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Moving to a new country brings with it the challenges of settlement. ‘What services can I avail of at settlement agencies?’, ‘Are these services free?’ Find answers to these questions and many more that newcomers often ask, in this section.

‘Pandemic’ shift: How Toronto’s immigrant-serving organizations adapted

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The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic impacted one and all, be it individuals or organizations across the world. Let’s zoom into Canada and take a look at how immigrant-serving organizations in Toronto pivoted or adapted their services to continue supporting newcomers during the pandemic. One of the challenges that many nonprofit community service agencies as well as […]

This couple decided to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic

Toronto author Koom Kankesan recalls his newcomer days

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It was in 1987, during the tumultuous time of the civil war in Sri Lanka when Koom Kankesan and his family arrived in Canada. The Torontonian author and arts journalist, who spent some formative years in England, recalls noticing how the culture was so different here. Koom earned a B.A. in English and Creative Writing […]

Toronto Newcomer Day 2021 artists Marta Solek, Ahmed Moneka share their story

Toronto Newcomer Day 2021 artists Marta Solek, Ahmed Moneka share their story

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Every year since 2015, at the Toronto Newcomer Day event hosted by the City of Toronto, a number of newcomer artists showcase their talents as part of the day’s lineup of activities. Fellow Torontonians cheer them on and join in the celebrations. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, the 2021 event was held online […]

Toronto author Koom Kankesan recalls his newcomer days

This couple decided to immigrate to Canada during the pandemic

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Does the thought of immigrating to another country sound overwhelming? Imagine what it would be like to move across the world during this unprecedented pandemic. Vaibhav Saxena and Sanvi Srivastava decided to immigrate from India to Canada in 2020 amid all the COVID-19 chaos. The couple knew that the journey ahead could throw unexpected challenges […]

Toronto Newcomer Day 2021 artists Marta Solek, Ahmed Moneka share their story

Immigrating to Canada? A youth program that offers settlement support, mentoring

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Immigrating to another country can be an exciting but challenging experience. More so for the youth that may not view or be prepared for the new possibilities and uncertainties the same way as adults. In order to adjust to their new surroundings and thrive, the young people require customized immigration and settlement support. The Youth […]

Speed Mentoring Marathon – The fast track to mentorship

The YMCA of GTA offers free English & French language assessment for immigrants to Canada

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Interested in improving your English or French? The Language Assessment and Referral Centre at the YMCA of Greater Toronto offers free English and French language assessments to immigrants to Canada. The assessments are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) (PDF) and the Niveaux de Competence Linguistique Canadiens (BTC-NCLC), the nationally recognized standard that measures […]

Prepare for life in Canada with confidence

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There are so many “answers” on the internet about life in Canada. You can find them on social media, forums, or websites. But how do you know you can trust the information you find from these sources? When you choose a reputed pre-arrival settlement service such as Next Stop Canada, you can be confident that […]
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