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 you have access to reliable and up-to-date content that can help make your transition easier.
Next Stop Canada is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and delivered by the YMCA of Greater Toronto. When you register and use the program, its multilingual and friendly staff will assist you, provide all the information you seek, answer your queries, and create a personalized plan for you. Here’s a look at some of the key offerings:
Amid finalizing things in your home country, if you want to learn more about Canada, the city you will be settling in, and job search etc. but do not have the time to watch lengthy videos or read blogs, you can use the Live Chat service, available Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm EST/EDT. You can ask all your questions in real-time and get the answers right away.
One of Next Stop Canada’s most popular features on their website, the webinars cover a range of topics, including ‘Planning for Employment,’ ‘Your First Weeks in Canada’ and ‘Banking and Finance.’ Guest speakers from various industries and organizations share their expertise, and at the end of each webinar, you can engage in a live Q&A session with the presenters to ask any additional questions that you may have.
There are blogs, short informational videos, and e-Learning courses with insider information about life in Canada that you may not be able to find on the internet. You will learn about more than just job search and settlement through these resources. This includes information about Canadian culture, unique foods to try, local transportation, how to use libraries, and much more.
Sometimes you may not know what questions to ask to get the information you are looking for. In our topics forum, you can see what other immigrants like you, who are making their journey to Canada soon, are asking, which will prompt questions of your own. Read through the questions and answers posted in the forum to learn more about life in Canada in a unique way.
Personalized Settlement Plan
Besides receiving general information to help you move to Canada, members are provided with a personalized settlement plan, with specific resources to programs and services in the city you will be settling in. After asking you about your needs and goals for your life in Canada, an Information and Referral Specialist will create your plan with links for employment, health care, education, finances, and everything in between.
Looking to connect with professionals in your field? There’s a Mentors Forum that allows you to learn from mentors who also immigrated to Canada and have established themselves by entering their occupation or making a successful career change. They are eager to help and guide you through your journey using their first-hand experience and expertise working in Canada.
Next Stop Canada is the only pre-arrival program that has developed a Youth Program where newcomers aged 12-19 can access settlement support and learning opportunities tailored specifically to their unique needs. Youth resources cover topics such as attending school, making friends, volunteering and recreation in your destination city. In addition, every youth member is matched with a mentor to ask questions about life in Canada from other youth who have been through a similar immigration experience.
BONUS: Those who register for Next Stop Canada’s program are also granted access to their members-only Facebook group. This means that you would receive notifications about their upcoming webinars, new videos and blogs, updates on events happening across Canada, and get to connect with other immigrants who are making their journey to Canada just like you!
This article is sponsored by Next Stop Canada. To reduce the anxiety of moving to a new country and for support during the many phases of your journey, head to www.nextstopcanada.ca, learn more about their program and register.