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  1. Hello Hubby and I have been trying to move to Ontario for a year now. We were at 451 points, but then I turned 35 and we were shunted down the list. We remember something about going over as a self-employed individual, and just needing x amount of money to show that we can support ourselves. Thing is, I can't find any info about this, and we don't want to book another consultation with an immigration lawyer/advisor unless it's a real option. Are we just making things up or is there any stream like this? I'm a writer, and hubby works in the film industry. If I'm ignoring the obvious please excuse me. I'm pregnant, we have a toddler and so my brain is cheese.
  2. Hi all! I hope everyone's 2020 is going well so far. With my PR application busy processing, I've been debating where to move to later this year. I thought perhaps some of you wise folk could offer me some advice. I just want to preface by saying that I don't really mind things like weather, activities/entertainment, etc. at this point. I'm more concerned about finding work in my field (and affording housing). I can figure the rest out, or resettle, at a later stage. Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph-Hamilton vs Edmonton/Calgary As you can see, after much research online, I'm trying to decide between the Kitchener region of Ontario or moving to one of the major Albertan cities. These are my options as they seem sizable, but don't have the extravagant property prices of the likes of Toronto or Vancouver. I have 4 years of full-time marketing experience, as well as a business science master's degree. In my field, as a marketing coordinator/specialist/assistant, I can fortunately work at a variety of companies in various industries. I could also work as an administrative assistant, executive assistant, office manager, etc. So, that's my summary. Which would you recommend for ease of finding work? Kitchener area or one of the Alberta cities? Or somewhere I've not yet considered?
  3. MaryJane

    Lawyer (Oakville ON)

    Original ad here - In-House Counsel Responsibilities: • Conducting legal due diligence and working closely with the deal team in respect of merger and acquisition transactions. Drafting and negotiating legal documents and closing merger and acquisition transactions. • Providing securities law advice with respect to public company matters and drafting various securities law related documents •Negotiate, draft, review and manage corporate contracts such as engineering, construction and procurement agreements, consulting agreements, sales and supply agreements, lease agreements and non-disclosure agreements to ensure they meet business needs and minimize legal risks • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating documents with respect to commercial loan agreements and transactions • Work together with the General Counsel and CFO in board governance matters, as needed, included drafting resolutions, reviewing board documents, assisting in the development of board materials and other corporate governance matters • Serving as a legal resource to internal business clients on a variety of legal matters, including contract drafting and negotiations and managing legal risks • Keep abreast of legislative and regulatory changes that may impact the business and advising the business of same • Provide accurate and practical legal advice to the business in a timely and professional manner on practice-related matters Requirements: • 3-6 years of experience as a business lawyer in private practice or in-house with a focus on corporate law, securities, mergers and acquisitions and public company matters • Must have a JD or LL.B • Licensed to practice in Ontario. Licensed to practice in other Canadian or United States jurisdictions would be an asset • Sound judgement, critical thinking ability, strong interpersonal and leadership skills • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment • Confidence to deal with senior management team and the board of directors • Excellent verbal and written communication skills • Ability to independently manage a caseload; develop and apply a practical approach to legal issues in accordance with the corporate strategy and overall business goals
  4. This just in.... And here -
  5. Liz88

    OINP and EE

    I’ve been playing around with various CRS score counters and would like to know if these tools are a real reflection of the points you may be awarded? I’m asking as my husband is the main applicant and the tools only ever ask for his age and not mine. I’d just like to know - when you do your official application to get into the EE Pool are the questions a lot more in depth and will they then give opportunity for me to put my age etc etc? Is there an opportunity to explain yourself or what your reasons are for coming to Canada or doesn’t that matter? Am I also correct in stating that you cannot apply for OINP? They assess everyone in the pool and invite only who they deem fit? But you can apply to other provinces?
  6. LotzofTravel

    Moving without a job

    Hi All, We just submitted our PR application and is now in the long waiting period, thinking about possibilities and ideas all day long. Exciting and also a bit unnerving. A job will be the most important thing in the beginning. We have and Ontario Provincial Nomination, so we will need to land there and stay for at least six months. Obviously we will start to look for a job as soon as we get more certainty about PR approval, it seems as if it will be senseless to start and find something without it. BUT I read so much about how difficult it is to get a/any job. Last night we got this "idea" of packing our bags as soon as we get the approval, and then stay somewhere between Ottowa and Toronto for six months, making it easier to go for interviews in either direction (and maybe the rest of Canada, we just need to be in Ontario for six months). So yes I realise it will be far from both, and we will need to survive with no income for a while. But we think maybe it will be cheaper doing it like this than stay in very-expensive-Toronto. My question is if other members did something similar? And is there small towns where the monthly rent would be cheaper than the big cities? Ideas/suggestions/warnings are all welcome!
  7. MaryJane

