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- 5 benefits of becoming a Canadian citizen
- 5 steps to getting a Canadian passport
- Always be honest! The dangers of fraud when applying for citizenship
- Applying for citizenship: A step-by-step guide
- Canadian Citizenship Overview
- Canadian citizenship: Your rights and responsibilities as a citizen
- Do I become a citizen when I marry a Canadian?
- Taking your citizenship test? 5 tips to ace it
- 10 more things you should know about Canada
- 11 basic facts about Canada
- 5 amazing facts about the creation of the National Flag of Canada
- 5 must-see places in Canada
- 5 things to know about Canadian Thanksgiving
- Canada from A to Z
- Canada’s five regions
- Canadian cultural values and beliefs
- Canadian Holidays
- Canadian immigration stats
- Canadian Indigenous art
- Canadian postal codes and abbreviations for provinces and territories
- Defending Canada
- From eggs to whips: Easter celebrations all over the world
- Hockey terms and lingo
- Newcomer’s guide to hockey
- Notable Indigenous People in recent history
- Official Canadian symbols
- What are we remembering on Remembrance Day?
- What is Boxing Day and should you celebrate it?
General info 2
- 10 amazing facts about Canada’s geography
- 10 multicultural holiday celebrations you may not be aware of
- Canadian Christmas traditions you may not know
- Curious about cannabis? Here’s what you need to know about cannabis in Canada
- Did you know that 80 per cent of Canada is uninhabited? Learn more about Canada’s geography
- Great Indigenous Canadian artists
- Ice Hockey basics: Knowing more about how the game is played
- Is Canada the coldest country in the world? Learn more about Canada’s climate
- Unique New Year traditions all over the world
- What is Canadian cuisine?
- What is NEXUS? What are the benefits of being a member?
- What is Winnipeg Whiteout all about?
- Who was Victoria and why do we celebrate her day?
- Why do we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21?
- Why do we celebrate with pumpkins, ghouls and other scary stuff on Halloween?
- Canada’s electoral system
- Canada’s three levels of government
- Know Canada’s political parties
- Participating in the Manitoba Election
- Top tips for smart voters
- Why (and how) you should participate in the Federal Election
- 5 facts about Manitoba’s founder Louis Riel
- 5 great Canadians in history (part 2)
- 5 great Canadians in recent history
- 5 notable Indigenous historical figures
- Canada’s immigration history
- Did you know that Canada Day used to be called Dominion Day?
- From fur to wheat: How immigration changed the Canadian Prairie landscape
- Great Canadians in history
- Refused entry: Canada’s early days of xenophobia
- Who are Canada’s founding peoples?
Immigrating to Canada
- 11 ways to immigrate to Canada
- 5 steps to getting a PR visa through the MPNP for Skilled Worker Overseas
- Applying for immigration in 7 steps
- Beware of these immigration scams
- Express Entry: 5 tips to improve your chances of success
- Interested in immigrating to Manitoba? Learn about the changes in the MPNP
- Interested in immigrating? Here are 5 steps that you can take
- Sponsoring parents and grandparents to Manitoba
- Your “before moving to Canada” checklist
Aboriginal Service Providers
- Cartwright Killarney Boissevain Settlement Services
- Ethnocultural and faith based organizations
- Family Dynamics: Building a community of empowered individuals and healthy families
- Francophone services in MB (Services francophones au Manitoba)
- Holy Names House of Peace: A safe haven in the heart of the city
- Immigrant Serving Organizations
- MFL Occupational Health Centre: Educating newcomers about workplace health and safety
- Neepawa and Area Immigrant Settlement Services
- New Journey Housing: Everything you needed to know about housing in MB and more
- Parkland Immigration Community Services
- Portage la Prairie Newcomers’ Welcome Centre
- REES: Working towards a more inclusive and productive community by supporting people of all abilities
- SOPA: Your key to getting job-ready for Canada
- Specialized services for refugees in Manitoba
- Success Skills Centre: Leveraging international skills to enrich the Canadian workforce
- Swan Valley Settlement and Immigrant Services
- The Neighbourhood Immigrant Settlement Worker (NISW) Program: A newcomer’s lifeline in the community
- Thompson Newcomer Settlement Services
- Virden and District Settlement Services
- Westman Immigrant Services
Tips for newcomer success
- 5 activities to do in January to start your year right
- 7 Success secrets for Canadian immigrants
- Feeling down? 5 things to do today to boost your self-esteem
- Great New Year’s resolutions to make 2020 your best year ever
- How to make 2020 your best year ever
- Making your New Year’s resolutions work
- Top TED Talks to watch for motivation
- What is the most important ingredient to newcomer success (part 4)
- What is the most important ingredient to newcomer success?
