Canadian Connections Summit

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Connecting People & Places to Drive Newcomer Success

February 8th & 15th, 2023

Free to register and attend online from anywhere in the world.

Discover the Benefits

Who Should Attend?

The Canadian Connections Summit is a must-attend event if you have recently arrived in Canada or if you have applied to immigrate and have one of the following documents:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invitation to obtain pre-arrival services
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR)
  • Passport request letter that indicates Permanent
    Resident visa issuance
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) request that an applicant for permanent
    residence complete a medical exam
  • Single Entry Permanent Resident Visa
  • Permanent Resident Visa pick up notification letter.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

An Overview of Canada's Labour Market

Rebekah Young

Head of Inclusion and Resilience Economics, Scotiabank

Stephanie Santos

Project Coordinator,
Pre Arrival Canada

Understand what Canada’s short term economic & labour market forecast means for newcomer job prospects and get tips on how you can best prepare for the Canadian labour market before you arrive.

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Connect with our Exhibitors

Speak directly with employment service providers who can guide your job search activities, direct you to relevant resources, and answer your specific questions about working in Canada.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Evaluating Landing City Options

Farah Omran

Economist, Scotiabank

Cameron Moser

Director of Service and Program Development
ACCES Employment

Understand the correlation between employment opportunities, housing, and settlement support service availability so you can make smarter landing city decisions. You’ll get tips to prepare for arrival in your chosen city, and who to connect with after you’ve arrived.

This session will:

Connect with our Exhibitors

Connect with pre- and post-arrival service providers who can guide your settlement, housing, and financial first steps. You can also speak to representatives from newcomer support agencies from cities across Canada.


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Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, BCCA-Integrating Newcomers is the only Canada-wide, construction-focused, pre-arrival service that offers one-on-one coaching for immigrating Canadian Permanent Residents. The team supports clients heading to any city, province, or territory. While you are still in your home country, you will be mentored on job hunting and how to build your ‘Canadian experience’ faster. Services are delivered online and at your own pace. The team has strong partnerships with construction associations, credential/licensing authorities, employers and free settlement service providers across the country. We will help you build your connections and career before you land in Canada!

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Next Stop Canada is an online, pre-arrival settlement service funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. We offer youth and adult immigrants (ages 12+) personalized information, one-on-one support and settlement resources to help you prepare for life in Canada.

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Immigrant Services Calgary offers many services to ensure families and individuals have the support needed to successfully begin a new chapter of their lives in Canada. We can help you learn about daily life in Canada, prepare for the Calgary job market, assess your English language skills, and more!

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Peel Multicultural Council provides settlement and integration services to newcomers to Canada. Our services include English classes (LINC, ESL-Home based business), Enhanced Language Training, Job Search Workshops, Newcomer Settlement Program, Community Connections for adults and youth, Oath services and many more.

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The Regina Open Door Society is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina.

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Saskatoon Open Door Society helps newcomers get settled in Canada and in Saskatoon. It offers programs in the following areas: settlement and employment services, language training and translation services, family, youth and childcare services, community programs and events, local engagement and volunteering.

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Mainstreet Equity Corp. currently owns and manages rental properties exclusively throughout Western Canada, including larger portfolios in the Calgary area, Edmonton area, Lower Mainland BC, Regina, and Saskatoon, with additional buildings in Kamloops, Lethbridge, Vancouver Island, Vernon and Winnipeg.

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Rentals for Newcomers helps you to make an easier transition to life in Canada when it comes to finding rental housing! We connect you with the landlords who want to help you with your housing needs.

Acces Employment provides re-arrival support and resources to jobseekers and entrepreneurs who have been approved to move to Canada or have obtained legal status to work in Canada. Our Canadian Employment Connections program can help you prepare for your job search before you land. If you’d like to explore how to start your own business in Canada, we can support you with our Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival program.

Build ON offers online support to help you prepare to work in the skilled trades, engineering, and construction sectors in Ontario before you arrive in Canada. We can help you gain insight into these regulated industries and understand the process to get certified to work.

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ignite Fredericton attracts and welcomes new immigrants from around the world into the Fredericton, New Brunswick community. Newcomers are supported by a network of organizations that offer employment services, language training, settlement services, and business support.

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers helps newcomers to access community resources and navigate complex systems to access resources. Programs include employment, language, settlement, and community services.

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Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor (WEST) works to improve the employability of visible minority women in Windsor. We are committed to meeting the employment skills development needs of visible minority and newcomer womens. Our programs and services address individual and group needs to enhance employability and self-sufficiency.

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Rebekah Young

Head of Inclusion and Resilience Economics Scotiabank

Rebekah Young provides thought leadership on inclusive economic growth that ensures higher productivity gains translate into improvements in well-being that are shared broadly across society. She also promotes resilience such that households, firms, and the broader economy, adapt and thrive in an evolving global context. Her work underpins key Scotiabank priorities including Net-Zero Pathway and ScotiaRISE commitments. Rebekah joined Scotiabank in 2019 as Director, Fiscal & Provincial Economics, leading our work on provincial and federal economic and fiscal forecasts, public policy issues and the global auto sector. Previously, she held senior roles at the IMF, the Department of Finance, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She holds a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics in London, England, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and Singapore.

Stephanie Santos

Project Coordinator Pre Arrival Canada

Stephanie has worked in the pre-arrival sector for over four years and has experience working with newcomers and their families to support their integration and settlement in Canada before they arrive. Her post-graduate studies focused on psychology, as well as immigration and settlement.

Farah Omran

Economist, Scotiabank

Farah leads Scotiabank Economics department’s research into the Canadian housing and labour markets. She creates Scotiabank’s monthly Canadian Homes Sales: Housing News Flash. Farah holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, where she was a fellow at Massey College.