Additional Resources

Below are lists of resources for Newcomers to Canada, provided by government and non-government organizations.

Employment Aid

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

Employment Standards

Information on workers' rights.

Healthcare Services

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.

Contact us here.

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

Telehealth Ontario

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

Information Services

211 Toronto

A directory of community, social and health services offered by the City of Toronto.

Dial 211 or visit

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

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