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Newcomer Resources

Nov 27, 2020

COVID-19 Posters and Graphics – Staying Safe during COVID

City of Toronto has simplified, redesigned and translated a number of key COVID educational materials:

COVID-19: Posters & Graphics – City of Toronto


Health Care and Mental Health

Health Care for Uninsured People during COVID

Webinar: Nov 27, 12 – 1:30 pm

Registration (


Mental Health and Well-being of newcomers

Video by federal gov’t complements existing resources aims to reduce the stigma around discussing mental health

Your Mental Health and Well-being - YouTube



The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) hosts their annual High School Conference virtually on November 27, 6 – 9pm
Click Here


Culture Arts and Media Program (CAMP) for Newcomer Youth

Free, Open to Newcomer Youth Grades 9 – 12 across GTA
Click Here

Will going back to School in Canada Help Your Career?

Read the WES Advisor Blog:

Will Going Back to School in Canada Help Your Career? (


Volunteer Opportunity for Youth - Community Healing Project

Looking for paid youth volunteers (ages 18 – 29) who have had lived experience with youth violence 
Click Here


Bridge to Employment Webinar by Humber College
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Nov 19, 2020

Refugee Claimants

Refugee Claim Steps and Updates during COVID-19 webinar:
Thursday, 19th November 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Click Here

Volunteer Opportunity for Newcomers

Volunteer Toronto is designing a pilot program to help newcomers become volunteer leaders, coaches and organizers for sport groups.

Virtual discussions on Tuesday, November 24th, 2:30-4:00 pm or Thursday, November 26th, 9:30-11:00am (interested applicants need only select one session, $75 honorarium

Fill out application form or contact Volunteer Toronto’s Training Manager, Sammy Feilchenfeld directly at



The Mentoring Pathways to Employment program empowers skilled newcomers in finding and retaining employment commensurate with their education, skills, and experience!

Upcoming Information Sessions: Nov 20 and 27
Click Here

Educational/ Employment during COVID

Post Secondary Conversations Webinar – Nov 23 and 24
Click Here

Education and Career Paths for High School Students

Two upcoming webinars will identify strategies and tools for school counsellors/career practitioners to support career education among high school students. Includes supporting positive outcomes for Black students.
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Nov 12, 2020


Toronto Rent Bank provides interest-free loans to residents

Click Here


Health and Safety

COVID-19 – Protect Yourself, Family and Community – Teleconference with Toronto Public Health, Nov 25 at 1pm
Click Here


Mental Health

Transforming Trauma Conference – Nov 22 – 27

For professionals and survivors
Click Here


Computer Skills Training

Free Digital Fluency for the Workplace Program

Humber College, Online, Jan 2021
Click Here


Financial Literacy

Financial literacy Webinar – Nov 26 at 9:00 am
Click Here


Career Development

Second Career Orientation – Nov 19
Click Here


Small Business Accelerator program – last call

Free, six-week online training session to help take businesses from ideas to solid plans ready to launch Click Here

100 Occupational Health and Safety Inspector positions at Provincial Gov’t

Priority focus is under-represented diversity groups, such as Black, Indigenous and Racialized applicants

Link 1     Link 2      Link 3

CINTAS Virtual Job Fair – Wed Nov 25
Click Here

How to Start an Online Business with Shopify? – Nov 19

Get informed from industry experts on how to start an online business.
Click Here

Research/ Study

Recruitment of Refugees and Service Providers for a Study Experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (LGBTQ) of refugees in Ontario
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Nov 06, 2020

Mental Health

French language mental health support line for young people under 25

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 647-881-6761 or 647-268-2016


Mental Health Support during COVID TPH/ 211 - Click Here

Language Interpretation is available


Families and Mental Health Virtual Workshop – Nov 10 at 11:00 am

For immigrants and Refugees - Click Here


Coping with Stress Interactive Webinar – Nov 10 at 1:00 pm

Our panel of experts can support in English, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish.
Click Here

Health Care

Outdoor Flu Clinics – Sat Nov 7 – Two Wet Toronto Locations

Those with and without Health Card Welcome - Click Here


Walk-in Clinics that provide services to uninsured patients:

Please call clinics to confirm services and hours - Click Here

Ontario Expands Health Care Coverage during COVID - Click Here


Information for Uninsured people in Toronto during COVID
Click Here


Updates on the law and legal services during COVID

Click Here


Financial Supports

Transition from CERB to EI and New Canadian Recovery Benefits
Click Here


COVID-19 Scams

How to protect yourself - Click Here

Arts and Environmental Issues

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) looking to engage Black Youth (18 – 30 years) in virtual focus group. Honorarium paid.
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Oct 30, 2020

Employment and Training

Free Business Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs, Starts online Nov 24 
Click Here

Dress for Success Toronto Men’s and Women’s In-person and Virtual Suiting Program
Click Here 



Toronto Rent Bank provides interest-free loans to residents
Click Here

Reaching Home (MMAH) - Housing/ homelessness -related payments and supports

Click Here 


Health and Wellness

Mindful Resilience – Free 3-week series, Starts Nov 11

To register: 416 252 6471 x308;


Health and Safety

Sexual Harassment and Assault Resource Exchange (SHARE)

Experiencing Sexual Harassment at Work? Contact SHARE

Click Here


What would a community-based crisis response look like?

