Address: 18 Thorncliffe Park Dr East York, ON M4H 1N7
Main Intersection: Thornvliffe park blvd and Overlea
Newcomer Programs and Services
One-on-One Settlement Services and related Group Workshops
Information, support, referral and advocacy on various issues regarding community resources, social services, education, housing, employment, LINC/ESL classes etc., as well as Immigration and Citizenship matters.
We also provide assistance with completing certain government forms such as sponsorship and citizenship applications, travel documents and permanent resident card applications.
For more information, please contact us at 416-421-3054
Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS)/ Library Settlement Partnership (LSP) / Newcomer City Services Kiosks
Settlement workers are placed in 150+ schools from the Toronto District School Board as well as the Toronto Catholic District School Board. We have settlement workers at elementary, middle and secondary schools; colleges and universities; three Toronto Public Libraries (Parliament, Thorncliffe and Flemingdon); across City of Toronto sites to assist newcomer students and families with their settlement needs.
- TNO helps to orient newcomers to the Canadian school system, integrating programming for “student success”
- TNO coordinates the Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) which provides orientation to newly arrived high school students. Over three and a half days in the last week of the summer, the students are oriented to their school by Peer Leaders–students who were newcomers in recent years. Topics include rules & school procedures, graduation requirements, ESL & guidance counsellors, timetables, extra-curricular activities and using their locker, etc.
- The Welcome and Information for Newcomers (WIN) orients newcomer youth entering middle school (grades 6-8) and their parents in this program. WIN uses many of the same programming elements as NOW but is one day instead of four. Peer leaders are also central to WIN, helping demonstrate elements in the program and to build friendships with the newcomer students.
For more information please contact Malini Singh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-467-0126
Caregivers in Transition
The program was created to support people who came to Canada under the Caregiver Program. We assist live-in caregivers and those in transition from live-in temporary worker to landed immigrant; we also assist those in the process of reunifying their families. We advocate for clients on issues of OHIP, work permits, and supporting ill and hospitalized clients. The live-in caregivers group is the fastest-growing client group in our agency.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Rajasekar email@example.com or 416-421-3054
Citizenship classes prepare newcomers for the Canadian citizenship exam. Using the Canadian citizenship book “Discover Canada,” we have created an interactive curriculum and delivered a series of popular and well-attended Citizenship classes to ensure our clients are well prepared for the citizenship test. This program is facilitated by an ‘’English as a Second Language’’ instructor as well as volunteer facilitators, and includes pre- and post-course mock tests.
For more information, please contact us at 416-421-3054.
Orientation to Ontario
This is a workshop designed to provide newcomers with information about settling in Ontario and to connect them with services shortly after they arrive.
We cover topics such as language training, employment, health care, education, Canadian laws, and financial information.
This workshops are offered in many languages relevant to the communities we serve.
For more information, please contact us at 416-421-3054.
Address: 700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 226 Toronto, ON M6A 3B4
Main Intersection: Allen road and Lawrence ave w
10:30AM – 3:30pm
Weekly // Tuesday – Friday
John Polanyi Collegiate Institute
640 Lawrence Ave. W.
(By Lawrence West Station)
- For youth aged 14-19
- Must be a Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee
- Volunteer hours provided upon successful completion of program
- Limited TTC assistance available
- Light refreshments
Register through: Amy:
COOK & TALK (BATHURST-FINCH HUB)
Are you new to Canada and want to practice your English conversation skills?
- Learn about healthy food and cooking
- Socialize and eat with your neighbours
- Talk, Talk, Talk!
Must be Permanent Resident or Convention Refugee to register.
May 3 – June 21
12:00pm – 2:30pm
540 Finch Ave. W.
For more information, contact Maria:
The Mentorship Program matches clients with established Canadian volunteers. Clients can be involved in one-on-one mentoring or small group sessions to meet their specific needs.
Meeting a Mentor
Mentors support clients with:
- Language learning
- Reducing isolation
- Meeting personal goals
- Increasing knowledge about specific professions
- Understanding Canadian workplace culture
- Developing stronger networks
- Supporting employment readiness
Ongoing Group Sessions
- Professional English Conversation Circles
- Industry-specific mentorship groups
- Mentorship mixers for socially-isolated individuals
- Social gatherings
For social isolation
Learn about different programs, build self-confidence, be part of a community, etc.
Industry-specific and general information sessions to learn about Canadian workplace culture, regulations and licensing information, education, etc.
Particiipants must be a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or Government-assisted Refugee.
