NEWCOMER RESOURCES

Newcomer Resources

July 16, 2020

Canadian Centre for the Victims of Torture (CCVT) - Webinar Series 

Working with Women Survivors of Torture  
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM EDT 
Register here

Narrative Therapy: Supporting the Mental Health of Survivors of Torture 
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT 
Register here

Working with Children and Youth Survivors of Torture and War 
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM EDT 
Register here

 

COVID-19 and Parenting 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT 
Register here

Promising Practices of Self-Care 
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT 
Register here 

 

The IRB is gradually re-opening its doors
Click Here

 

Recreation, arts and culture activities for all ages to enjoy at home
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

July 9, 2020

Toronto Public Library 

Update on Stage 2 of Reopening (In-branch computer access at some branches)
Click here

Youth from a Visible Minority Group 

Skills training and work experience for youth who face barriers to employment: 
Click here

 

Licensed Child Care in Toronto 
11 of the 47 City-operated Toronto Early Learning & Child Care Centres have reopened to support parents returning to work: Click here

 

Toronto Swimming and Splash Pads
Click Here

 

Housing and Eviction Prevention 

Community Workers toolkit: Eviction Prevention
Click Here

 

COVID-19 Support for individuals (Gov’t of Canada) - Updated 
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

July 2, 2020

Seniors  

Exercise Class for Mandarin-speaking seniors from home via telephone 

(English flyer, Mandarin flyer

International Students 

Helping international students with settlement needs and transition to PR 

http://www.internationalstudentconnect.org/ 

 

Food Access  

For women/ girls in South Etobicoke experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19 (link to flyer in July 2 folder) 

Victims of Torture 

Toolkit for helping international victims of tortue 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oKuvHrVs0uOk0btBlZAL-5bbCqa0rrD032B6mB1pY3g/edit 

 

Domestic Violence 

Crisis Lines and Resources for Women Experiencing Violence 

https://www.torontowestlip.ca/wp-content/uploads/WAV-Crisis-List-June15.pdf 

Newcomer Resources

June 25, 2020

Refugees and Undocumented Residents 

Help for Refugees and Undocumented Residents to Get Essential Products  

https://www.covidcarecollective.com/request-support 

Flyer available here

 

Seniors 

Support for Seniors during COVID-19

Education / Summer School Programs 

TDSB programs for Elementary, Secondary and Adults 

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/About-Us/Innovation/Summer-Programs 

 

For newly arrived students and families – Orientation programs in the summer: 

https://www.tdsb.on.ca/New-to-Canada/Settlement-Workers 

 

Newcomers Experiencing Family Violence 

Newcomers and their dependent children without status in Canada who are experiencing family violence can apply for a fee-exempt Temporary Resident Permit (TRP): 

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/family-sponsorship/fees-permits-victims.html 

Newcomer Resources

June 18, 2020

Ontario Human Rights Commission 

Information and resources regarding many areas of human rights.  Access their Legal Support Centre at 416 597 4900  

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en 

 

Emergency Cooling Centres 

Click below to find a cooling centre near you: 

https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/health-programs-advice/hot-weather/cool-spaces-near-you/#location=&lat=&lng= 

 

Relocation of TPL Food Bank Service 

 

African Food Basket Initiative 

Supporting members of the African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) community to access fresh produce during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

https://africanfoodbasket.ca/ 

 

List of Organizations Supporting People with Precarious Immigration Status in Toronto 

Newcomer Resources

June 11, 2020

Summer Camps – City of Toronto 

More information June 13; Registration June 24; Camps begin July 13 

http://www.toronto.ca/camps 
 

Free and Lower Cost Recreation Options 

http://www.toronto.ca/lowcostrecreation 

 

Food 

Relocation of TPL Food Bank Services 

 

Toronto Public Library 

Information about curbside pickup and returns 

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/ 

 

Financial Assistance 

COVID-19 financial assistance for newcomers, temporary residents and refugees in multiple languages 

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/financial-assistance.html 

 

Health 

Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 resources in multiple languages 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html 

Newcomer Resources

June 4, 2020

Housing and Financial Supports 

Social Planning Toronto has developed a website to help front-line workers answer their clients’ most basic questions around financial and housing supports.  Available in multiple languages.  https://orghelpto.ca/covid/ 

 

Financial Relief Navigator: 

Learn about the help you can get to raise your income or lower your expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  https://financialreliefnav.prospercanada.org/ 

 

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) COVID-19 Key Information 

https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/odsp-covid-fact-sheets.aspx 

 

Temporary Foreign Workers 

“COVID-19: A Guide for Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada” from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in the following languages: 


English version: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/foreign-worker-rights/covid19-guide.html  


French version: https://www.canada.ca/fr/emploi-developpement-social/campagne/droits-travailleurs-etrangers/guide-covid19.html 


Spanish version: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/foreign-worker-rights/covid19-guide-spanish.html 

Health and Mental Health 
 

Online Multilingual Health Information Library 

https://www.rionetworkonline.ca/auth/login 

Newcomer Resources

May 28, 2020

Food 

Food Hamper Delivery – See flyer for eligibility and contact info 

 

Education 

Resource to connect newcomer clients to program and resources around education:  http://welcome2school.ca/ 

 

French-speaking Newcomers 

Community Resources for Francophone Newcomers 

 

Resources to Help Newcomers Settle in Ontario/ Toronto: 

https://settlement.org/ 

 

News and Updates for Newcomers in Ontario: 

https://settlement.org/news/ontario/ 

 

Social Isolation 

Online Peer Support Group for Newcomers
Everyday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am 
Online Platform: Zoom 
Email: Settlement@mosaicbc.org to receive an email invitation. 

