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What is the PTE Essential: New Fully-Digital English Test Approved by IRCC

Pearson Test of English has been approved by IRCC for Canadian immigration applications. To demonstrate their English language proficiency to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) candidates of the economic class will be able to take the Pearson Test of English (PTE) along with CELPIP and IELTS General Training starting in late 2023. IRCC’s language proficiency requirements for Canadian immigration applicants have been met by Pearson’s PTE Essential English language test. According to the IRCC, international students applying for a study permit must take the “Academic” language proficiency test.  With the approval of PTE Essential, economic-class immigration candidates now have

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A Boarding School Experience Unlike Any Other: Bodwell High School

We have all seen it on TV: boys and girls dressed in preppy suits and skirts, schools that resemble Hogwarts in Harry Potter, and exciting dorm lives that often involve monsters, magic and mystery. While boarding schools in real life are nothing like what we see in the movies, they offer a wonderful opportunity for students to learn a number of life skills, make life-long friends and make precious memories while having access to a high-quality education.  What are boarding schools really like?  Boarding schools offer students a unique learning experience that is different from traditional day schools. Life at

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The 5 Benefits of Attending Bodwell High School

About Bodwell  Founded in 1991, Bodwell High School has quickly become well-regarded among international students as a leading, co-educational private boarding school with plenty of resources for university preparation. Offering education to students between Grades 8 and 12, Bodwell’s diverse student population of local and international students contributes to a rich learning experience. With students from over 40 countries, Bodwell is a place where everyone can build long-lasting friendships and lifelong memories.  Bodwell’s purpose is to “provide a culturally diverse environment for students from around the globe and enable them to become active learners and well-rounded citizens who contribute positively

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Chasing the Northern Lights in Canada: Yellowknife vs Whitehorse

Whitehorse vs. Yellowknife When considering where to view the Northern lights in Canada, Whitehorse and Yellowknife often come to mind as top choices. In fact, those two locations are renowned for their mesmerising displays of the aurora borealis. Yellowknife – Northwest Territories Aurora borealis can be seen in the Northwest Territories 240 nights a year, making it the best place to see them in Canada – if not the world. If possible, try to choose a timeframe in the fall or winter (although summer is also a good option). An ice-covered wonderland and a dramatic display of the Lights make


Ramen Noodle Hotspots in Vancouver and Toronto

With all the cold weather occurring, you must be craving hot food! After all, nothing beats eating hot food to warm you up on a cold day. Check out some of the most popular ramen noodle spots in Vancouver and Toronto (and elsewhere).  Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (Vancouver & Toronto)  With two locations on W Broadway and Robson St in Vancouver and two more locations on Dundas St and Yonge St in Toronto, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is one of the very few, if not most, authentic ramen spots you can find across Canada. Hailing from—you guessed it—Hokkaido, Japan, they are known

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Join The Social Media Contest at MITT: Win Up to $3000

Manitoba Institute of Trade & Technology, also known as MITT, is inviting students who are interested in studying in Canada to attend their Social Media Contest. 3 winners will get prizes of up to$3,000 in tuition credits. Prize: How can students enter the MITT Social Media Contest? Step1: Follow their social media channels(@MITTCanada and @MITTInternational) on Facebook and Instagram. Ready your selfie (no videos) using MITT International Open House 2023 Virtual selfie booth or you can also prepare your standard selfie until February 24 at 4 pm CDT. MITT International Open House 2023 information: Step 2: Upload the selfie to

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Transform Your Future in Health Information Management with Douglas College

If you are passionate about healthcare and working with people, Douglas College’s Faculty of Health Sciences welcomes you with open arms! If that doesn’t do it, what if we tell you that Douglas College is the only public college in British Columbia that offers educational programs for Health Information Management professionals? That’s something to think about! Overview of the program The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Information Management (HIM) is a one-of-a-kind health science program unique to Douglas College. In this program, students will gain competitive skills and practical, hands-on experience, be involved in their local community, and learn more about

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Discover SD 41 – Burnaby School District

As the fourth largest school district in British Columbia, the Burnaby School District (SD41) has forty-one elementary schools and eight high schools. Providing world-class education to more than 25,000 domestic and international students. The district also offers experiential programs for international students. These programs focus on learning about Canadian culture and improving language skills. These programs usually required five to ten months to be completed.  Burnaby school district is located in the Greater Vancouver area. Burnaby is the third most populous city in British Columbia (after Vancouver and Surrey) and currently has approximately 250,000 residents. It is home to Metropolis