540 Finch Ave. W., Suite 138
Address: Suite 703- 55 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, Canada M4P 1G8
Main Intersection: Yonge & Eglinton
Working Skills Centre (WSC) is an innovative, community-based, non-profit, charitable organization that empowers immigrants, primarily women. Our purpose is to prepare our clients to fully participate in Canadian society by providing skills training, work experience, and settlement services that ultimately lead to employment.
Programs & Services:
- Free Citizen Preparation Test-We will help you work through the free study guide provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- Newcomer orientation and information
- Assisted access to other community services and social support
- Referrals to services that address immediate client needs for housing, clothing or even domestic violence response and counselling
- Form filling assistance and letter preparation to support applications for work permits, subsidized child care, volunteer work, training or leaves from work
- Help in advocating on behalf of clients to their Social Services Case Workers and/or Labour Market
- Managers to support participation in helpful programs and access emergency funds
- Information and registration requirements for appropriate community programs, including skills training at WSC
- Language, computer literacy, and numeracy skills assessment for employability readiness and training requirements
- Referrals to programs that address skills gaps, including mentoring and bridging programs
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-6pm and Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm
Social Café for Women
A FREE weekly networking opportunity for immigrant women, from the social community. Workshops and activities include:
- Building communication skills
- Reading and writing
- Life skills and community resources
- Creative and fun activities
- Essential Skills for Computer Use
Date: Every Saturday from 11:30-12:30pm. Feel free to drop in any Saturday!
Contact: SILVA at 416-703-7770 ext. 211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 248 Ossington AveToronto, ON M6J 3A2
Main Intersection: Ossington Ave and Dundas st w
West Neighbourhood House will work in partnership with the community to promote personal and social change in order to achieve a safe, health and accepting society for all. To this end, we will work with our resources and the strengths of the community.
West Neighbourhood House enables less advantaged individuals, families and groups in the community to gain greater control over their lives and within their community.
Programs & Services:
Newcomer Youth Space: skill development, mentorships and special events.
Music School: individual lessons, recitals, adults choir, concerts and special events
Address: 745 Danforth Avenue, Suite 401,Toronto, ON M4J 1L4
Main Intersection: Pape & Danforth
Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto was founded by a group of Latin American refugees in 1983. For the past 30 years, we’ve been helping immigrant women from all around the world to become part of the wider community. With the help of volunteers and community partners, our friendly, all-female staff provides employment and settlement services, skills development, and language training, completely free of charge. There are also programs for children, including child care for kids between 19 months and 6 years of age.
Programs & Services:
Free Zumba Class for Newcomer & Racialized Women
Every Thursday afternoon, about 20 newcomer women and youth girls gather at NEW’s activity room for an hour-long zumba class, where they make new friends and learn easy-to-follow dance moves with a certified exercise instructor. Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto offers free zumba classes for newcomer and immigrant women from across Toronto, supporting them to stay active through exercises in a safe and supportive space.
Network with Newcomer Women
Every Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, approximately 50 women meet for English conversation sessions as part of the Newcomer Women’s Network. The program includes arts and crafts sessions, field trips, healthy cooking classes and storytelling. In addition to the social and emotional benefits of this program, there are workshops that provide valuable information about education, employment, health awareness and parenting, among other things. This program gives women the opportunity to share their experiences with one another and escape the stress and pressure of settlement for a few hours each week.
Free Fashion Entrepreneurship Program for Youth Girls
The ReShaped & ReImagined: Upcycling Vintage Clothing project is a 10-week fashion entrepreneurship program for newcomer / racialized girls age 12-19 to express their creativity and skills. Participants will engage in intensive group work and practical skills based trainings. Workshop topics include, fashion arts, graphic design, photography and creative writing!
Address: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301 Toronto, ON M6P 4A9
Main Intersection: Bloor & Dundas St.
CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural. Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.
The Newcomer Youth Centre (NYC)
Now known as CultureLink Youth Services, our mission is to create and provide programming where newcomer and refugee youth can form communities and break out of their isolation; a safe place where there is no discrimination and where inclusion, respect, and tolerance are the norm for all. CultureLink Youth Services also attempts to instill in newcomer and refugee youth civic pride and a sense of belonging to Canada by offering programs that promote social justice, healthy lifestyles, and environmental stewardship, and a place where newcomer youth may find help in dealing with immigration procedures, issues of identity, integration and adaptation, bullying, violence prevention, inter-generational conflict at home, discrimination, and racism. We also provide orientation and advocacy services for refugee claimants and “out-of-status” youth.