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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Morbolar: 9:41am On Jan 20
Tone23:


@Morbolar. Yes, I've already landed but sorry, I'm not a pharmacist so I may not be in the best position to give you those specific details relating to the field over here.

I was just privy to the information and I thought it good to share with my people on the thread just in case some finds it beneficial or knows someone that would. Nevertheless, I think some more knowledgeable folks like @Salford1 might be able to give some more discipline-specific and detailed insights in that regard. Cheers!

Oh okay. Thanks. Was a good gesture.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Unlimited22: 9:49am On Jan 20
200!!!

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by honey86: 2:10pm On Jan 20
sleekchic:


Please are fertility treatments also free for PR?
Only in Ontario as far as I know.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-fertility-treatments

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by AZeD1(m): 2:30pm On Jan 20
Would the guys currently based in Ottawa be open to having a weekend get together?

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Zandee3(m): 4:18pm On Jan 20

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by sleekchic(f): 4:34pm On Jan 20
honey86:

Only in Ontario as far as I know.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-fertility-treatments

Thanks alot, and one must be resident in Ontario to benefit right?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Nwandy218: 4:49pm On Jan 20
As an Ottawa aspirant, I cocur. Abeg make una do 1 before I land.
AZeD1:
Would the guys currently based in Ottawa be open to having a weekend get together?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by damidamsel: 4:55pm On Jan 20
Good day all....

Please I'll like to find out, for those who travelled with more than 10kCAD, please how did you go about it. For those who didn't go with much cash, how did you move your funds please?.

Also please i have been reading about getting valuations fir jewelries. Does this include beads and costume jewelries or strictly gold. Does it include like wedding bands and earrings we have on please?

Sorry if i am asking questions that has been overflogged, if this be the case, Kindly direct me to the page(s) it is. Thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Iyamefa: 7:38pm On Jan 20
sleekchic:


Thanks alot, and one must be resident in Ontario to benefit right?

Yes, to be eligible for government-funded fertility treatments, you must live in Ontario and have a valid Ontario health card.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Iyamefa: 7:43pm On Jan 20
damidamsel:
Good day all....

Please I'll like to find out, for those who travelled with more than 10kCAD, please how did you go about it. For those who didn't go with much cash, how did you move your funds please?.

Also please i have been reading about getting valuations fir jewelries. Does this include beads and costume jewelries or strictly gold. Does it include like wedding bands and earrings we have on please?

Sorry if i am asking questions that has been overflogged, if this be the case, Kindly direct me to the page(s) it is. Thanks

Just a short response : you can travel with whatever amount you wish to travel with as long as you declare. Traveling with Over $10k cash is not a crime in Canada. You can also come with a part of it and leave the rest in your Nigerian usd account with an active atm card and/or Internet/mobile banking for transfers. A friend/family member of yours can also help transfer funds to you when you get here. Your choice

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by bbaby84(f): 8:43pm On Jan 20
honey86:

Only in Ontario as far as I know.
https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-fertility-treatments

And there's a limit
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by sleekchic(f): 9:30pm On Jan 20
Iyamefa:


Yes, to be eligible for government-funded fertility treatments, you must live in Ontario and have a valid Ontario health card.

Thank you very much
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by ray78: 10:56pm On Jan 20
Good evening guys,so i'm set to travel next week Monday.Bought my tickets-Ethiopian Airlines.Got some questions to ask.
1)At arrival at the Toronto Airport on Tuesday morning by 8am,can my USD dollars be changed to Canadian dollars at the airport?Can i get a phone sim at the airport too?Which line is preferable and what price?
2)How do i transport myself from airport to my hosts place-cab or train?Are there airport cabs?or do i Uber?
3)How soon can i set up my bank account?Are there banks in the airport?Which bank is the best for new PRs?
Really appreciate any feedback.Thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Canadianfly: 11:07pm On Jan 20
ray78:
Good evening guys,so i'm set to travel next week Monday.Bought my tickets-Ethiopian Airlines.Got some questions to ask.
1)At arrival at the Toronto Airport on Tuesday morning by 8am,can my USD dollars be changed to Canadian dollars at the airport?Can i get a phone sim at the airport too?Which line is preferable and what price?
2)How do i transport myself from airport to my hosts place-cab or train?Are there airport cabs?or do i Uber?
3)How soon can i set up my bank account?Are there banks in the airport?Which bank is the best for new PRs?
Really appreciate any feedback.Thanks

Why the rush to change your USD at the airport? Cabs in Canada accept USD too, if you're worried about how to pay. In fact most big stores do. My advice is to hold to your USD till you open an account. Deposit your USD, then change it using the bank rate and get more for your money. So much better than doing BDCs at the airport for a ridiculous rate.

