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Canada’s National Health Care Program

All Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible for health care coverage under the Canada Health Act. However, in some provinces, there are waiting periods of up to 90 days for recent immigrants. The Health Canada online link below provides basic information on Canada’s health care system including federal health care responsibilities as well as links to provincial and territorial health ministries.

For more information on this topic, please visit the following link:

Health Canada Online

Student Loans Program

The Canada Student Loans Program promotes accessibility to Canada’s post secondary education system by providing loans and grants to Canadians with a demonstrated financial need. If you are interested in applying to a Canadian post-secondary educational institution, please follow the link below for information on applying for, maintaining and repaying Canadian student loans

For more information on this topic, please visit the following link:

Canada Student Loans Program

Income Security Programs

Employment Insurance

The Employment Insurance program provides assistance to unemployed Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are between jobs by providing temporary financial assistance while they seek work or upgrade their skills. This assistance is also available for workers who are ill, pregnant, caring for newborn or adopted children or caring for a terminally ill family member.

The link below provides information on eligibility criteria, applying for and receiving employment insurance benefits.

Employment Insurance Program

Canada Pension Plan

The Canada Pension Plan provides a monthly retirement pension to individuals as early as 60 years of age who have been living and working in Canada and contributing to the Plan. The Plan also offers disability, survivor and death benefits.

Old Age Security Program

The Old Age Security pension is a monthly benefit available, if applied for, to most Canadians 65 years of age or over.

For more information on Canada’s income security programs, please visit the following link:

Income Security Programs

Education

Canada is home to many world-renowned educational institutions that offer programs and degrees in virtually every field of endeavor.

For more information on this topic, please visit one of the following links:

Employment

The following are some of the popular sites in Canada that provide assistance to newcomers:

The Canadian Newcomer Magazine provides valuable information for newcomers regarding job search and the variety of government-funded programs available.

Getting Ahead in Canada – a weekend course offered by the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies for internationally educated professionals.  Learning outcomes:

  • Ability to critically analyze the Canadian workplace expectations, conventions and practices
  • Enhanced skill in the strategic workplace behaviour necessary to get ahead.

Miscellaneous Canadian Information Websites

Immigration Statistics

The link below contains interesting information on immigration statistics, historic immigration patterns and the present composition of the Canadian population.

Statistics

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