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The Official Guide to the Best Newcomer Resources in Canada

Written by CNN Team

Every day, newcomers like you arrive in Canada with the hope of settling in and finding a new home. Many turn to a variety of online and in-person resources before and during this process to help them adjust to life in Canada.

Whether it’s for job opportunities, learning a new language, or just help with daily life in Canada—there are resources to help you all across the country.

We’ve put together a list of the best newcomer resources for you to explore.

Choose your province, below:


Newcomer Resources in Ontario

Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Tourism HR Canada is a pan-Canadian organization with a mandate aimed at building a world-leading tourism workforce. It facilitates, coordinates, and enables human resource development activities that support a globally competitive and sustainable industry and foster the development of a dynamic and resilient workforce.

https://tourismhr.ca/

Services: Job Help

Confederation Court Community House

Confederation Court offers place-based programs, social services, and community engagement opportunities directly in the heart of the Confederation Court community. They include all different age groups, from babies to adults, and offer free services that assist them.

http://www.confederationcourt.com/

Services: Mentorship for Refugees, Language Training

Coopération Intégration Canada Inc

Their mandate is to initiate concrete and effective actions allowing Francophone and Francophile immigrants to overcome the daily difficulties they face. Their services are supported by our multiple forums on different themes (employability, justice, health, youth, citizenship, etc.).

Services: Preparation for Citizenship Test, Mentorship for Newcomers, Francophone Service Provider, Language Training

https://cican.ca/

COSTI Immigrant Services

The Welcome Centre service delivery model is based on a holistic, flexible approach that provides a broad range of cross-sector services and expertise to immigrants/newcomers under one roof. Clients and service users are assisted with gathering information and resources and are supported in a welcoming, culturally sensitive way.

Services: Language Training

http://www.welcomecentre.ca/ 

County of Wellington

The County is responsible for providing a number of services including operating a long-term care home, libraries, the museum and archives, maintaining county roads, managing solid waste services including waste collection and landfills, and planning and development services including the Green Legacy tree planting programme. In addition, the County of Wellington provides a number of social services to the residents of Wellington County and the City of Guelph such as childcare, subsidized housing, and income support programmes.

Services: Help with Daily Life

https://www.wellington.ca/en/index.aspx

Economic and Social Council of Ottawa-Carleton

The Economic and Social Council of Ottawa Carleton (CÉSOC) is a non-profit corporate organization that aims to promote the diversity of the Francophone community in Eastern Ontario, more specifically in the Ottawa region.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Francophone Service Provider

https://www.cesoc.ca/

English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) – Home Tutoring

English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community (ELTOC) makes a significant difference in the lives of more than 200 newcomers each year by offering Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), an English language training program funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that facilitates the integration of newcomers to Canada.

Services: Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Language Training

https://eltoc.ca/

Graybridge International Consulting Inc.

They are consumed with helping individuals and organizations maximize their abilities by developing their skills, knowledge and competencies. Our expertise includes diversity, intercultural and language training. Graybridge Malkam specializes in the design and delivery of courses and workshops using proven adult education methodologies.

Services: Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Language Training, Services for Women/Seniors/Youth

https://graybridgemalkam.com/

Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington Incorporated

They offer settlement services to help immigrants participate fully in Canadian life. Their staff keep up-to-date with the latest information relevant to immigrant settlement and their personal knowledge of issues facing new immigrants is an added value. Their services are offered in a manner that is inclusive and respectful of the diversity within our communities.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Language Assessments

https://www.is-gw.ca/

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa

Immigrant Women Services Ottawa is a community-based agency serving immigrant and racialized women. They create opportunities for women as they integrate into a new society, rebuild their lives free of violence, and achieve their personal goals. Every year, over 2000 women and children are helped by IWSO’s dedicated staff and volunteers.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Services for Refugees

https://www.immigrantwomenservices.com/

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa

Jewish Family Services of Ottawa (JFS) is a full service, non-sectarian agency serving residents of the greater Ottawa area – located at 2255 Carling Avenue, Suite 300. They offer more than 65 programs and services to children, youth, adults and seniors, be they individuals, couples, families or groups.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Services for Refugees

https://www.jfsottawa.com/

Kingston Community Health Centres

The KCHC – Immigrant Services Kingston and Area program envisions Kingston as a community that is strengthened by the contributions and skills of immigrants, newcomers, and refugees. They offer a variety of settlement programs and services.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Services for Youth

https://kchc.ca/weller-avenue/immigrant-services/

Lebanese and Arab Social Services Agency of Ottawa

LASSA strives to provide the highest quality services to facilitate and expedite the settlement and integration of new Canadians in general and Arabic-speaking ones in particular.