Transporting yourself, is up to you. You can walk too if you're up for it grin. I kid. However the answer to that question depends on where your host lives. I'm pro uber sha...as it is cheaper than cab. However I believe you have to have a credit card for this? Not sure about Canada but America doesn't accept cash transactions like in Naija. So have a card registered on your uber account for payment.

You can set up your bank account when you are ready. Even that day you land if you're up for it. grin

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by trishachi: 11:19pm On Jan 20
AZeD1:
Would the guys currently based in Ottawa be open to having a weekend get together?

Yea sure. I'm interested.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Blackbuddy: 1:37am On Jan 21
Omalitchar:

Hello Blackbuddy,
I am also interested in the AML career opportunity and pathway. looking at changing career from internal control and audit to AML
Please share your thoughts on the prospects in the AML career path in canada generally
Thank you.

Okay for those with a similar career path to mine, let me share my thoughts on how to transit to roles in AML (Anti Money Laundering) based on my experience. I've worked across Inspection/Internal Audit, Internal Control and Investigation/Forensic Audit across 5 banks and ended up specialising\heading a Fraud Investigation unit in the 5th bank before I came to Canada.
So my experiences cut across various fields and banks and knowing how to market my self appropriately here without Canadian experience was key. Apart from identifying/contacting top recruiting firms in banking, I had to understand the local market, what area of expertise is in demand and its requirements and how I can fit into that in-demand field. I've previously shared about my time with Acces Employment and the advantage of newcomer training for skilled international professionals like us, you can read back to get my take on this. I've also recently shared a list of top recruiters, some of whom can get you into the AML world here.
I particularly found Randstad, Robert Half and Hays to be actively recruiting for the major AML employers like BMO, HSBC and RBC for contract positions. CIBC only hires full timers for their AML while BMO sometimes recruits for full time roles. TD and Scotiabank also appear to hire full timers. Most people get their start in AML through contract positions and then wrangle a full time role. Indeed.ca, eluta.ca and LinkedIn are great sources for finding AML roles so you can study the requirements of the job at different levels. I also found networking to be very good while I was at Acces. They would invite senior employees of top employers to come and give us career talks on how their organisations work and how they got their start in their careers as well as what they look out for when hiring for their banks. When you mix with such people, you can grow your network with people working within your field and even meet hiring managers. It all depends on how fast you learn to mix with Canadians and how to effectively sell your self. Please learn about elevator pitch as you research and make enquiries about where to get newcomer training.
Once you get into the system, you are able to grow and switch tangents within the AML group at most banks. I started in AML Investigations and was headhunted to jon the High Risk/Enhanced Due Diligence team. Other depts in AML include Sanctions, Governance, Solutions and Operations. Other career options include Financial Crime Monitoring, Fraud Investigations, Analytics and Financial Intelligence. Wherever your research takes you, just remember that you need not be in a rush but take your time to find that area you`re most comfortable with and put in the work to make yourself ready as the best candidate available for your desired role. Preparation is more important then mere desire so that you are ready when opportunity presents itself. I trust this helps you in getting started, cheers.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by MummyJaygirls: 5:23am On Jan 21
mamacajah:

Thanks dearie, working seriously on it but right now, I need to do PNP or school to come over successfully. It is well. We will all meet in canny land 2018. wink

hallos

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by foreverkind1(m): 3:56pm On Jan 21
Guys ,please ! Whats your take on this ,i studied bsc banking and finance ,i want to pursue my msc in finance in canada . pls guys whats d job prospect like for finance
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by 40manlappy: 5:09pm On Jan 21
40manlappy:


Welcome bro. Will check now

@daremum I never got your message. Please resend.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by mamacajah: 5:24pm On Jan 21
MummyJaygirls:


hallos
hola.. trust you are settling in well, any job search/ school search gist for us yet? wink
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by kazchick(f): 5:36pm On Jan 21
Please this is still outstanding. Can someone help to answer?

kazchick:
Hello My peoples,
Please which province would be great for product managers in digital banking / fintech? what are the career options there? Any training to be done? I have an open mind though.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by TheCongo2: 5:51pm On Jan 21
ray78:
Good evening guys,so i'm set to travel next week Monday.Bought my tickets-Ethiopian Airlines.Got some questions to ask.
1)At arrival at the Toronto Airport on Tuesday morning by 8am,can my USD dollars be changed to Canadian dollars at the airport?Can i get a phone sim at the airport too?Which line is preferable and what price?
2)How do i transport myself from airport to my hosts place-cab or train?Are there airport cabs?or do i Uber?
3)How soon can i set up my bank account?Are there banks in the airport?Which bank is the best for new PRs?
Really appreciate any feedback.Thanks

