Immigrant Settlement and Orientation Services In Canada
New Immigrant Services Provided by the Federal Government
Newcomer Services Nation-Wide
The needs of newcomers to Canada are significant. While there are many different resources available finding them is not always easy. Nationally, the Government of Canada sponsors a number of sites for immigrants and refugees.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada - the Government of Canada's main immigration site provides extensive information about immigrating to Canada and citizenship requirements - including most of the forms that newcomers will need.
Integration-Net is a national site funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Integration-Net supports the integration of refugees and immigrants by providing hundreds of integration-related resources for both newcomers as well as service providers in the settlement sector.
Canadian Immigrant has resources for new Canadians to help them find jobs, networks of ethnic organizations, articles on immigration law and a host of other helpful resources.
Resources for Refugees This may be another place to start for organizations and individuals that want to focus specifically on the needs of Refugees;
Resources for Newcomers is found in the "Resources" section of the website.
Refugee Sponsorship Training Program This site focuses on refugee sponsorship - a unique Canadian opportunity. This web site is a repository of information about the process and practice of sponsoring refugees. Many churches have done this across Canada and it is a GREAT way for people everywhere to get involved in making a difference in our world!
New Immigrant Services Provided by the Provincial Government
Newcomer Services across Ontario
211Ontario.ca This is perhaps the best place to start looking for resources - the Government of Ontario services website called 211 Ontario. Their website states: "211Ontario.ca is your connection to information about community and social services in the province of Ontario. It is your first stop for information about child care, language classes, job searches, housing, emergency shelters, services for persons with disabilities, home support, legal assistance, financial assistance, and much more. Most of the services listed on 211Ontario.ca are provided by non-profit, community-based or government organizations that provide a direct service to the public."
The Ontario Government operates two very useful websites that provide links specifically for newcomers to Ontario.
Ontario Immigration provides advice to immigrants even before they come to Ontario and provides links to all of the government services in the province.
Settlement.org. They provide a broad range of information including articles, discussion forums and news and updates on issues important to immigrants and those working with them. On this site you can also search for services in specific communities all across the province by clicking here.
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is an Advocate for the Immigrant-serving Sector and Expert on Immigrant and Refugee Issues. OCASI was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant-serving agencies and to coordinate response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its membership is comprised of more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario.
Help Finding Housing. The resources section of the website also list organizations which focus on the specific needs of newcomers in the areas of immigration and housing.
People everywhere to get involved in making a difference in our world!