Your first months in Canada will be full of change. You will face many challenges, especially if you have to learn English or French, or improve your language skills. You may have to take a first job or live in a home that is different from what you expected. You may need to get more education or training to get a job and build your new life here. Here are some helpful contacts that will be able to assist you and have a smooth transition into your new life.Contact an immigrant-serving organization to find out what resources are available in your community to help you.
National Immigrant Resources
Ontario Immigrant Resources
Atlantic Provinces Immigrant Resources
Manitoba Immigrant Resources
Saskatchewan Immigrant Resources
Alberta Immigrant Resources
British Columbia Immigrant Resources
Ressources pour les immigrants du Québec
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Canadian Council for Refugees/
Le Conseil Canadien pour les Réfugiés
The Canadian Council for Refugees is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada.
Le Conseil canadien pour les réfugiés est un organisme pancanadien de regroupement sans but lucratif qui se voue à la défense des droits et à la protection des réfugiés et d’autres migrants vulnérables, au Canada et dans le monde, et à l'établissement des réfugiés et des immigrants au Canada.
Canadian Heritage and its portfolio organizations play a vital role in the cultural, civic and economic life of Canadians. Promoting Canadian arts, culture and heritage through active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthening connections among Canadians.
Canadian Ethnocultural Council
The CEC's objectives are to ensure the preservation, enhancement and sharing of the cultural heritage of Canadians, the removal of barriers that prevent some Canadians from participating fully and equally in society, the elimination of racism and the preservation of a united Canada.
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture
Each year, Canada welcomes more than 20,000 refugees, many of them survivors of torture and war. As Canadians, we all want to see these newcomers integrate successfully. We want them to become productive citizens and good neighbours. For this to happen, they must have the opportunity to heal from their trauma.
CCVT provides treatment, tools and support that allow refugees to heal from trauma and become active community members.
Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Canada
Our organization promotes the long-term integration of newcomers into local Jewish communities from coast to coast by building partnerships between immigrants, government, charitable foundations, employers, service providers and volunteers.
If you are new to Ontario, you can find answers to common questions about your new home on Settlement.Org in 30 languages.
Across Boundaries is a mental health centre that provides a range of support and services to people of color in the Greater Toronto Area who are experiencing severe mental health problems/serious mental illness. They are leaders in providing equitable, holistic mental health and addiction services for racilized communities and provide services in many African and Asian languages.
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
The Mission of OCASI is to achieve equality, access and full participation for immigrants and refugees in every aspect of Canadian life.
African Community Services of Peel
African Community Services of Peel (ACS) is a not-for-profit community based charitable Organization that provides settlement and integration services and programs that facilitate the early settlement of newcomers to Peel and the surrounding areas.
Canadian Ukrainian Immigrant Aid Society - Toronto
CUIAS services include settlement assistance, English language training and immigration consulting. Our services are offered in English, French, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Romanian languages.
Catholic Community Services of York Region - Immigrant Services
Catholic Community Services of York Region is a not for profit charitable, social services agency, delivering a comprehensive array of services to the whole community. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are an inclusive, multicultural organization embracing many faiths and languages. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations.
Catholic Immigration Centre- Ottawa
The Catholic Immigration Centre (CIC) has been serving immigrants and refugees in the Ottawa-Carleton region for 52 years. It is a community-based non-profit, charitable organization.
COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. Operating from 18 locations in Toronto, the Region of Peel and York Region, COSTI provides services in more than 60 languages.
CultureLink - Toronto
Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians.
CultureLink provides a wide range of settlement and community programs from children to seniors. It delivers these programs directly through schools, libraries, community centres, onsite at its premises, and through its partners and over 500 volunteers in 30 languages throughout Toronto. All services are provided at no charge.
Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington.
We offer settlement services by working closely with local service agencies to effectively connect newcomers with the services they need. Our staff keep up-to-date with the latest information relevant to immigrant settlement and our service is inclusive and respectful of the diversity within our communities.
Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre
Thousands of culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse immigrants and refugees in the process of settlement use our services each year. They include, but are not limited to, seniors, youth, children, parents, the unemployed, women suffering abuse…
London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
With over 30 staff that speaks 14 languages, CCLC is able to help newcomers to begin the process to successfully settle and integrate into our community. Many of the staff were immigrants themselves and understand the many challenges that newcomers face. They are experienced and caring professionals who will work diligently on your behalf.
Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County
To promote and encourage a harmonious society in Windsor and Essex County that is multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-faith, and to work toward the social equality of all cultures.
Ottawa-Carleton Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO)
OCISO directly serves about 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. We have three locations in Ottawa (central and south).
Our multi-faceted programs and services are delivered in over 50 languages to clients from 120 countries by OCISO’s team of knowledgeable, skilled and professional staff.
Quinte United Immigrant Services
We offer a large variety of services to newcomers who have arrived in Canada.
We host various monthly information sessions geared towards helping newcomers to the greater Quinte area integrate smoothly. These events are free of charge and provide helpful advice on a broad array of topics in the social, financial, and healthcare fields. Events range from how to acquire childcare subsidies to how to apply for a mortgage as a newcomer to Canada.
Through our Social enterprises, we offer translation and interpretation in many languages.
Multicultural Association of Northwestern Ontario
The Regional Multicultural Youth Council (RMYC) is an inclusive group linking youths in small and isolated communities of Northwestern Ontario.
Skills for Change - Toronto
Established in 1982, Skills for Change provides learning and training opportunities for immigrants and refugees to access and fully participate in the workplace and wider community.
Women's Enterprise Skills Training - Windsor
Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) exists to provide training for severely employment disadvantaged visible minority women in order to improve their employability in the workforce and/or further their education.
Community Development Council Durham
Our goal is to help newcomers fully engage in all aspects of Canadian life, social, economic, political and cultural, and to maximize the benefits of their participation and contribution to the Canadian society.
Sudbury Multicultural/Folk Arts Association
The Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association work toward building bridges between Newcomers and existing services, identifying problems and solving them and providing multicultural & cross cultural services to the communities.
Association for New Canadians - Labrador & Newfoundland
For 40 years, ANC has delivered programs and services that support all aspects of immigrant integration, ranging from settlement information and orientation to language learning, skills development and employment.
Immigrant Services Association Nova Scotia
ISANS recognizes the key role of immigrants in Canadian society. We work with newcomers to help them build a future in Canada. We provide a wide range of services to immigrants, from refugee resettlement to professional programs, from family counselling to English in the Workplace.
PEI Association for Newcomers
Our mandate is to provide short-term settlement services, and long-term inclusion and community integration programs for new immigrants in the province of Prince Edward Island.
The Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton
MAGMA's mission is to offer guidance, practical tools, and social outreach to people of all ethnocultural backgrounds as they go about settling in the Greater Moncton Area.
Immigrant Centre of Manitoba
The Immigrant Centre provides newcomers with free programs and services including settlement, employment, language, nutrition training, and verification of translations.
Moose Jaw Multicultural Council
The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council welcomes and integrates newcomers to Canada, and develops harmonious relations among Canadians through programs and activities that recognize, respect and promote the positive aspects of cultural diversity, and that seek to discover, encourage and develop commonalities among people.
Regina Open Door Society
The Regina Open Door Society (RODS) is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina. RODS is committed to meeting the needs of newcomers by offering programs and services that enable them to achieve their goals and participate fully in the larger community.
Saskatoon Open Door Society
We are proud to welcome newcomers to Canada and help them settle in Saskatoon. We now help newcomers to connect, integrate and build strong reciprocal relationships with the local community, including our Indigenous communities. Our swervices include settlement, employment, language, community programs and local engagement.
ASSIST Community Services Centre - Edmonton
The Centre aims to provide diversified services to Canadian immigrants and their families, helping them to integrate into mainstream society and actively contribute.
Our programs include Integrated Services Program, Adult Learning English Courses and Children, Youth , Family and Senior Services. One-on-One Counselling, workshops and group activities are provided to improve the well-being of people who live in our community.
A Centre for Immigrant Women - Edmonton
In its 30 years of operation, the Centre has remained the only immigrant-serving agency in Edmonton with a mandate to focus on the needs of immigrant women of all ethnic backgrounds. The Centre has grown from merely a meeting place for immigrant women to share their joys and sorrows, into a place where help is given, research projects are conducted and new solutions sought for relevant issues.
