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Surrey, British Columbia

Racing to roll out vaccines

Dr. Victoria Lee, President and CEO of Fraser Health in British Columbia, oversees and mobilizes the largest vaccine rollout in recent history.

Milton, Ontario

Serving our country, at home and abroad

Warrant Officer Avril Jno-Baptiste-Jones is originally from Dominica and has served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years. She deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait, and has been recognized for her leadership and excellence.

Victoria, British Columbia

Lighting the path for aspiring entrepreneurs

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Yamila Franco is an eco-entrepreneur, leader and mentor recognized for her positive, empathetic leadership style.

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Brandon, Manitoba

Brewing up excitement in Brandon

Black Wheat Brewing in Brandon, Manitoba, is the city’s first craft brewery, and residents have welcomed its newcomer brewmaster with open arms.

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

Doing well by doing good

Wayne and Eleanor Chiu, originally from Hong Kong, are driven by their passion for using business to further the good of their community.

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.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Making Canada a culinary champion

PEI may be Canada’s smallest province, but thanks to a chef originally from Switzerland, it’s earning a big name as a food lover’s destination.

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.

Enfield, Nova Scotia

Tailoring solutions during the pandemic

Khabat Alissa helps keep his community safe, one mask at a time.

Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan

Shaping small-town Saskatchewan

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

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Healing from the heart

Dr. Riaan van der Wart blends traditional and contemporary medicine to serve First Nations communities.

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.

Hamilton, Ontario

Striking a chord in the community

Astrid Hepner’s Hamilton Music Collective is creating opportunities for the city’s next generation of musicians.

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.

Milton, Ontario

Serving our country, at home and abroad

Warrant Officer Avril Jno-Baptiste-Jones is originally from Dominica and has served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years. She deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait, and has been recognized for her leadership and excellence.

Northern Canada

Bringing connectivity to Canada’s North

Samer Bishay bridges the digital divide by bringing cellular networks to remote northern communities.

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

Finding new musical voices in Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Jakub Martinec has brought his musical background from the Czech Republic to help boys and young men sing out across Newfoundland.

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.

Surrey, British Columbia

Racing to roll out vaccines

Dr. Victoria Lee, President and CEO of Fraser Health in British Columbia, oversees and mobilizes the largest vaccine rollout in recent history.

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.

Toronto, Ontario

Bringing smiles to vulnerable families

Anaida Deti has gone from training in Canada as a dental hygienist to owning a dental practice and using it to support her community.

Toronto, Ontario

Caring for the community in a global crisis

Physician and philanthropist Dr. Joseph Yu Kai Wong raised funds for 700,000 medical masks to help keep the community safe during the pandemic.

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.

Victoria, British Columbia

Lighting the path for aspiring entrepreneurs

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Yamila Franco is an eco-entrepreneur, leader and mentor recognized for her positive, empathetic leadership style.

Western Canada

Empowering communities to save money and energy

Areef Abraham is working with Indigenous communities to be more energy efficient, one home at a time.

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.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Equipping youth with life, language and wilderness skills

When COVID-19 closed local schools, Raphaëlle Couratin came to the rescue with an outdoors French immersion program that teaches students wilderness skills.

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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Altona, Manitoba

Growing local businesses through immigration

See how immigration helped Friesens address labour shortages and enrich the Altona community.

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.

Toronto, Ontario

Getting personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health-care workers and vulnerable communities

Khadija Cajee, originally from South Africa, co-founded a volunteer organization called Conquer COVID-19. They delivered more than 3 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, homeless shelters and community organizations across Canada.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Teaching children for free during a pandemic

As a young entrepreneur, Kavita Dau has been giving back to her community by teaching kids for free online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Putting people before profit in Canada’s tech sector

