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  1. Hi All Does the public school system cater for children who require additional assistance in terms of occupational therapy and remedial schooling? I'm NOT referring to tutors and the like. In South Africa there are many experts that can assist a young child with posture, reading difficulty, speech therapy etc. However these professionals cost an exorbitant amount of money. Can anyone tell me what the cost of such additional care would be in Canada and if the public schools cater for kids who require additional help? How does the public school system in Canada (specifically BC) go about identifying and treating children with "learning disabilities"? Thanks in advance
  2. Avital

    City & Guilds

    Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and I have seen a lot of helpful information on the forum so thanks so much for this. My husband, our 7 month old son and I have decided that we would like to start a brighter future in Canada. After seeing an agent and doing intensive research and reading, we decided that we would attempt to apply ourselves. I am experiencing an issue with getting my education recognized and wanted to find out if anyone else has gone through something similar. I studied an International Professional Advanced Chef Management Diploma through Capsicum Culinary Studio. This course was a 2 year course but I received three separate diplomas for the course: Diploma in Patisserie, Diploma in Food Preparation & Cooking and an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts. These Diplomas are from City & Guilds and are level IVQ 2 & IVQ 3. It was advised to me to go through BCIT to have my education assessed but they are not even considering it to be a 1 year course. This is the reply I received from them: "Thank you for your email. Please note the credential that has been submitted is out of scope of what we can assess. We cannot do this credential because it less than one-year duration and it is a trans-national credential. You are welcome to apply with any other academic credentials the client may have. " I would like to try and have it assessed through IQAS as this was another company recommended to me by the agent but IQAS requires me to pay up front - which I don't mind doing if I get the results I need but of course this cannot be guaranteed. Any advise on the matter would be greatly appreciated. I am currently studying a business degree part time so if all else fails we will wait to apply at the end of next year, but if my previous course is recognized - we can start the process earlier. Thanks in advance!
  3. Rddm2017

    Edinburgh Business School

    Hi everyone, Can someone please help me? I've obtained my post graduate certificate for my MBA (still in progress) at Edinburgh Business School. I've contact them to ask whether the qualification does meet the minimum requirements for WES, they can't answer me. I don't understand the UK education system that well. I've obtained: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) Credit Points 60 or European Credit and Transfer System (ECTS) Credit Points 30 Can I send my certificate and academic transcript to WES, as I really don't want to waist money and time? TIA
  4. Hi All. my name is Jason and currently live in New Zealand. I have lived here for about 3.5 years and am trying to gather information to move to Canada. My main concern is the qualification assessment. Has anyone had their old national technical certificates evaluated (N3-N6)? I have read on some of the designated authorities websites that part of the process is to directly request transcripts from the educational authority that issued them i.e. the Department of Education. Now I don't mean to sound negative but I have been through trying to request a certificate which they forgot to issue to me and it took months to get anywhere. I still have the original transcripts provided once the course was complete. Can I not use these instead? Has anyone had any experience with the request for transcripts? and if so how long did it take? Cheers and TIA.
  5. tjibs

    Medical School

    Hi everyone, As a Grade 11 high school student in South Africa who is planning to move to Canada in the next 8 months; I was wondering if someone could give me some advice and information about pre-med and medical school in Canada specifically. I've heard after high school in Canada it's not possible to go directly into medical school and start training, like South Africa? If so, are there certain requirements for the undergrad that you do in college? Does it have to be something in the line of science and biology? Also, I'd like to know what I could do from this point forward to improve my chances into getting into medical school eventually, excluding good grades, I've already started on working on my community hours - that I know would've helped me if I wanted to apply to a university in South Africa. Maybe being an honor student could also benefit me? Any other advice would also be greatly appreciated.
  6. Hi everyone, Firstly, let me give some details regarding my application for context purposes. I submitted my EE profile for my wife and I on 31 October 2015 and was given a CRS score of 407. Exactly a week later (6 November 2015) and to my delight, I received a letter of interest for PNP from OINP. After a rather stressful time gathering all the required documentation, I eventually sent my pack out on 15 December 2015 which I was informed by DHL was signed for on 18 December 2015 - a total of 43 days from when I received the LOI (cutting it fine, I know ). Still haven't had any response from OINP but I'm not going to worry until the 90 day response period lapses. So there's a bit of general background about where we are in the process. Now onto my questions. Obviously, in now way do I want to misrepresent myself to the CIC or any other governmental organisation of any sort. The reason I say this is because on 01 February 2016 I logged into my profile just out of a matter of interest and noticed that my CRS score had changed from 407 to 432. Surprised by this, I wanted to find out where the extra 25 points had come from. It turns out that they came from my work history i.e. CIC had now recognized that I had 3 years+ experience. Allow me to explain my employment history to highlight what the issue is. I graduated with a BSc Engineering (Civil) in December 2013 and I have been working full time in the civil engineering field (NOC 2131) from March 2014 (pretty much 2 years). However, prior to my studies I was employed in 2 other full time jobs for a year each - 1 year in the sales industry in 2007 (NOC 6623), and 1 year in the civil engineering field in 2008 predominantly doing draughting work (NOC 2253). I had no qualifications whatsoever for either of these jobs and chose the NOC codes that were most closely related to the work I performed. From my understanding, CIC hasn't given taken into account my work in sale which makes sense as it is not in line with my intended work as a civil engineer. However, now it seems apparent that CIC is crediting me for the year for the draughting I did even though I wasn't qualified at the time. It should be noted that I have explicitly state that I graduated in December 2013 in my profile. So I guess my question is to find out if CIC recognizes unqualified work done prior to ones attainment of a qualification, so as long as it is in the same field that one is currently working in and intending to work in in Canada? Should I contact CIC to revert my score back to 407 as I only have 2 full years of post qualification work? I want to clear this up as soon as possible to avoid any confusion as we may get an AOR any day. The next question I have in regard to education. In my EE profile, I have specified that I have a Bachelors Degree (which was confirmed in my WES report). However, I am also currently pursuing an MSc in Structural Engineering (a sub-discipline of civil engineering). I was acknowledged by WES for my work up to the date of submission with equivalency of "One semester of graduate study". I was scanning through the Educational Credential Assessment - How to read your report ( and noticed that "Study Toward a Master's Degree" was under the "Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees". Do you think that I can change my profile to reflect "Two or more certificates, diplomas, or degrees" instead of a Bachelors degree, or should I just wait until my MSc is complete and submit again to WES? Thanks in advance to everyone who contributes
  7. Braam & Sanelle Cronje