Services: Preparation for Citizenship Test, Services for Refugees

http://lassa.ca/ 

Ottawa Catholic School Board – Queen of Angels Adult School

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board, they offer a variety of programs and learning pathways from Kindergarten to grade 12 with the ultimate goal of setting your child up to thrive! Fuelled by passionate educators in caring Catholic communities, they strive to offer families a unique and enriching learning experience.

Services: Services for Refugees, Language Training

https://www.ocsb.ca/

Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre

The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan, charitable organization committed to advancing the full social and economic integration and participation of newcomers, immigrants, refugees, and people of Chinese descent in the City of Ottawa.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Language Training

https://www.occsc.org/

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization

OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

Services: Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Language Training

https://ociso.org/

The Ottawa Community Loan Fund

The Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) is an incorporated non-profit organization working for financial empowerment in the Ottawa area. OCLF arranges loans to start, buy or expand a small business, and professional development loans to increase employability. OCLF provides education in money management and self-employment through community partners.

Services: Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees

https://oclf.org/

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre is a nonprofit organization and the largest community health centre in Ontario. Their team of more than 347 employees includes physicians, nurses, social workers, counsellors, dietitians, community developers, health promoters and outreach workers. They have approximately 50 student placements annually and nearly 400 active volunteers.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Services for Refugees, Job-Specific Language Training, Services for Youth

https://www.pqchc.com/

Punjabi Community Health Services

PCHS began in July 1990 as a community development project. It is now a not-for-profit, charitable, accredited and Health Service Provider organization. Its mission is to improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities using an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Language Training

https://pchs4u.com/optimized/index.html

Réseau de Développement Économique et d’Employabilité Canada (RDÉE)

RDÉE is the driving force behind the economic development of Francophone and Acadian communities, actively contributing to the development of the Canadian economy.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Francophone SErvice Provider

https://rdee.ca/

Social Enterprise for Canada – Welcome Centre Immigrant Services – Newmarket

A forerunner in the practice of social enterprise, their organization serves thousands of unique individuals and hundreds of other service agencies per year. Their head office is located in Newmarket, Ontario, and our centres are situated all across York Region and beyond.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees

http://www.socialenterprise.ca/ 

Somali Centre for Family Services

Their mission: to assist newcomers, multi-ethnic communities and vulnerable populations in need, through services and programs that are equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Job-Specific Language Training

https://scfsottawa.org/

Vanier Community Service Centre

The Vanier Community Service Centre is a francophone organization offering a range of services in French and English to improve the quality of life for citizens of Ottawa-Vanier and its surroundings and an innovative service hub at the heart of a proud, healthy and safe community.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Francophone Service Provider

http://www.cscvanier.com/en/home 

Women’s Economic Council

The Woman’s Economic Council is the only national organization advocating for women-centring community economic development in Canada, and they’re the only organization that supports networks of like-minded organizations that help women-centred CED flourish across the country.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees

https://womenseconomiccouncil.ca/

World Skills Employment Centre

World Skills has been a leader in enhancing newcomers’ economic integration into the Canadian economy for over 20 years. Founded by Local Agencies Serving Immigrants, a coalition of settlement agencies in Ottawa, World Skills is a non-profit employment centre dedicated exclusively to the employment needs of newcomers and to the needs of the local labour market.

Services: Job Help, Services for Refugees, Job-Specific Language Training

https://ottawa-worldskills.org/

YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is at the centre of our community, helping people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities live engaging, more rewarding lives. A charity dedicated to the health of individuals, families and communities, the Y is accessible to all, serving more than 90,000 people in their region each year.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees

https://www.ymcaywca.ca/

Newcomer Resources in Alberta

Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA)