Newcomer Resources

May 14, 2020

General 

How the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is affecting immigration, refugees, citizenship and passport services: visitors, foreign workers and students 

 

Persons with Precarious Status 

Toolkit for Supporting Refugee Claimants and Non-Status Persons during COVID-19 

Resource for Uninsured Patients in Toronto During COVID-19 

 

Health 

Ministry of Health has developed Q & A sheet about COVIC-19 in multiple languages: https://mnlct.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid19-Flyer_FINAL.pdf 

Mental Health Resource Hub for Chinese Canadians and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 

 

Women 

COVID-19 Resources for Non-Status Women 

 

Violence at Home 

Domestic Violence Toolkit for Frontline Staff 

 

City of Toronto Resource Page for “Violence at Home” 

 

Home Delivery for Vulnerable Persons 

Friendly Neighbour Hotline (Organized by University Health Network’s OpenLab): 
Service to help seniors in low-income housing pick up essentials like groceries and household items. Hotline available in 180 languages: 1 855 581 9580 

 

Red Cross Home Delivery Call Centre: 1 833 204 9952 

 

Housing  

Housing Security for Black Tenants COVID-19 

 

Legal  

  • Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): stepstojustice.ca 

  • Community legal clinics: Find your local clinic at: legalaid.on.ca/legal-clinics/ 

  • Workers’ Action Centre - Hotline is open M – F from 12 – 5:00pm: 416 531 0778; 1 855 531 0778 

  • Ministry of Labour’s Employment Standards Information Centre - 416-326-7160; 1-800-531-5551 

 

Tech Devices and WiFi 

The RCTech OUTREACH program provides low income individuals with affordable computer packages 

 

WIFI Access for Everyone- Shaw Communications’ Go WiFi finder: https://www.shaw.ca/internet/wifi   

 

Interpretation 

 

Free Interpretation Registration Form - MCIS is enabling a toll-free line for free immediate interpretation services to support Non-English or Limited English speakers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.  

 

Internationally Trained Health Care Workers 

Call for Skilled Frontline Health Care Workers - If you are retired, non-active, internationally educated, or a student in health care, please visit: onhealthworkforcematching.ca 

 

International Students 

Flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules to help international students – New Release Gov’t of Canada May 14, 2020 

Canada making major study and work visa change for fall 2020 – CIC News, May 15, 2020 

Newcomer Resources

April 15, 2020

NEWCOMER/REFUGEE RESOURCES

 

Toolkit for Supporting Refugee Claimants and Non-Status Persons during COVID-19

 

Health Care for Uninsured Persons during COVID-19

ACCESSING SERVICES IN TORONTO AS A PERSON WITHOUT STATUS

 

For questions about identification requirements for any service provided by the City of Toronto, call 311.

 

You do not need to provide any personal information when asking for this service.

 

Translate option at the bottom of the City of Toronto website - Translate the information into 51 different languages.

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Jul 20, 2020

​Join us on August 6 @ 11 AM to learn from financial experts on how to effectively manage your finances during a pandemic. Register @ https://managemoneyduringpandemic.eventbrite.ca or contact s.wangmo@jobstart.org​

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Jun 26, 2020

​Learn about Foreign Credential Recognition loan for internationally trained professionals @ JobStart's webinar on July 9 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM. Register online https://foreigncredentialloans.eventbrite.ca Or contact s.wangmo@jobstart.org

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Jun 25, 2020

​JobStart & Rogers is hosting a Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday July 15th - Positions available: Customer Service Representatives.
Register through Eventbrite: https://jobstartvirtualjobfair.eventbrite.ca
Registration Closes on July 10th or Contact Claudia – Job Developer. Email: c.lio@jobstart.org

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Jun 22, 2020

​Do you believe in engaging and empowering newcomer women? Are you passionate about guiding them on their settlement journey? Become a Settlement Mentor with the Newcomer Community Integration Program. email to s.wangmo@jobstart.org for information. 

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Jun 22, 2020

​Want to support newcomer & refugee women? NCIP is recruiting new members for its Women’s Advisory Committee. 

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Jun 18, 2020

JobStart presents a Virtual Toastmasters Workshop on July 2nd
✓ Learn & improve your presentation skills
✓ Speak with confidence - prepared or impromptu speech
✓ Supportive group setting & receive constructive feedback
RSVP at https://toastmasterssession.eventbrite.ca

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Jun 12, 2020

Nervous about interviewing online? Join @JobStart for a peer to peer conversation on tips and tricks on acing that online interview. Wednesday, June 17th 11Am to 12Pm.  Register:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/chat-connect-recharge-tickets-106017962580 #settlementsupport #peersharing #onlineinterviewtips

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Jun 9, 2020

Are you a person with a disability? Looking for work? Capability can help! Due to COVID-19, Capability is offering virtual services. Please contact Courtney for more info at c.boudreau@jobstart.org

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