If you are a newcomer to Ontario, you will want to get settled as quickly as possible. Ontario has organizations called settlement agencies that can help you get settled and adjust to your new life in Ontario.
Learn about how Ontario’s settlement agencies can help you. These settlement services are free. They are often available in many languages. The list of the settlement agencies throughout Ontario by location you can find at: http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/newcomers/agencies.shtml
- Find housing
- Learn to speak English or French: Ontario has many programs that can help you learn English or French. You can take beginner lessons if you do not speak the language at all. Or you can take more advanced studies.
- Prepare to work in Ontario
- Ontario’s education system
- Government services: The Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada provide programs and services to help you get settled.
- Volunteer in your community
- Nominate someone for an honour or award
- Welcome to Ontario. This handy booklet provides information on living and working in Ontario. It is available in 14 languages. Read online, download or order.
- The First Days Guide: A Newcomers Guide To Their First Two Weeks In Ontario also has helpful information. It is available in more than 20 languages.
- Settlement.org is an online information service that can help you settle and find services in Ontario. It is written in more than 30 languages. Visit this settlement.org page to find a settlement agency or a specific type of service near you. Or you can explore settlement.org for the information you need.
Visit the Newcomers page at http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/newcomers.shtml to know how:
You can start to get settled by accessing:
- Organizations where you can learn English or French
- Organizations which offer services and information to help you live, work and learn in Ontario
- Information about housing
- Information about government services (i.e. how to get a health card or a drivers license)
- Organizations which offer opportunities to volunteer
Once you are ready to prepare to work in Ontario, you will need to know about:
- What you need to do to work in your profession/trade in Ontario
- How to have your education assessed
- How to get licensed to work
- How to get work experience
- How you can become a permanent resident of Ontario faster
- Mentorship and internship opportunities
If you are new to Ontario and want to work in your profession or trade, you will need to meet Ontario requirements:
- Internationally trained professionals in non-health regulated professions can get information and assistance from the Global Experience Ontario access centre.
- Internationally trained in health regulated professions can get information and assistance from the HealthForceOntario access centre.
- f you are a foreign worker or international student who would like to live and work permanently in Ontario, you may qualify for the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee program, which allows the Ontario government to nominate individuals and their families for permanent resident status in Canada, based on a pre-approved job offer in Ontario.
It’s also a great idea to:
- Read or download Welcome to Ontario. This helpful booklet, available in 14 languages, provides a wealth of information on living and working in Ontario.
- Visit settlement.org and OntarioImmigration.ca. These websites can answer many of your questions about moving to Ontario and settling into your new home.
In Your Own Language
As you are getting settled, you will probably have many questions about how things are done. These links will help you to learn about living, working, doing business and studying in Ontario in your own language.
- Visit Settlement.org at http://www.settlement.org/ to access more information about settlement services for newcomers online in your own language.
- For information on living and working in Ontario, get the Welcome to Ontario Guide to Programs and Services for Newcomers to Ontario at http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/newcomers/index.shtml The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration produced this helpful booklet. You can read it online or download it. It is available in 17 languages.
- Publications and Resources: Welcome to Ontario; First Days in Ontario; Building a New Life in Ontario (http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/guides/index.htm#days )