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Tips for Finding Rental Accommodation

International students have started their journey as they arrived for the January intake. They are looking forward to getting settled in the area and to finding accommodation of their choice. This is an exciting phase for them as they get to experience a new country and culture, as well as adapt to a new environment. While the process of finding accommodation can be a very challenging task, to make the process easier, here are a few tips that can help international students when searching for accommodation.  Ideal student accommodation should include safety, furnishings, comfort, and proximity to necessary amenities. What

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Canadian Experiences at Peace River North School District

About SD60: Peace River North School District Peace River North, a school district in Fort St. John, offers world-class academic programs that prepare graduates for future achievements and success. International students receive top-tier education from British Columbia government-certified teachers in the school district. Under fully developed programs, international students can expect high academic standards while surrounded by a small, tighter-knit community of staff and peers.  The School District is a “home away from home,” meaning that international students commonly feel their school and Fort St. John is a secondary home while staying with homestay families. As SD60 claims, modern school

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Get Ahead of Tax Season: Open Your CRA Account Today!

February is creeping up on us, meaning it’s time for everyone to start doing their taxes. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) usually expects individual taxpayers to submit their income tax returns by the end of April. So to avoid any interest or penalties, we suggest putting that date in your calendar and filing your return!  Tax season in Canada This year, the tax filing deadline for your 2022 tax return is Monday, May 1st. Usually, the deadline is April 30th, but since it falls on a Sunday, the CRA has extended the deadline to the following business day.  As for

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Achieve Your Goals with the Support of Capilano University

Where is Capilano University Located? Capilano University is in 3 locations, from the Sunshine Coast and Lonsdale. Its main campus, however, is in North Vancouver, where it enrolls approximately 11,000 students each year. In my experience of studying here, it is easy to commute to, provides vast parking spaces for students and has many busses available for students who do not drive. Benefits of Studying at Capilano University Capilano University is a small university where students have the chance to grow and develop skills. Classes at Capilano University are small but offer many advantages when studying here! One of my

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Fly High with the Aviation Programs at Fanshawe College

Fly High with One of the 16 New Express Entry Eligible Occupations in the Aviation Industry at Fanshawe College! Take flight with Fanshawe College’s aviation repair and technology programs! Discover your passion for everything about aerospace where you can enroll today! Before you start reading, here’s an important announcement from the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada): With the recent switchover to the NOC 2021 system, aircraft assemblers and aircraft assembly inspectors now fall under the 16 newly eligible occupations for Express Entry. If you want to learn more about this announcement?  Today’s NOC Changes Will Affect Express Entry Candidates

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Not Just for Skiing: Unique Winter Destinations in Canada

Visiting Canada during the winter can have common and fun events such as skiing and snowboarding. However, there are many other adventures to experience in this beautiful country that should be added to your bucket list. Take a look at these unique and unforgetful experiences that prove why Canada is considered a beautiful winter wonderland! Unique Winter Destinations in Canada Cow Bay – Nova Scotia Nova Scotia isn’t known to have skating, skiing, or snowshoeing. However, it is an ideal place for die-hard surfers, especially during the winter. During this time of year, there are excellent waves during the cold

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Unlocking the Door to Success: A Guide to the University of Victoria’s Pathway Program

The University of Victoria (UVic) is the oldest post-secondary institution in British Columbia. It was formerly known as “Victoria College,” established in 1903, and it belongs to Canada, known as “Harvard in the North.” In 1963, UVic became a public university in BC with funding from the provincial government. The Pathway Program is a one-year bridging course offered by the Language Center (ELC) for international students whose language performance has yet to reach the standard. International students who meet the language and academic requirements can directly enter this course’s subsequent courses. Through this dedicated one-year pathway program, students will complete


The Guide to Apply for Tax-Free One-Time $500 Housing Benefit

Many people know that Canadian and international students need help dealing with rising inflation and the high cost of living in Canada. The government has announced a one-time top-up of the Canada Housing Benefit for vulnerable Canadian renters facing housing affordability struggles.  What is the One-time top-up to the Canadian Housing Benefit? The Canada Housing Benefit is a one-time top-up that helps low-income renters pay for their rent. One-time payments are administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). This new federal one-time payment is available regardless of whether you receive other housing benefits such as the Canada Housing Benefit, which

