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YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services can help you connect with the wide range of services you and your family need as newcomers to Canada — including health care, education, and language help. The Y is  a gateway to many resources that will help you settle in to your new community.

YMCA staff speak a variety of languages. Contact us to find answers to your questions, discover programs for immigrant youth, and learn how to navigate unfamiliar processes.

English Language Assessments

Learn or Improve Your English If you're interested in learning or improving upon your understanding of the English language to prepare for citizenship, education or employment, you will need a language assessment. YMCA Immigrant Services trained staff willassess your level of understanding and can refer you to language program that suits your needs. Call to Book an Appointment Language...

Newcomer Information & Orientation Services

Helping You Start Your New Life in Canada Newcomer Information & Orientation Services is a program designed to help you make informed decisions about your new life in Canada, helping you better understand what services and resources are available to you. You need to be a permanent resident, convention refugee or live-in caregiver, in order to be eligible for this program. All services free of...

Newcomer Settlement Program

The YMCA Newcomer Settlement Program is here to support your successful settlement and integration in Canada and here in our local community. Here is a list of some of the areas you can receive assistance with: Completing forms and documents Personal and family settlement process Immigration and legal issues Canadian life and culture Employment and education Licensing and accreditation...

Newcomer Youth Centres (NYC)

Settlement Help for Newcomer Youth If you are a newcomer youth between the ages of 12 and 25, you can register as an NYC member! The NYC a fun place to integrate, socialize and get information and resources specifically for you. What's Available at Newcomer Youth Centres Educational opportunities Career assistance Information on important settlement issues such as transportation, health,...

Youth Fusion - Now Newcomer Youth Centre

Youth Fusion started as a newcomer youth mentorship group. Now with its own space, it has grown into a youth centre and joins our Hamilton locations as our third Newcomer Youth Centre. Although the name has changed, it is still a great place to get together to learn new skills, connect with peers, share experiences, and potentially gain 40 hours of community involvement! The Youth Fusion group...

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Helping Newcomers Settle in School YMCA Settlement Workers are qualified to facilitate your integration into the local education system and community. The SWIS program: Offers settlement support and referrals to school and community resources Encourages relationship building with school staff and fellow students and will facilitate this process for you Helps you understand how the Hamilton school...

English Conversation Circles

Improve Your Spoken English in a Group English conversation circles are a helpful resource for newcomers wanting to improve their spoken English. They also provide newcomers with an opportunity to meet other newcomers and to make new friends. English Conversation Circles are offered in Hamilton, Brantford, Simcoe, Dunnville and Port Dover. For information, please call or visit one our three...