If you are an immigrant living in Canada, no matter from which
part of the world you came, your chance of successfully integrating
into Canadian society can be greatly improved by following a few
important guidelines. According to "Seven Success Secrets for
Canadian Immigrants" by Nick Noorani, some of the most
Staying positive throughout the process
Integrating yourself into Canadian society
Venturing outside your own ethnic circle
Having a strong Plan B if things don't work out
Learning one or both official languages
Noorani claims that many immigrants coming to Canada fail to
embrace and learn either English or French, when they would have
eagerly taken language classes if they had relocated to a different
country. If anyone immigrating to Canada wants to become fully
integrated into Canadian society, learning English or French is a
Take Lessons for Free
If your budget has been holding you back from learning English
or French, there is a program that aims to tackle that
problem. If you are new to the country and you have permanent
resident status, you are likely eligible to take language classes
that are paid for the Government. Classes are usually
available for children, youth and adults and are always taught by
qualified instructors. If you are serious about staying in
Canada, learning all the ins and outs of at least one of the
official languages makes a lot of sense.
A Variety of Classes
Not only are new resident language classes available
free-of-charge, there are also different types of classes available
to meet your specific needs. Some classes provide general
language training for everyday living, some provide
workplace-specific language training, some teach literacy and
language and some provide language training for people with special
Classes are available in a classroom setting, but are also
available online or through printed materials for those who are not
close to a language training facility. In some cases, the cost
of transportation or child care may be covered while language
training is taking place.
Why It's Important
Learning English or French is important for new arrivals to the
country because it gives them the ability to communicate, and
communication is probably the key element when it comes to making a
new life in a foreign country. Communication equals freedom, and
freedom is one of the reasons many immigrants decide to move to
Canada in the first place.
The ability to speak English or French makes virtually
everything easier, including:
Starting and running a business
Enrolling kids in school
Making new friends
Finding a house or apartment
Opening a bank account
Buying a car
Naturally, English is spoken in much of the country outside
Quebec, but being able to carry on a conversation in either
language will enable immigrants to communicate with all government
offices no matter what province they live in.
The Numbers Don't Lie
One recent statistic from 2011 shows that 63.5% of Canadians
with a first language that was something other than French or
English, spoke English as their language of choice while at home.
That must mean the official languages are creeping in there, and
the percentages will likely increase as more people come in and
more recognize the importance of learning the language.
If you've just arrived or you're waiting for relatives
to arrive, take advantage of the free classes. There's nothing
to be afraid of and the transition will be a lot smoother.
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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