Changing Trends in Canada

In Canada, as in many industrialized countries, a combination of factors, including stronger productivity growth among goods than services producers, competition from low-cost foreign producers of clothing, have led to a major change in the structure of the economy. The plunge in oil prices, along with the softer dollar and the weakened ability of western energy-sector heavyweights to generate government and corporate revenues could level the playing field, or even swing it back in favour of the manufacturing sector in Central Canada, and other traditional hubs.

Canadians are known for proudly sewing the country’s flag to backpacks and suitcases when travelling abroad. So it may not be surprising that Canadian consumers are increasingly letting their love for country to guide their purchasing decisions as well. Canada will continue to receive a significant number of immigrants each year, ensuring continued growth in diversity. The religious make-up of Canada continues to evolve rapidly due to immigration and changing religious perspectives and attachments. Canadians increasingly expect governments, nongovernment organizations,BUSINESSES and other institutions to conduct their affairs in a more open, transparent manner that incorporates public opinion and feedback into decision-making. Calgary is known as “Canada’s power house”. It has the second highest average annual, real GDP growth and second highest total growth in retail sales over the past 10 years. Calgary has the best-paid and productive workforce. Canadians, in general, have remained more positive about the Canadian economic climate respecting their marketplace.

Canadian employment soared to much stronger than expectations for a gain of 10,000. Full-time and part-time employment increased by 30,900 and 27,900, respectively. Advances in technology, changing demographics and the global recession have helped shape new consumer behaviours. There are five must-watch trends that are shaping the future of CanadianBUSINESS. They are: Internet revolution, Health Mania, Customer is king, Calculated customer and the “made-in-Canada advantage”.

Services are already very prevalent in the Canadian economy, with about 80 per cent of all jobs in services industries such as engineering and communications. In international markets, three out of the five fastest-growing Canadian exports over the last decade were services. Canada’s finance and insurance, management, and computer and information services exports increased more than 50 per cent in the last decade. Despite this trend, there has been little study of services trade in Canada. Canada’s provinces already have a head start in implementing policies to put a price on carbon, and provincially-customized carbon pricing policies present a practical way to make national progress on lowering emissions today. Canada’s emerging strengths in services, and the important role that services play in making Canada’s goods exports more competitive. Canada has benefited from Asia’s seemingly-insatiable demand for natural resources over the last decade, with coal, iron ore, and oilseeds enjoying massive success and profits.

The emerging and changing trends of the Canadian economy welcomes new immigrants to explore the Canadian market which has tremendous opportunities for growth financially and professionally. Canada offers a life of quality and stability to all its residents and the economy promises a steady growth.

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The challenges of Moving to a new Country

Suit cases are packed, tickets are booked, documents are ready, excitement is in the air…. Whether you’re venturing out for a new job or moving for immigration… moving abroad to a new destination has always been with  mixed emotions of excitement, anxiety, fear of what to expect and of course dreams to making it big.  Coming from the industry of Immigration and visas, there is one of the most important questions which we are asked often by our valuable clients …. What would be the biggest challenges we would face when we move abroad? Although they all move to diverse locations and destinations with varying circumstances but to summarize the biggest issues and challenges are common.


This article will help you to understand the challenges ahead and face them with a realistic approach.


  1. Linguistic Transition
    Communication is something we take for granted, but when you are in a foreign country you might not be able to walk right up to someone and express yourself. Taking language lessons once you arrive is a great way to meet people and ease the linguistic transition. Practice the language used in the country and make your dependents practice too.


  1. 2. Housing is a top priority

You are in a new country and finding the right accommodation is the basic requirement. You should be practical and think wisely as rentals are high in the downtown and up market areas . To find housing you could find a real estate agent, check classifieds, talk to others who have moved like you or use one of the many online housing providers out there. Yes you can use  AirBnb, will let you rent places by the month but it might not be the most economical. You can also take the service of the consultancy who helped you secure the visa.


  1. Medical.
    It’s important to be aware of the medical services available in your communities, and how they are rated for quality and consistency, as well as access to prescription medications.


  1. Buying a car

Your first instinct may be to plant “roots” by buying a home, a car, etc. but it’s best to give it some time. Don’t make any major purchases until you thoroughly understand your requirements. Most of the countries have a good public transportation system, use it. You would also take time if the country you are moving to has a different hand drive.


  1. Safety.
    The reality is that you have to be careful no matter where you are in the world, but with some common sense you can stay safe. Don’t walk around with jewelry, don’t show off valuables, don’t go into bad areas, befriend locals to show you around and watch after you, don’t walk around late at night. Every country suffers from street crime problems, we require to be safe than sorry.

7. Getting a Social Life

Leaving behind your established social network to move somewhere new can leave you isolated – unless you replace it with new friends and activities. Integrating into your local community is a key ingredient in making your move a long-term success.