    Ontario - Fair Hydro Plan

    On March 2, 2017, the Government of Ontario announced several measures it will be implementing as part of a relief plan to lower electricity bills for Ontario residential customers by an average of 25%. The measures announced will also benefit many small businesses. Referred to as Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan, it includes: the 8% rebate that came into effect on January 1, 2017; increases in funding amounts for eligible participants in the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP); the establishment of an Affordability Fund to help further support energy-efficiency initiatives; and, holding electricity price increases over the next four years to the rate of inflation. Initial changes to take effect on May 1, 2017 will be reflected on customer bills starting this summer. More details are expected as new legislation is introduced in the weeks ahead. We will keep you informed of the changes. For additional information on the Fair Hydro Plan announcement, read the Government of Ontario news release at
  8. While OINP remains closed at the moment because they have already capped out for their 2016 allotment, the good news is that they will soon get their 2017 allocation (no mention of when yet). The best news is that OINP is finally coming out of the dark ages..... and going online Watch this space, all you guys waiting to go through this route!
  9. MaryJane

    Ontario Summer Games 2016

    On August 11-14, 2016, the Ontario Summer Games is coming to Mississauga. Come cheer on athletes from across Ontario as they compete in over 34 different sporting events. All sport games are free to attend. Visit
  10. Working or coming to Ontario? Take note...... Original article here - Ontario pension plan will cost from $2.16 a day Pension plan could be fully implemented by 2020 affecting about 3.5 million in Ontario with benefits starting to be paid out two years later. Ontario workers can plan on contributing the equivalent of a Tims or specialty coffee everyday into the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. Some details of the controversial made-in-Ontario plan were released Tuesday but Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged the missing piece remains how much it could cost to create the ORPP. Despite this gap in information, Wynne said she is determined to ignore the critics and push ahead on the plan that would see all Ontario employees belong to a workplace pension plan of one kind or another in five years. “I believe it is the right thing to do,” Wynne said of the plan, noting that two-thirds of Ontario workers have no pension plan other than the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), which she says is just not enough at an average of $6,900 a year. Companies that already have comparable workplace pension plans will be exempt from the ORPP, which is to be phased in by 2020. Like the Canada Pension P‎lan, the ORPP would be equally funded by both employers and employee — 1.9 per cent from each. Wynne’s biggest critic, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, while campaigning in the GTA, slammed the provincial plan. “That’s a huge tax hike. It’s not a good idea. It’s a bad thing for the middle class and it’s obviously a bad thing as well for jobs. And it’s a bad thing for our economy,” said Harper, who spoke out unprompted. Harper has refused to increase CPP benefits as requested by several provincial leaders and besides that has decided the federal government will not administer the plan for Ontario. Harper said he was “delighted” his government’s refusal to co-operate with the plan is making it harder for the Ontario government to implement the program. Wynne said Harper, whose federal pension would be about $140,000 a year, has decided there isn’t a need across Canada for supplementary provincial pension plans “and is now standing in the way of trying to help us implement this plan.” Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said if his party was to form a government it will look at expanding the CPP, along the lines of what Wynne is suggesting. Progressive Conservative MPP Julia Munro said people are going to lose their jobs because of this pension plan. “Small businesses in particular will be forced to reduce their staff to compensate for the mandatory contribution of nearly 4 per cent (in total) from each employer and employee,” Munro said, who further criticized the government for not producing a cost/benefit analysis. If approved, the ORPP would be ‎phased in over five years. It would begin in 2017 with large employers — 500 or more employees — without registered workplace pension plans. Medium employers with 50 to 499 employees without registered workplace pension plans would start to contribute in 2018. The plan will not include small employers — 50 and fewer — without comparable pension plans — until 2019. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, representing small and medium size business, is fiercely critic of the Ontario pension plan, predicting it will result in job loss. “I have to make it clear that most small and medium size businesses don’t have a pension plan right now, not because they don’t want to have one, it’s because they can’t afford it. And I think that a point this government has missed since the very beginning of this conversation,” Plamen Petkov, CFIB’s Ontario vice-president, said. Petkov said employers will be left with having to leave the province altogether or reducing staff in order to cover their pension contributions. Allan O’Dette, president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, said the OCC remains concerned the ORPP in its current form “will have a negative impact on business competitiveness.” Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, said the fact the ORPP is not going to be universal — unlike the CPP — will cause no end of problems, including driving up the cost of administration. “The magic of the CPP is that it is universal — all workers are covered — and as a result of that you have low administration costs. What was announced today is a mish mash of that,” he told reporters. Meanwhile, the Canadian Labour Congress is calling for a doubling of the CPP benefits. By the numbers — Files from Bruce Campion-Smith For the 3.5 million workers expected to participate in the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: · An employee making $45,000 a year will contribute $2.16 a day or $788.40 a year. · An employee paid $70,000 a year will contribute $3.46 a day or $1,262.90 a year. · An employee earning the maximum of 90,000 annually will shell out $4.50 a day or $1,642.50 annually. Pay outs after 40 years: · An employee making $45,000 a year would receive $6,410 a year for life. · An employee with a salary of $70,000 a year would receive $9,970 a year for life. · An employee making $90,000 a year would receive $12,815‎ a year for life. When fully implemented the ORPP would bring in about $3.5 billion annually.
  11. DJ Oryx (bokbokstaanstyf)

    Ontario Potjie Festival 2014

    Ontario Potjie Festival - August 22-25 Visit the Ontario Potjie Festival home page for all the info related to the potjie: Buy tickets to attend the potjie festival via Eventbrite:
  12. This is a useful source of information for those moving to ontaio, to understand the elementary curriculum.