- What is the most important ingredient to newcomer success? (part 2)
- What is the most important ingredient to newcomer success? (part 3)
- 5 best places to volunteer in Manitoba
- 5 steps to apply successfully for a volunteer position
- 5 types of volunteer work
- Thinking of becoming mentor? Here’s what you need to know
- Volunteering 101: What it is and what it’s not
- What NOT to do when volunteering
- Your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer
- Are you a business-minded young person? Learn business 101 at the Y
- Programs and services for Manitoba youth
- Ramadan etiquette: Is it okay to eat in front of Muslims during Ramadan?
- Understanding the refugee crisis: A guide
- YMCA-YWCA Winnipeg’s Newcomer Services: Offering holistic and free supports for newcomers of all ages
- 30 computer terms every beginner should know
- 5 tips to keep your gadgets in tip top shape
- 6 tips for safe and productive Facebook use
- 7 tips for effective communication using chat and text
- Lost in Cyberspeak? Basic terms you should know
- Open badges: a novel way of recognizing learning
- Social media basics
- The three P’s of a productive online chat
- Tips to maximize your online experience
- Top 5 tips for better online video communication
- What you should know about digital citizenship
Essential Digital skills
- 3 ways a good digital presence can get you a job
- 5 quick tips for navigating the internet like a pro
- 5 ways LinkedIn™ can help your career
- 8 digital skills that make you employable and help you succeed in the workplace
- Be media smart! Assessing online information in 5 steps
- Digital skills that will get you hired
- 5 simple principles of proper netiquette
- 8 formal email etiquette tips you should remember
- Are you ready for your online class?
- Don’t be a cyberbully! Practice courtesy online
Health & Wellness
- Common health issues related to technology use
- Focus on eye health for computer users
- Health tips for computer users (or 6 ways to avoid dying at your desk)
- 5 tips for online safety
- Best free winter apps for people on the go
- Don’t click that link! Your guide to email and text scams
- Thinking of online shopping? Here’s how to stay safe
- Watch out for these 10 dangerous emails that are out to scam you
- What to do when you accidentally click on a spam link?
- Planning on going back to school? Here are resources to back you up
- Reach your goals faster – 5 steps to a personal learning plan
Elementary & Secondary Education
- 5 most effective ways to support your kids adjusting to school
- 7 steps to prepare your child for the start of school
- Affordable skill-building after school programs your kids will love
- Elementary and secondary school education in MB
- Finding the right school for your child
- Is your child being bullied? Or being a bully?
- Online resources and links for parents with school-age kids
- Preparing for a parent-teacher conference
- Preparing your child for a new school
- Should my child be in the French Immersion Program?
- Top 5 tips for preparing your kids’ school lunches
- What to do when your child is being bullied: 5 effective steps
Finding a Daycare
- 5 steps to finding child care services
- 5 tips to keep your kids healthy at daycare
- Types of child care centres in Manitoba
Planning for your child's future
- 6 facts you need to know about post secondary education in Manitoba
- Can I afford post-secondary education? Financial help for Manitoban students
- Can’t decide what course to take? Here are 5 tips to guide you
- Choosing your college or university wisely
- Entering college or university in Manitoba? Here are the steps you should take
- Plagiarism 101: How to write your papers with honesty and integrity
- Post-secondary education: What is the difference between college and university?