  1. Acclimatizing to the local weather

Each geographical location has its own typical weather condition. You would need time to get used to the new environmental conditions around you.

9. Earning your Living

It might take you awhile before you can get the right job in the new location. life isn’t quite as cheap as they anticipated and the savings goes fast, so you’ll have some decisions to make about earning money.


Moving your location and changing your country is not an easy task .It’s a big decision and like they say that the best things happen to those who take the risk and have the patience to wait. Conquering  and making a new life, a new home in a new land is just THE best thing. So take the plunge and remember be prepared.

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Top Immigration Facts of the world.

1.There are 41 million foreign-born individuals living in the United States. Together, this group makes up 12.9 percent of the overall population. This percentage is still well below the 1890 high point for immigration, when 14.8 percent of the population was foreign born.

2.Between 2009 and 2011, more than 70% of immigrants came from Asia and North America every year.

3.460 languages are spoken in the United States, and children attending New York City public schools alone speak a total of 150 languages.

4.The number of Indian-born people and Chinese-born people living outside of their respective countries both doubled between 1990 and 2013 – for India, from 7 million to 14 million, and for China, from 4 million to 9 million.

5.India has the largest number of people living outside of its borders, in 2013 surpassing Mexico, the former leader.

6.There are at least 1,000 French-born people living in each of 83 different countries and territories; the most popular destinations are Spain (220,000) and the United States (180,000).

7.The number of Indian-born people living outside of India and the number of Chinese-born people living outside China both doubled between 1990 and 2013.

8.The United Arab Emirates has the highest share of foreign-born people (84% of its population).

9.The Mexico-to-U.S. link is the most popular bilateral migration path in the entire world.

10.How much money is moving around the world? In 2010, recorded global remittances amounted to more than $440 billion!…

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Top Industries in Canada

The three major types of industries in the country are manufacturing, services, and natural resources.

The largest manufacturing sector in the country is the automotive industry. Canada is one of the largest exporters of automobile equipment and goods due to its position within NAFTA. Leading equipment manufacturers and global automakers operate in Canada, among which General Motors, Toyota, and Ford. Leading bus and track manufacturers have also located in Canada, including Volvo Bus, Motor Coach Industries, and Hino. In addition, a number of large original equipment suppliers operate in the country, including Johnson Controls, Aisin Seiki, and Continental.

The country’s expertise in the machinery and equipment sector spans a number of different sub-sectors such as agricultural machinery, metalworking machinery, natural gas and oil drilling equipment, mining equipment, and others. Many global leaders operate in Canada, including Hitachi Ltd., Tesco, Alstom, etc. Southwestern Ontario and Toronto are the home to the largest machinery and equipment manufacturing cluster in Canada. A number of companies that operate in different sub-sectors are located in Southern Ontario. Among these are companies with a focus on the aerospace and automotive industries.

The biopharmaceutical industry is also a global player. The pharmaceutical industry is growing rapidly, with many generic pharmaceutical manufacturers and name-brand producers operating in Canada. Leading pharmaceutical companies have production and R&D facilities and distribution offices in many locations across Canada. Among them are Abbott Point-of-Care, Johnson & Johnson, top industries in CanadaPfizer, Novartis, and others. The medical devices industry in Canada is also among the largest in the world. Medical device companies operating in Canada incorporate advanced technologies and the newest discoveries from other industrial sectors, including telecommunications, advanced materials, informatics and software, microelectronics, and biotechnology. Medical device companies produce a variety of therapeutic and diagnostic tools, including dental materials and implants, cardiovascular devices, home healthcare products and assistive devices, and others.

The chemicals industry is another top industry, concentrated mainly in Alberta and Quebec. A strong research infrastructure supports these hubs and facilitates innovation. Central Canada is a major petroleum-refining region on the North American continent and the largest Canadian chemicals cluster. Many of the leading chemical companies have production facilities in the country, including Shell Chemicals, Dow Chemical, Sabic, INEOS, and others. Canada’s skilled workforce, low tax rates, and dynamic business environment attracts major investors in the chemical sector.

Food processing is another industry that attracts savvy investors. The food processing sector is highly competitive due to the country’s internationally-respected inspection systems, streamlined regulations and corporate taxes, and a well-connected transportation network, assuring rapid distribution. Leading global investors in the food processing industry include Louis Dreyfus Mitsui Foods, Archer Daniels Midland Co., Meiji Seika Kaisha, and others.

Finally, Canada is a leader in retail and institutional banking and advisory and financial management services. The country’s stable financial markets and regulated, safe environment attract global investors. Four of the 10 largest banks in North America and six of the world’s 50 safest financial institutions are Canadian.

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Life over the Horizon

It is truly said by Christopher Mccandless, ” The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun “.

