Submission Guidelines

The Newcomer.ca is an online repository for newcomers providing how-to guides, informative articles, stories, resources, and services. Our mission is to educate, empower, and elevate new immigrants through information, advising, and entertainment.

Share your story

Tell us about your journey to Canada. Your story can inspire and help many newcomers successfully realize their dreams and goals of starting a new life in Canada.

To share your story with us, please fill in the form and attach your story as a single MS Word (.doc) file. If you would like to include a photo with your submission, please upload it as a separate .png or.jpg file. You can also send us your story and photo via email to submissions@thenewcomer.ca There are no requirements for your story. You can choose to write as much as you’d like on the various aspects of your journey, including but not limited to challenges faced, lessons learned, and milestones achieved.

Anonymous submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Should you wish to keep your submission anonymous, please exclude any details such as names, locations, or other information that could disclose your identity. Names and other details may be changed to protect your identity.

Once we have received your submission, you will receive confirmation of receipt. We will, then, review and edit your submission and provide feedback via email as well as details on the next steps.

Articles (how-to guides, informative articles, and personal essays)

The Newcomer.ca seeks to provide well-researched, accurate, and up-to-date information on various topics, ranging from life in Canada to education to employment to business, to assist new immigrants throughout their journey to Canada. We are currently accepting how-to guides, informative articles, and stories on the following areas:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • ESL
  • Health and Fitness
  • Kids and Teens
  • Legal Matters
  • Life in Canada
  • Mental Health
  • Success Stories
  • Real Estate
  • Relationships
  • Settlement
  • Shopping
  • Business and Finance
  • Women
  • Youths

How-to Guides:

Through our how-to guides, we aim to provide clear and easy-to-understand instructions on how to complete a wide variety of tasks, such as how to prepare for language assessments, how to open a business in Canada, how to access health care services, etc. If you are writing a how-to guide, please organize your guide into clear sections and explain the actions that need to be completed in a clear and concise manner.

Informative Articles:

Informative articles provide facts and details about a specific topic, such as highlighting historical milestones in Canada, employment rights, types of after-school activities for youths, etc. The purpose of these articles is to convey and clarify important information about a topic of interest by providing relevant explanations or descriptions, outlining processes, sharing expert insight, and highlighting key data, among other types of factual information.

Personal Essays:

We want to hear unique first-person stories from newcomers in Canada. These essays should depict your truth and human experience coming to and living Canada. The aim of the essay is to create a human connection with the reader.

Some examples of personal essays can include adjusting to winters in Canada, finding a sense of identity, restarting your education, and so forth. The topics listed above are also topics we would be interested in having.

*Please note that we won’t accept submissions that have already been published elsewhere.

Submission Requirements:

Submission:

Please complete the form and attach your article as a single MS Word (.doc) file. If you would like to include original photos with your submission, please upload them as separate .png or.jpg files. Alternatively, you can send us your article and photos us via email to submissions@thenewcomer.ca.

*Please note that we won’t accept submissions that have already been published elsewhere.

Once we have received your submission, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. Our editorial team will, then, review and edit your submission and provide feedback via email as well as details on the next steps.

Length:

The length for each article will vary depending on the subject matter. Articles typically range between 700 – 1500 words.

Accuracy, Purpose, and Relevance:

The article has a clear purpose and provides relevant information for newcomers. The information provided is accurate and up to date. All sources are properly cited and attributed.

Language:

Please use plain language and follow the Canadian Language Benchmark 4 (CLB 4) guidelines:

  • Write in short paragraphs and sentences.
  • Use simple grammar structures and syntax.
  • Use concrete and factual vocabulary for basic common everyday life. Avoid using abbreviations, colloquialisms, neologisms, idioms, jargon, or other complicated words.
  • The text must be clearly organized and easy to read with a simple layout. Include clear labels to identify sections.

Formatting:

Use font: Arial, size: 11, and color: black. Articles must be double-spaced. Please include a word count at the end of your article.

Style:

Please follow the Canadian Press Style guidelines.

Title of your files:

For the articles:

Please name your article in the following manner:

  • Abbreviated article title, underscore (_), Writer’s Name, underscore (_), “Article”
  • Example: InternationalCredentials_BarbaraGuerrero_Article
For the Photos:

If you are including photos with your submission, please name your photos in the following manner:

  • Abbreviated article title, underscore (_), and Writer’s Name, underscore (_), “Photo,” underscore (_), abbreviated photo title
  • Example: InternationalCredentials_BarbaraGuerrero_Photo_Student

Photos:

If you are including any original photos with your article, please ensure that the photos are properly taken, clearly linked to the topic, and visually engaging.

  • The original size of the photo should be at least 1920×1080 pixels (this is the usual default size of photos taken by smartphones).
  • The photo should have at least 150 dpi resolution.
  • Submit your photo as .png or.jpg.

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