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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 12:35am
Enculer2:
Does immigrant in Canada drive Uber and engage in survival jobs?

Hi, as long as the immigrant has the right papers, wether as a PR holder or via work permit, you can get a Social Insurance Number. With your SIN, you are free to drive with Uber and pursue other jobs. All the best to you.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:26pm On Jan 23
Ambidextrause:
Good day All,

I just wanted to know how to go about Nigerian passport renewal. Already applied online and paid. But it seems they randomly assign interview date. The issue now is that the date assigned is too near and flight cost from Calgary to Ottawa for that period is crazy.

Is it possible to request for another date so as to check for cheaper flights and plan better, essentially?
Cc: @Blackbuddy, @40manlappy, @jesusbaby01

I've been informed by those who went for passport renewal recently in Ottawa that they are not strict with the dates. Just show up with your print out, proof of payment and you should be done in about 3 to 4 hours. Have a safe trip.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 6:42pm On Jan 22
MumofTwins2017:
Any family living in Mississauga with kids here? Just want to know if you’ve had good experiences so far with kids schooling, work and life generally. Would really appreciate your responses.

Hi, I lived in Mississauga for a year (an apartment building in Erindale, one of the neighborhoods there) with my family and it was very nice for us. My kids went to elementary (primary) school in the neighborhood, we had a shopping centre just a walking distance from us, had multiple banks opposite my building. Doctor's clinic also opposite us and barber shop next door. Erindale GO station down the road from my building so I was easily able to go to work by train in downtown Toronto. Wife worked opposite the Go Station with an American financial institution, the babe was bossing life very happily smiley

https://www.realestate-ontario.com/mississauga/erindale/

Moved to my house in Brampton and lived there for about 3 years in the Credit Valley neighborhood. Another great neighborhood and a fantastic investment for me. Nice, diverse neighborhood with lovely neighbors from all over the world. 2 green parks close by, elementary school in a walking distance, multiple shopping locations and health facilities in close proximity. Brampton GO station just 7 minutes drive away. Was quite fortunate in hitting the jackpot twice with the locations where I lived smiley

https://www.inbrampton.com/top-5-brampton-neighbourhoods-to-invest-in

My advise would be to research the particular neighborhood you're considering living in any city, look online to see what info is available, check the ranking of the elementary schools in the neighborhood, drive around there in the evenings to see things for yourself and hopefully, you'll find something great. All the best ahead.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 5:03pm On Jan 09
claseek:
after migrating via PNP, how many months or years before you become a PR, and can live and work anywhere?

Once you arrive here via PNP, you are a PR holder, same as those with Federal ITA. You are free to relocate from your province with no issues when you become a citizen. To become a Canadian citizen, you must:

be a permanent resident
have lived in Canada for 3 out of the last 5 years
have filed your taxes, and
pass a test on your rights, responsibilities and knowledge of Canada

https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=355&top=5

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 1:46pm On Jan 06
Happy New Year folks, looking forward to more landing gists this month. All the best of 2020 to those here in our new home.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:02pm On Dec 28, 2019
NumeroUno7:
Everyone is silent... Please share Christmas photos with us na embarassed

Here you go, a few shots from Blue Mountain Resort, Ontario.

Merry Christmas all smiley

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 5:06am On Dec 17, 2019
NwanyiOkpa:



wow!!!!!!!!!!! did you get here through studies?

No, I came as a Federal Skilled worker.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 5:05am On Dec 17, 2019
TEECANN:


grin grin

My landed senior....I should even drive down to come visit you one of these Sunday evenings. 


It will end in praise IJN!

Amen indeed! Hey, congrats on your recent certification, wishing you many open doors ahead.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 5:01pm On Dec 13, 2019
Toronto at night, Merry Christmas all smiley

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 6:31pm On Dec 12, 2019
Esomimi:
Good morning all,

Got my golden email yesterday and I am excited to be here. Please I really need advice. We sent our passports out yesterday and we are expecting it between end of December and second week of January because of the holidays and I have to give a month's notice at the office for resignation. The problem now is, we plan to land in Ontario in the first week of February, I am pregnant and due for delivery in April. I was told Ontario health card takes effect after 3 months.

Please how do I manage this? Certainly we don't have the funds to pay for medical bills when the baby arrives.

Please help!!!!!!

Congratulations on your golden email and also wishing you strenght and much blessings towards your safe and successful child birth. You will actually get free pre and post natal support for your childbirth through the Association of Ontario Midwives who do not require you to have a health card to be able to access health care in Ontario. They are fully funded by government and will provide you care and support from when you register and are placed in their system.

Just reach out to them through their contact details and start planning towards your happy day, https://www.ontariomidwives.ca/

Wishing you and your family all the best ahead smiley

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 6:33pm On Dec 03, 2019
Hello folks, an update on tax liability in Nigeria. Please stay informed especially if you have dealings back in Nigeria.

