Your English writing is pretty good. I am so happy to see your questions.
I think you have become aware of the thorny
issue. Lotus Notes is not hot. I strongly suggest you migrate to Java. Of course, if you HAPPEN to get a lotus job, don't let it go.
Nothing is more important than holding a job
for a new immigrant, even he/she has a big sum of money in the pocket. I cross my fingers for your job hunting and I hope you have a plan for the worst.
If you are good at decorating yourself, I think you can try to hunt for ASP or Java jobs. It depends how flexible you are. In any case, don't count on Lotus. Even you get a Lotus job right now, I think you still need to migrate to ASP or Java in the future. We have to comply with the job market.
By the way, please don't complain about Ottawa. Maybe you will
fall in love with Ottawa.
I think you are very smart. You should be able to teach yourself some advanced topics.