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

In the news

Province Community Story Source Date
Ontario Windsor New UWindsor law dean first Arab woman and first Palestinian to hold the position in Canada windsorstar.com June 17, 2021
Ontario Ottawa He escaped civil war as a child. Now, he’s dedicating his life to helping others uottawa.ca June 14, 2021
Quebec Montréal Du beau, là aussi (in French only) lapresse.ca June 19, 2021
Alberta Calgary Marichu Antonio makes history as Calgary's Citizen of the Year cbc.ca June 22, 2021
Saskatchewan Regina Regina developer creates grocery delivery site to help smaller local stores reach online shoppers cbc.ca April 20, 2021
Northwest Territories Yellowknife Nursing runs in the family for the Silverios nnsl.com May 12, 2021
Ontario Toronto Leziz Kitchen in Toronto is giving free food to those in need blogto.com February 18, 2021
Quebec Montréal Nothing cookie-cutter about McGill student's Cookiestruct startup montrealgazette.com May 3, 2021
Quebec Montréal $5-million donation to MUHC Foundation will benefit nurses, research montrealgazette.com May 3, 2021
Ontario Ottawa Une Franco-Ontarienne à la tête de la Commission canadienne pour l'UNESCO (in French only) ici.radio-canada.ca May 5, 2021
British Columbia Kamloops Kamloops international students are enriching the economy, culture of the city infonews.ca April 18, 2021
British Columbia Vancouver Entrepreneur launches fund to help small businesses struggling during pandemic dailyhive.com April 7, 2021
Manitoba Winnipeg Winnipeg tailor, former refugee hands out 100 sandwiches to mark anniversary of his journey cbc.ca May 2, 2021
Ontario Bradford Restaurant owner gives back to community for ‘good Karma’ bradfordtoday.ca April 22, 2021
Ontario Ottawa Dr. Theresa Tam featured in this year’s Immigrant Women of Inspiration canadianimmigrant.ca April 1, 2021
Ontario Ottawa Former pro-basketball player giving back to Overbrook community cbc.ca July 30, 2020
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown Histoire d’immigration: chanter son amour de l’opéra à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard (in French only) l-express.ca April 17, 2021
Nova Scotia Halifax Former basketball pro finds love, marriage and mentorship opportunities in Halifax cbc.ca March 22, 2021
Saskatchewan Saskatoon 'A dream come true': Felipe Gomez named 2021 Saskatchewanderer cbc.ca April 1, 2021
Nova Scotia Halifax How this Syrian refugee is giving back to his new home during COVID-19 cbc.ca December 23, 2020
Ontario London Mary Gianan, Personal Support Worker, “You are holding them, you are in their bubble” iamlondon.com September 15, 2020
Quebec Montréal Des Chinoises solidaires font des bonnets (in French only) journaldemontreal.com June 26, 2020
Ontario Toronto Graduates from Jamaica work on the front lines of COVID-19 senecacollege.ca June 11, 2020
British Columbia Vernon Culinary dreams made real castanet.net March 4, 2020
Nova Scotia Antigonish Syrian chocolate company in Antigonish set to double in size cbc.ca August 5, 2018
Prince Edward Island Charlottetown A talk with Mohammed Moin, co-founder of Somru BioScience Inc. theguardian.pe.ca September 2, 2017
New Brunswick Moncton Design From Africa Wants to Bridge Cultures Through Clothing huddle.today January 5, 2018
Quebec Montréal Montreal businessman donates $1M to chez Doris women's shelter ctvnews.ca May 7, 2018
Newfoundland St. John's Can’t pay? It’s OK: St. John’s restaurant feeds hungry for free cbc.ca July 10, 2019
Ontario Sudbury L'« histoire d'immigration positive » d'un entrepreneur syrien, désormais citoyen canadien (in French only) cbc.ca March 6, 2020
Ontario Toronto How Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia used sports to acclimate to Canada sportsnet.ca June 2, 2017
British Columbia Vancouver Alphonso Davies on life as Canada's next great soccer star macleans.ca August 2, 2018
British Columbia Vancouver Woman collecting bottles and cans donates $15K to cancer foundation bc.ctvnews.ca October 11, 2018
Manitoba Winnipeg 'They want to bless each other': New Winnipeg pizzeria lets customers donate a slice to others in need cbc.ca June 6, 2019
Northwest Territories Yellowknife Yellowknife Is Home: Refugees Tell Their Stories - Ngan Trinh edgenorth.ca December 11, 2015

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