Welcome to Canada
This website is user friendly and provides a good source of information to newcomers to Canada. It includes information on a variety of settlement topics.
This site, funded by the Ontario Government, can assist in finding answers to common questions about moving to Ontario and settling into your new home. The Services Near Me option can help find community services in a specific area or city in Ontario.
Local Settlement Services / Volunteering
Halton Multicultural Council (HMC) Connections
Settlement, immigration and English training and translation services.
Centre for Education & Training
Newcomer Information Centre
Language Assessment Service (CLARS) - offers free English and French language assessments and referrals to classes for eligible immigrants seeking language training in Peel, Halton, Dufferin, York, Simcoe and Durham.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training Immigrant Services
Public Libraries of Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Georgetown and Acton
The Newcomer’s Corner, located in each library has pamphlets about federal, provincial and municipal programs, including finding a settlement worker, getting ready for Canadian citizenship test, ESL conversation circles, and computer classes.
Milton Public Library
Oakville Public Library
Burlington Public Library
Click here to find out about volunteer opportunities in our community.
The Newcomers Guide to Canadian Housing
Dental services are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).
Canadian Dentists for Refugees
Walk-in clinics provide health care if you are sick and do not have a family doctor or are unable to reach your family doctor.
Find a local Walk-In Clinics near You:
Halton Region Walk-In Clinics
Halton Region is home to several excellent hospitals. Hospitals provide comprehensive health care and emergency services for everyone in the growing and diverse communities of Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.
Find your Local Hospital:
You may face many challenges as a newcomer to Canada. You may be far away from family and friends, face financial difficulties, have to learn a new language, find a job and adapt to a brand new culture.
If you or a family member suffers from mental illness, there are resources available to help you cope:
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development offers employment and training programs and services to help newcomers and refugees settle in Ontario.
Welcome to Ontario - (ENG)
Welcome to Ontario - (Arabic)
Employment Halton helps unemployed and underemployed people in Halton prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.
The Centre for Skills Development & Training
Individuals receive personalized help with their job search and/or career planning.
The YMCA offers comprehensive employment and job support programs.
VPI provides employment programs, assessments and supportive vocational services that help residents of Ontario improve job readiness, explore training and get back to work.
Sheridan Community Employment Services are designed to meet the needs of all job seekers.
Halton Catholic District School Board Newcomer Welcome Centre
Provides students and their families with guidance and support as they become familiar with the region of Halton, and their new school environment.
Halton District School Board Welcome Centre
Assists newcomer students and their families, services include: registration, academic and language assessment, and resources. Settlement services are also available including: resources about community groups, opportunities for volunteering, and community connections.
There are two French Language school boards that operate schools in Halton:
French Language School Board
Catholic French Language School Board
Offers a variety of free programs and resources specific to immigrant education and job placement for Internationally Trained Professionals.
Thomas Merton’s Adult Language Programs
Offers language instruction for newcomers to Canada (LINC), English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL).
Gary Allan High School
Offers a wide range of programs across Halton Region for Adult and Continuous Learning Education.
Local Colleges and Universities
University of Toronto
George Brown College
World Education Services (WES) - Canada
University of Toronto's Comparative Education Service
International Credentials Assessment Service (ICAS) of Canada
Medical Council of Canada
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)
Contact the regulatory body for your profession or a recognized credential assessment organization to find out more about the process.
Child Care Directory and Information Line
Free service which allows parents to find quality child care options in Halton. Servicing all of Halton by offering lists of licensed child care options based on parents’ criteria, including full-time care, part-time care, before and after school care with transportation, subsidy and care during school breaks.
The Compassion Society supports the local community by providing free clothing, food and referrals to local resources.
Halton Fresh Food Box
Halton Fresh Food Box is a non-profit fresh produce buying service operated by and for our community. The program promotes healthy eating at affordable prices and also supports local farmers.
Halal Restaurants and Markets in Halton
For a list of other food assistance click here.