Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meet Our Social Media Gurus - International Student Ambassadors

The International Centre is always looking for new ways to connect to international students to improve your Humber experience. Our Student Ambassadors play an important role in all of the International Centre’s activities. They also share their experiences, stories, and tips about Humber and living in Toronto to other international students.

Everyday, we spark new discussions, share relevant news and videos, and recap the exciting events and trips that fill our agenda. You are always welcome to join the conversation and be a part of our #HumberGlobal world!

Get to know our Students Ambassadors and interact with them!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Co-Op Work Permit

 Do you have a mandatory placement, internship, co-op?

Apply Now for your Co-Op Work Permit.

A Co-Op Work Permit is required before you begin any work that is a part of your program at Humber. Click Here for more details.

Important Information: Although you may have a Study Permit that provides you authorization to work, you must also have a Co-Op Work Permit before beginning any type of work requirement that is a mandatory part of your program.


Congratulations to all of our Students who are in their final semester of study!

Before we say farewell, here is some important information for you.

Hopefully when your study permit was issued it gave you an additional 90 days after the semester ends, i.e. November 20th 2016 for students finishing in Summer 2016. If not we strongly advise you extend your study permit to allow time to apply for your Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) .

Learn more about the Eligibility requirements for the PGWP and the length of the work permit you will receive by Clicking Here.

In order to apply for your PGWP you will require your:
  • Confirmation of Graduation
  • Final Transcript (the transcript must say Credential Awarded to be considered your final transcript).

These documents are typically available 5-6 weeks after the last day of class; you will be notified by email when the documents are available for pick up.

Important Information: Your Study Permit must also still be valid when you apply for your PGWP. Learn more about applying for your PGWP by Visiting Here.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides processing times for all of their application types online (i.e. Study Permit, Work Permit, Visa). Become familiar with this page and check it frequently, as it is updated weekly. Click Here.

Working Off Campus

You may be eligible to work off campus if you have an off-campus work permit, authorization to work letter (issued by CIC) or meet the following criteria:

Have a valid study permit that gives you authorization to work
Be a full-time student in a program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is six months in length or longer

If the above applies you are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during the regular academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.

Important Information: You must stop working on the day you no longer meet the above eligibility requirements (e.g., if you are no longer a full-time student during an academic session.)

Does your Study Permit give you authorization to work? Click Here to learn more about the conditions or remarks that must be printed on your Study Permit.

Applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)

So you have authorization to work, your next step is to apply for a SIN. Click Here for information on how to apply for a SIN.

You will need the following documents when applying for a SIN:

  • Original Passport &
  • Original Study Permit that indicates you are authorized to work
  • Original Study Permit and On-Campus Employment Contract
  • Original Study Permit and Original Co-Op Work Permit

Study Permit

Is your Study Permit going to expire within the next 90 days?

We recommend that you begin the process of extending your Study Permit now; you can begin by collecting all of your supporting documents. You will need:
  • Confirmation of Enrollment letter 
  • Transcript from Humber
 Request these documents through your MyHumber. Start the process Click Here.

Important Tip: Study permit going to expire before you complete your studies? Set a reminder on a Calendaring tool (eg. Your phone or agenda) for 90 days before it expires.

Remember you MUST have a valid Study Permit (i.e. your study permit must not have expired) in order to continue studying.

Is your Study Permit expired? 

Speak to an International Student Advisor TODAY.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Reboot your IT career with Humber bridging program

This article first appeared in Canadian Immigrant on February 2, 2016

It has only been about eight months since Andrew O. Hewitt immigrated to Canada from Jamaica, and the IT professional quickly found himself plugged in to the Canadian labour market. That is thanks in large part to Humber College’s Mobile Systems Integration Bridging Program.

Bridging program for IT professionals

Hewitt was formally trained in chemical technology at the University of Technology in Jamaica, but then found his “true calling” in the field of IT and furthered his technology training and certifications, including as a certified project manager. “In Jamaica, I had a small consulting business and provided outsourced [IT] services to companies from the automotive, manufacturing, retail and finance sectors and even educational institutions,” says Hewitt.

Despite his success in landing the temporary work, he leaped at the chance to take the Humber program.

Program offers technical and professional development

After graduating from the program, Hewitt quickly landed work as a technical support analyst at a managed IT service provider, supporting clients primarily in the energy industry. “This has provided a great opportunity to apply much of what I’ve learned at Humber across various technologies,” he says.

Hewitt says the career planning skills he also learned at Humber helped immensely. “The resumé and interview preparation was critical and went a long way to preparing me for handling different types of scenarios for interview sessions,” he says. “I have no doubt that my time spent at Humber played an integral role in me attaining my current position and now performing at the highest level.”

