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If you’re read my book, you’ll know I’m all about doing your research and dealing with reputable organisations that provide credible information. With that in mind, I’m happy to introduce a guest post from Caroline Purver. Caroline is based in Ottawa where she’s a Cultural Communications Facilitator with SOPA (Settlement Online Pre-Arrival) Ontario. Here she explains how you can take advantage of their free, government-funded service to arrive in Canada better prepared for the job market.


Imagine arriving in a new country armed with information to help you settle and find a job faster. Envision finding a job in your field just weeks or months after landing. With the help of Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA), this can actually be a reality as seen in our many success stories.

SOPA is a nation-wide pre-arrival service (funded by IRCC) which helps newcomers arrive prepared to Canada. We offer a personalized online intake session for each participant (to assess needs and go over any settlement questions as well as provide access to one or more of our five free online courses). Because SOPA is a nation-wide program, your intake counsellor will be located in your desired province (except for Quebec) and will be able to provide you with local and up-to-date information. The best part is that this is all done before arriving to Canada!

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By taking advantage of our free online courses, newcomers will be one step-ahead with gaining knowledge on how to find a job (specifically in Canada) and learning about the cultural expectations in the Canadian workplace – again all before arriving to the country.

In order to be eligible for the program, you must have received confirmation of permanent residency for Canada (COPR) but have not yet arrived in the country (as we are a dedicated pre-arrival service). For information on how to register, please visit our website:

We always look forward to working with clients, from around the world, and are confident that those who participate in the program will be better prepared as they start on their journey in Canada.


Thanks, Caroline, for introducing us to SOPA. This is a fantastic service for new immigrants. If you have your COPR, I’d encourage you to check our their web site and consider registering for the courses. It will definitely put you one step ahead when you move here.