It was a momentous day for 28-year-old Albin Augustine when he first set foot on Canadian soil in August 2023. From the suburbs of Mumbai in India, he had travelled 12,480 kilometres and paid about $26,000 in tuition and airline tickets for the opportunity of a better life in Canada. 

“I wanted a better work-life balance. I left my career in India to start afresh in Canada for better job opportunities. I wanted to experience the Canadian dream,” Augustine said.