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Getting ready for your new life in Canada – Webinar recording and list of resources

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Getting ready for your new life in Canada can be an exciting yet challenging endeavour. There’s just so much to do!

To help you prepare for this life-changing event, check out our webinar recording from April 2021 on ‘Getting ready for your new life in Canada’ featuring Rizza Solis and Aabra Ashfaq from YMCA of Greater Toronto.

We have also compiled a list of the key steps you should take in this journey as well as links to useful resources.

GATHER OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS

Documents to Bring: https://settlement.org/ontario/immigration-citizenship/landing-and-leaving/landing-in-canada/what-documents-should-i-bring-with-me-when-landing-in-canada-as-a-new-immigrant/

IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH AND FRENCH

Mauril: https://mauril.ca/index_en.html

Resources of the Language Portal of Canada: https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/index

Online Language Assessment Tool: https://www.clb-osa.ca/

How to Improve English speaking skills: https://settlement.org/ontario/education/english-as-a-second-language-esl/esl-for-adults/how-can-i-improve-my-english-conversation-skills/

Top 10 free apps for learning English https://livelearn.ca/article/language-training/top-free-apps-for-learning-english/

Toronto Public Library, ESL Resources: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/new-to-canada/esl.jsp

ACCOMODATION

COVID-19 mandatory hotel stopover: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers.html

Newcomer’s housing resources portal: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/consumers/home-buying/newcomers

How to Look for Rental Housing: https://settlement.org/ontario/housing/rent-a-home/find-rental-housing/how-can-i-look-for-rental-housing/

Finding a realtor: https://www.realtor.ca/meet-a-realtor/#v=location

PREPARE TO FIND WORK

Job bank: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/findajob/resources/covid-19

Get help before arriving in Canada (Employment): https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/new-immigrants/new-life-canada/pre-arrival-services/prepare-work.html

The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials: https://www.cicic.ca/

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

Newfoundland and Labrador

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Canada-wide

EDUCATION SYSTEM

HEALTH COVERAGE

Provincial Health Insurance

GET TO KNOW YOUR DESTINATION CITY/PROVINCE

Weather website: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca

Compare Cost of living:

Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/

PREPARING FOR YOUR ARRIVAL

Information on Pre-Arrival Services: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/new-immigrants/new-life-canada/pre-arrival-services.html

Welcome to Canada guide: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/ircc/migration/ircc/english/pdf/pub/welcome.pdf

Get to Know Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/new-immigrants/prepare-life-canada/provinces-territories.html

List of Settlement Agencies: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/services/index.asp

What to expect when you first arrive in Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs/entering-canada

Living in Canada tool: https://www.cic.gc.ca/lctvac/english/index

How to Bring Belongings to Canada: https://settlement.org/ontario/immigration-citizenship/landing-and-leaving/landing-in-canada/i-am-immigrating-to-canada-how-do-i-bring-my-belongings-with-me/

COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid?utm_campaign=hc-sc-phm-21-22&utm_medium=sem&utm_source=ggl&utm_content=ad-text-en&utm_term=travel%20to%20canada%20covid&adv=2122-0008&id_campaign=12663296824&id_source=122009186524&id_content=511624189099&gclid=Cj0KCQjw1PSDBhDbARIsAPeTqrdvHr3Lcfr61EcXZwFr8QXdypKwK0EZv59jnnjEuWMDk3dW1fQDFmMaAldmEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Contact Details

Rizza Solis, CRS 
Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator
Pre-Arrival Services Program
YMCA of Greater Toronto
rizza.solis@ymcagta.org

Aabra Ashfaq, CIRS
Information and Referral Specialist
Next Stop Canada Pre-Arrival Settlement Services
YMCA of Greater Toronto
aabra.ashfaque@ymcagta.org

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