If you come to Canada as a skilled immigrant, you and your family will benefit from world-class education and a high quality of life. Canada is a diverse and multicultural country with plenty of support to help you and your family achieve success when you arrive in Canada.
Freedom is the foundation of Canadian life. We are a peaceful nation with low crime rates. We promote equal opportunity for all, in all areas of life.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada funds services that help newcomers settle and adapt to life in Canada. These services include free language training, information, and referrals, help to find employment that matches newcomers’ skills and education and help to integrate into Canadian society. Government of Canada invests millions of dollars every year to help newcomers settle into their new lives in Canada.
There are many immigrant services to help you and your family if you move here permanently. You can use free programs to improve your language skills, learn about life in Canada, help you look for work and much more.
The 2012-13 allocation for settlement services in Ontario will be $314.9M, compared to $346.5M in 2011-12, reflecting the province’s declining proportion of immigrant intake. Funding has been reduced in Ontario over the past two years, reflecting the fact that Ontario’s proportional share of immigration in Canada has gone from 64% in 2005 to 52% in 2010.
Meet new people in Ontario
Meeting new people in your community not only helps you engage and enjoy your new environment, but it can also help you with other aspects of your life such as the job search. You can find tips on how to meet new people below.
Through websites like Meetup or Facebook you can find groups where people come together because they have something in common. These groups may be focused on professional networking, newcomers, culture, religion, or hobbies. The Meetup platform allows you to search for groups by location or topic.
Attend free networking or community events
Networking events are often great places to make professional connections. But there are also cultural events hosted by libraries and community centers where you can meet people who share your interests. Tools such as Eventbrite can help you find events near you. You can also check with your local library or recreation centre for more options.
Join a sport or recreation activity
If you have children, you may want them to join Ontario’s After-School Program, where they can also stay active while making new friends.
For More Information
- Services Near Me – This interactive map will help you find services in your neighbourhood, including language classes. From Settlement.Org.
- Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport – Information on sports and arts programs for children and adults sponsored by the Ontario government. From the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.
- Ontario Municipalities – Complete list of municipalities in Ontario where you can find information on public services available in your city, including recreation centers and activities. From the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs.