Finding job opportunities in Canada can be a difficult and frustrating process for new immigrants. A recent survey of 6402 skilled immigrants found that, while most were employed in permanent jobs, “only 39.1 per cent had positions with duties similar to what they had before immigration.” While it can be challenging, there are many agencies that can help you find the right job opportunity and career fit. Even better, most of these services are free of charge.
Moving to a new country and building community is filled with challenges. Newcomers can be overwhelmed by the strangeness of everything. New customs, new languages – finding your place in your new community can be overwhelming!
To build a sense of belonging requires making an active effort and practice. Many newcomers discover that their local libraries help them connect to their new community. With the many events and programs available, newcomers are able to quickly connect to other newcomers and Canadians with similar interests; they realize that others struggle and have challenges also and that they are not alone. There is comfort in this. When connections to their community are made, there is generally an increase in motivation, health, and happiness.
VICO Winter Solstice Celebration
If you’re a newcomer, you may be wondering about Christmas traditions in Canada. There are a few traditions that you may come across in preparation for Christmas Day all over Canada.
Popular traditions of this holiday include gift-giving, listening to Christmas music, attending church services, displaying Christmas decorations including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, garlands, wreaths and mistletoes. Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, brings gifts to children during the holiday season. Families gather and prepare and eat a turkey for dinner.