The info was copied from an online source and may be useful to you smiley

Millions of Nigerians will not have access to their bank accounts from January 2nd 2020, read why!
http://opr.news/news/detail/bd38e5f1be57f4259141a3808574fead?product=news

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 3:22pm On Nov 29, 2019
Hello folks, found this list on Twitter. Information on recruiting agencies. ���� Link to the original source at the bottom.

Here is a list of some International Recruitment agencies in Canada that source talent outside Canada.

Breakdown is based on location, some of the industries they recruit for and candidates they work with.

Short Thread.
1. Michael Page
Location: Toronto
Industry: All
Candidates: Banking & finance, Digital/ E-commerce, Engineering & Manufacturing, HR, IT, Marketing, Sales.

2. Island Recruiting
Location: Prince Edward Island
Industry: Home Care, Administrative
Candidates: HR, Care Givers.
3. Canada Connect
Location: Winnipeg
Industry: Engineering, Agric, Healthcare
Candidates: Professionals, Skilled Positions, Low-Skilled Positions, Engineers, Caregivers

4. Renard Int.
Location: Toronto
Industry: Hospitality
Cand: Sales & Marketing, Food & Beverage, Engineering.
5. Global Hire
Location: Edmonton, Calgary & Alberta
Industry: Health Care, Trucking, Welding & Skilled Labour
Candidates: Skilled Positions, Caregivers, Nursing.

6. Hays Recruitment Canada
Location: Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto & Montreal
7. Work Global Canada
Location: St. John
Industry: Engineering, Agric, Healthcare
Candidates: Professionals, Skilled Positions, Low-Skilled Positions, Engineers, Agriculture, Caregivers

8. Alliance Online
Location: Winnipeg
Industry: Agric, Construction, Energy, Automotive, IT.
9. Drake International
Location: Toronto
Industry: All
Candidates: Admin, Finance, Sales & Marketing, Drivers, IT & Engineering, HR, Warehousing.

10. Hire Immigrants.
Location: Toronto
Industry: All.
11. Outpost Recruitment
Location: Vancouver
Industry: Construction and Engineering
Candidates: Contractors, Engineering Consultancies, Developers.

12. Cowan International
Location: Montreal
Main Industry: Engineering & Construction Industries
Candidates: Related to the industry.

Source: https://threader.app/thread/1200120623793618946

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 12:18am On Nov 28, 2019
Lots of folks reached out about how to find rented accomodation so in addition to Airbnb, kijiji.ca and Facebook market place, you can find rental accomodation at these sites:

4rent.ca
Gottarent.com
Torontorentals.com
Viewit.ca
Realtor.ca
Rentfaster.ca
Zolo.ca
Padmapper.com
Zumper.com
Trovit.ca

Happy searching smiley

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 7:12pm On Nov 18, 2019
1mole1:
Please can a primary applicant do soft landing 1st before the rest of the family

Yes, the primary applicant can arrive before the rest of the family. Keep in mind that they have to land before the expiration of their COPR, all the best with your endeavors.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 3:36am On Nov 12, 2019
CanadianWasp:
Sooo, this might be quite a long read. Will try and make it short so it doesn't turn into a snoozefest, lol.

Cut your cloth according to your size. The bills here don’t stop, anything can happen so emergency funds aren’t optional. No look Uche face. Run your own race. Don’t get pressured into biting more than you can chew, especially when it comes to making huge decisions, like buying a house.

Last last, we go all dey alright �

Wonderful landing story, really appreciate the honest insight shared especially on not following the bandwagon and running your own race. So many have started what they now regret and can't finish over here. Stuck in positions that shame won't allow them reset and retrace their steps. Wishing you the best ahead.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 7:28pm On Nov 10, 2019
Perra:
I've done all I can for express entry but my score is still too damn low. I'm drained out . my own Canadian dream is dying before my eyes. Its well.

How does one get a job offer from home? Is it possible? Anyone done it before ? ..any help?? ... Teaching job, anything?

Hi, Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories. Between them, there are over 20 Provincial nomination programs you can key into to move you closer to PR. Don't be fixated only on Federal ITA, PNP has been the savior for many like you to immigrate as Skilled workers. So research the various provinces and nomination programs that don't require a job offer and channel your energy in that direction. Find the one(s) you can meet their requirements and focus on those. There will be light at the end of the tunnel, all the best.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/provincial-nominees/eligibility.html

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 5:33pm On Nov 09, 2019
Hi folks, it's that time of year again and I'm sharing a lovely piece I came across. Kudos to the person who put it together.

Lest We Forget �

November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada.

It is a day Canadians set aside to remember men and women that served and continue to serve in the armed forces to preserve our freedom.