- Why working while studying is good for you – 5 tips to succeed
- “There will always be a job for someone with the right attitude and work ethic”
- 5 steps to credential assessment and licensing
- Dealing with job insecurity: 5 ways to be proactive about it
- Don’t let these 5 career myths hold you back
- Employment seminars. Do you need them?
- Have you heard about the exciting world of Supply Chain Management?
- How to increase your chances of getting a job? Be well-informed!
- Is going into the trades a good career or alternative profession?
- Is your job in demand in MB?
- Jobs you can get quickly in MB that need little or no training
- Looking to expand your career options? Discover your transferable skills
- Self-Assessment: Your first step to success
- Soft skills: The key to getting and staying employed
- Thinking of a career shift?
- What are “Alternative Professions”?
- What are essential skills?
- What is a Career Plan and why do you need it?
- 5 essential facts about workplace safety
- All about employment insurance
- Is EI the same as EIA?
- The 8 habits of very safe workers
- What are employment standards?
- 10 steps to a Canadian-style resume
- 5 best strategies to ace that interview
- 5 tips for successful interview small talk
- 5 tips to tailor and update your resume
- 7 tips for writing great emails
- 8 cover letter qualities that will get you that interview
- 9 details never to put in your resume
- Body language do’s and don’ts for a job interview
- Feeling lost in your career? Find a mentor!
- Getting ahead of objections to being hired
- How is a typical job interview conducted?
- How to dress for a job interview
- How to follow up job applications
- How to have a successful phone or Skype interview
- How to research a prospective employer before an interview
- More cover letter tips to get your application noticed
- Nervous about your English? Tips to help you express yourself well in an interview
- The most common job interview questions you should prepare for
- What to do when you don’t get the job
- Why work for free? The value of volunteering
Job Application 2
- Do you think your job offer is a scam?
- Questions you don’t have to answer in a job interview
- Why am I not getting a job offer?
- 5 steps to boost your confidence at networking events
- 5 ways newcomers can start building a professional network
- Dealing with job search desperation
- Essential documents for newcomers
- How can employment agencies help you?
- How to stay motivated through a rough job search
- Is a survival job for you?
- Maximizing your opportunities at a job fair
- Surefire ways of finding a job in Manitoba
- Tips to maximize your online job search
- Want to start your professional network? Join the Connector Program
Licensure and Registration
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Other Sources of Income
- 5 steps to start a business in Canada
- Can you be self-employed?
- Need additional income? Start a sideline
- Supports for entrepreneurs in Manitoba
- “It will take sacrifice, but it is worth it!” Interview with Herbert Herrera, CPA, CGA
- “Nursing is a long term investment.” Interview with Linda Olson, RN
- “Teaching is about inspiring and encouraging young people”. Interview with Tarek Aziz, Educator
- A medlab scientist’s journey to certification. Interview with Rhea Bugarin, MLT
- Are you an internationally experienced tradesperson?
- Getting into the Trades
- Interview with Ray Sator, PEng. – Filipino Engineers and Geoscientists in Manitoba
- Registration, certification and licensing? What do they mean?
- 10 pointers to help you fit in at work
- 5 guidelines for proper meeting etiquette
- 5 habits to help you achieve work-life balance
- 5 strategies for working with people from other cultures
- 7 verbal communication tips to help you integrate in the workplace
- 7 ways to advance your career without ruining your summer plans
- Are you a work martyr?
- Before you accept the job offer…
- Canadian workplace culture do’s and don’ts
- Cultural sensitivity: 3 things not to say or do in a multicultural setting
- Do you know your cannabis rules at work?
- How to avoid heat-related illnesses when working in summer
- How to excel in your new job
- Is it time to ask for a promotion?
- Moving on: How do you quit your job in Canada?
- Professional telephone skills and etiquette
- Starting a new job? Here’s how to have the best first day
- Supports to help you in the workplace
- Want to get ahead in the Canadian workplace? Be a lifelong learner!
