Stories across Canada

Be inspired by stories of immigrants enriching our communities and making a difference in our lives.

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Coquitlam, British Columbia

Fighting food waste while feeding the community

A Serbian immigrant and his enthusiastic group of volunteers gather unsold food for people in need in Coquitlam.

Montréal, Quebec

Building opportunities for future Canadian engineers

Once a foreign student in these halls, leading businesswoman Gina Cody has left her mark… and her name… on Concordia’s Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science with a $15 million endowment.

Morden, Manitoba

Growing a community through immigration

When a close-knit community in rural Manitoba welcomes immigrants with open arms, everyone benefits – especially employers.

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Reviving Charlottetown’s skating club

A skating club in Charlottetown on the verge of closing is revived by the enthusiastic participation of the Chinese community.

Coquitlam, British Columbia

Fighting food waste while feeding the community

A Serbian immigrant and his enthusiastic group of volunteers gather unsold food for people in need in Coquitlam.

Eastman, Quebec

Strengthening a community through refugee sponsorship

When 3 Quebec villages sponsored the first refugee family to the area, they wanted to help Maykil, Zena and Malak Toma find a new home. What they didn’t expect was the renewed community spirit that would arrive with their new neighbours.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Promoting patient care in Iqaluit

Mistaking Baffin Island for Banff brought a qualified nurse to promote continuity of care in Canada’s northern communities.

Montréal, Quebec

Building opportunities for future Canadian engineers

Once a foreign student in these halls, leading businesswoman Gina Cody has left her mark… and her name… on Concordia’s Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science with a $15 million endowment.

Morden, Manitoba

Growing a community through immigration

When a close-knit community in rural Manitoba welcomes immigrants with open arms, everyone benefits – especially employers.

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Bringing the community together, one dish at a time

A Swiss chef, inspired by the abundance of local ingredients in St. Andrews, has brought the world to a historic inn while helping the aquaculture industry.

Sudbury, Ontario

Fundraising for much-needed services in Sudbury

Inspired by her mother’s example, Bela Ravi works tirelessly to raise funds for what people need most in her home town of Sudbury.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Putting people before profit in Canada’s tech sector

Pablo Listingart, an entrepreneur from Argentina, tackles unemployment with tuition-free tech training.

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British Columbia

Engineering cleaner water in remote communities

RES’EAU-WaterNET, a program started by Dr. Madjid Mohseni, originally from Iran, has helped 4 First Nations communities lift drinking water advisories and 8 small communities improve the quality of their drinking water.

Calgary, Alberta

Investing in the next generation of Canadian business leaders

From refugee to real estate mogul, Bob Dhillon’s $10-million donation to the University of Lethbridge’s School of Business is the largest gift in its history.

Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Leading by example

This is a historical example of how Canada was built on immigration. In 1853, Abraham D. Shadd moved to Canada, where his success and influence led to opportunities for many other Black Canadians.

Digby, Nova Scotia

Building bridges between law enforcement and the Black community

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Fredrick Mubiru gives back to the country that offered him protection by protecting others.

Edmonton, Alberta

Inspiring inner city youth

How a refugee became a role model for vulnerable Edmonton teens.

Edmonton, Alberta

Serving Edmonton’s seniors

How Edmonton’s Heart to Home Meals owners, both from India, help seniors and other vulnerable people.

Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan

Shaping small-town Saskatchewan

How a Dutch immigrant created jobs and boosted the economy in a small Prairie town.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bringing love and kindness to the streets of Halifax

Mark Saldanha’s mission is to reaffirm the dignity of Canadians experiencing homelessness by showing them friendship, respect and compassion.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Welcoming women to technology

Born in Germany, Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia immigrated to Canada from Israel in 2002. She has since become an integral part of Nova Scotia’s effort to bolster the ranks of women in tech jobs.

Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Tackling food insecurity in Canada’s North

The Arctic Food Bank—founded by the Muslim Welfare Centre and staffed by immigrant and Indigenous volunteers—has served hundreds of Inuvik residents since 2015.

Peterborough, Ontario

Building it up by keeping it local

Javier Bravo, originally from Mexico City, has developed a way to help Peterborough’s downtown businesses thrive.

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

“Angel of the North” delivering her third generation of babies

Dr. Lalita Malhotra, originally from India, has delivered more than 10,000 babies in Canada. She has established such deep connections with the local Indigenous community over the years that it has named her their “Angel of the North”.

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Innovating and hiring on the Rock

Two immigrants in Newfoundland and Labrador partnered up to build HeyOrca, a thriving tech firm that now employs 25 people and contributes to the St. John’s start-up community.

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Improving breast cancer detection

Dr. Alla Reznik is developing new imaging technology to improve breast cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

Toronto, Ontario

Feeding it forward – 1 sandwich at a time

The owner of a Toronto eatery offers a unique way for customers to help feed those in need and build a strong community – all for less than $4.

Toronto, Ontario

Cooking up a community—and feeding it

Steve Kidron, who once struggled to feed himself, now runs an enterprise in Toronto that supports food industry start-ups and feeds others.

Toronto, Ontario

Supporting writers, promoting literacy and creating jobs

Hong Kong immigrant Allen Lau co-founded Wattpad, the hugely successful tech start-up that is helping writers find audiences far and wide.

Victoria, British Columbia

Catching the giving spirit

Hissein Idriss found a way to potentially touch almost any Canadian in need of help: by launching a charity dedicated to helping other Canadian charities succeed.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Taking Whitehorse’s music scene to new levels

Olivier de Colombel was drawn to the Yukon, and now Whitehorse’s only French elementary school has a music teacher and dedicated volunteer.

Windsor, Ontario

Transforming teen lives in Windsor

Originally from Eritrea, Mehari Hagos makes his living owning a gym but feels his true calling is helping Glengarry kids succeed.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cultivating compassion in the community

A tragedy inspired Loizza Aquino to create a safe space for youth to share experiences and overcome the shame many feel in speaking about mental health and suicide.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Telling the story of Manitoba’s Francophone community

An immigrant historian is recognized with the Order of Manitoba for her efforts to help preserve Francophone culture in the province.

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Inspiring a city through the power of dance

From landscaper to volunteer firefighter, to a paramedic and founder of a dance troupe, there is very little that Louis Gaëtan hasn’t done for his community since his arrival in Yellowknife in 2012.

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