    EE and Certification or Education

    Hi All, I have started to create an EE EOI. I have a Certificate, Certified Electronics Technician, how do i enter this detail under the educational part of the EOI? Bit more detail about the certification: It was issued by Electronics Technicians Association ( and it was the CETa that i did. On the certificate it states person with at least two years of experiance and educaion. I had to make use of a Proctor this side to take the online exam. ETA is a well known international association based in Indiana USA. Thing is they ask dates from and to that you have attended this school, I did not attend it, I studied for about 6 months before taking the exam. So can any one please advice how I enter this detail on EOI
  8. I would love to hear from anyone who could offer some advice. My youngest started Grade 1 in Canada in October last year and has really struggled with learning to read. My oldest, now in Grade 6 learnt to read through the phonics system in SA which made lots of sense and worked for her. However, here they seem to teach a mix of phonics and whole word reading and this is just not working for my youngest. She gets extra help from the teaching assist - the remedial teacher - at school, which has helped a bit, but she is still far behind the other kids in her grade. I have managed to find just one phonics reading book in our local library so far and will need to look for more on their regional catalogue. I can see that phonics makes sense to her and wonder how to move forward with this, with regards to the school. Has anyone else's children had dificulties with learning to read in Canada? I would love to hear how you dealt with it. I have chatted with a couple of parents whose children also did not cope with the whole word approach and they sent them to tutors who taught phonics. I cannot afford a tutor at this stage and will need to do something with her myself. Those that home school, what do you reckon? Do you have any tips?
  9. J and B

    Degree Recognition

    Greetings from SA. My partner and I are looking to both be in Canada sometime next December or so. I am a fully qualified mechanical engineer with an honors degree (B.Ing which is basically a bachelors of science in mechanical engineering) that is from the University of Johannesburg. The degree is said to be internationally recognized however my question is, how do I get my degree recognized in Canada? Furthermore are there additional tests that I may need to take? Any feedback is appreciated.
  10. This is a useful source of information for those moving to ontaio, to understand the elementary curriculum.
  11. Here an interesting article I dug up via Twitter: Statistics Canada released the second batch of figures Wednesday from its voluntary National Household Survey, looking at labour, education, workplace, commuting, work language and mobility and migration. Some highlights: Higher learning 64.8 per cent of working-age women now have a post-secondary education, compared with 63.4 per cent of men the first time the percentage for women has bypassed that for men. Women accounted for 59 per cent of Canadians aged 25 to 34 with a university degree, compared with 47.3 per cent of their 55- to 64-year-old counterparts. Employment data The most common occupations for women in 2011: retail salesperson; administrative assistant; registered nurse; cashier; schoolteacher. The most common occupations for men: retail salesperson; truck driver; retail and wholesale manager; carpenter; janitor, caretaker and building superintendent. Canada had more than three million workers aged 55 and over in 2011, comprising 18.7 per cent of total employment, compared with 15.5 per cent in 2006. Employment rates were highest in Yukon (69.7 per cent), N.W.T. (66.8 per cent) and the Prairies, particularly Alberta (69 per cent) and Saskatchewan (65.1 per cent). Rates were lowest in Newfoundland and Labrador (50.7 per cent) and Nunavut (52.1 per cent). Daily commute Roughly 15.4 million Canadians said they commute to work each day, with three out of four driving a vehicle and just 5.6 per cent making the trip as passengers. The data also said 1.1 million people work from home. Public transit was used by 12 per cent of commuters, up from 11 per cent in 2006. Of those, 63.5 per cent took a bus, 25 per cent rode the subway or elevated-rail train, 11.2 per cent took light-rail transit, streetcar or commuter train, and 0.3 per cent travelled by ferry. About 880,000 commuters, or 5.7 per cent, reported walking to work each day, while only 201,800 people 1.3 per cent rode a bicycle, the same percentage as in 2006. First Nations and higher learning Among Aboriginal Peoples aged 25 to 64, 48.4 per cent had some sort of post-secondary education, the majority a trades certificate or college diploma. Almost 10 per cent reported having a university degree, compared with 26.5 per cent of the non-aboriginal population.