- Work getting to be a drag? Here are 4 tips to cope with demotivation
Workplace Culture 2
- 5 steps to giving constructive feedback at work that really helps
- Disagreeing agreeably: An essential skill in the Canadian workplace
- How to speak to your boss effectively
- Should I give my boss a Christmas gift? Learn the Canadian gift-giving tradition
- Speaking up at work: 4 tips to make your voice heard
- Understanding workplace culture: 5 keys to success in the Canadian workplace
- What is job burnout ? Know its symptoms and how to deal with it
Common Health Problems
- 5 benefits of gardening you may not know
- 5 gardening hazards you should watch out for
- 5 tips for staying healthy in Manitoba
- 5 ways to cope with weather changes
- 7 winter health tips for newcomers
- Healthy eating habits for newcomers
- How to stay active in winter
- Keeping your home and surroundings safe: Preventing falls
- Self-care: A critical ingredient to your success
- Taking care of your health this fall
- Tick season in Manitoba: How to protect yourself from bites
- Making a health emergency plan? Make E.R.I.K. a part of it
- What to do in a health emergency
- What to do when you lose a loved one in MB
Finding a Family Doctor
- How to get a doctor in Manitoba
- Preparing for a doctor’s appointment
Health Care Options
- 5 important facts about your Manitoba Health Care coverage
- Do I need supplementary health insurance?
- Immunization and public health
- Know your 9 patient rights and responsibilities
- Resources and services for Manitobans with disabilities
- Stay safe! Practice safe use of medications
- Urgent care or Emergency? Getting the right health care services
- Your guide to pharmacies and medications
Mental Health & Addiction Services
- “Releasing pent up rage is good” and other myths about anger
- 18 tips for dealing with stress and tension
- Caring for your mental health
- Cool it: Tricks and tips to manage anger better
- Coping with change
- Coping with stress and depression during the holidays
- Do you feel SAD? Steps to beat the winter blues
- Emotional hygiene: 5 ways to keep your mind clean and healthy
- How to deal with the stages of adaptation and come out on top
- Is home still where your heart is? Learning about reverse culture shock
Pregnancy & Maternity
Canada: Officially Bilingual
- 10 easy ways to improve your English
- 3 exciting summer projects to hone your skills
- 5 easy ways to expand your English vocabulary
- 5 more activities to help you write well in English
- 5 practical techniques to improve your listening skills
- 5 steps to an engaging presentation
- 5 tips for clear, crisp and excellent writing
- 5 ways informal language training helps you master English skills
- Audio resources to help you hone your English
- Confident with your English? 3 reasons why you need to continue learning
- Did you know that journaling can change your life and improve your language skills?
- Free online tools to try today to help improve your writing
- Giving customer feedback: Why it’s important and how best to give your two cents worth
- Great video resources for self-study
- Improve your reading comprehension in 5 steps
- Practical language tips 1
- Speak better: 5 easy ways to improve your pronunciation
- Tips when proofreading and editing your work
- Tired of studying English? Here’s what you can do to get your enthusiasm back
- Which is better – reading a book or listening to an audiobook?
- 5 tips to prepare for an IELTS exam
- Language tests for living, studying, and working in Canada
- Top free online review resources for IELTS
- What is a CLB and why do I need it?
- Your communication skills and the CLB
- Best online resources for learning English
- More online resources for English language learners
- Online resources for developing your writing skills
- Online resources to improve English pronunciation
- Too busy to learn English? Consider LINC Home Study
- Top 10 free apps for learning English
Private Language Classes
Taxpayer-funded Language Classes
Becoming a Self-Directed Learner
- 4 steps to becoming a self-directed learner
- 5 best techniques to boost self-directed learning
- 5 tools for learning anything on-the-go
- Busy? Here are 5 ways you can keep on learning
- What is Creative Commons and why do you need to know about it?
- 10 more reasons to learn with Live & Learn
- 5 biggest myths about online learning
- 5 reasons why you should try online learning
- Advance your career in 2019 by taking free courses online
- How to ask your online teacher for help
- How to maximize the power of online learning
- I can’t follow my online class. What do I do?
