Tuesday, March 20, 2007

First Days Guide Table of Contents

Arriving in Ontario
Finding a Place to Stay
Finding Information
Exchanging Money
Using the Telephone
Sending and Receiving Mail
Caring for Children
Applying for the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB)
Applying for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
Questions about Life in Ontario?This guide has general information that can help you to settle. If you have specific questions about your situation, visit our Discussion Area and get help from our experts and thousands of people just like you!
Applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
Learning English and French
Evaluating Education and Work Skills
Organizations that Can Help You

Immigrant Employment Loan Program

The Maytree Foundation -
Alterna Savings Immigrant Employment Loan Program provides access to credit for newcomers to pay for short-term training (up to 1 year) in order to find employment in their occupation. The maximum loan considered is $5,000, and funds can also cover an assessment of credentials, examination and professional association fees.

Currently borrowers are studying subjects such as midwifery, nursing, medical laboratory studies, pharmacy, family counseling, travel and tourism, tool and die making, engineering technology, design engineering, home inspection, purchasing, quality assurance, trucking, and welding. The majority of borrowers who have completed their training have been able to find jobs in their fields.

Who is eligible?
Applicants must either be a landed immigrant or protected person (Convention refugee) who resides in the Greater Toronto Area. He/she should demonstrate the following characteristics:
possess the education, skills, and experience in their chosen occupation that can be transferred to the Canadian workforce through short term training;
possess relevant English language skills to gain employment in their selected field;
is unable to obtain credit from traditional financial institutions due to lack of credit history and possibly a current lack of employment; and, is highly motivated to succeed.

What type of training/assessment is covered by a loan?
Loans provided through the program will cover the costs of training and/or assessments that meet the following criteria:
are short term - up to one year;
provide training/accreditation for an industry which produces salaries that are high enough to allow for repayment of loans with interest within a specific time frame;
provide training/accreditation for a high demand and growth industry;
leverage existing skills and knowledge of the immigrant or Convention refugee;
training and/or assessments are provided by a credible community-based, private or institutional trainer which has a history of providing quality training; and, leads directly to employment.

The maximum loan that will be considered is $5,000.
For more information please visit the loan program webpage. http://www.maytree.com/MaytreeInitiatives/FinancialAssistanceForImmigrantsAndRefugees/ImmigrantEmploymentLoanProgram.htm

Questions regarding Canadian Immigration

If you have any questions regarding the Canadian way of life and immigration, please email us or post your questions here and we will get some answers for your concerns. Also currently we are working on a "Bangla Blog" as per many requests that we received, where we will try to address the Canadian - Bangladeshi way of life, its benifits and flaws. Its a place to discuss your feelings towards the migration to Canada in Bangla. Coming soon...........



List of Federal Programs target to NEW CANADIANS all over Canada

This link is very helpful when you are new in Canada and need to find out all the federal benifits you can receive from the governmnet. This site will allow you to find out programs that are avaliable all over Canada (all province and territories).


Immigration Consultants for Canada

From our experience what we have seen is anyone, who has very little knowledge about the Canadian immigration system try to become an immigration consultant. This way most of the time even those people loose their chances that might have been accepted if they went to the proper immigration consultant.
Now this posting of ours will help many of you to determine how and who do you select in case if you need a consultant.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) realizes that the use of a representative to assist in completing your immigration application is a personal choice. Please note, the Government of Canada does not recommend or endorse any individual representative.

To verify if an immigration representative is authorized, you must know to which of these organizations they belong.

To which regulatory organization does the immigration representative belong?
A Canadian provincial or territorial law society
The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC)
The Chambre des notaires du Québec
Most law societies allow you to verify on-line if a lawyer is a member in good standing. The Law Societies of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick do not have on-line verification mechanisms. In order to verify if a lawyer belongs to these societies, you will need to contact the law society directly using the information provided.
Canadian provincial and territorial law societies

Law Society of British Columbia(English only)
845 Cambie Street Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V6B 4Z9 Tel.: (604) 669-2533Toll Free (in province):1-800-903-5300Fax: (604) 669-5232TTY: (604) 443-5700
Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://alt.lawsociety.bc.ca/lkup/mbr_search.cfmE-mail: memberinfo@lsbc.org