Complete the City of Toronto online survey

Click Here


Education/ Computer Training

Free Microsoft Excel Workshop – Online, Starts Nov 11

Click Here


Free Microsoft Word Workshop – Online, Starts Nov 19

Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Oct 22, 2020


Website with resources to support newcomer families around education (includes COVID resources page) Click Here 


Free Web Design Course for Youth, Starts Nov 3

Click Here


Employment and Training

Youth Virtual Job Fair, Wed. Oct 28
Click Here


Career Pathways for Women Program, Starts Nov
Click Here


GROW Program – Training for career in Landscape and Horticulture, Winter Cohort
Click Here


Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub

New to Canada and interested in starting a business?
Click Here


Tech Support/ Devices

Refurbished computer packages for limited income families at affordable prices
Click Here



Virtual Tenant Workshop

Learn about the latest changes to housing laws and rights as tenants
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Oct 15, 2020


TDSB Update: Secondary Assessment and Evaluation and Reporting
Click Here

Free Microsoft Excel Workshop, Oct 27 – Dec 3
Click Here


Work Permits

Webinar - How to fill out Work Permit Forms Online - Oct 21
Click Here



New Career Cruising Webinars, Live Sessions with an Exert! - Oct 21 or Nov 4
Click Here

COVID-19 Update – Public Information

Ontario’s Modified Stage-2 for 28 days in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Oct 1, 2020


netWORKS – Career mentorship for 18 – 29 years, orientation is Oct 13
Click Here


Pumped for Post-Secondary program – Be mentored by Humber College Student, starts mid-Oct, for Grades 9 – 11 Click Here

Financial Support

Supporting Canadians through the next phase of the economy re-opening: Increased access to EI and recovery benefits Click Here


Free Business Training Program for Newcomer Women – starts Oct 5
Click Here


Tapping into the Hidden Job Market webinar - October 20, 1:00 -2:00 PM

Click Here



Toronto Police Service Race-Based Community Advisory Panel (CAP)
Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Sep 24, 2020


Tip Sheets for Renters – Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario Click Here


Access to Tech for OW Clients
Digital device and wrap around services for youth and older workers on OW  Click Here 


Digital Skills Training for Seniors Click Here

Afterschool Program

Turtle Family Arts Program – Free online art and community network program for refugee/ newcomer parents and their children Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Sep 18, 2020

Return to School

TDSB Virtual School Delayed to Sept 22 Click Here


Gov’t of Ontario - Reopening Schools - Info for Parents in Multiple Languages
Click Here


Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) - Back-to-School Mental Health Kit Click Here

Hand in Hand: Classroom & Beyond Program - Educational and social supports for children ages 9-14 and their families Click Here

Colouring pages to help children learn about COVID-19 Click Here


Job Fair – Sept 19

ParaMed Toronto is hosting a Field Staff Job Fair Event for PSW’s, HSW’s and Nurses
Click Here


Digital Literacy

Support Package to help newcomers develop and practice skills for accessing Settlement services remotely Click Here



A Guide for Refugee Claimants is fully revised for COVID-19 and available in multiple languages Click Here



Wellness Workshop Online Series at LAMP – Sept 2020 Click Here



Media for and about Newcomers to Canada Click Here

Newcomer Resources

Sep 10, 2020

Return to School

Most TDSB Secondary Schools will now start Sept 17 Click Here


Newcomer Families and TDSB Supports – Q & A (Sept 2) Click Here


Registration for City of Toronto’s fall recreation programs begins this weekend Click Here


Service Canada – online service request or in-person by appointment Click Here

Telephone: 1 877 355 2657

Newcomer Resources

Sep 3, 2020

City of Toronto Update on COVID-19 – Sept 2 Click Here

City of Toronto Reopening Information for the Public Click Here

Return to School:

Virtual Orientation Session for Families/ Parents with a Public Health Nurse and a School Settlement Worker – Sept 4 at 3:00 pm Click Here 


Ministry of Education – what to Expect as School Reopens Click Here 

Mental Health Supports for Parents and Families as Children Return to School Click Here


Toronto Public Libraries – Latest Updates Click Here

Newcomer Resources

August 27, 2020

School Reopening – Find Updates On Returning to School: Click Here


City of Toronto After School Care and Recreation Programs

After School Rec Care: Click Here

Free and Lower-Cost Rec Options:  Click Here

For updates about City of Toronto Rec programsClick Here



CERB extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks – See criteria and more info: Click Here

Pathway to Permanent Residency for Asylum Claimants working in Health-Care Sector during COVID-19 Click Here


Support for Seniors during COVID-19 (City of Toronto) Click Here


Black Resilience Resource:

Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) has developed a survey to better understand the impact of COVID-19 | Click HERE to complete the survey.



