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Hello guys,

Today ends a very busy month for CIC which saw four draws take place over the first 3 weeks of the month, and just over 5,500 ITAs issued! In case you missed the news on the last two draws, you can read this here and here.


Also in the news this month, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced on November 22, 2017, that it had reached its provincial allocation quota of 6,000 nominations for the year 2017. This was a bummer for me, as I have a few people close to me who were hoping to get an Ontario nomination this year.


Ah well, I guess 2018 is around the corner – only 31 days to go!


I was expecting a draw this week, but alas! There was none. I wonder what IRCC/CIC has up its sleeves. I am still hopeful that the next draw’s cutoff score will be around 420. Anyone praying with me on this point? Any 2018 OINP hopefuls in the house?


Is it really already the year’s end? Saying it out loud (or shall I say, “typing it”) seems so strange. I still remember entering the year 2017 full of hope, dreams and expectations. To be very honest, I have a lot to be thankful to God for this year, even as I anticipate the manifestation of His promise to crown my year (2017) with goodness.


I am thankful for good health for my family and me, our smooth transition to Canada thus far and more time I get to spend with my family these days.


And You? What are you thankful for? Sound off below.


Yours in the Snow (it has been snowing here for the past 2 weeks),

Mrs. O


  1. Hello Mrs O,

    You’re so right. Despite the fact that I already have my COPR and preparing to arrive Canada this December, I was so disappointed that there wasn’t a draw this week. It just means that the next CRS will be higher than desired. I’m rooting for quite a number of friends.

    On another gist, we’ve decided to settle in Ottawa, unless a job takes us elsewhere. We got in through FSW, so, we’re pretty flexible.

    We however are not sure where in Ottawa we should be looking at. Can you suggest some places pls?

    We have family in Orleans but we want a place that’s semi-urban, good elementary schools and job prospects.

    1. Yaaaaaayyyy to December!!! I can imagine that packing and preparation must be in overdrive at the moment. That’s really nice. And even better that you have family here. The weather here is colder than Toronto apparently. It has been snowing for 2-3 weeks now and -10C is no more a big deal to us hahahahahaha!

      Re: where to stay in Ottawa, hmmmm, we still haven’t settled on an area ourselves. We initially had our minds set on the Kanata Lakes area because several IT/Tech companies have offices there (Mr O is in this field). Also, it is a newer sub-division and most of the houses there are new-ish. Best of all, the area is peaceful and the schools there are ranked very high in Ottawa (between 8 and 9 out of 10).

      Coming from Nigeria, I find that we focus on rankings and some people I have met here don’t quite understand that. They tell us that rankings do not matter much, but I am still not sure about that. Of course, each parent still must put in the effort to ensure their kids perform at their best. However, I think school rankings speak to the school facilities and the general performance of kids in that school – which is perhaps a reflection of the work the parents have put in, but important nonetheless.

      Now, the disadvantage of living in Kanata Lakes or the Kanata area, in general, is that it is far from the downtown core. So if one ends up working downtown, one’s commute could be as long as 2 hours during the winter months. The same goes for Barrhaven.

      Another nice area I have recently found is McKellar Heights in Nepean. It is much closer to the downtown area. I have not done much research for myself but I noticed that the area has lovely homes and really nice people. We go to the recreation centre there and we love it! The ladies there tell me that homes there are expensive though. I checked on and did not find any available places for rent.

      We intend to move out of here at the end of December, so in the next 2 weeks we will do a lot more research on areas. I will keep you posted on this.

      All the best!

      1. Wow! Mrs O, thanks so much for your detailed response. You’re far too kind.

        We’ll be arriving at the end of December but will spend a week in Toronto (Airbnb) before we move to Ottawa, first week in January.

        We’ll probably remain with my family and do a thorough research, first checking out these places you’ve suggested before settling on a place.

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  2. Hello Mrs O, I found your blog on nairaland and must say you are doing a good job. I am hoping to join the pool in 2018 I wrote IELTS back in February but was discouraged as I got 7.5 (so close) in the listening test so I could not make up the points for a possible invitation. I am gearing to write another one next year and be serious about relocating. Reading your blog about life over there is encouraging me so keep it up, cheers.

    1. Hey, thanks for stopping by. I am glad you like my blog and that you find it encouraging. I know a few people stuck at the IELTS stage, so I totally understand. I hope that the second time’s a charm for you.

      Keep checking in!

  3. Hello,

    My name is Liz

    I have been reading your blog for a while and find the information very helpful.

    I am based in the US but planning to relocate to Canada 2018 (the US green card matter is too stressful jare). Anyway I thought I should ask, as a single person would ontario be a good place to move to and if yes which areas have affordable rent prices.

    Fyi: dont know anyone in Ontario.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Liz,

      Thanks for dropping by. Having lived here for the last 4 months, I would advise that you first consider a province or city where you have friends or family. It can get pretty lonely up in these streets, especially in the winter months 🙂

      That said, I think Canada is a lovely country and each of the provinces would be great for you, including Ontario. You should read through this post for more information on Canada’s best cities to live in.

      I wish you all the best!

  4. Hi Mrs O,

    I love your blog and recently started reading some of the posts here. I have a question though. Do you think it’s possible to come over there and survive without having any family there? Will be glad to get your opinion on this. Thanks.

    1. Hiya,

      Sure! It is possible. Family helps though and is your support system especially when you are settling in. However, you could easily make friends here, join a church or mosque and start building a network of friends.

      All the best!

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