The Centre is operated mainly by immigrant women for immigrant women and their families.
Edmonton Immigrant Services Association
EISA exists in order to provide programs and direct services relating to Integration, Settlement, Adaptation and Education for new immigrants, refugees and first generation Canadians in Edmonton and surrounding areas.
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society is a non-profit organization, which provides settlement and integration services to all immigrants and refugees in Southern Alberta.
Calgary Centre for Newcomers
Since 1988 the Centre for Newcomers (CFN) has been a key resource for immigrants and refugees of all nationalities in Calgary. A social profit organization, CFN views the integration of newcomers as a two-way process of experience, influence and impact between newcomers and the communities that welcome them.
Immigrant Services of Calgary
Since 1977, Immigrant Services Calgary has been providing a wide range of settlement services to immigrants and refugees looking to begin a new chapter of their lives in Canada.
Our aim is to reach newcomers in a timely and responsive manner to facilitate a smooth transition, proper settlement and successful integration into the Calgary community. We work collaboratively to ensure our clients have access to programs and services that can help them overcome the challenges that come with immigrating to a new country, thus setting them up to succeed in their new life in Canada.
Central Alberta Refugee Effort - Red Deer
We are the Central Alberta Refugee Effort, part of Red Deer’s Immigrant Centre. For over 30 years we have been here to help new immigrants and refugees adjust to their new life in Central Alberta and become valued members of our welcoming community.
Since 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. has dedicated itself to helping Canadians and newcomers achieve their full potential. Today, we offer a wide range of programs and services in more than 50 languages. In 2019, we served over 72,000 clients from 150 countries through our 40 service locations across Canada and in Asia.
We offer programs and services in the areas of newcomer settlement, English-language training, employment and entrepreneurship, family, youth and seniors programming, health education, community development, affordable housing, and seniors care.
Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of British Columbia
AMSSA is a unique province-wide association that strengthens over 70 member agencies as well as hundreds of community stakeholder agencies who serve immigrants and newcomers, and build culturally inclusive communities, with the knowledge, resources and support they need to fulfill their mandates.
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) offers services for immigrant and refugee newcomers, including settlement and integration services, translation and interpretation, English classes, mentoring, job search assistance and guidance, volunteer matching, and peer support. We also provide outreach and education in the community through arts programming, as well as community development workshops on anti-racism, multiculturalism, diversity awareness, immigration, and human rights.
Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
The centre helps immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities settle and adapt into new lives in Greater Victoria. The multicultural staff annually serve an average of 3,000 clients from all over the world. VIRCS provides a wide range of services to its target group, assisting them with everything from settling in Victoria to finding a job.
Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society - Nanaimo
Each year the Immigrant Welcome Centre at the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society welcomes hundreds of new immigrants from over 50 countries around the world – and almost as many different languages! With specialized programs, services and supports for newcomers, we help make the transition to a new life in Canada a little easier.
Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society of Prince George
IMSS a non-profit community serving agency providing settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees throughout Prince George and the northern region of British Columbia. It strives to promote multiculturalism and racial harmony and to eliminate racism in the pursuit of equality and social justice for all Canadians.
MOSAIC is one of the largest settlement non-profit organizations in Canada. We serve immigrant, refugee, migrant and mainstream communities in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as well as throughout the province of BC and overseas via online programs.
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society - Greater Vancouver
Since 1975, Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has been helping immigrant and refugee women integrate and grow into Canadian society.
We are a caring community dedicated to creating learning programs that are responsive to our participants’ unique needs.
Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society
The services of the Society are provided by bilingual/bicultural workers in twenty different languages. We also offer educational programs that help create awareness of the issue
of family violence amongst minority communities and professionals working
with immigrant families.
Centre social d'aide aux immigrants
Accueillir et accompagner l'immigrant à son arrivée. Établir des rapports humains basés sur la confiance et le respect des convictions individuelles et des cultures
Ometz - Montreal
L’Agence Ometz est un organisme de bienfaisance qui offre une vaste gamme de services sociaux, scolaires, d’emploi et d’immigration pour aider les individus à atteindre leur plein potentiel et assurer l'essor et la vitalité de la communauté montréalaise.