The bridging program is designed for internationally trained immigrants with education and experience in information technology, computer science or engineering (computer, electronics or electrical). The 15-week program focuses on training participants in the software demanded by Canadian employers, emphasizing industry-specific concepts and skills in computer networking, information security, installation and configuration of servers in a virtualized environment with an emphasis on operating systems. In addition, the program offers program participants career planning information and strategies, and supports them in their job search up to one year after program completion.

But, after arriving in Canada, finding work in his field was a challenge. “Initially there was some difficulty. Much is said about the need for Canadian experience and it was clear that some companies with which I interviewed wanted more local work background. After much perseverance, I was fortunate to land a six-week position with an IT firm on a project for the Toronto Public Library. This happened to be right around the time I was also accepted for the Humber bridging program.”

“I specifically wanted to broaden my knowledge in the IT field through a program that would also prepare me to utilize that knowledge in the Canadian workplace,” he says. “The program stood out from others, offering exactly what I was looking for in terms of technical and professional development.”

Friday, June 24, 2016

Call for Board Members for CASSA

This article first appeared in the Humber Communique on June 15, 2016

The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) is an umbrella organization of agencies, groups, and individuals that provide services to South Asian Communities.


CASSA is an umbrella organization that supports and advocates on behalf of existing as well as emerging South Asian agencies, groups, and communities in order to address their diverse and dynamic needs. CASSA’s goal is to empower the South Asian Community. CASSA is committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination from Canadian society.


CASSA's Board of Directors is an 11-member volunteer community board. We are seeking to fill three (3) board vacancies and are looking for individuals with skills and experience in any of the following areas: accounting; human resources; non-profit financial management; grant writing & fundraising; and human rights & legal services. Previous board experience is an asset. We strongly encourage applications from individuals active in CASSA’s member agencies.

Key Responsibilities

•    Attend monthly Board Meetings and the Annual General Meeting
•    Participate on Board Committees and initiatives
•    Approximately 8-10 hours/month time commitment
•    Participate in the on-going development and implementation of a long term vision and  strategic plan for CASSA
•    Support and participate in the activities of the organization including fundraising, community education and social justice
•    Ensure the programs and services reflect the mission and vision of the agency 

Applications should consist of a resume and a short cover letter, stating your interest in joining CASSA and how you meet the required skills and qualifications. Board members serve a 2-year term.

All applications should be sent in confidence to:
The Board Recruitment Committee Summer 2016:
Subject Line: CASSA Board Recruitment – Summer 2016

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Apply Here>

CASSA is committed to employment equity & encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. While we appreciate all responses, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted- no inquiries, please.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Annual National Aboriginal Day - June 21

This article originally appeared in City of Toronto in June 2016

2016 National Aboriginal Day

June is Aboriginal History Month. The 22nd annual National Aboriginal Day celebration is on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The City of Toronto is hosting a Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising at City Hall Podium roof on June 21st starting at 5:30 a.m. The City and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting related events from June 14 to June 23.

2016 Events

Arts and Crafts Fair
June 14, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., performance by Hidden Rivers Singers at 12:30 p.m.
100 Queen St. W.

Indigenous Arts Festival
June 16 to 19
250 Fort York Blvd.
Free admission

Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow
June 18, Grand entry at noon, 

June 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Native Men’s Residence Traditional Pow Wow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day on the Summer Solstice. The event features traditional dancing, drumming, kid's area, craft vendors, and a full feast after the dancing. Seven Aboriginal drum groups will be on hand, including host drum Chippewa Travelers and co-host drum Big Train. Over 100 traditional dancers are expected to participate including head dancers Tee Lyn Copenance and Mike Healy. The day begins with a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m., the Grand Entry takes place at 12 p.m., and the community feast will begin shortly after 4:30 p.m. The Pow Wow will be followed by a gala concert as part of the Indigenous Arts Festival @ Fort York featuring the legendary Derek Miller and more.
Admission is FREE.

Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising with Elder Cat Criger
June 21, 5:30 a.m.
100 Queen St. W.
250 Fort York Blvd.
Free admission 416-651-6750 ext. 2233

Aboriginal History Month Celebration
June 23, Noon - 8 p.m.
Featuring Logan Staats, Blackstone, Toronto Métis Jiggers and much more.
Sponsored by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 416-964-9087

Monday, June 13, 2016

Humber College Renews Commitment to Canadian Art with New Permanent Installation

This article originally appeared in Humber Communique on May 31.2016

Fibre Optic/Radiant Light 2 is installed in the North Campus Learning Resource Commons, a campus expansion building that houses the campus library, student services, the Registrar’s Office, Student Recruitment, Student Success & Engagement, the International Centre, the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences and administrative offices. The artworks’ position in proximity to natural light allows the 75” by 100” piece to engage in an interplay of pattern, cast colour, light and shadow as onlookers witness a display of colour in the spectrum of cyan, blue, magenta and gold.

