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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.

CLARS English Language Assessments

If you're interested in learning or improving upon your understanding of the English language, you'll need to undergo a language assessment. YMCA Immigrant Services trained staff willassess your level of understanding and make the necessary referral to the language program that best suits your needs. Language assessments are available at YMCA Immigrant Services, 25 Main Street West,...

Newcomer Information & Orientation Services

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 charge. Three locations to serve you....

Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP)

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)

If you are a newcomer youth between the ages of 13 and 24, you can register as an exclusive NYC member! Not only is the NYC a fun place to integrate, but it’s also a place with a lot of information and resources specifically for you. Educational opportunities, career assistance, and information on important settlement issues such as transportation, health, housing, volunteering, and...

Youth Fusion

Youth Fusion is a newcomer youth mentorship group. Get together with this group to learn new skills, connect with peers, share experiences, and potentially gain 40 hours of community involvement! The Youth Fusion group gets together every week. Call Brantford Immigrant Services at 519.752.4568 for further details. Program funding provided by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

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 system works If you're a...

English Conversation Circles

English conversation circles are a helpful resource for newcomers wanting to improve their spoken English. Plus, English Conversation Circles 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 Immigrant Service...