Services for Newcomers: Ontario

Services for Newcomers: Ontario

Welcome newcomers! Ontario is the most multicultural province in Canada, and the hub of the Canadian economy. Whether you are moving to Ontario from another province or from across the world, Share Lawyers has compiled a list of Ontario newcomer resources and services targeted directly to new residents of Ontario and specific regions across the province.

Ontario Newcomer Services

Housing Help Association of Ontario ………. (905) 526-8100  
There are Housing Help Centres in small and big cities and towns across Ontario that offer the full range of Housing Help services for the Ontario newcomer. You can also find some Housing Help services in a variety of places including shelters, drop-in programs and other community-based agencies. For more information visit the Housing Help Association of Ontario website.

Ontario 211 ………. 2-1-1
211 is a helpline and online database of Ontario’s community and social services. They provide information about a whole range of topics and resources for an Ontario newcomer. For more information visit the 211 website.

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) ………. (416) 322-4925
The Mission of OCASI is to achieve equality, access and full participation for immigrants and refugees in every aspect of Canadian life. For more information about programs and initiative, visit the OCASI website.

Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
From living, working, and learning in Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration features a guide of resources for newcomers to Ontario. For more information, to find services in your community, visit the OMCI website.

Ontario Skills Passport
The Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) provides clear descriptions of Essential Skills and work habits important for success in work, learning and life for the Ontario newcomer. Learners can use the OSP tools and resources to assess, build, document and track their skills in classroom, cooperative education and other experiential learning opportunities, volunteer and extracurricular activities. This information can help them develop their Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) as they answer the questions: Who am I? What are my opportunities? Who do I want to become? What is my plan for achieving my goals? For more information visit the Ontario Skills Passport website.

Settlement.Org
As part of OCASI, this online resource has information about newcomers and refugees coming to Ontario. From housing, health, community, employment, and more. For more information and to find a location nearest you, visit Settlement.org.


Regional Newcomer Services

Windsor
Assessment Centre ………. (519) 253-2724
Language Assessment and Resource Centre – Greater Essex County District School Board
Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County ………. (519) 255-1127
New Canadians Centre of Excellence ………. (519) 258-4076
Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women ……… (519) 973-5588
YMCA Newcomer Settlement Program Windsor ……… (519) 258 9622

Sarnia
New Canadians Centre Peterborough ………. (705) 743-0882
YMCA of Sarnia-Lambton ……….  (519) 336-9622 x232

London
Cross Cultural Learner Centre ………. (519) 432-1133
Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration ………. (519) 672-6000
London Cross Cultural Learner Centre ………. (519) 432-1133

Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Welland
Centre de sante communautaire Hamilton Niagara ………. 1-866-885-5947
Folk Arts Council of St. Catharines Multicultural Centre ………. (905) 685-6589
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – Niagara Falls Office ………. 1-888-242-2100
YMCA of Niagara ………. (289) 213-5311

Hamilton
Centre de sante communautaire Hamilton Niagara ………. 1-866-437-7606
Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre ………. (905) 522-3233
Immigrants Working Centre ………. (905) 529-5209
YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford ………. 905-526-9496

Cambridge, Kitchener, and Kitchener/Waterloo
Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre ………. (519) 745-2531
Reception House Waterloo Region ………. (519) 743 – 0445 or (519) 743-2113
YMCA of Cambridge Immigrant Services ………. (519) 621-1621
YMCA Language Assessment Centre ………. (519) 579-9622

Guelph, Georgetown, and Milton
Centre for Education & Training CLARS Language Assessment Centres ………. (905) 875-3851 ext. 5012
Guelph/Wellington Immigration Portal
Immigrant Services of Guelph-Wellington ………. (519) 836-2222
Settlement Services ………. 1-800-265-7294 ext 4819

Brampton
African Community Services of Peel ………. (905) 460-9514
Brampton Multicultural Community Centre ………. (905) 790-8482
Catholic Crosscultural Services ………. (905) 457-7769
CLARS Language Assessment Centres (services in English and French) ………. (905) 949-0049 ext. 1369
MNS Multicultural Newcomer Services ………. (905) 794-7111
Punjabi Community Health Services ………. (905) 677-0889

Mississauga
African Community Services of Peel ………. (905) 460-9514
Catholic Crosscultural Services ………. (905) 273-4140
Centre for Education & Training CLARS Language Assessment Centres ………. (905) 875-3851 ext. 5012
Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre ………. (905) 629-1873
Indus Community Services (formerly India Rainbow Community Services of Peel) ………. (905) 275-2369
Newcomer Centre of Peel ………. (905) 306-0577
Malton Neighbourhood Services ………. (905) 677-6270
Peel Multicultural Council ………. (905) 819 1144
Punjabi Community Health Services ………. (905) 677-0889
The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association ………. (905) 615-9500

