If you are a refugee, the Government of Canada recommends that you visit a settlement agency like ours during the first few weeks after arrival. We offer support for you and your family so that you can begin building a new life in Canada.
our Community Book an appointment with one of Settlement Workers or send us an email for more information. Our Community Settlement Workers provide free, one-on-one services to newcomers. They can connect you with community and government resources to ensure that you make a smooth transition into your new community.
Filling out forms:
Immigration and sponsorship forms
OHIP cards and health care
Ontario Disability Support Program
Child Tax Benefit
Permanent Resident Card Renewal
Employment and Self-Employment
Health and Nutrition
English Conversation Classes
Citizenship Support Classes
for more information.
Settlement in Schools
If you are a refugee with children attending a Toronto school, you will probably meet one of our School Settlement Workers.
Settlement Workers in Schools support newcomer students and their families by:
Providing orientation and information about health care, employment, housing, immigration and other social services
Holding workshops on topics such as bullying, life skills, leadership, etc.
Helping students and their families understand the school system
These services are also provided in some local public libraries.
Find a school in East Toronto with settlement services: Open in Google Maps.
For more information, please send us an email.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
Our Lawrence Square Mall location offers part-time or full-time English language classes for adults (Level 2 – 7) with free on-site childcare. Before registering, please call the YMCA Assessment Centre at 416-925-5462 to book an assessment test.
For more info on space and availability, please send us an email.
English Conversation Circles (ECCs)
Conversation Circles allow you to practice your English conversation skills in an informal group setting. Learn idioms, slang & Canadian culture with other language learners as well as native English speakers. Check our ECC page for times and locations.
Our Employment Services can support you in your job search through:
1-on-1 Employment Counselling
Resume & Cover Letter Optimization
Networking & Social Media Job Search
Job Placement & Connections
- Career Exploration & Labour Market Research
Group Employment Workshops
Sign up for our Employment Services.
Employment & Financial Literacy Support for Newcomer Men
Employment Readiness Component offers:
Employment readiness training sessions
Support in your job search including developing a cover letter, resume and job interview skills, etc.
Access to mentors and networking/workplace tour opportunities
Support while looking for employment
Financial Literacy and Life Skills Component offers:
- Support to gain skills and access resources to cope with life changes in a new country
Learn basic money management skills to make better choices about your future
Individualized support around financial matters (i.e. tax filing, accessing benefits, budgeting, etc.)
SERVICING THE REXDALE & ETOBICOKE AREA
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We offer one-on-one and group mentoring across our various programs. These mentorship opportunities can help you increase your success in the workplace, at school, and in your new community by:
Expanding personal networks
Developing goal-specific knowledge and skills
Providing an introduction to Canadian workplace culture
For more information on specific programs and services, please call send us an email.
Mental Health and Wellness Support
The Mental Health and Wellness program offers support for individuals and families in adjusting to life in Canada and balancing physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
One-on-one confidential support to deal with the stressors that newcomers to Canada may face, along with other challenges.
Wellness informed group sessions available for families, schools, and other community organizations.
Coaching to help you navigate the challenges in your personal and professional lives.
Information and referral services to community-based specialized services and long-term therapeutic supports.
For more information, or to make an appointment, please contact send us and email