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Planning for Canada participants get in touch regularly to share their achievements and feedback. This is a short collection of their stories and comments.

Amar Desai

Amar Desai moved from India to Canada in June 2020. “My family and I landed during the pandemic, but we were prepared, nonetheless. The Planning for Canada team equipped us with lots of information and contacts of agencies in Toronto that supported us from Day 1. In no time, I had a job, too,” says Amar. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: June 2020 Currently lives in: Brampton, Ontario Occupation: Product production management...

Gurleen Kaur

Gurleen Kaur moved to Canada in August 2020. Planning for Canada’s pre-arrival services gave her a realistic view of the country and what to expect after she lands. “They told us about the initial phase and challenges one can face, and helped us set employment and settlement goals. All at no cost,” says Gurleen. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: August 2020 Currently lives in: Brampton, Ontario Occupation: Teaching / Customer Service Why...

Jennifer Pacquing

After living in the Philippines and Dubai, Jennifer Pacquing moved to Canada in 2020. “I reached out to Planning for Canada right after I received my visa and I’m grateful that their team provided me with the necessary assistance, information and resources to fully prepare myself to start my journey” says Jennifer. Country of origin: Philippines Immigrated to Canada in: February 2020 Currently lives in: Calgary, Alberta Occupation: Human Resources professional Why did you decide...

Jo Anne Ocampo

Jo Anne Ocampo is living her dream in the beautiful city of Calgary. “Despite arriving during the pandemic, I was able to adapt quickly because of the time spent in pre-arrival preparation. I found a professional job after a month and it’s going great,” says Jo Anne. Country of origin: The Philippines Immigrated to Canada in: June 2020 Currently lives in: Calgary, Alberta Occupation: Business development Why did you decide to immigrate to Canada? As...

Komal Parekh

Komal Parekh learned about networking and volunteering in Planning for Canada’s (PfC) sessions, and applied all of it in her job search after moving from India in March 2020. “I volunteered at CCIS. I also networked with several people through a Facebook group I created to teach French for free. Through that, I landed a job!” shares Komal. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: March 2020 Currently lives in: Calgary, Alberta Occupation: Employment...

Olubukola Abdul

Olubukola Abdul, who moved from Nigeria to Canada with her family in December 2019, is grateful for the career, settlement and education support she received during Planning for Canada’s sessions, especially the answers she received for questions around her kids’ schooling. “I had a very rich experience and Planning for Canada’s pre-arrival services covered mostly everything that I wanted to ask about Canada,” she says. Here’s Olubukola’s story. Country of origin: Nigeria Immigrated to Canada...

Pramod Bhargav

Pramod Bhargav enrolled for our pre-arrival services before departing from India for Canada in 2019. “I wanted to know more about what to expect when I land in Canada. Not only did Planning for Canada answer all my queries but they also created a personalized plan for me to follow here. It has worked wonders for me,” says Pramod. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: October 2019 Currently lives in: Toronto Occupation: Home...

Rutu and Kevin

Rutu and Kevin moved from Mumbai, India to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in 2018. My husband and I attended the Planning for Canada Session in Mumbai in December 2017. The session did give us a direction in which our research should progress before we land in Canada. The learnings from the GO session helped in differentiating reality from myths, while validating information. The Group Orientation also helped us understand what to expect when we...

Sadiya Farzeen

Sadiya Farzeen urges immigrants to make the best use of the pre-arrival support available. “What pleasantly surprised me, was that it [Planning for Canada] is free of cost for immigrants. Planning for Canada’s services were so streamlined and useful. There’s no reason why one shouldn’t sign up. We benefited a lot,” says Sadiya. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: April 2019 Currently lives in: Halifax, Nova Scotia Occupation: Early Childhood Educator Why did...

Salve and her family

Salve and her family moved from the Batangas, Philippines to Montreal in 2018. I would like to thank Planning for Canada for all their help, specially the My Action Plan (MAP). It really helped me a lot, from creating my Canadian format resume to searching jobs online. I encourage everyone to really follow their MAPs. All the things you need to know are there. You just have to be patient and allocate enough time to...

Shankara Narayanan Subramanian

Shankara Narayanan Subramanian moved to Toronto in March 2019 and within a week, found a job and relocated to Edmonton. The information he had gathered during the Planning for Canada’s (PfC) pre-arrival sessions came in handy during the move. “In the sessions, I came to know that there is a thriving IT scene in Calgary and Edmonton,” says Shankara. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: March 2019 Currently lives in: Edmonton, Alberta Occupation:...

Vaibhav and Sanvi

Vaibhav and Sanvi learned about employment opportunities and ATS-compliant Canadian resumes in Planning for Canada’s pre-arrival sessions and applied it in their job search. “I landed at 9 AM and my first interview was at 1 PM the same day,” says Sanvi. “I applied from India for a voluntary opportunity in Canada, completed my volunteering and landed with Canadian work experience,” adds Vaibhav. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: August 2020 Currently lives...

Viral Sagar

There’s a lot of unknown waiting to be discovered when you’re immigrating to another country. More so, if that move is during this COVID-19 pandemic. “Don’t be overwhelmed. Keep calm, put in your best effort and everything will eventually start falling into place,” says Viral, sharing his learnings from Planning for Canada’s (PfC) pre-arrival sessions. Country of origin: India Immigrated to Canada in: February 2020 Currently lives in: Vancouver, British Columbia Occupation: Technology Recruiter /...

Vivek and Shweta

Vivek and Shweta moved from Bangalore, India to Toronto in October 2017. After the session with Planning for Canada, the facilitator sent us My Action Plan with a lot of information about job and settlement services. We utilized all their services, especially the resume services which we did online. Also, the networking skills were very useful. Pre-arrival services are important in a way that they exposed us to real information about Canada and [allowed us...