Immigration & Buying a Home in Canada

by | Jan 22, 2021

Read and hear the recorded webinar on immigrating and settling in Canada from 4 experts from the Migrate Home team.On January 19, 2021, part of my Migrate Home team of professionals hosted a webinar on immigrating to Canada, and the home buying and settlement process.

In this article, I share the recording of this Webinar and a little detail about the professionals involved.  When people are considering moving to Canada, the process is usually long and complicated.  We can make the experience better for you.  This team of professionals can make that happen.  My commitment to you to “Simplify the complex, solve the challenges, and meet or beat client goals”.

In my part of the presentation, I addressed professionalism in addition to some basics on the housing options and process.  I used my colleagues wo joined me at the Webinar as examples of the qualify of professionalism one wants to find and add to their relocation team.

Read below the biographies of each panelist, and follow this link for the whole presentation video we recorded at the live event last week.  The slides and this video will be issued to each of the 139 registrants for our event.  If you missed this event but may have questions or an interest in these topics, please reach out to me and I can help direct you or get copies of the panelist slides.  Particularly for immigration law, tax law, and financing requirements for New Comers to Canada, the detail presented by the panelists was quite significant and will be very useful to you.


For great speakers, and experts in their field. Elizabeth Long, Alessandra Ocampo, Emily Miszk, and Heather MacDonaldWe covered a lot of detail starting with Alessandra Ocampo, who spoke to the tax implications for foreign investment in Canada.  Then Elizabeth Long followed up with a detailed presentation of the immigration process and opportunity and dispelled some significant pieces of disinformation that get circulated by unscrupulous people (and so-called professionals).

Emily Miszk did a great job of telling us about the do’s and don’ts of financing or mortgaging property as a new resident in Canada.

I rounded out the discussion on professionalism and some basics around finding and acquiring the place to live with your family.



Elizabeth Long, JD, LLM Barrister & Solicitor Long Mangalji LLP

Elizabeth Long is a leading immigration lawyer in Canada. She is an active advocate of immigrant and refugee rights in Canada and frequently presents and advises on immigration issues to universities and colleges, Members of Parliament, unions, and the media.

She has also testified several times before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on various immigration policies. Elizabeth Long holds a Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

She also holds a Master of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University where she focused on the intersection between Immigration and Labour & Employment Law for foreign workers

Elizabeth Long has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Citizenship and Immigration Law, a prestigious list of which only approximately 50 lawyers in all of Canada belong.

Heather MacDonald, Migrate Home

Heather brings a focus on where we can live in Canada, and how to find the right location, community, and home to fit your lifestyle.  Homeownership is not always the first step, yet often the dream people will strive for and Heather is an excellent guide in that journey.  She will explain how the real estate market works, and when the starting point is to rent a home, how that should work in your favour.

Her business is Real Estate & Relocation which means she can buy, sell, and rent properties (as a Realtor), but she goes much further and covers the transition period before and after your move.  She helps you prepare, move, and settle.

Her purpose is to simplify the complex, solve the challenges, and reach or beat client goals.  Heather comes to the business of real estate and relocation, 12 years now, with a background in finance, marketing, coaching sports, project management, and a specialty in innovation and service design.

Emily Miszk, Owner Port Credit Mortgages

Emily joins us to help you through each step of the financial side of the home buying process – from educating you on the Canadian opportunities and criteria for new immigrants to Canada, to make sure you have everything in place to finance a home purchase.

And if you aren’t quite ready to make a purchase, she can help you build a budget, establish or repair your credit, and assist you on your road to homeownership.

Emily has a passion for working with people in her community to better understand their goals.  Knowing your goals, she can help set a plan in motion that maps out your unique financial journey – saving as much of your hard-earned money as possible.

Let her help take the stress out of homeownership. Answers to your questions are just a phone call or email away!

Alessandra Ocampo, Principal Lawyer Vantage Law

Alessandra B. Ocampo is the Principal Lawyer of Vantage Law. She holds an Honours Juris Doctor degree from Bond University located in the Gold Coast, Australia. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University graduating in 2010 with a major in Political Science.

Alessandra’s experience includes sitting on the Board of Directors for a Mortgage Investment Corporation for over two years. She also acted as the executive editor of a magazine publication focused on issues related to mortgage brokers and agents and the private lending sphere.

For this presentation, she will discuss the Canadian tax implications for foreign investment in Canadian real estate.

Alessandra is a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.

Heather MacDonald

Heather MacDonald

Heather comes to the business of real estate & relocation, 12 years now, with a background in finance, marketing, coaching sports, and a specialty in innovation and service design.
So it’s no surprise she designed her real estate services in a unique, and maybe unprecedented way.
The Migrate Home Program complements her holistic view of quality real estate services.
Originally from BC, she has packed up and moved around enough to really appreciate change, loss, and new beginnings.