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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Magazine to Meet Immigrant Needs

Many of you are Canadian immigrants or people planning to immigrate to Canada. In this post, I want to promote a Canadian magazine entirely  devoted to Canadian immigrants and their needs. 

Canadian Immigrant is a monthly publication distributed in Vancouver and Toronto, but available on line to anyone  interested in information related to immigrants. This magazine can  be extremely useful if you want information on legal, career, education, real estate issues or Canadian culture as well as many more topics. It can also give you hope and detailed information on how immigrants can become successful once they begin to accept that they are living in a  country where people do things and think differently than "back home."  But, I prefer to let the publisher tell  you about the magazine in his own words.

 The Canadian Immigrant: A Brief History

"When we set about researching the concept for the magazine, our investigations revealed some startling results. One of the most significant revelations  was that as immigrants leave their old role models behind, they need new positive role models — role models who can motivate them as they are settling in Canada.

Our research also showed that the information needs of immigrants are broadly the same. The challenges that they face are very similar regardless of their country of origin.

Information from Statistics Canada shows that it takes an immigrant an average of 10 years to settle in Canada. We know that immigrants suffer from lack of information. Could we in any way help that immigrant by providing information in an accessible format? Could we speed up the process of “settling in.”
It became increasingly clear that immigrant settlement issues involved more than just providing a brochure on how to get Social Insurance Number cards or open a bank account. There are broader information needs to be met.

That’s where our publication and website come in: we have made it our goal to help cover all the pertinent issues and challenges immigrants face, helping ease the settlement and integration process.

The content consists of stories of immigrants who have faced adversity and triumphed . We hope these stories will inspire inspire you on your own journey.  We also have columns from experts in fields such as immigration law, banking, careers, and real estate. estate. Our mission is to “inform, educate and motivate” every immigrant, whether they are planning to immigrate, are brand new to the country and are going through the early years of settlement or have been here for several years and are now looking for the next steps in their evolution. There’s truly something for everyone.

Above all,Canadian Immigrant helps immigrants settle in Canada by providing information, tools, resources and strategies for personal growth and success. We want to help immigrants to become successful contributors to both the Canadian economy and society.

At Canadian Immigrant, our vision is:
• To be the leader in providing information services to Canadian immigrants
• To be respected for our compassion and understanding of immigrants and their issues
• To provide a forum that will be the voice of the immigrant
• To share our success with the immigrant community
• To work with all levels of government and corporations to keep immigrant issues at the forefront while also working with them to provide solutions to issues


Many of you have told me that you don't know enough about Canadian culture and values because you don't have enough contact with people who were born here. Reading Canadian Immigrant regularly is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn valuable information about the people you live and work with, and whom many of your children will marry. 
This month, one of the main feature stories is about post secondary education options - an issue that many of you are interested in. If  you haven't heard of the magazine, or read any of its contents, I highly recommend that you visit its website and explore, not only the current issue, but also many of the articles in previous issues. You may end up having some of your many questions answered.
Again, here is the address: http://canadianimmigrant.ca/

Let me know what you think. I appreciate all of your comments.


  1. Thank you for giving us such a excellent material.It's a good magazine for us to know about Canadian living and culture.

  2. yes, thank you - it might be very interesting !


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