How to Find - Newcomer to Canada (Immigrant / Refugee) Services
|Record #: BTN4954||Last Full Update: 06 Dec 2016|
|Memos and Bulletins|
|Public Comments||For full list of "How to Find" records on different topics, see here|
|Located In Community||Halton Region|
|Physical Access||Not Applicable|
|Agency and Service Names|
|Alternate Name||ESL ; LINC|
|Legal Status||(30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government ; (50) Non Profit|
|Description and Service Details|
|Description (Service)||This topic record gives an overview of services to assist newcomers to Canada, and is an index to related records in this database.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL FOR NEWCOMERS
1. Halton Newcomer Portal www.welcometohalton.ca
2. Free settlement and integration service providers, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (for details see separate section below)
3. Settlement.org website, see here
4. Community Information Centres throughout Halton, see here (for help in languages other than English, dial 3-digit number "211" to reach 211Halton, which uses this database to provide information & referral, and has live translation services in more than 150 languages).
IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is responsible for screening and approving immigrants, foreign students, visitors and temporary workers for admission to Canada.
See website here for the most authoritative and up-to-date information on immigration and documents, including:
* Immigrating (eligibility, application and arrival)
* Permanent Resident Card
* Checking status of application and applying online
Discover Canada publication (to prepare for Canadian citizenship test):
* available online here, to read online, download or listen
* a free print copy can be ordered to be sent to your home, order online here or by calling 1-888-567-7183
* available to borrow at some Burlington Public Library locations, for currently available copies see here
SETTLEMENT AND INTEGRATION SERVICES:
Free settlement and integration services for newcomers to Canada are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to provide advice and help on:
* renting or purchasing housing
* accessing health care
* getting work
* foreign credentials assessment
* finding child care
* getting a driver's licence
* school registration
* and many other subjects
Available in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and surrounding areas.
LANGUAGE CLASSES - ESL, LINC and TOEFL PREPARATION:
See separate record here
INTERPRETATION AND TRANSLATION:
Contact HMC Connections (former name Halton Multicultural Council), for details see full record here
* may be a fee for document translation
HEALTH INSURANCE: (more information also available from Settlement and Integration services, above)
1. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
Provides publicly-funded health care for residents of Ontario
* apply at ServiceOntario Service Counter, for details see full records here
* 3-month waiting period, except for some who are exempt, including Convention Refugees and other protected persons, and some others (for complete details, see here)
* Newcomers are advised to take out private health insurance to cover any medical expenses that may arise during waiting period
2. Interim Federal Health Program
Provides limited temporary coverage of health-care costs to protected persons, including resettled refugees, refugee claimants, certain persons detained under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and other specified groups, who are not eligible for provincial or territorial health insurance plans and where a claim cannot be made under private health insurance.
For more information see here.
Newcomers to Ontario may use a valid licence from another province or country for 60 days, after which they may only drive with a valid Ontario driver's licence
* to apply for an Ontario driver's licence, go to Drivetest Centre (for locations, see full records here).
For more information on driver's licences for newcomers, see Ministry of Transportation website here.
|Hours||Contact organization for information|
|Areas Served||Halton Region|
|Eligibility||Varies by program.|
|Application||Varies by program.|
|Languages||English ; other languages and translation services may be available. Contact each organization/service for more information.|
|Fees||Service - for some, varies by service|
|Categories and Classification|
|Service Categories||Cultural Transition Counselling ; English as a Second Language ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ; Interpretation/Translation ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Newcomer Settlement Services ~ Syrian Community ; Refugee Health Insurance ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Immigration Issues|