A moment of silence is observed to remember these war heroes for their sacrifice and courage during times of war and conflict. It is also a day Canadians show their respect and gratitude to the armed forces who have laid down their lives for the country.

There are many ways to get involved:
- Attend a Remembrance Day ceremony near you
- Observe a moment of silence on November 11th at 11am
-Watching any of the various ceremonies online
- Donate and buy a POPPY

On this day Banks are closed.
To learn more about this solemn celebration especially in your area, please Google more info.
Happy long weekend to everyone.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 5:27pm On Nov 09, 2019
juicebox:
Hello fam,

Please did anyone encounter this issue, where your iPhone from Nigeria does not accept a Canadian sim card but gives you the attached error message. Please note that my iPhone is unlocked. Please how did u resolve it?

Hi, some phone products are meant for certain markets only and won't work outside that particular market eg Africa, Asia or Middle East. This applies to both Apple and Android products, some folks were not able to use their old phones in Canada and had to buy here.
One work-around you can try is to get a SIM from another carrier and maybe that might be compatible with your current phone. If this doesn't work then you'd have to consider getting a phone here. All the best.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 5:37pm On Oct 04, 2019
40manlappy:


If you come in under the FSW program, you can live and work anywhere in Canada, including Québec, and without a CSQ. I lived there for some months, if that helps.

cc @AZeD1

Feedback and clarification much appreciated!

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 9:39pm On Sep 30, 2019
AZeD1:

I landed in Montreal and I know several people that have landed in Montreal.

Then again, I and everyone who I know that landed in Montreal were heading to Ottawa

Hi, landing in Quebec/using them to transit is not the issue or a problem but settling and working there is especially if you don't have their Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate)

I'm not sure but has anyone who didn't have the Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ – Québec Selection Certificate) actually settled in Quebec?

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 6:45pm On Aug 16, 2019
So let me give my review of the Toronto City Pass and the tourist attractions it covers.

Buying online is very convenient and you get your receipt instantly with your email address. It contains a barcode for you and each other person you bought tickets for. The pass is valid for 9 days from date of purchase so I bought it the Saturday morning I planned to go to the attractions.

I recommend visiting Ripley's Aquarium and CN Tower on the same day as they are just steps from each other.

Next recommendation is to visit Toronto Zoo on it's own, you need a whole day to cover the different zones of the zoo.

Royal Ontario Museum and Casa Loma (biggest castle in Canada) are also close to each other so you plan to see both in one day.

You have to make choice between ROM and Ontario Science Center to complete your pass so I decided to see the Museum with my City Pass as I already got free vouchers elsewhere to the Science Centre.

It took me 2 weekends and a public holiday to see it all and it was well worth it �

https://www.citypass.com/toronto

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 3:35am On Aug 16, 2019
endee1996:
hi everyone, pls I need guidelines on how to go about a tourist visa. can anyone pls pit me through?

Everything you need to apply for a visit visa can be found here, https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/apply-visitor-visa.html

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:15pm On Aug 01, 2019
praiseisgood:
Senior @Blackbuddy, permission to PM you please.

Thank you aplenty (in advance)

Hi @praiseisgood, please go ahead.
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:33pm On Jul 17, 2019
snowlordng:
Guys pls I need urgent ans ...am migrating to canada through the newly lunched caregiver program ....I have gotten a job remaining to apply for visa .....my problem is that I have 3 children who are bearing their father's surname and am like a single mother cause their father went to Europe when they were small and we didn't do traditional marriage or wedding all we did was normal introduction to our parents ...pls how am I going to prove to Canadian immigration that am the mother of the 3 children since we're are not bearing same surname .

Hello, birth certificates naming you as the birth mother of the kids will be sufficient. You can get these from the hospitals of birth and/or from NPC - National Population Commission in your area. It would also be good to approach a family court in your area to get documentation evidencing you have sole custody of all the kids as the father is not in the picture. This may come in handy when time comes to issue the kids their visas. All the best ahead.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:28pm On Jul 17, 2019
TEECANN:


Congratulations Raphrulz...it was nice meeting you. Very interesting and knowledgeable brother and friend.

I'm coming with my own landing gist too but Conestoga College course assignments don't want me be to be famed. grin
I landed right into it as I have gotten the admission since and even done some online classes whilst in Nigeria.

May the land favour us and every other of our compatriots here.

NB. But quite a number of people landed this summer...best time of the year I guess.

It will all end in praise IJN

Ah chief, I see you. Hope Kitchener life is going great so far.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:26pm On Jul 17, 2019
raphrulz:
My Landing Story
I got my PPR in March 2019 after more than a 5-month wait. It was a very tiring experience, I must acknowledge. Well, I sent my documents and passport the next day to Accra through the usual channel. I was overly excited but knew that the real work had just begun.
Immediately, I decided to book my flight through Ethiopian airline for July 19th after considering the best prices and taking into consideration my notice period at the office. After much considerations, I decided to change my flight date to an earlier date (July 13th) because of some commitments on the 19th which I really did not want to affect my traveling date. Mind you, I did all these before my COPR arrived because if I had waited, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the best of prices as my scheduled flying date was at the peak of summer.