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Top Professions in Demand for Jobs in Canada in 2023

It’s time to bid farewell to 2022 and welcome a brand new year, 2023! Change is always constant and every year there are a different set of professions that are more in demand than others. So, if you are planning to study in Canada and have still not decided which course to enroll in, here are a few options you may choose from! Some of the top hard skills that are in demand include: 1. Registered Nurse There is a huge demand for Healthcare Practitioners such as Nurses and Doctors. By studying this course, it will be easier to find

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Richmond Educational Experience for Students

Are you considering studying in Richmond, B.C.? Come discover the unique and exciting experiences that await you in this vibrant city! About Richmond The coastal city of Richmond is nestled in the mouth of the Fraser River, the longest river in British Columbia. Despite being a suburban community with a bustling city centre, Richmond is an island city consisting of Sea Island, most of Lulu Island and 15 smaller islands. Each of these islands makes up the city of Richmond, which is favourably located right next to the water, near downtown Vancouver and the U.S. border.  Richmond has undergone plenty

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How and Where to Ring in the Lunar New Year in Canada

Through social, cultural and religious observances, many people worldwide celebrate the start of a new year, known as January 1st. This start of a new year is rung in with families, friends, neighbours, and even strangers, at all sorts of events and celebrations. However, for many countries in East Asia, there is a ‘second’ new year, also known as the Lunar New Year. About the Lunar New Year Unlike the traditional New Year celebration, which always occurs on January 1st, the Lunar New Year is a 15-day long festival that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar


Enjoy your Journey of Studying in Coquitlam

About Coquitlam Situated in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia, Coquitlam is one of the many attractive urban communities in Metro Vancouver. As the sixth-largest city in the province, the vibrant city boasts plenty of beautiful parks, local festivals and events, and endless shopping, dining and entertainment options. It also sits next to nature – walk a few kilometres in any direction and you’re bound to hit a hiking or biking trail.  Today, Coquitlam is considered to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the province. With a population of approximately 140,000, Coquitlam is the largest city that sits

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Get the Coverage You Need with Alberta Health Insurance

Health care plays a crucial role in maintaining the physical and mental well-being of individuals. If you are a new or returning resident, including international students who are eligible for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP), it is essential to register for AHCIP and understand the application process.  Not sure how to go about it? Don’t worry, we are here to help guide you through the steps and ensure that you will be able to access healthcare services in Alberta.  Are international students able to apply for AHCIP? Yes! If you are a student from outside of Canada, you

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Academic Transition Program at Victoria International Education

What is the Academic Transition Program? The Academic Transition Program, or ATP for short, makes the Greater Victoria School District unique. This is Victoria International Education’s (VIE) innovative academic program that sets out to help international students transition into the Canadian public school system, the Vancouver Island environment and high school graduation. The program’s courses are designed to assist students in their learning and understanding of the English language while building a solid foundation so they can enter colleges, universities and other post-secondary programs.  Because the ATP helps international students with their English studies, students will be able to work

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To Do List for January Intake Students

Landed in Canada for the January Intake?  We would like to welcome all international students who have just landed in Canada for the January Intake! Student life in Canada can be full of ups and downs, just like a roller coaster. If you begin your journey right, the road ahead can get easy and bright! With that being said, let’s talk about some tips that can make your stay in Canada a lot more comfortable. Here are a few tasks that all new international students should complete in the first week upon landing! Open Bank Account One priority is to


Discover the Magic of Mini Schools at VSB

The Vancouver School Board (VSB) has a unique school system called Mini School. It is a school system that exists independently in the Vancouver Public School Board system. Before introducing the mini schools, let us look at how students can transition from elementary to secondary school in VSB. According to the usual method of the school board, junior high school students are directly allocated according to the affiliated schools. The elementary schools are for K- grade 7 students, while the secondary schools are for grades 8-12. After students finish the 7th grade of elementary school, they will automatically enter the

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How to Improve Your Credit Score

A credit score is a three-digit number designed to represent the likelihood you will pay your bills on time. Credit scores are crucial as they impact the bank’s decision on your approval of future loans, issuing a new credit card, and more. Whenever any bank rejects any loan, a credit card is to blame. If you don’t want to get stuck in an undesirable situation like this, here are a few tips to have a desirable credit score.  What is the average Canadian credit score? According to Equifax, which is one of the main credit card bureaus in Canada, credit