How to Look for a Job?

It can be hard finding a job, especially when you’re new to the country. But don’t fret as there are a number of resources that can help. Many community centres like the YMCA and YWCA offer employment search services. If you belong to a particular newcomer organization, they also have resources to aid in your search. You can also check in with the local ethnic association who often have ties to major employers that speak a particular language. They sometimes [...]

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Where to Learn English?

New to the country and want to learn or improve your English? Check out some of these free programs. ACCES Employment offers a Talk English Café to help improve your conversational skills The Toronto District School Board offers free English as a Second Language classes for citizens born outside of Canada, permanent residents and refugees The Toronto Catholic District School Board offers free English language training classes as well as academic preparation, language upgrading for professionals, and citizenship preparation. The Toronto Public Library [...]

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Free or Low Cost Places to Stay Active in the GTA

Staying Healthy is important and here are a few places where you can exercise, take part in recreational activities, or play sports for free or at a low cost. Recreation Centres in Toronto Toronto has a vast network of recreational centres in all communities that offer various recreational programs for all ages. City of Toronto Free and Low Cost Recreation Programs Visit their webpage to see a listing of free drop-in programs like swimming and skating, as well a list of community centres [...]

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Volunteer and Gain Work Experience While Meeting Friends

As a newcomer, it can be hard to step outside of your small social circle or gain local work experience to understand the local work culture. But luckily, Toronto has a vast network of volunteer opportunities for people to take part in that can help you gain local work experience and meet people with similar interests so you can make new friends. Whether your interest is in community, health, or the arts, there’s something for everyone. The City of Toronto [...]

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Women Services in Toronto

Canada, especially Toronto in particular, is a place that is not only very multicultural also one that creates equal opportunity for women as well. To help newcomer women in finding resources that they can use to help themselves transition, there are many women-based programs and initiatives in the city and many settlement agencies and community centres. These programs and services can encompass a wide variety of needs, from skills building, employment search, health, and various social issues such as [...]

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