About half of the newcomers who immigrate to Canada each year choose to settle in Ontario. Our province is home to people from more than 200 different ethnic origins and languages. Newcomers and immigrants like you play a key role in making Ontario strong and prosperous. Your contribution to Ontario’s rich cultural diversity enriches our social and economic lives and enhances this province’s creativity, innovation and connection to global networks.
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 )
Welcome to Ontario
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.
The website of Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration describes many programs and services available from the government to help you.
Useful links for Immigrants and Newcomers
Welcome to the publications, resources and useful links section of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website.
- Office of the Fairness Commissioner This office makes sure the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006 is implemented.
- Bill 175, Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009 This Ontario legislation supports full labour mobility for more professional and skilled workers across Canada who want to work in Ontario. This means that if you work in a regulated profession or a skilled trade, you may soon be able to move anywhere in Canada to find work without more training or testing. If you’re an employer, you would have a broader pool of qualified candidates and enjoy a simpler process for hiring workers from other parts of Canada.
- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is part of the Canadian Constitution. The Charter sets out those rights and freedoms that Canadians believe are necessary in a free and democratic society.
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada admits immigrants, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers who help Canada’s social and economic growth; resettles, protects and provides a safe haven for refugees; helps newcomers adapt to Canadian society and become Canadian citizens; manages access to Canada to protect the security and health of Canadians and the integrity of Canadian laws and helps Canadians and newcomers to participate fully in the economic, political, social and cultural life of the country.
- Employment Ontario is a Government of Ontario organization that offers many training programs and employment services to help you achieve your goals.
- Employment Standards – Multilingual Information In Ontario, all employers must meet workplace standards. These standards make sure that the workplace is safe, fair and productive for employers and employees. The Ontario Ministry of Labour provides information, in PDFs, about employment standards in 23 languages.
- Federal Live-In Caregiver Program The goal of this program is to bring qualified workers to Canada to do live-in work as caregivers when there are not enough Canadians to fill the available positions. Successful applicants receive a work permit which allows them to work in Canada as live-in caregivers. After two years of employment, which must be completed within three years of the caregiver’s arrival in Canada, live-in caregivers can apply in Canada to become permanent residents. They may be granted permanent resident status if they meet the requirements.
- Going to Canada This is a federal government website with many links to information and services that can help you whether you are planning a temporary stay or making Canada your new home.
- Information about Ontario’s education system
- Information on Ontario government jobs
- Ontario’s Human Rights Code protects people in Ontario against discrimination in employment, accommodation, goods, services and facilities, and membership in vocational associations and trade unions.
- Nonprofit organizations Ontario has many vibrant provincial and national nonprofit research and umbrella organizations. They provide tremendous assistance and support to the voluntary sector. This page of our site lists some of the most helpful organizations.
- ServiceCanada is available on the Internet and at more than 600 places across the country, including call centres. It can connect you to many Government of Canada programs and services, including those in: Education and training, Employment, Immigration, Income assistance, Housing, Health, Personal documents such as obtaining a Social Insurance Number, Starting a business.
- ServiceOntario is a one-stop Ontario government information and service centre. You can get help online, in person, at kiosks and by phone, for: Health card registration, Birth, marriage and death certificates, Driver and vehicle licensing, Business registration, Fishing and hunting licences, Newborn Registration Service.
- Settlement.org is a community-based website with information on newcomer programs and services provided by other government and agencies.