By Cindy-lou Schmidt
Waterloo Region is an amazing place to WORK. PLAY. and LIVE NOW.
That’s why I love to help families from all over Ontario relocate to our wonderful neck of the woods to share in all we have to offer. Sometimes, I even have the opportunity to meet people who have done plenty of travelling to share their stories with me while on their journey to buy a home.
For my clients Gita and Rizal Dharmawan who are originally from Indonesia travel has played an important role in their lives. They found love in the Netherlands while employed there in the tech sector, shortly after which they married and started their family. After a number of years there, Gita and Rizal decided to make a big move to Canada, and after living in London, and Mississauga, Rizal decided to add to his knowledge and experience and recently completed his education in mechanical engineering in Waterloo Region.
It never occurred to me that Citizenship Ceremonies happened right here in Downtown Kitchener and it was an honour to be invited to their special day.
Here are some facts about immigration in Waterloo Region from CBC:
“The majority of immigrants living in and around Waterloo region were born in the United Kingdom, followed by India and Portugal.
In recent years, since 2011 as noted in the Kitchener CMA, newcomers have mainly come from:
- India: 1,835 (13.1 per cent) .
- China: 1,395 (10.0 per cent).
- Syria: 1,055 (7.5 per cent).
- Iraq: 850 (6.1 per cent).
- Pakistan: 625 (4.5 per cent).
According to 2016 census figures, 21.9 per cent of Canadians report being or having been an immigrant or permanent resident, nearly matching the high of 22.3 per cent in 1921 and up from 19.8 per cent in 2006. The number was slightly higher than 21.9 per cent in 1931 too”.
Congratulations to Gita, Rizal and their children but also to the other 40 or so new Canadians that made it official on Tuesday, September 18, 2018!