The Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario strive to provide newcomers with resources, materials and tools that can be easily accessed through the internet, or in person through a community agency, school board, or community college located in their community.
The following websites have been developed specifically for newcomers seeking assistance and guidance. You can find information on living and working in Ontario, distance learning, language training, and where to find employment supports and assistance. Some websites are designed specifically for youth.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) was created in 1994 to link immigration services with citizenship registration; promote the unique ideals all Canadians share and; help build a stronger Canada.
There are many things you need to do when you settle in a new country. That’s why CIC offers a number of services and programs for newcomers to Canada. Find out how to get the help you need and learn all about living in Canada. Visit www.cic.gc.ca to find out more about becoming a permanent resident; becoming a Canadian citizen, newcomer services available to you in your area, working in Canada; foreign credentials assessment; language training; health care; transportation; and housing.
Employment Ontario can help you get the training, skills and experience you need to achieve your goals. Employment Ontario connects people looking for work with employers looking for workers. Operated by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, Employment Ontario is a one-stop source of information and services for students, job seekers and employers.
Visit employmentontario.ca to learn more about your career choices and which jobs are in demand; learn about apprenticeship training and how it can help you enter a skilled trade or occupation; explore college and university programs; and learn how to get financial help to help you pay for school. You can also talk to a professional counsellor and get the help you need to plan your career, get training, and find a job.
The Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) is part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada. It provides information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help foreign-trained workers succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly. In many cases, in order to work in your profession, you will need to have your credentials assessed to see whether you meet the Canadian standard or need more training, education or Canadian work experience. Qualifying as a skilled worker for immigration to Canada does not mean that your educational credentials and work experience will be recognized or that you will be qualified to work in a particular occupation.
Visit www.credential.gc.ca to learn how to get your credentials or qualifications recognized, the types of documents required for your credentials assessment; working in the trades; and what steps you should take if you can`t get a license or certification in your profession or trade.
LINC Homestudy is for people who have young children at home, or for people who work and cannot attend class. The Home Study program also allows you to learn as quickly or as slowly as you need. Read more about LINC Homestudy here.
Newcomer youth and seniors also have the opportunity to participate in classes designed specifically for them. If you are between the ages of 18 and 24 and meet the eligibility requirements described below, you will have the opportunity to learn English through books and online materials. You will also have access to a youth-oriented portal and web-forum to connect and share with other youth. You will also have the option of weekly telephone conversations with a certified teacher. Click here to go directly to the LINC Homestudy website.
You Are Here! and Vous Etes Ici! are exciting websites for newcomer youth (ages 13-24) in Ontario.
These websites are a place for young newcomers to find reliable information and services to access. Youth can read articles or watch informative videos on newcomer youth-related issues, find services and programs near where they live, and find newcomer youth-related events to attend. Young people can also comment and ask questions about specific topic. The websites consist of five major categories: Life, School, Law, Work, and Health. These categories have been flagged by newcomer youth as the most important things they wanted to find out about. Click here to read more about newyouth.ca.
The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is Ontario’s designated provider of distance education. ILC offers different ESL classes through distance education so that students can learn in their own home. Portions of the course are provided by CD or cassette and by telephone. This course requires that each student have a volunteer tutor to help register for the courses and complete coursework. Click here to go directly to English as a Second Language classes.
LINCing Youth is an online-based English language training program for eligible youth who may be struggling with writing, reading, listening or speaking. The online component offers comic book style content. As a student, you can get instant results on class work, participate in online mentoring forums, and play daily word games. You also have access to a youth-oriented web portal and a web-forum to connect and share with other youth. This program also offers weekly drop-in classes and one-on-one telephone conversations with a teacher. To learn more about LINCing Youth classes visit www.ylinc.ca.
As a newcomer to Ontario, you may have many questions. The ontarioimmigration.ca website has the answers to many of your questions. Visit www.ontarioimmigration.ca to find services in your community: English language training classes; help with finding a job or training; locating a school in your community for your children; a full listing of colleges and universities; and helpful guides for studying, working, and living in Ontario.
OntarioImmigration.ca has added resources for newcomer youth. Visit the Youth section to get information about Ontario high schools, community involvement, jobs and support resources.
The Settlement.org website provides newcomers with information and resources to settle in Ontario, Canada. Visit settlement.org link and find the information and resources you need for education, employment, housing, healthcare, immigration and citizenship, community and recreation, and legal services. There is also a useful tool that can help you find services close to where you live. Visitors to Settlement.Org can also read announcements, make contacts, discuss current issues, find answers to frequently asked questions and access a directory of organizations that can help meet their needs.
SkillsInternational.ca is committed to full and relevant employment for all of Canada's immigrants. This web-enabled, searchable database of candidate profiles is dedicated exclusively to profiling the skills of immigrant job seekers in Ontario. The first of its kind in Canada, this tool unites pre-screened, internationally trained professionals with employers who need their skills.
If you are an internationally trained professional and interested in posting your resume on line, you need to register with a local community agency or community college. Visit skillsinternational.ca to locate a community agency or college in your area.
World Education Services (WES) has thirty years’ experience evaluating international credentials. WES provides more than 10,000 evaluations in Canada each year. They are accepted by thousands of academic institutions, employers, licensing and certification bodies and government agencies in Canada.
If you are an internationally trained professional and would like to submit your assessment application online, click here.