The material behind this installation is dichroic glass, an architectural window film that exploits the optical qualities of the material and activates the space creating a new sensorial and ambient experience. Under Lizz Aston’s skilful hand, dichroic film has been projected, drawn and hand-cut, making it a unique installation designed specifically for the space.

Those familiar with Aston’s style will instantly place her exploration of old and new materials and forms of contemporary art in Fibre Optic/Radiant Light 2. Her extensive education has given her a strong framework from which she reflects upon in her own artistic practice: 

“In my work, I am inspired by the rich histories of textile production, lace-making and the decorative arts. Focusing on themes surrounding knot-work and interlacement, my work explores the intersection between traditional craft practice, contemporary art and design,” says Aston. “By taking imagery lifted from traditionally hand-made objects, and playing with methods of abstraction using digital tools, my work deconstructs formal patterns in unexpected ways to create a series of three-dimensional large-scale distorted and exploded views.”

This commission was developed through Humber’s Art Collection, which is a part of Humber’s ongoing practice of developing innovative teaching and learning opportunities. The installation is now available for public viewing on the 5th floor of the LRC, in an active public area just outside of the School of Liberal Arts and Science at Humber North Campus.

The Humber Galleries Art Collection complements the activities of our galleries by offering students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to encounter art around the campuses, making it part of the day-to-day culture of the college, but also providing access to integrated curriculum planning, student research and skills development. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for students, staff and the community to learn and grow through interaction with a diverse collection of contemporary Canadian art and artists.

Aston’s distinct style of working with delicate yet sculptural materials has earned her ample attention in magazines like Canadian Art and beyond. In addition, she has exhibited her work across Canada and in the United States, Australia and South Korea and has partnered with H&M Canada for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 3M and The Japanese Paper Place. Aston, who holds an Advanced Diploma in Crafts & Design from Sheridan College, is currently completing an Industrial Design degree from OCAD University.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 2016 Multifaith Calendar

This article originally appeared in Humber Communique on June 1, 2016

Humber Interfaith Calendar - Multifaith Holy Days & Festivals

In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, we provide the following Multifaith Holy Days & Festivals realizing that it is not exhaustive. Should you wish your faith’s days to be included, please contact the Chaplain at 416.675.6622 x4427 or for due consideration.

01 Wednesday June = National Aboriginal History Month (Aboriginal)
Focuses on the history, heritage and ongoing contributions of the diverse Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Promulgated by Canada’s Parliament in 2009.

Ode’mini Giizis / Miso’o (Aboriginal)
Ode’mini Giizis is also known as Strawberry Moon (Ojibwe). Miso’o is the season of sockeye salmon (Other).

05 Sunday New Moon The moon is at its least visibility. Yom Yerushalayim (Jewish)
Marks the reunification of Jerusalem.

06 Monday Ramadan to July 06 (Islam)
The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan begins, a month of fasting during which Muslims who are physically able, do not eat or drink from dawn until sunset. Note: By Eastern calculations, Ramadan may be from June 06 to July 06.

09 Thursday Ascension of Jesus (Christianity-Eastern)
Commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven.

12 Sunday Shavuot (Festival/Feast of Weeks) to June 13 (Judaism)
Shavuot, commemorating the giving of the Torah to the Israelites and the completion of God’s purpose to create a special people, is celebrated 2 days in the diaspora and 1 day in Israel and by Reformed Jews and starts at sundown. Weeks is the plural of the Hebrew word for 7 and ends 7 weeks or
50 days (hence Pentecost) after Pesah.

16 Thursday Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikhism)
Arjan, the first Sikh Martyr and fifth Guru, built the Harimandir (Temple of God) for Sikhs to meet for worship in the town of Amritsar (Pool of Nectar). To show the Sikh way as open to all regardless of caste, the temple doors face in all four directions. He contributed and helped compile Sikh Scriptures.

19 Sunday Pentecost (Christianity-Eastern)
Celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ disciples after his ascension, 50 days after Easter.
Father’s Day (North America)
A day set aside to honour fathers and fatherhood.

20 Monday Full Moon The moon is at its greatest visibility. June (Summer) Solstice Daylight hours start to grow longer. Litha / Midsummer’s Eve (Wicca)
Litha (Midsummer’s Eve) celebrates the consummation of the sacred marriage as the energy of the God is poured out in the service of life, with his sacrifice resulting in his total immolation by the end of the season as a model and standard of self-giving in service to the Goddess.