Law Society of Alberta(English only)
919-11th Avenue S.W.Suite 600 Calgary, Alberta Canada T2R 1P3 Tel.: (403) 229-4700Toll Free: 1-800-661-9003Fax: (403) 228-1728Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: www.lawsocietyalberta.com/memberSearch/Index.cfmE-mail: membership@lawsocietyalberta.com

Law Society of Saskatchewan(English only)
1100-2500 Victoria Avenue Regina, Saskatchewan Canada S4P 3X2 Tel.: (306) 569-8242(ask for Membership Services)Toll Free (in province): 1-800-667-9886Fax: (306) 352-2989Membership Validation ServiceE-mail: reception@lawsociety.sk.ca

Law Society of Manitoba(English only)
219 Kennedy Street Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3C 1S8 Tel: (204) 942-5571Fax: (204) 956-0624Membership Validation ServiceE-mail: admin@lawsociety.mb.ca

Law Society of Upper Canada
Osgoode Hall 130 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario Canada M5H 2N6 Tel.: (416) 947-3300Toll Free: 1-800-668-7380Fax: (416) 947-5263Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: www1.lsuc.on.ca/MemberDirectory/loadSearchPage.doE-mail: lawsociety@lsuc.on.ca

Barreau du Québec
(French only)
445 Saint-Laurent Boulevard Montréal, Quebec Canada H2Y 3T8 Tel.: (514) 954-3400Toll Free: 1-800-361-8495Fax: (514) 954-3464Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://www.barreau.qc.ca/en/repertoire/default.aspE-mail: infos@barreau.qc.ca

Law Society of New Brunswick
1133 Regent StreetSuite 206 Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada E3B 3Z2 Tel.: (506) 458-8540Fax: (506) 451-1421Membership Validation ServiceE-mail: general@lawsociety-barreau.nb.ca

Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society(English only)
Centennial Building1101-1645 Granville Street Halifax , Nova Scotia Canada B3J 1X3 Tel.: (902) 422-1491Fax: (902) 429-4869Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://www.nsbs.org/online/default.aspE-mail: info@nsbs.org

Law Society of Prince Edward Island(English only)
49 Water Street Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Canada C1A 7K2 Tel.: (902) 566-1666Fax: (902) 368-7557Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://www.lspei.pe.ca/lawyerlist.phpE-mail: jwyatt@lspei.pe.ca

Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador(English only)
P.O. Box 1028St. John’s, Newfoundland-and-LabradorCanada A1C 5M3 Tel.: (709)722-4740Fax: (709) 722-8902Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://www.lawsociety.nf.ca/members/dir.aspE-mail: janice.whitman@lawsociety.nf.ca

Law Society of Yukon(English only)
302 Steele StreetSuite 202 Whitehorse, Yukon Canada Y1A 2C5 Tel.: (867) 668-4231Fax: (867) 667-7556Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://www.lawsocietyyukon.com/membership.aspE-mail: lsy@yknet.yk.ca

Law Society of the Northwest Territories(English only)
50 Mini Mall5004-50th AvenueP.O. Box 1298 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Canada X1A 2N9 Tel.: (867) 873-3828Fax: (867) 873-6344
Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://www.lawsociety.nt.ca/and click on Member InformationE-mail: LSNT@TheEdge.ca

Law Society of Nunavut(English only)
P.O. Box 149Iqualuit, NunavutCanadaX0A 0H0 Tel: (867) 979-2330Fax: (867) 979-2333Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://lawsociety.nu.ca/members.htmlE-mail: lawsoc@nunanet.com

Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
Munich Re Center390 Bay Street, Suite 1600 Toronto, Ontario Canada M5H 2Y2 Tel.: (416) 572-2800Toll Free: 1-866-308-CSIC (2742)Fax: (416) 572-4114Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: http://www.csic-scci.ca/and click on “Membership List”E-mail: information@csic-scci.ca

Chambre des notaires du Québec
800 Place-Victoria Suite 700P.O. Box 162 Montréal, Quebec Canada H4Z 1L8 Tel.: (514) 879-1793Toll Free: 1-800-668-2473Fax: (514) 829-1932
Membership Validation ServiceWeb site: www.trouverunnotaire.com/ (French only)E-mail: admin@cdnq.org