Immigrant Women Integration Program - 8-month Full-time FREE training program that develops community leaders.  
Apply by September 18 | Apply at: HERE | Info Session Aug 31.



Youth Employment Pathways for Success Program (COSTI) – Youth between 17 – 25 years interested in STEM.  Click HERE or contact MOJGAN HAGHI AT 647.827.1434 OR EMAIL


Internationally Trained Individuals

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Program (Access Capital Fund)
Webinar dates: September 3rd: Online via Zoom 

More Information

Newcomer Resources

August 20, 2020

Returning to School – Find Updates in the News Section:

COVID-19 Measures for Persons with Disabilities | For more information Click Here


Financial Help Finder during COVID-19 (Gov’t of Canada) | For more information Click Here


School Supplies for Grades 1-12 – Registration Required, Pick up week of August 24 | For more information Click Here


Enhanced Language Training (ELT) – Online Classes via Zoom, August Start Dates

| For more information Click Here

WRAP Around Support Program – For Newcomers on Ontario Works needing support during COVID-19 | For more information Click Here

SIN Number for Newcomers | For more information Click Here


12-Week Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Youth Program  | For more information Click Here

Newcomer Resources

August 13, 2020

Mental Health Resources during COVID-19 (Available in many languages) | For more information Click Here


Returning to School – A Guide to the Safe Reopening of the TDSB | For more information Click Here

Webinar Series about Reopening of TDSB Schools – Next one is Thursday Aug 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm  | For more information Click Here

TDSB Pre-Registration Process (includes Q & A) | For more information Click Here

TCDSB Reopening Action Plan 2020 | For more information Click Here

Virtual information session with the TTC (Newcomer Women's Services of Toronto) - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | For more information Click Here

Essential Skills for Newcomer Success on the Job - For newcomers with low language or literacy skills who have no more than high school and are interested in moving toward employment in Canada.| For more information Click Here

Newcomer Youth Economy Project – For newcomer youth in the GTA interested in a career in the environmental sector | For more information Click Here


Dress for Success Toronto – Upcoming Virtual Programs | For more information Click Here

Newcomer Resources

August 6, 2020

Housing - Eviction Prevention | Link

Wi-Fi Lending ProgramToronto Public Library 

Make requests through THIS LINK 


Free Wi-Fi in Edgeley Park Aug 7 & 8 

Training for Youth who have had Experience with the Justice System | Link


Family Violence | Link

Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub Sept 2020 | Link

Newcomer Resources

July 30, 2020


Workshop for Tenants – Know Your Rights (Aug 11, Aug 18)


Tenant’s Rights Tipsheet  (Link to file)


Financial Literacy

Managing Your Money Workshop (Aug 6)  (Link to file)


Translations of COVID Resources (Link to file)


Returning to Work – What Clients Need to Know

CLEO Webinar:


Child Care Reopening

City of Toronto Reopening 10 more child care centres by Aug 4:

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


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 


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 


Domestic Violence 

Crisis Lines and Resources for Women Experiencing Violence 

Newcomer Resources

June 25, 2020

Refugees and Undocumented Residents 

Help for Refugees and Undocumented Residents to Get Essential Products 

Flyer available here



Support for Seniors during COVID-19

Education / Summer School Programs 

TDSB programs for Elementary, Secondary and Adults 


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


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): 

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 


Emergency Cooling Centres 

Click below to find a cooling centre near you: 


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 


List of Organizations Supporting People with Precarious Immigration Status in Toronto 

Newcomer Resources

June 11, 2020



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


Health Care for Uninsured Persons during COVID-19



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.

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. 


Financial Relief Navigator: 

Learn about the help you can get to raise your income or lower your expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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


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:  

French version: 

Spanish version: 

Health and Mental Health 

Online Multilingual Health Information Library 

Newcomer Resources

May 28, 2020


Food Hamper Delivery – See flyer for eligibility and contact info 



Resource to connect newcomer clients to program and resources around education: 


French-speaking Newcomers 

Community Resources for Francophone Newcomers 


Resources to Help Newcomers Settle in Ontario/ Toronto: 


News and Updates for Newcomers in Ontario: 


Social Isolation 

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

Newcomer Resources

May 14, 2020


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 



Ministry of Health has developed Q & A sheet about COVIC-19 in multiple languages: 

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



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 Security for Black Tenants COVID-19 



  • Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): 

  • Community legal clinics: Find your local clinic at: 

  • 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:   




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: 

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



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


Health Care for Uninsured Persons during COVID-19



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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