Just on a side note.
If you are traveling with $10,000( 10 thousands), you will need to declare it at POE. Failure to do so may result in your money be confiscated.
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by foreverkind1(m): 12:22am On Jan 22
foreverkind1:
Guys ,please ! Whats your take on this ,i studied bsc banking and finance ,i want to pursue my msc in finance in canada . pls guys whats d job prospect like for finance
Pls guys !
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by TheCongo2: 4:11am On Jan 22
Lhimeet:
Good day,please I want to know if Canada visa lottery is out? ...Anyone with any info ? Will duly appreciate...Thank You

Canada visa lottery? Never heard about.

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by mecuryf(f): 5:19am On Jan 22
Good day all ;
Please how can i cargo excess luggage to canada.
Thanks
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Blackbuddy: 5:26am On Jan 22
Lhimeet:
Good day,please I want to know if Canada visa lottery is out? ...Anyone with any info ? Will duly appreciate...Thank You
Hi, Canada doesn't have and has never held a lottery system for PR visas. You'll have to apply for an eligible PR program. Study the info here, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=006&top=4
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by cathymia: 7:35am On Jan 22
Greetings from Calgary! And Happy New Year everyone...

Moved over from the other thread post PPR, our application was delayed at the dreaded London visa office over 6months

Landed a month ago (on the first holiday snow day in December) Eeek! With my husband and 3 month old �, other than a stomach bug that started just as we left Lagos, baby was super well behaved (thank God for pacifiers)

I hardly remember running into customs at the airport, cos check-in was a breeze (1 duffel bag with food stuff), weighed 5check in and 4hand luggage bags accurately from home, so no reshuffling..

Flight was great, layover in Amsterdam for 6/7hours and then to Calgary

Landing procedure didn't take more than 5mins after waiting in a short queue, declared $10k +, and all food stuff so I think that helped, also printed a goods to follow form ready when they asked...

We had a friend help us check out an apartment, filled out the application and all, only to find out while in transit that she declined our application cos we didn't have jobs (though my friend had told her we are new PR immigrants before she sent us the application),anyways, we found another place just before Christmas..

1st January: Had to go get formula for my lil'lady and decided to go with the bus for the first time since I was going alone (we had been uber-ing around with the baby cos of subzero temperatures)
Needed to get 2 buses there...planned the journey with Google Maps...the first bus was delayed 40mins!!!, this should have been a good time to go back to our warm flat, but I was determined � (BTW, did I mention it was -20degrees with wind chill of about -35?)
Second bus was delayed another 20mins...at that point I was sure I was going to freeze to death...my fingers were freezing in my gloves! Got to the store and wandered around to get warm, bought the formula and decided Uber cos I cannot come and kill myself, got my phone out, and the battery just drained suddenly from 60%...�
Stood by the exit asking people to help with uber so I give them cash, but most people have cars hence no uber app, finally got a Congolese guy who was kind enough to get me home, thank God...a 30mins store run took about 4hours...oh well, got a story out of it...�

So far, so good...we have met with settlement and career advisors with different agencies while applying for jobs...general advice has mostly been NETWORKING! Based on this, I have revived my LinkedIn account smiley


Would really appreciate advice from those who have settled in who might have an idea of /leads for paid or unpaid internships in the public health/ not for profit sector and Architecture as well...

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Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by vascey(m): 8:52am On Jan 22
cathymia:
Greetings from Calgary! And Happy New Year everyone...


We had a friend help us check out an apartment, filled out the application and all, only to find out while in transit that she declined our application cos we didn't have jobs (though my friend had told her we are new PR immigrants before she sent us the application),anyways, we found another place just before Christmas..

