8 everyday tasks that are a struggle for newcomers during Canada’s winter

When you don’t know the winters in Canada, you can hardly imagine what it is really like to experience temperatures below zero. It’s something that you only learn when you come and live your first Canadian winter. For example I couldn’t have ever imagined that smiling on a windy winter day could make your teethContinue reading “8 everyday tasks that are a struggle for newcomers during Canada’s winter”

My first year blogging about Ottawa from an immigrant’s perspective

It’s been a year since I started a blog with a funny name. When I started writing “Ottawa is not boring”, I didn’t imagine how long I was going to keep writing it. The teacher told us to write a blog about a topic we felt passionate about. I didn’t have to think a lot,Continue reading “My first year blogging about Ottawa from an immigrant’s perspective”

How to immigrate to Canada as an international student

One of the many ways to migrate legally to Canada is to come as an international student. The advantages of this path are its quickness and the increased chances of obtaining permanent residence. Canada is currently the top study abroad destination, according to several surveys, due to its highly ranked universities, the quality of education,Continue reading “How to immigrate to Canada as an international student”

Expectations vs reality: What you should know if you’re moving to Canada

For everyone who has decided to emigrate, settling down in a new country is the adventure of our lives. Emigrating can be seen as a long held dream come true, but at the same time as a big risk or a huge mistake. No matter how good your research is before emigrating to Canada, manyContinue reading “Expectations vs reality: What you should know if you’re moving to Canada”

Eight Canadian habits and cultural differences that immigrants have to learn

Emigrating is not an easy thing for anyone. Starting a new life in a different country, immersing oneself in a different culture and using a different language presents many challenges. It can range from getting used to new habits to facing big cultural shocks. Moving to Canada is a big dream for many but whenContinue reading “Eight Canadian habits and cultural differences that immigrants have to learn”

Algonquin College: one of the best in Ontario and it’s in Ottawa

Once I moved to Ottawa I often heard the name Algonquin. Gradually I understood that people were referring to a college, and apparently a good one because I know of many people who have studied there. But it’s only more recently that I have found out that Algonquin College is one of the best inContinue reading “Algonquin College: one of the best in Ontario and it’s in Ottawa”

How to migrate to Canada through the Caregiver program

It is hardly news to anyone that there is a need for people who can work as a caregivers for children and the elderly in Canada. Did you know that there are two pilot programs through which you can get a temporary work permit as a caregiver and later on obtain Permanent Residence status? TheContinue reading “How to migrate to Canada through the Caregiver program”

Five strategies to embrace the Canadian winter

When my Canadian husband told his friends that he was moving back to Canada in the middle of the winter, with wife and three kids who had always lived in Peru and who had never experienced temperatures lower than 14 degrees Celsius, they thought he was crazy. They thought that it was going to beContinue reading “Five strategies to embrace the Canadian winter”

Where to study English or French in Ottawa

For many immigrants who come to Ottawa, mastering the English language is a must. If a newcomer doesn’t have an advanced level, they will need to look for a language school to fill in any gaps in order to succeed in the job market. In the case the newcomer speaks good English but doesn’t knowContinue reading “Where to study English or French in Ottawa”

My story as an immigrant in Canada

I’m not the normal immigrant who comes to Canada; the one that made the decision to emigrate and put all their efforts to achieve the so desirable Permanent Residence, and who succeeds after a long and tedious process through immigration authorities. I would like to have an interesting story of struggle and success to shareContinue reading “My story as an immigrant in Canada”