From immigrant to eBay’s micro-multinational entrepreneur of the year

March 30, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Even as a boy in Pakistan, Jahen Zeb was drawn to collecting objects around him. It could be anything, especially hard things such as rough rocks and shiny stones, but also butterflies. “It was my passion,” Zeb said. “In my home back in KPK I had made a collection of butterflies and it’s still back there where I was born. I visited a few years back...

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New to Canada, or the workforce? Here’s what to know about filing taxes

March 30, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Are you a young Canadian who just entered the workforce, or a recent immigrant filing taxes in Canada for the first time? Don’t worry. Filing your tax return for the first time doesn’t need to be a daunting task. If you decide to file by yourself, make sure you follow the guidelines, fill out the boxes on the tax form carefully, and don’t be afraid to...

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To retain immigrants, decision-makers must address systemic failures

March 30, 2022

By Vancouver is Awesome It’s high-time to recognize that it’s not so much Canada doing a favour for immigrants, but rather immigrants who are crucial to Canada’s labour market, according to a settlement advocate speaking at the 24th Metropolis Canada Conference on March 24. “Immigration is predominantly driven by labour market needs, and this will be true more so than ever. People are coming here because we need them,” Neelam...

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Canada to offer language training, employment assistance to Ukrainians fleeing war

March 30, 2022

By Vancouver is Awesome The government will help Ukrainians arriving in Canada find a job and learn to speak English or French, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said Monday. Applications opened March 17 for a program to allow an unlimited number of Ukrainians fleeing war in their home country to come to Canada for up to three years while they decide whether they want to apply for permanent residency. Those who...

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Discrimination is the top legal challenge facing immigrants in Victoria, study suggests

March 29, 2022

By CHEK News A recently released study is shining a light on some of the issues and challenges immigrants in Victoria and Vancouver face when it comes to accessing the Canadian legal system. Commissioned by the federal government and conducted by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA), the study is based on responses of 20 immigrants — 10 in Vancouver and 10 in Victoria — who were either facing, had faced...

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B.C. report finds temporary foreign workers suffer ‘troubling’ abuse

March 24, 2022

By Vancouver Sun | Temporary foreign workers in British Columbia who try to escape abusive workplaces face barriers in accessing legal assistance, translation services and overcoming the biases of immigration officers who investigate their complaints, according to a new report. The Migrant Workers Centre, a Vancouver-based non-profit group, examined 30 investigations by immigration officers into allegations made by migrant workers in B.C. and found what it calls “a troubling narrative.” “It...

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