When I was a teenager, the West ,as always, seemed the epicenter of possibility and opportunity. Through this article I want to share my experiences as a young immigrant in the western world over the last 20 years . I was only fifteen years old when my parents decided to move our base from India to the United States of America. Being a young teenager , like all at that age ,I was very excited with the idea of Immigration and becoming an American citizen, exploring that part of the world I had read so much in the books. Coming from an Armed Forces back ground my life was always adventurous and fast moving with exposure to many states , cities, cultures and wonderful diversity that is India . Like all Fauji (army) kids, as they are called I lived in a very adventurous but protective environment where we are in some way spoilt to the core with comfort , security and down to earth joys of life .I loved that life.

I finished my board exams and we travelled first to UK for a holiday, which was wonderful and mesmerizing, being my first international exposure and then reached the dream destination of all The USA. The first few weeks were like a dream, where everything was perfect, we holidayed in Washington, Orlando and Seattle. Then slowly we were getting into the realities of life and the challenges of new immigrants. I joined a school where I felt lonely and odd because my accent was different than most others and I could not quite understand the spoken language of many students and vice versa. My way of thinking and also the concept of my public school education was very different in India , but soon my teachers began to understand the inherent strength of my educational knowledge base including the grammatical correctness of my written English which was lacking in my class-mates . Along with this I joined a summer job at the airport where we were supposed to assist passengers in all manners, language, disability, location guidance etc. On the very first day I helped a passenger to a particular destination at the airport, she gave a tip of 5 dollars. I took the money but as soon I reached home, I cried my heart out to my father saying that in India we tip the poor and here I am getting tipped. I was feeling small. My father tried to explain to me that it is the culture here and there is nothing wrong, this is the way of showing courtesy , but I was too upset to understand then . So this was my first experience to the new culture of the west. My work continued through the summer, and I still remember by the end of summer if I was not tipped I use to get upset that I did not make enough pocket money. I met an elderly gentleman a co-worker who I learnt had just retired as a senior manager from Boeing .He told me that he did not necessarily have to work ,he could sit at his big house and just do gardening . He came there just to have fun . At another instance we found a war veteran a US Marine officer driving a Taxi . He said he did that as a matter of pleasure since in no other occupation he meets so many strangers with whom he enjoys interacting . There I learnt the value of human dignity .No work is small ,and no work makes you feel bigger than your life size . Political and business class here have a lot to learn from them .Then I got back to my school. I was gradually getting adjusted in the new environment but missed my life in India to the core. On any opportunity I would be ready to rush back to India. Over the next few years I experienced many aspects of the new society, some were good and some made me think. We often travelled to Vancouver in Canada ,merely two hours of a wonderful scenic drive . Another aspect I learnt that when living abroad Indians are more cohesively Indian than in their home land where they remain rudderless .

My life continued with spells of stay in India and America. People in India envied me where as I envied them. Then came a phase in my life where I moved forward , did my professional degree and joined Bank of America in the Investment branch. I was doing well professionally and by now had no conflict with the Western life. We generally travelled to India once a year and now I started seeing the positivity in my new resident country also . I started realizing the scope of opportunities there .The quality of life ,whether you are rich or poor , it is essentially the same as you eat similar food, you get quite easily all the basic comforts of life ,there is dignity of labor, dignity of any work you do and most importantly no corruption at the level of common man’s life .It took me many years to understand this but I now know for sure what I am today is because of the multiple exposure I got in my life. I do not say that as an Immigrant there would not be problems, definitely there would be because we come from different culture and upbringing and go through the pangs of transformation . But that is all a phase, like the first time a small child is put in a boarding school and cries under a bed sheet.

Today my family members are well settled in America with children doing very well and getting the best education and opportunities. I lived in USA for 15 years and have had many opportunities to see the world around , West and East , both offering quality life style to the enterprising fortune seekers . I am back in India ,equally comfortable and running my own Immigration and Visa company after completing my Masters in International Business. I myself as an immigrant who has seen the best of life in India and then the experience of struggle of a new immigrant, a phase where one wants to run back to the life of home country , now into a phase today where I love both the worlds equally for what they have given me and my family. Today I am the Managing Director of AKKAM Immigration and Allied Services which provides solutions and meets all requirements concerning immigration, study visa’s and allied services to multiple destinations across the globe. I feel all immigration consultants and agents can guide clients with authenticity if they themselves have experienced the realities , challenges, and opportunities in immigration ventures . I would always advice all my clients, friends and family that life is a onetime blessing ,spread your wings and experience the move towards the Horizon, a lot awaits you , distant dreams , some dark clouds and wonderful colors beyond the Horizon .

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Are we only Job Titles or more ?

When was the last time you went to a party or a social event, and you had to make small talk with the guests there. I am sure you were asked the question “So what do you do?”, and everyone around would have  recited their professions. The common answer would have been  – doctor, lawyer, teacher, IT etc and also people whining about their jobs. These answers have made me always  think that are we all only about Job titles?