1st January: Had to go get formula for my lil'lady and decided to go with the bus for the first time since I was going alone (we had been uber-ing around with the baby cos of subzero temperatures)
Needed to get 2 buses there...planned the journey with Google Maps...the first bus was delayed 40mins!!!, this should have been a good time to go back to our warm flat, but I was determined � (BTW, did I mention it was -20degrees with wind chill of about -35?)
Second bus was delayed another 20mins...at that point I was sure I was going to freeze to death...my fingers were freezing in my gloves! Got to the store and wandered around to get warm, bought the formula and decided Uber cos I cannot come and kill myself, got my phone out, and the battery just drained suddenly from 60%...�
Stood by the exit asking people to help with uber so I give them cash, but most people have cars hence no uber app, finally got a Congolese guy who was kind enough to get me home, thank God...a 30mins store run took about 4hours...oh well, got a story out of it...�

So far, so good...we have met with settlement and career advisors with different agencies while applying for jobs...general advice has mostly been NETWORKING! Based on this, I have revived my LinkedIn account smiley


Would really appreciate advice from those who have settled in who might have an idea of /leads for paid or unpaid internships in the public health/ not for profit sector and Architecture as well...


Well done. Thank you so much for telling us about your landing. I hope it encourages others to do same.

If I may ask, how did you eventually get accommodation? Did you have to wait till you go employed or you got an understanding landlord? Do you still think it is possible to do this online before arrival (besides Airbnb)

I am shocked to hear about the bus delays. For an environment with such extreme weather, 40 mins in the cold could be the difference between life and death; especially for a pregnant woman or some sick person. Isn't there a way to track the movement of the bus. I mean besides the schedule, actually knowing where the bus is via GPS and estimating the time to arrival to your bus stop.

Finally, please how long did it take to get your health card upon landing? I mean how long did it take for you to access the free healthcare in Calgary?
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by cathymia: 9:11am On Jan 22
[quote author=vascey post=64409899]

@accommodation: we kept searching kijiji and rentfaster...contacted the landlords and declared our status before requesting a viewing til we found one who didn't mind our immigrant status upon calling our references... as to the possibility of getting a place, it will definitely help if you know someone in the city who would also act as a reference
Still job hunting

@bus delays...the holidays here translates to services being less efficient here unfortunately...waited to get our Wi-Fi installed by a technician about 2weeks because, holiday...

@health card, it took about 7working days post-application, we haven't accessed care yet...
Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by winter(f): 10:17am On Jan 22
Thanks for sharing your landing experience.

I have a baby who is less than 2 months and we looking at landing in Canada next month.

How did you manage your baby's clothing given the weather in Canada? As per the cover up...

Will send you a pm

cathymia:
Greetings from Calgary! And Happy New Year everyone...

Moved over from the other thread post PPR, our application was delayed at the dreaded London visa office over 6months

Landed a month ago (on the first holiday snow day in December) Eeek! With my husband and 3 month old �, other than a stomach bug that started just as we left Lagos, baby was super well behaved (thank God for pacifiers)

I hardly remember running into customs at the airport, cos check-in was a breeze (1 duffel bag with food stuff), weighed 5check in and 4hand luggage bags accurately from home, so no reshuffling..

Flight was great, layover in Amsterdam for 6/7hours and then to Calgary

Landing procedure didn't take more than 5mins after waiting in a short queue, declared $10k +, and all food stuff so I think that helped, also printed a goods to follow form ready when they asked...

We had a friend help us check out an apartment, filled out the application and all, only to find out while in transit that she declined our application cos we didn't have jobs (though my friend had told her we are new PR immigrants before she sent us the application),anyways, we found another place just before Christmas..

1st January: Had to go get formula for my lil'lady and decided to go with the bus for the first time since I was going alone (we had been uber-ing around with the baby cos of subzero temperatures)
Needed to get 2 buses there...planned the journey with Google Maps...the first bus was delayed 40mins!!!, this should have been a good time to go back to our warm flat, but I was determined � (BTW, did I mention it was -20degrees with wind chill of about -35?)
Second bus was delayed another 20mins...at that point I was sure I was going to freeze to death...my fingers were freezing in my gloves! Got to the store and wandered around to get warm, bought the formula and decided Uber cos I cannot come and kill myself, got my phone out, and the battery just drained suddenly from 60%...�
Stood by the exit asking people to help with uber so I give them cash, but most people have cars hence no uber app, finally got a Congolese guy who was kind enough to get me home, thank God...a 30mins store run took about 4hours...oh well, got a story out of it...�

So far, so good...we have met with settlement and career advisors with different agencies while applying for jobs...general advice has mostly been NETWORKING! Based on this, I have revived my LinkedIn account smiley


Would really appreciate advice from those who have settled in who might have an idea of /leads for paid or unpaid internships in the public health/ not for profit sector and Architecture as well...



Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant by Lhimeet(m): 11:30am On Jan 22
Blackbuddy:

Hi, Canada doesn't have and has never held a lottery system for PR visas. You'll have to apply for an eligible PR program. Study the info here, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=006&top=4
Thank You

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