So far so good, it’s been fine here, the weather has been warm, I have done my SIN at Service Canada on Monday (considering the fact that I landed on Sunday), opened bank accounts, registered with a phone network provider and stuffs. This was after I had missed my way like twice when using the buses here oo ���
But all glory to God for speed and making all fall in place. My apologies for the very long story. I wish everyone still in the process divine speed and safe trip into Canada.
God bless you.
It has finally ended in praise!

Hey, welcome to Canada. You came at a good time with great weather in the 6 this week. All the best ahead as you settle in.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 12:45pm On Jun 25, 2019
laminaria:
@Smslive2 Good to know u are in Edmonton.

@Ifeoma77 That was a lovely tour n sight seeing.

@all the newly landed guys make God make Canada our peaceful home.

By the way pls where’s @blackbuddy, @congo2 @maternal @Salford1 pls make una Dey drop those useful hints Abeg.

Ever present, hope you're doing great smiley
Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 2:23am On Jun 18, 2019
It was a great day to be in downtown Toronto as the victory parade was held for the Toronto Raptors, 2019 NBA Champions. Sight from Nathan Philips Square.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 6:10pm On Jun 11, 2019
TheAfrikan:
Good evening,

I would like to ask, "how is the Civil Engineering career is like in Canada?" have gone online buh I'm seeing very generic answers there. Please if anyone has an idea, please share it with me.

Thank you.

Hi, why not look directly at civil engineering vacancies in various cities, the requirements for the jobs posted and also research the requirements to be licensed as an engineer in each/your target province?

This is a more realistic way to gauge the prospects and what you require to know and do in order to succeed. Knowing where there are the most opportunities and what is required to attract hiring managers is a targeted approach in addition to building a network of people who can guide and refer you. To learn how to cook, one needs to enter the kitchen smiley All the best.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 7:13pm On May 22, 2019
Phaytie:
Good day house.

Please, I want to enquire, which part of Canada will be best suitable for an Optometrists who will be relocating from Nigeria, so as to get licensed and find a job, and subsequently also pursue a dream of second degree in Medicine.

Please, answers and opinions are much needed. Thanks.

Hi, I think the first thing to do would be to find out what it takes to practice as an optometrist in Canada. If you are ready to complete this process, you need to get your optometry credential evaluated, see here http://forac-faroc.ca/

Then you need to review the provincial regulations, that is, you need to know what it takes to practice in each province as each province here has their own guidelines. I believe eye care is a universal need, people everywhere will need eye care so there will be opportunities everywhere. You need to determine which province has requirements/guidelines you can meet and then decide wether you would like to settle there.

You can check here for contact details on the provincial regulatory authorities you can reach out to, http://forac-faroc.ca/members/provincial-regulatory/

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 10:50pm On Apr 19, 2019
pejuhazel:
Hello everyone, please this is for the account and finance people in the house; I am an accountant and I plan to write CIMA soon(my school has an MoU with CIMA, so I'm only going to write the strategic case study exam). I plan to convert to CPA once I'm done.
I'm thinking of focusing my career in corporate finance, so I will appreciate any tips landed seniors in the house can offer. Anything that will aid job search and landing a job. My plan is to land in Alberta.
@Blackbuddy
@czaratwork
Thanks

Hi, if the MOU your school will gives you some exemptions towards the CIMA, it's not a bad idea to go ahead.

CIMA does have MoU with CPA Canada so please study the details here and be better informed for the journey ahead, https://www.cpaontario.ca/become-a-cpa/why-cpa/internationally-trained-accountants/cima-mutual-recognition-agreement

As you requested for info directly from CPA, we'd appreciate if you could share the response to guide others. Looking forward to this.

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Travel / Re: Living In Canada/Life As A Canadian Immigrant Part 2 by Blackbuddy: 4:31pm On Mar 27, 2019
Iyamarun:
Pls I want to inquire if anyone ever travelled with their pets before. Is it allowed? How did you go about it?

I heard its "importing" the pet

The dog go get permanent residence too? grin grin grin grin

Hi, you are allowed to bring pets into Canada but you need to be aware of and prepare/apply for inspection/quarantine in addition to getting an import permit before hand.

These links will be useful to you as you seek info and get things in order well ahead of your trip;

https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/fpa-apa/fees-droits-eng.html

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/policies/live-animals/pets/eng/1326600389775/1326600500578

https://clearit.ca/canadian-customs-broker-blog/crossing-the-border-with-your-pet/

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