The next time someone asks you the above question, don’t give them your job title,  instead tell them what you’re passionate about, what you like doing and follow it by asking them what they are passionate about. At this most likely you would get either a blank response or the person across will tell you about what all they are passionate about, making the conversation more warm and fruitful.

You can come across with another set of people, where they would want to recite their job title and role even when you ask the above. If this happens, say” Great to know you are passionate about your work and enjoy it”. this would definitely lead to a discussion which would be more interesting.

I have followed this since last couple of years of my life and this has helped me to move away from a job title centric discussions and the importance attached to it. It has helped me to focus on what is important for me and what I enjoy doing. I enjoy talking to new people and strangers, young and old, and at times help them with my own experience and exposure I have had in my life in identifying their desired direction to move forward in life. I work in a field which gives me ample scope to do this. One year back I had an impressive Job title but it was not making me happy and I felt incomplete, stagnated but now I am pursuing my dream, not a Job title and this makes me happy and contended.

Instead of putting people in one single frame of a job title, let them know what you enjoy doing, what you’re passionate about and then discover what they enjoy. The conversation will definitely turn into something far more interesting, and you’ll learn a lot more about fellow beings than just  their job titles.

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Testimonial from our client

AKKAM immigration consultancy did a splendid job in helping me to get my visa.The entire teeam worked with professional dedication while helping me to get the visa.They have been prompt in dealing with our queries.They were upright meticulous and took personal interest.

Thank you Nona and Ramesh .Will refer AKKAM to other aspirants I come across without slightest hestitaion.

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Expertise Authorized Immigration Consultant or My Own

Many wonder why people pay a lot of money to registered Immigration consultants/lawyers/ representatives/ advisers   to apply for PR, especially in case of Canada and Australia  where the process is  clearly mentioned on the internet and various informative portals are available providing  user friendly guidance. Some feel  that they may need consultants and advisors to understand their eligibility, points calculation and other additional requirements.

What  do you think is the difference between applying our own and applying through a consultancy?  It seems after initial refusal many people think and want to file their immigration process through consultants/ representatives . The fact is that  an individual who has provided the correct documentation and completed the forms correctly has just as good a chance of being accepted as a applicant who has hired a consultant.  The right people to answer this question would be whoever has already done or doing through a consultancy . They can tell the difference in documentation, information, approach etc . This decision is an individual’s decision and  depends on the person and their case specific requirements. This decision to hire a consultant or not has been discussed with many at different platforms, some of the reasons as quoted by individuals for making this choice are: –

  • The applicant is confident that his/her individual case and application will meet the requirements of the application as stated by the respective government and law agencies.
  • The representative or the advisor has made a submission that outlines the legislation and requirements to a  individuals case. As a result of this, the applicant has  more confidence that the application will, hopefully, be accepted.
  • Some key issues might be overlooked when an applicant is filing on their own, these can be  corrected by your consultant. Mistakes are commonly made  and if you don’t discover and correct  them before submitting your application, they can not only cause problems but can potentially result in application refusal.
  • If an individual knows that there is any issues with the application , it should definitely be represented by experts who know the law requirements and have experience.
  • The forms and requirements are fairly clearly stated and good guidance is available on the internet forums  and various government websites but however, you may also have realized that many people on this forums have serious concerns about their application after submitting it for numerous reasons, and several others end up receiving a refusal due to errors.
  • Many Immigration consultants and agent also provide valuable information and guidance on post landing formalities which an individual might not understand.
  • By engaging a reliable consultancy , you have a kick start which can lead to saving time – years or months – and it may give you unexpected benefits.

While good representation and guidance not only  can potentially help you  ensure that  you have completed your application correctly and have provided the correct documentation but also it improves the chances of your application being accepted. If you are considering using a representative, make sure they are authorized .

Thousands of applicants apply but hundreds of them are refused or delayed. The procedure and rules are confusing that one is unable to figure out the suitable visa for self. If everything goes well, then documentation is one tedious task which brings refusal at times. Therefore, every applicant needs a professional assistance, expert guidance and experienced advice to process the case and secure for you the best possible option.

Every country invites migrants, skilled labour and students but the policies are intricate and at times confusing needing constant updating of the immigration regulations. Immigration website of each country is generally self-explanatory and categorized apparently but its application to the specific qualification of an applicant needs professional inputs.

AKKAM Immigration and Allied Services, an established and officially recognized immigration and student visa consultng firm , projects your profile to your best advantage and gives you a free assessment of the best possible options applicable to you. You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you have to enable you to come to a final decision; there-after we take over the important task of preparing ,submitting and pursuing your fully documented and risk-free case on your behalf for a speedy and hassle- free processing and approval of your case before you embark on your mission, we will share our pride in your success and establish a life-long bondage.

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