Things to Do in Mississauga

Based on the 2011 National Household Survey, the Regional Municipality of Peel has the 2nd highest percentage of recent immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area (at 15.5%), with almost 49% of immigrants from India in Ontario living in Peel. While it doesn’t have the hustle and bustle of Toronto, the neighbouring Mississauga, being the biggest city in Peel Region, is not exactly dead either. If you’re a newcomer to Mississauga or a downtowner wondering what’s out there, take a [...]

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How to Look for a Job?

It can be hard finding a job, especially when you’re new to the country. But don’t fret as there are a number of resources that can help. Many community centres like the YMCA and YWCA offer employment search services. If you belong to a particular newcomer organization, they also have resources to aid in your search. You can also check in with the local ethnic association who often have ties to major employers that speak a particular language. They sometimes [...]

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Canada Loves to Eat Ribs

If you live in in the Greater Toronto Area, chances are you’ve heard about Ribfest, a summer event that takes place on a weekend in a large park that features a lot of family entertainment like live stage performances, busking, amusement park-style rides, games, and of course, yummy and delicious ribs. There are over twenty rib festivals taking place in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The ones listed below have free admission (though for some, donations are encouraged). Proceeds [...]

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Where to Learn English?

New to the country and want to learn or improve your English? Check out some of these free programs. ACCES Employment offers a Talk English Café to help improve your conversational skills The Toronto District School Board offers free English as a Second Language classes for citizens born outside of Canada, permanent residents and refugees The Toronto Catholic District School Board offers free English language training classes as well as academic preparation, language upgrading for professionals, and citizenship preparation. The Toronto Public Library [...]

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Free or Low Cost Places to Stay Active in the GTA

Staying Healthy is important and here are a few places where you can exercise, take part in recreational activities, or play sports for free or at a low cost. Recreation Centres in Toronto Toronto has a vast network of recreational centres in all communities that offer various recreational programs for all ages. City of Toronto Free and Low Cost Recreation Programs Visit their webpage to see a listing of free drop-in programs like swimming and skating, as well a list of community centres [...]

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Volunteer and Gain Work Experience While Meeting Friends

As a newcomer, it can be hard to step outside of your small social circle or gain local work experience to understand the local work culture. But luckily, Toronto has a vast network of volunteer opportunities for people to take part in that can help you gain local work experience and meet people with similar interests so you can make new friends. Whether your interest is in community, health, or the arts, there’s something for everyone. The City of Toronto [...]

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Women Services in Toronto

Canada, especially Toronto in particular, is a place that is not only very multicultural also one that creates equal opportunity for women as well. To help newcomer women in finding resources that they can use to help themselves transition, there are many women-based programs and initiatives in the city and many settlement agencies and community centres. These programs and services can encompass a wide variety of needs, from skills building, employment search, health, and various social issues such as [...]

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Ethnic News In Canada

Want to hear news about your home as well as local stories on what’s happening? Like to get it in a language other than English. Here is a source of Chinese and South Asian newspapers and radio stations you can get your scoop from. MULTICULTURAL RADIO Chin Radio (AM 1540) featuring programs with over 30 languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Tamil, Tagalog, and Italian CHINESE RADIO Canadian Chinese Radio (FM 102.7 – private broadcaster) Fairchild Radio (AM 1430, FM 88.9) SOUTH ASIAN RADIO CINA (AM 1650) CMR (FM [...]

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Have You Tried Canada’s National Dishes?

As a newcomer to Canada, you must try some of the unique foods from this country. Below are a few must-tries along with a few regional selections. POUTINE The quintessential Canadian dish, made of French fries topped with cheese curds and light brown gravy. The prolificacy of the dish has spawned whole restaurants dedicated to the dish, creating hundreds of regional varieties like topping it with bacon, steak, mushrooms, sausage, peppers, and more. NANAIMO BARS The nanaimo bar, named after the Vancouver Island [...]

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10 Places To Try Ethnic Cuisine

Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world. That means Toronto is also a major food destination for anyone looking to try many great cuisines. Below is a list of some of the best ethnic restaurants you can find in Toronto. ALO – FRENCH The Number 1 in Canada’s Best 100 restaurants is French and not located in Quebec, but rather, in Toronto. The Toronto Star says “Alo is a new fine-dining restaurant at Queen and Spadina with [...]

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