Immigration to Canada: How to build your network in new country

When we came to Canada six years ago we didn't know many people here. In fact we knew only one family who lived here already and whom were kind enough to meet us at the airport after landing along with our friend from New York who came to Toronto to meet us and our realtor who was helping us to find a place to live. The family we knew introduced us to another family and we became a good friends but that was it. That was the only network we had in Toronto at that time.
We can describe ourself as very friendly people so with no plan and I would say subconsciously we've started to build our network here. After a year or so we already knew quite a few people by then we were starting slowly realize how important the connections and the network are, here in Canada. No matter what your business or occupation is it would help you to succeed.
So here are the 6 steps how to grow your network.
1. Be friendly with people. Don't be shy to do small talks with people everywhere. W…

Life in Canada: How To Buy A Home in Toronto, Ontario

What you should know if you want to buy a home in Canada. 
Probably every immigrant who is coming to Canada have a dream of ownership of the house and if not, eventually you would have that dream at some point. And the good news, the dream can come true one day. Yes we have really crazy housing market today in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area but it can be real. For us, as young family, it came true on third year of our living in Canada. We bough a house in which we still happily live today and today our home is worth almost double from the price we bought it but this is another story.

So what are the steps to buying a home in Greater Toronto Area?
1. You should determine if homeownership is right for you or not. It is not a secret that some people feel more comfortable living in rent for long period of time and they don't want to be committed to certain obligations connected to ownership of the home. But if you want to buy anyway there something you should consider before. Proper…

Top 10 mistakes after immigration to Canada

Top 10 mistakes after immigration to Canada
1. Try to find your first home in good neighbourhood or community. First impression from the new country is very important and don't spoil your excitement after landing in Canada. In our opinion It is better to avoid ethnic minority communities.
2. Don't agree to be a part of the fraud schemes. Especially with insurance, mortgage, banks, taxes All information you need you can find on government websites and government organizations websites. You can always call to the Service Canada, Service Ontario (or other province) or special organizations that help immigrants such Welcome Centre or YMCA.
3. Don't adjust country to experience that you have from your home country. Some of the countries such USA or Australia might have a lot of common with Canada, but many countries are totally different so be ready to 
4. Don't bribe. Never.
5. Avoid conflicts and don't talk about people bad.
6. Always shop around. Don't buy thing…

Seven Surprising Facts About Canada

Seven Surprising Facts About Canada

7. Canada is the world's most educated country. 55% of adults have a degree.

6. Canada has more coastline than any other country, with 202,080 kilometers in total.

5. Parts of northern Canada have lower gravity than the rest of the world.

4. Canada has the third largest proven oil reserves in the world.

3. Canada's population is smaller than Tokyo's

2. Canadians consume more doughnuts than any other people on Earth.

1. The province of Ontario has 250,000 lakes containing 20% of the world's fresh water.


How to achieve a stress-free holiday season

The holidays can be hectic, with a lot of work going into gift-giving, cooking, setting up decorations, and planning parties. Fortunately, there are ways to find time to slow down, take it all in, and enjoy time with family and friends. One of the top holiday stressors is dealing with finances, which is also one of the last things that we want to think about during this time. According to Kerry Reynolds, head of consumer marketing at PayPal Canada, awkward conversations about money can be avoided. “The average Canadian is down $462 in outstanding IOUs, partly because they're uncomfortable asking to be paid back,” she says. “Using PayPal, we can quickly and easily make peer-to-peer payments at the touch of a button so that uncomfortable follow-ups can be a thing of the past.” Here are some more tips to reduce stress this holiday season: 1. Make a list of dates. Mark your calendar with key dates like events or travel and include important milestones leading up to them. Consider when…

Fall colours at Algonquin Provincial Park Full Guide From Ontario Parks Blog

Fall colours at Algonquin are breathtaking to behold. But take a look at this photo. Clearly, our secret’s out.
So if you’d like to enjoy the wonder of Algonquin’s autumn, or you’re looking for some solitude, read on. We’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions and top tips for planning your autumn at Algonquin: When’s the best time to visit if I want to avoid crowds?When do the colours start to change?Where should I go? / Is there anywhere in Algonquin that’s NOT crowded?Can you recommend a good driving route?Okay, I’m entering via the uber-busy West Gate…what should I know?How will I know if there’s traffic / the park’s full already?Where can I park?Where are the washrooms?Is there anything I need to know about hiking the trails?Where can I grab lunch?