EISA exists in order to provide programs and direct services relating to Integration, Settlement, Adaptation and Education for new immigrants, refugees and first-generation Canadians in Edmonton and surrounding areas regardless of age, gender, religion, nationality, or ethnic origin to assist them to make a smooth transition into Canadian life.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Youth

https://www.eisa-edmonton.org/

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

They see a future where many citizens walk with newcomers to bridge their transition into the community. To achieve this vision, they serve as a key catalyst and leading collaborator in positively shaping the attitudes, behaviours and practices of organizations and individuals to value the diversity that newcomers bring to the community.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Language Training

http://www.emcn.ab.ca/ 

Settlement Services in the Bow Valley

Their services support Permanent Residents, Live-in Caregivers, Refugees and Temporary Foreign Workers transitioning to permanent status who are living in the Bow Valley – Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis – no matter the length of time living in Canada.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees

https://www.banff.ca/167/Settlement-Services-in-the-Bow-Valley

Somali Canadian Women and Children Association

They provide resources and share knowledge to empower women and families in Alberta. Through community collaborations, they create programs, promote opportunities and build connections to support healthy and vibrant communities. 

Services: Help with Daily Life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Women/Youth

https://www.somalicanadianwomen.ca/

Newcomer Resources in British Columbia

Cercle Canadiens Francais de PG

The Circle of French Canadians of Prince George (CCFPG) is a non-profit association existing since 1960. The association organizes socio-cultural and educational activities for the community; contributes to the creation of new services in French; promotes the French language, culture, products and services; welcomes and promotes the integration of newcomers.

Services: Help with Daily Life. Mentorship for Newcomers, Francophone Service Provider

https://www.ccfpg.ca/

Kelowna Community Resources Society

A community where individuals and families are supported in leading healthy, productive and fulfilling lives, KCR is a not for profit agency fostering diversity, collaboration and resourcefulness by tailoring services to meet community, family and individual needs.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees

https://kcr.ca/

Vernon & District Immigrant Services Society

At Vernon & District Immigrant & Community Services Society, they see the value in everyone. They want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since their beginnings in 1989, they’ve been driven by the same ideas they initially founded their non-profit organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Mentorship for Newcomers, Language Assessments, Language Training

https://www.vdicss.org/

Newcomer Resources in Manitoba

Board of Governors of Red River College

The Language Training Centre has innovative and accessible programs including Intensive English, English for Specific Purposes, and Academic Language Preparation. Their students have many goals for settlement, education/training, and employment. They support students and their success through the delivery of educational and cultural activities – in classrooms and computer labs, online, in the community, or in the workplace. Let them help you reach your education, career and life goals!

Services: Help with Daily life, Job Help, Language Training, Services for Women/Youth

https://www.rrc.ca/ltc/

Westman Immigrant Services

Westman Immigrant Services is a not-for-profit registered charity that provides services and programs to immigrants and refugees in the Brandon and Westman area.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers

http://www.westmanimmigrantservices.ca/ 

Newcomer Resourecs in New Brunswick

Multicultural Association of Carleton County Inc. (MACC)

MACC is a rural Immigrant Service Organization (ISO) located in Carleton County, New Brunswick Canada.  MACC is a privately incorporated company with a non-profit designation. It is a membership-driven organization with governance provided by an elected Board of Directors.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Mentorship for Newcomers, Job-Specific Language Training

http://www.maccnb.ca/ 

New Brunswick Multicultural Council

The New Brunswick Multicultural Council is working to enrich and grow our communities and enhance life in our province by enabling newcomers and members of the multicultural community to fully participate in society.

Services: Help with Daily life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Francophone Service Provider

https://nbmc-cmnb.ca/

Newcomer Resources in Newfoundland and Labrador

Association for New Canadians (ANC)

The Association for New Canadians (ANC) is a non-profit, community-based organization delivering settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees in Newfoundland and Labrador. For 40 years, the Association has delivered programs and services that support all aspects of immigrant integration, ranging from settlement information and orientation to language learning, skills development and employment.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Language Assessments, Language Training

https://www.ancnl.ca/

Fédération des Francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL)

La Fédération des Francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL) is a not-for-profit organization that defends and promotes the rights and interests of the Francophone and Acadian communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. The FFTNL works to protect the rights of Francophones in minority situations. Its mission is to promote and facilitate the development of Francophonie in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Francophone Service Provider, Job-Specific Language Training

https://www.francotnl.ca/en/organizations/fftnl/

Newcomer Resources in Nova Scotia

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

ISANS recognizes the key role of immigrants in Canadian society. They work with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada. They provide a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Language Training

https://www.isans.ca/

MetroWorks

Since 1978, MetroWorks has helped thousands of people overcome obstacles and realize their employment and educational goals. From its beginnings as a pioneer in community based economic development MetroWorks has continued to evolve and remain relevant to the needs of their community.