- What is a webinar and why should you attend one?
- Why should you learn with Live & Learn?
- Why you should join online forums
Personal Learning Network
Reflecting on Learning
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- 10 Manitoba immigration facts
- Industries and resources in Manitoba
- Is it really colder than Mars? The truth about Manitoba weather
- Learning about Manitoban cities
- The regions of Manitoba
- Top 10 Manitoba facts
- Winter hacks every Manitoban should know
Communications & Media
- Can you Can-speak 2
- Can you Can-speak 3
- Can you Can-speak?
- Magazines in Manitoba
- Manitoba’s media outlets
- Need to make a call? Facts about telephone service in MB
- Postal services in Manitoba
- Why do Canadians say ‘eh’ and what does it mean?
- “Pardon me!” Understanding and adapting to Canadian social norms
- 5 big ideas for better small talk
- Adapting to Canadian culture
- Facts about Indigenous culture and history you should know
- Get to know the Indigenous Peoples of Manitoba
- Great tips for great conversations
- Have you heard about the Sixties Scoop?
- Myths and facts about Indigenous peoples
- What are Pow Wows, vision quests and sweat lodges?
- What are Treaties? Why should you know about them?
- What newcomers need to know about residential schools
- What’s the big deal about being on time? Why do you need to be punctual in Canada?
- You know you’ve become a Manitoban when . . .
- 5 things to know before buying a house in MB
- 5 ways to get your home winter ready
- 8 tips for dealing with a difficult landlord
- Do you need assistance for getting settled? Here’s where to get help
- Financing basics for first-time homebuyers
- Housing Basics: What you need to know
- How do I find a place to rent?
- How to avoid rental scams
- How to keep your home pest-free in winter
- Rental ad terms you need to know
- Renting an apartment in MB
- Taking care of your home in summer
- Tips before moving to a new rental home
- Types of rental housing in MB
- What’s a space heater? Canadian house features you should know about
Parenting and Family
- 5 tips for smart digital parenting
- 5 ways to keep your pets safe and comfortable in winter
- 5 ways to protect your kids from online dangers
- Can’t keep your child away from computer games? 10 steps to healthier gaming for kids
- Essential facts about parenting in Canada
- Helping your children cope with change
- How to encourage open communication with your kids
- How to keep school kids safe in extreme weather
- How to talk to your teen about marijuana
- Is a child automatically a citizen if born in Manitoba?
- Is your child ready for a mobile phone? 3 considerations before you get one
- Relatives visiting? 5 tips to ensure a smooth trip to Manitoba
- Services and activities for visitors to Canada
- Services for newcomer older adults
- Supports for newcomer moms (or expectant moms)
- Supports for stay-at-home moms (and dads)
- The Canada Child Benefit program
- What is a summer camp? Should I send my child to one?
- What is family violence and how to get help
- Your guide to dressing your kids for winter
Parenting and Family 2
- All about Manitoba’s Child and Family Services (CFS)
- How did the tradition of spring cleaning start and why do we do it?
- Tips to keep Halloween safe and fun for everyone
- What is elder abuse and how do we prevent it?
- When things don’t work out: Getting separated or divorced in MB
Personal and home safety
- 5 winter dangers and how to manage them
- 8 tips to prevent sexual assault
- Bike safety for newcomers
- Community safety and security
- Fire safety tips for newcomers
- Getting ready to bike safely
- How long can I stay outside in extremely cold weather?
- Should you call 911? Tips when calling emergency help
- Smart tips to stay safe on the streets
- Swimming safety for kids
- Tips for keeping your kids safe
- Travelling outside of Manitoba or Canada? How to ensure a safe and worry-free trip
- Travelling soon? Here’s how to make sure that you don’t lose your baggage
- What do you do when a burglar breaks into your home?
- What to do when you’re a victim of sexual assault
- 5 pre-departure essentials
- Arranging temporary housing before you arrive
- How much does it cost to live in Manitoba?
