Below are lists of resources for Newcomers to Canada, provided by government and non-government organizations.
Toronto Employment and Social Services
Resources including employment support, financial benefits, and social supports. (416) 392-2956
Employment Ontario Website
Employment aid and related services operated by the Government of Ontario. 1-800-387-5656
Foreign Credentials Referral Office
For information about credential assessments
Ontario Bridge Training Programs
For information on programs that help you work in the profession you trained in while outside of Canada.
Global Experience Ontario
A portal for internationally-educated professionals to further practice their career in Ontario.
Health Force Ontario
Resources for internationally-educated professionals in the medical field
Information on workers' rights.
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
After living in Ontario for a period of three months, you may be eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan if you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or convention refugee.
Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)
Refugees and refugee claimants may be able to access some health services through the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). Please call the Centre for more information on how you can access this resource.
Community Health Centres
With or without OHIP you can access free healthcare services at your local Community Health Centre (CHC). Click below to find the CHC nearest to you.
Toronto Public Health
Directory of free healthcare services in Toronto, with or without OHIP. (416) 338-7600
Free health advice from a Registered Nurse, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—with or without OHIP. Translation support is available. 1-866-797-0000
A directory of community, social and health services offered by the City of Toronto.
Dial 211 or visit 211.toronto.ca
City of Toronto Immigration and Settlement Portal
An online list of resources to help you settle in the City of Toronto.
An online list of resources to help you settle in Canada.
Newcomer Information Centre
Run by the YMCA, the Newcomer Information Centre can provide settlement support, information, and referrals to other settlement agencies. (416) 968-9622
Toronto Public Libraries: ESL & Newcomer Programs
Programs run by Toronto Public Libraries, which include english classes for newcomers.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Resources for new immigrants, provided by the Government of Canada.
Legal Aid Ontario
Legal services for low-income individuals. (416) 979-1446
Law Society Referral Service
Online referral service to find a lawyer or a paralegal, who will provide a free consultation of up to 30 minutes. A crisis line is available Monday to Friday, from 9:00AM to 5:00PM, if you are unable to access the online service. 1-855-947-5255