Services: Job Help, Services for Women

http://www.mymetroworks.ca/ 

Newcomer Resources in Prince Edward Island

PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada

The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEIANC) was incorporated in 1993 as a non-profit charitable organization. Their mandate is to provide short-term settlement services, and long-term inclusion and community integration programs for new immigrants in the province of Prince Edward Island.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Preparation for Citizenship Test, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Refugees, Language Assessments

https://www.peianc.com/en/home

Newcomer Resources in Quebec

Actions Interculturelles de Développement et d’Éducation (AIDE) inc.

Their mission is to promote the contribution of cultural diversity and support socio-professional integration for a just, inclusive and prosperous society through innovative, structuring and collaborative actions.

Services: Francophone Service Provider 

https://www.aide.org/

Newcomer Resources in Saskatchewan

Battlefords Immigration Resource Centre

The Settlement Services offered through the Battlefords Immigration Resource Centre are designed to cover the areas that newcomers to Canada may need assistance with. They have found that people often require assistance with: Immigration, Visas, Life Resources, Studying and Education.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Mentorship for Newcomers

http://www.battlefordsimmigration.ca/ 

The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre Inc.

The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre (HRNC) is a walk-in, free resource centre where their staff will help newcomers settle and integrate into their community. The HRNC is a one-stop gateway for assistance with immigration concerns and referrals to necessary agencies to help meet the needs of newcomers.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Mentorship for Newcomers, Services for Youth

https://thehrnc.com/

Southeast Newcomer Services

Southeast Newcomer Services is a one-stop shop for anyone that is new to the country, from another part of the country or relocating from an Indigenous community to settle in Southeast Saskatchewan. They provide all of their programs and services completely free of charge.

Services: Help with Daily Life, Job Help, Language Assessments

https://www.discoverweyburn.com/local/new-settlement-advisor-at-southeast-newcomer-services-in-weyburn

Newcomer Resources in Northwest Territories

CDETNO

CDETNO is the Northwest Territories referral centre for bilingual immigrants seeking employment. They provide information about the NWT labour market and put them in contact with the business community. They also educate employers on the benefits of hiring immigrants and help them with the hiring process.

https://cdetno.com/en/services-2/immigration/

Northwest Territories Nomination Program

To immigrate here through the Northwest Territories Nominee Program, you need to either: be ready to open, purchase or invest in a business in the NWT; or have a job offer from an employer in the NWT.

https://www.immigratenwt.ca/en/immigrate-here

Newcomer Resources in Nunavut

Carrefour Nunavut

Discover practical information, job opportunities, employability and entrepreneurship tips, the immigration process, events, news and more! Check the various categories to learn more.

https://carrefournunavut.ca/en/nunavut-guide

Introduction to Nunavut for Newcomers

The northern territory of Nunavut is lesser-known to many newcomers than Canada’s big cities, yet it offers great opportunities in career options and lifestyle choices. Located in the northeastern corner of Canada, this territory is known for its indigenous culture, cold weather, and majestic tundra scenery.

https://arrivein.com/immigration/provincial-spotlight-introduction-to-nunavut-for-newcomers/

Newcomer Resources in Yukon

Introduction to Yukon for Newcomers

Yukon, or “The Yukon,” as locals call it, is one of three territories located in Canada’s North. Discover more about Yukon’s immigration programs, history and culture, resource-based economy, and additional newcomer resources to decide if the great white north will be your new home.

https://arrivein.com/immigration/provincial-spotlight-introduction-to-yukon-for-newcomers/

Newcomers Guide

This guide is a general resource for newcomers. You will find information on different topics regarding first steps in Canada like how to get a Social Insurance Number and about daily life like housing and shopping. You will also find information on Canadian traditions and ways to entertain yourself in the Yukon.

https://www.afy.yk.ca/secteurs/documents/en/d61-newcomers-guide-2008.pdf


Know a great resource that isn’t listed? Work somewhere that offers services to newcomers? Get in touch with us! This list will keep growing with more information on all the best newcomer resources in Canada that we can find.

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