Media Stories

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HEADLINEFormer Syrian refugee uses tailoring skills to stitch together new life in N.S.
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CTV
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Mar 10, 2020
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Last year, a former Syrian refugee decided to open a tailoring shop at the mall in Bridgewater, N.S. With his tailoring business doing well, his company started growing. >> Fashion; Sewing; Entrepreneurship.

HEADLINEDream Maker Ventures Launches Network to Connect Underrepresented Founders, Funders
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Betakit
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Mar 06, 2020
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Dream Network has officially launched, with the aim of connecting underrepresented founders, including refugee and other newcomers, with potential investment opportunities. The network encompasses a number of different programs and initiatives, all focused around building opportunities for founders that often face barriers to raising capital. It is also bringing together organizations like Jumpstart, #MoveTheDial, The Big Push, and CIX, which will be sources of programming, and has a heavy angel investor component that includes Angel Investors Ontario, Maple Leaf Angels, Equation Angels, and NACO.

HEADLINEMuseum hires refugees as docents to help visitors see exhibits from a new perspective
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CNN
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Feb 23, 2020
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Docents at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia have not always reflected its diverse, vibrant collection. A new program at the University of Pennsylvania-affiliated museum, called Global Guides aims to change that. >> Arts and entertainment

HEADLINE‘There is not opportunities for you’: Immigrants want more than entry-level jobs
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CBC
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Feb 17, 2020
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Many immigrants leave New Brunswick because there are no employment opportunities beyond entry-level jobs. A new Instagram account called jobinclusionnb was created to share stories of immigrant workers and of companies that have embraced them.

HEADLINEOur economy depends on the success of newcomers
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Toronto Star
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Feb 10, 2020
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When newcomers with professional skills, experience and qualifications arrive in Canada, they often face barriers to success. The Ontario government’s fall economic and fiscal update emphasized the importance of immigration to the province’s labour needs.

HEADLINE‘So lucky that I ended up in Winkler’: New Canadian says community is key to making new life in smaller cities
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CBC
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Feb 04, 2020
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Inspired by the feasts they would serve to visiting friends, a married couple who settled in the small community of Winkler, Manitoba in 2009 and 2011, took the plunge last year and opened their own Filipino restaurant, Cucina Filipinas. The mayor of Winkler, says success stories like theirs were possible because "the acceptance of the immigrant community has been absolutely phenomenal." >> Restaurant; Entrepreneurship

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Policy Options
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Jan 30, 2020
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An investigation of the challenges and exploration of what makes private refugee sponsorship successful. The research is based upon interviews with 34 key informants in Toronto, including sponsors from sponsorship groups, settlement sector staff and volunteers and Sponsorship Agreement Holders, which are organizations with signed government agreements to oversee the sponsorship and resettlement of refugees in their community.

HEADLINERegina bakery supplies pitas for all of Saskatchewan — and beyond
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CBC
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Jan 28, 2020
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The story of a newcomer who opened Amado's Pita, a Lebanese restaurant, bakery and grocery store in Regina, in 2005. >> Restaurant; Entrepreneurship.

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CTV
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Jan 15, 2020
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In 2017, Quebec experienced a wave of refugee claimants streaming across the border to apply for asylum in Canada. Many of those people are still waiting for their hearings with the Canadian government. They've been waiting so long their 2-year work permits are now expiring, and many people able and willing to find work on their own are out of a job and on public assistance.

HEADLINESeeing things differently
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CBC News
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Jan 13, 2020
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Growing up blind, a refugee newcomer from Iraq was told he would never amount to much. That changed after he received a tool that helped him unlock his capabilities — a phone. He escaped war, crossed three continents and became an Apple employee — all without the use of his eyes. >> IT (Information technology); Disability