Sonia on Sunday: Help for Permanent Residents

Sonia Krajewska is the ANC’s Community Settlement and Integration Officer (Permanent Residents). In her position, she helps permanent residents access government and agency services and resources to aid them in settling in Canada.

As a permanent resident, herself, Sonia also has great first-hand advice for the less formal side of building a new life.

Sonia’s weekly online blog, “Sonia on Sunday,” distills some of that advice into a digital forum. We’ve collected all the blog posts here; if you find one helpful, chances are good you will appreciate the others.

If you have a question for Sonia, please e-mail her at  or phone 709-552-8451.

August 2, 2020  The One-Year Window
When you arrive in Canada as a resettled refugee, there is a one-year window of time that may help you reunite with family members who were unable to travel with you.

July 26, 2020 Leisure activities
Suggestions for (mostly) outdoor summer activities in the St. John’s Area to help you discover the beauty of the province. 

July 19, 2020 Immigration Loans Program
Information on the federal loans available for people arriving as refugees: how to pay them back, who to talk to if you have financial challenges, and more.

July 12, 2020  Replacing your PR Card
Your Permanent Residence Card is an important legal document. Here’s what to do if you lose it or never received it.

July 5, 2020   Becoming a Canadian citizen
The process of acquiring Canadian citizenship can take time, but it is fairly easy to understand.

April 26, 2020 COVID-19 financial supports for permanent residents and citizens
A quick look at the financial aid available at the time of writing for citizens and permanent residents  of Canada facing undue hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis. 

April 19, 2020 The Importance of cultural diversity in the workplace
The advantages of a diverse workplace extend to management, employees, customers, and productivity.

April 12, 2020 Buying Your First Home in NL
Advice from a real estate agent on what to do (and avoid) when you are looking for a place to live.

April 5, 2020 Private Sponsorship of Refugees
Individuals and groups can sponsor some of the world’s most vulnerable people, and help them find new homes in Canada. Sonia explains the programs that help that happen.

March 29, 2020 Welcome to NL
An introduction to Sonia, her position, and advice on the first steps in settling here.