the talk at the interview, if you want to get a foot in the door.  Also, knowing Canadian idioms and metaphors, like ‘foot in the door’ is a big plus.

2. Analytical and research skills

Employers need problem solvers. Use your prior experiences to assess difficult situations, and try to find a simple solution. These skills are valued by businesses and are very important to help you to move ahead 

Suggestion:

  • Highlight this in your resume (Canadians don`t use the term `CV`) through examples [real stories] of problems that you have analyzed and solved in the past. Use the STAR technique, one of the most effective methods to crack the behavioral interview.  

3. Multicultural awareness

Canadian workplace and society in general are becoming more diverse than ever before. If you can demonstrate your informed knowledge of other cultures, it makes you a compassionate and appreciative member of society and the organisation.

Suggestion:

Appreciate diversity – there are many right ways of doing things accepted across the globe, the Canadian workplace is becoming more multicultural every day.   

  • If you see someone behaving biased, try to subtly find out the reason. and try to appreciate their point of view and maybe educate them. Being easily offended will not really help the team.

4. Leading and managing teams

The ability to motivate and lead others can make or break organisations. An employer wishes to see a focused leader who can work well with others.

Suggestion:

  • Share your success stories in team supervisor mode during job interviews. Reference the STAR model, above.

5. Planning and organization

Everyone needs to work together to manage big dreams with limited resources. This will not work without proper planning. 

6. Team player

Most jobs require people to work effectively in teams, so employers certainly look for previous examples of teamwork in your profile. As a potential employee, you must communicate and demonstrate that you have the ability and experience of working effectively with other people in a professional manner to achieve common targets and goals.

Suggestion:

  • Show how you have been a resourceful team player in your previous assignments. Have references and testimonials of people appreciating you for building trusting relationships with customers and colleagues

7. Internet and social media 

Just about every job today requires a basic understanding of the internet. Since it is a valuable source of information, networking and  promotion, master it.  Internet and Social media usage and online public communication is gaining as much relevance as  basic computer and software knowledge did a couple of decades back. 

Suggestion:

  • Keep a watch on your LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profiles. Be thoughtful and creative with your presentation of thoughts.
  • Staying on the topic and communicating to the point always helps.
  • Being clear and assertive without offending needs some practice. Try it. A bit of wit and ability to laugh at oneself never hurts.

8. Be adaptable, prioritize and multi task

The business environment is constantly changing therefore you need to be quick on your feet. People who can think independently add immense value to the team.

Suggestion:

  • Share success stories from the past to show that you are adaptable.  

9. Interpersonal skills

Wherever in the world you work, you will work with people. Therefore, how you relate to colleagues, clients, customers and others will always make a difference. Above all, employers will take a keen interest in your ability to share, inspire, manage conflict and develop people around you.

Suggestion:

  • Let your resumé speak about co-working, group participation and facilitating teams. Where possible include positive feedback from peers, supervisors and employees alike.

10. Be reasonable

The ability to apply reason and yet resolve issues creatively will make you a very valuable member of any team. Therefore, this is the “go to” skill while dealing with clients. Add to this a balanced use of reason and novelty,  and employing the right options will facilitate resolution of many issues.

Blog Authored by: Angshuman Hazra