21 Tuesday National Aboriginal Day (Aboriginal)
Started in 1996 to celebrate Aboriginal tradition and culture in Canada.

24 Friday Rahmat to July 12 (Baha’i)
Rahmat, meaning Mercy, is the sixth month of the Baha’i year
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Christianity-Catholicism)
John, the Baptist, is celebrated as the patron saint of French Canadian Catholics in Quebec, Canada.

27 Monday Multiculturalism Day (Canada)
Started in November 2002 to celebrate the many cultures, including faiths, within Canada and their contributions to its society.

29 Wednesday Ghambar Maidyoshem to July 03 (Zoroastrianism)
Celebrates the creation of water, the sowing of the summer crop and the harvesting of grain.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer 2016 International Student Meet & Greet Events

Summer semester classes are in full swing and Humber students are already dealing with deadlines, assignments, and upcoming exams. But, summer is also a time to enjoy the sun and meet new people…

The International Centre organized two Meet & Greet events to welcome new international students to Humber community. At North Campus, the Meet & Greet was held on Wednesday, May 25, while the Lakeshore event took place on Thursday, May 26. Both events were held outdoors and had a variety of games, music, and free pizza for all participants!

Meet & Greet promotes socialization among international students from different programs and is a great opportunity to make new friends. There were students from India, China, Brazil, Egypt and other countries hanging out together while participating in fun activities. Prizes and swag were given to the students, and the big highlight was a large Canadian flag signed by all the participants!

You can find the best moments on our YouTube channel.

See some pictures of both events on our Facebook page:
North Campus Meet & Greet
Lakeshore Campus Meet & Greet

Monday, June 6, 2016

Humber Literary Review Fiction Contest Winners

The Humber Literary Review is pleased to announce the inaugural winners of its first annual Emerging Writers Fiction Contest. Bestselling author Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer judged the contest from a longlist of 11 writers that was compiled by the HLR’s editorial collective. Kuitenbrouwer had the following to say about the selected stories: “This batch of stories reminds me of how the emotional concision of the short story as a form holds a kind of meaning. I am privileged in this task to be introduced to some very fine writing, some indelible plots, but most of all many unique and urgent voices. The short story can breathe new life into the world, and this lot of stories accomplishes that and more.”

First prize has been awarded to Brittany Smith for her short story, “Sand.”
Mahak Jain’s “In Transit” took second place.
Georgia Wilder’s “English Lessons” received third place.

The Humber Literary Review, a biannual literary and arts magazine established in 2014 by the English Department of Humber College, publishes interviews, reviews, short fiction, poetry, comics and artwork. Past contributors and interview subjects include Oscar-nominated writer Emma Donoghue; Canada Reads finalist Michael Winter; Sheila Heti; Douglas Coupland; Karen Solie; Russell Smith; Priscila Uppal; Mariko Tamaki; Travis Shilling; Ann-Marie MacDonald, plus many other established and emerging artists.
Issue 5 of the magazine will also include contributions by Wab Kinew, Marina Endicott, artist Kim Dorland, and Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke. An event to celebrate the winners of the fiction contest, and the launch of issue 5, will take place in Toronto in the spring.

For more information, please contact managing editors, Sarah Armenia ( and Meaghan Strimas (

Friday, June 3, 2016

Humber International Centre Upcoming Events - June 2016

Don’t miss the upcoming events, workshops, and trips Humber International Centre prepared for you! Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to join us for all events. See the complete list of June’s events:

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Post-Grad Work Permit Workshop (North Campus) - 3rd Session
Cost: Free 
Time: 8:55am – 10:40am
Location: F223 (North)

Friday, June 3, 2016
Post-Grad Work Permit Workshop (Lakeshore Campus) – 2nd Session
Cost: Free 
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Location: D200 (Lakeshore)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Study Permit & TRV/eTA Workshop (North Campus) - 2nd Session
Cost: Free 
Time: 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Location: F223 (North)

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Niagara Wine Tour
Cost:  $40/person (guests are welcome)
Time: Buses leave from North at 9:00am and from Lakeshore at 9:30am

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Study Permit Workshop (Lakeshore Campus) - 2nd Session
Cost: Free 
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Location: D200 (Lakeshore)

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Toronto Zoo
Cost:  $10/ticket (guests are welcome)
Time: 9am – 3:30pm (approx.)
Location: Buses leave from North at 9:00am and from Lakeshore at 9:30am 

August Events

Tuesday, August 16 – Thursday 18, 2016
Algonquin Park Overnight Camping Experience
Cost:  $250/person, includes all your food and equipment, bus and 4 extremely well trained guides!
Time: Buses leave North Campus at 8:00am

Friday, August 19, 2016
Wasaga Beach
Cost:  $10/person (guests are welcome)
Time: Buses leave from the North at 8:30am and from Lakeshore at 9:00 am

See the complete calendar  

Visit us in the International Centre (Lakeshore H100A, North LRC 2nd Floor) or online at