“While researching for pre-arrival preparation resources I came across the Settlement Online Pre-Arrival program (SOPA). I was surprised that SOPA had a tailored course for Manitoba and it was absolutely free.
I had an enjoyable experience with SOPA from the beginning. Registration process was simple and straightforward and within couple of days I got an introductory email from an Intake Counselor. At all times my Intake Counselor was very responsive to my requests and questions so that I felt she was available around the clock. With the help of the Intake Counselor we set a tailored action plan, which was a very great starter for me.
“The action plan had a wealth of sources related to employment, housing, English language training, and education, settlement, and transportation as well as key things to do during the first few days upon arrival.”Timur Ganiev
During the interview, I also learned about SOPA courses and decided to take advantage of learning more about Canadian work culture, job hunting practices in Canada and tools as well as work integration aspects. I benefited from those courses by understanding what a tailored resume and cover letter is and how the selection process is structured. It helped me a lot in preparing for an interview by framing it into different stages, type of questions and common mistakes.
Finally, the program was very instrumental in further referrals and answering my questions about health insurance, benefits, medical system, renting and tenancy rights many other real life situations. My Intake Counselor kindly introduced me to the people from New Journey Housing, Manitoba Start, Neighborhood Immigrant Settlement Worker and Success Skills Centre.
“At the end, I came to Canada well prepared with a place to stay, secured work and action plan.”Timur Ganiev
I would like to thank all the people I met at SOPA for their involvement and support. I wish them all the best. I believe that being prepared is half way to success.”
– Timur Ganiev
SOPA Manitoba client