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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Information for Newcomers and Refugees:


Settlement Services

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


Volunteer Opportunities 

Click here to find out about volunteer opportunities in our community.


The Newcomers Guide to Canadian Housing 

Housing Help


Rental Searches: 

Understanding Health Care in Ontario: Fact Sheets for Newcomers and Refugees​
Health Fact Sheets fo​​​r Newcomers in 27 Languages​​​ 


Family Doctor



Dental services are not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).

Canadian Dentists for Refugees

Walk-In Clinics

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 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:


Mental Health

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 

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 College

Sheridan Community Employment Services are designed to meet the needs of all job seekers.

Children Education

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.


French Schools

There are two French Language school boards that operate schools in Halton:


French Language Sc​​​​​hool Board




Catholic French Language Sc​hool Board



Adult Education

Sheridan College

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

McMaster University

Ryerson University

University of Toronto

Sheridan College  

Mohawk College

Centennial College

George Brown College

Humber College


Credential Assessment

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.


Regional Services

Halton Region


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.



Compassion Society 

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