Oakville
Canada Pakistan Cultural Association  ……….  (905) 338-0622
Centre For Education and Training ………. (905) 875-3851
Community Centre for Skills, Development and Training ………. (905) 847-8345
Dar Foundation ………. 289-813-1025
Halton Multicultural Council………. (905) 842-2486
Newcomer Information Centre ………. (905) 875-3851

Toronto
Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services ……… (416) 324-8677
Afghan Women’s Counseling and Integration Community Support Organization ……… (416) 588-3585
Bloor Information & Life Skills Centre (BILS) ……… (416) 531-9088
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture ……… (416) 363-1066
Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society ……… (416) 767-4595
Catholic Crosscultural Services ………. (416) 757-7010
Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples ……… (416) 533-8545
Centre Francophone Du Grand Toronto ……… (416) 922-2672
Christie Refugee Welcome Centre ……… (416) 588-9277
COSTI Immigrant Services ……… (416) 658-1600
Cross-Cultural Community Services Association (formerly Toronto Chinese Community Services Assn.) ……… (416) 977-4026
CultureLink Settlement and Community Services ……… (416) 588-6288
Eastview Centre ……… (416) 392-1750, ext. 306.
Jane Finch Community and Family Centre ……… (416) 663-2733
KCWA Family and Social Services ……… (416) 340-1234
Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto ……… (416) 699-4527
Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto……… (416) 469-0196
North York Community House ……… (416) 784-0920
Parkdale Intercultural Association ……… (416) 536-1783 or (416) 536-4420
Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services ……… (416) 533-9471
Rexdale Women’s Centre ……… (416) 745-0062 ext. 282 or (416) 741-6048 ext.400
Scadding Court Community Centre ……… (416) 392-0335
Skills for Change ……… (416) 658-3101
South Asian Women’s Centre ……… (416) 537 2276
The 519 Church Street Community Centre ……… (416) 392-6874
The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association Scarborough ………. (416) 502-9500
The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT)  ……… (416) 231-7746
University Settlement Recreation Centre ……… (416) 598-3444
YMCA – GTA CLARS Language Assessment Centres ……… (416) 925-5462

Thornhill and Richmond Hill and Newmarket
CLARS Language Assessment Centre – Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral Services – Centre for Education and Training ………. 1-855-330-8655
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services – Newmarket ………. (289) 841-3032
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Thornhill and Richmond Hill ………. 1-877-761-1155

Orangeville
African Community Services of Peel  ………. (905) 460-9514
Immigrant Services of Guelph-Wellington  ……….  (519) 836-2222

Collingwood and Owen Sound
Welcome Centre Immigrant Centre – Mobile Centre ……….  (289) 841-3045

Ajax, Oshawa, and Whitby
Centre for Education and Training CLARS Language Assessment Centre ……….1-855-330-8655
Community Development Council Durham ………. 1-866-746-3696
Durham Immigration Portal
Whitby Public Library – Information For Newcomers ………. (905) 668-6531
Welcome Centre Immigrant Services Ajax ………. 1-877-761-1155

Kingston and Belleville
ACFOMI Immigrant Services ………. (613) 546-7863
Belleville Settlement Information ……….  2-1-1
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area ……….(613) 544-4661
Kingston Community Health Centres ………. (613) 542-2949
Kingston Immigration Partnership ………. (613) 544-4661
Language Assessment Services ………. (613) 453-8144
New To Kingston Resources ……….  (613) 546-4291
Quinte Local Immigration Partnership ………. (613) 968-7723, ext. 23
Quinte United Immigration Services ………. (613) 968-7723
Quinte Immigration Services ………. (613) 968-7723

Peterborough and Lindsay
New Canadians Centre Peterborough ………. (705) 743-0882

Ottawa and Cornwall
Catholic Immigration Centre Ottawa ……….  (613) 232-9634
Jewish Family Services of Ottawa ……….  (613) 722-2225
Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre ………. (613) 235-4875
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization ………. (613) 725-0202
Lebanese & Arab Social Service Agency of Ottawa-Carleton ………. (613) 236-0003 or (613) 236-3111
T.R Leger School ……….  (613) 525-1700
YMCA-YWCA Language Assessment & Referral Centre (services in English and French)………. (613) 238-5462

Barrie and Midland
Barrie Newcomers Club ……….  (705) 252-3493
Centre for Education and Training CLARS Language Assessment Centre ………. 1-855-330-8655
Centre for Information and Community Services of Ontario ………. (416) 292-7510
YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka ………. (705) 797-2020 ext 25

Parry Sound, North Bay, and Sudbury
North Bay & District Multicultural Centre ………. 1-877-495-8931
Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association ………. (705) 674-0795
YMCA Parry Sound ……….  (705) 746-0511
YMCA of Sudbury ………. (705) 674-8315

Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay
Sault Community Information & Career Centre INC. ………. (705) 759-0909  
Thunder Bay Multicultural Association ………. (807) 345-0551
Timmins and District Multicultural Centre ………. 1-877-470-8332

If you’re an Ontario newcomer looking to live, work, and thrive in Ontario it’s important to know there are Ontario newcomer resources and services available to you.


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