Canadian Multicultural Organizations
Settling in will be much easier if you contact an immigrant-serving organization as soon as you arrive. The people who work for these organizations can help you find a place to live and can answer your questions about shopping, education for your children, transportation, language training and other important matters.
Immigrant-serving organizations can help you find a place to live, get your Social Insurance Number and health-care card, enrol your children in school, get language training, find a family doctor, tell you about about government and community services for newcomers, look for a job, develop a realistic budget, and get emergency food aid, if it is needed.
The Host Program is a federally funded program that matches newcomers with a Canadian family or individual. Host volunteers help you overcome the stress of moving to a new country, learn about available services and how to use them, practice English or French, prepare to look for a job, and find and participate in community activities. Your local immigrant serving organization can direct you to a Host Program organization in your community.
In Quebec, the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles is organized into different regions. Each region has a local office, called a Carrefour d’intégration, which works with the immigrant-serving organizations to help newcomers adapt to life in Quebec.
For an extensive list of Canadian Multicultural Organizations visit The Canadian Museum of Civilization directory.