- Tips for handling your settlement funds
- 10 easy steps to prepare for a road trip
- 10 summer fun facts
- 20+ free (and almost free) things to do in Manitoba
- 5 reasons to see Folklorama this year (and every year)
- 5 things to know about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
- 5 things to watch out for in spring
- 5 ways to stay productive this summer
- 8 ways to spend your weekends in MB
- Camping tips for beginners
- Don’t bring inflatables! And other beach safety tips
- It’s never too early to plan your vacations! Here are the holidays in Manitoba for 2019
- Manitoba’s winter festivals
- Preparing for a summer vacation: safety and security tips
- Quick tips to remember when staying outdoors in summer
- Stressed with the heat? Ways to stay cool and healthy this summer
- Summer festivals in Manitoba
- Summer food safety tips
- The most Canadian things to do this summer
- Want to know more about your new country? Visit a museum
- What is Crokinole? Canada’s lesser-known sports, games and pastimes
- 10 websites every Manitoban newcomer should bookmark
- 5 steps for lodging an effective customer complaint
- Craving for your native dish? You just might find it here
- Essential documents for newcomers 2
- Looking forward to garage sale season
- Nutrition, cooking and gardening programs in Winnipeg
- Replacing lost cards and documents: What to do when you lose your . . .
- Stores and brands in Manitoba
- Till death do us part: All about getting married in Manitoba
- Travelling abroad? You will need these documents
- Your Manitoba shopping guide
- 10 pet peeves when taking the bus
- 10 things you need to know about taking the bus
- 5 points to consider when buying a car
- A quick guide to driving regulations in Manitoba
- Baby on board: What to know about child car seat regulation in Manitoba
- Getting around Manitoba
- How to get a driver’s licence in MB
- Tips for first-time bus riders
- Top 3 winter driving tips
- Top 5 summer driving tips
- What to do if you’ve been in a car accident
- Winnipeg Transit extra services
Your First Few Days
- 5 best ways to stay up-to-date
- 5 things I love about being an immigrant
- 5 tips to get you ready for fall in MB
- 8 marvelous things to look forward to in fall
- 9 Things I didn’t know about Manitoba until I got here
- Are you ready for spring?
- Did you know that there are different types of snow?
- Garbage, plumbing and other household concerns
- Is it spring yet? 7 wonderful things spring brings
- Loneliness, culture shock and disappointment. 5 ways to get over settlement stress
- Manitoba libraries: Books and so much more
- Orientation programs in MB
- What is Daylight Saving time?
- Why do we need to recycle? Here are some recycling basics
- Your first few days in Manitoba: A newcomer checklist
- Essential facts newcomers need to know about financial institutions in Manitoba
- Understanding credit
- Understanding your credit history
- What is a debit card? Basic banking and financial terms you should know
- 10 ways to save money during the holidays and still have the best time
- 5 top money saving tips for newcomers
- 5 ways insurance can help you when you’re starting out
- 8 additional ways to save on household expenses
- 8 habits that will help you avoid getting into debt
- 8 money tips when travelling abroad
- 8 smart ways to save this holiday season
- Best ways of sending money to your home country
- Death and finances: 5 things to do to settle the affairs of a loved one
- Do I really need an emergency fund?
- How to make a budget
- Insurance basics: 5 things you should know about insurance
- Know your Canadian currency
- Manitoba financial assistance programs
- Money problems: When debt catches up
- Top 10 consumer tips
- Top 5 scams newcomers should know
- What is a will and why is it important to have one?
Diversity and Its Limits
- 5 best ways to practice gender sensitivity
- Diversity in Manitoba: Many cultures, one neighbourhood
- Have you heard about gender neutral pronouns?
- Spotlight on Gender Diversity. What does it have to do with you?
- What is cultural appropriation? And why is blackface wrong?
Rights & Freedoms
- Can I practice my religion in Manitoba?
- Canada’s electoral system
- Newcomer rights and freedoms
- What are human rights?
- What does “discrimination” mean?