This tools and resources kit is developed to assist Syrian refugees to settle and integrate into the community and the Canadian job market. It covers a variety of different topics that would support Syrian refugees and any newcomer who arrived recently to Canada.
Call or visit an immigrant-serving organization in your city or town to access help.
Find help with housing.
Apply for a government health insurance card.
Find a doctor or health-care centre where you can go for your medical needs.
Apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN).
Provide Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with your Canadian address, so that you can receive your permanent resident card in the mail.
Enroll in free (government funded) English or French language classes.
Learn about options available for education to improve your qualifications through Canadian colleges and universities.
More information for newcomers in Canada.
General resources and services to help newcomers settle in Toronto.
How searching for jobs in Canada can differ from other cultures.
Canadian workplace culture.
In addition to technical skills, Canadian employers also want soft skills.
Once you get a job, there are things you can do to ensure that you will stay employed and progress in your career.
How to access information pertaining to sensitive issues such as salary, religious observances, and health-related issues.
Understanding Canadian team culture to build fruitful relationships with team members.
Become familiar with Canadian workplace communication strategies at business meetings.
Employment standards, health, and safety, employee’s rights.
General rules in Ontario about hours of work and overtime pay.
Your rights under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (minimum wage, meal breaks, leaves of absence and more).
The Employment Standards Act rights for assignment employees of temporary help agencies.
Workers’ rights, discrimination, workplace accommodation, and where to get help.
Rights of foreign nationals employed in Ontario.
Take free government-funded LINC (Language Instruction to Newcomers to Canada) classes to improve your language proficiency in English.
Language tests and certificates required by universities and colleges.
Assess your credentials to learn your educational qualifications by Canadian standards.
Access Loans to earn Canadian licensing or training needed to work in your field.
Magnet is an online job matching system that matches job seekers with jobs that fit their skills and connect with employers.
Sector-specific bridge training programs assist internationally trained individuals to move quickly into their field.
Mentoring programs bring together recent skilled immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships.
Agriculture (with training in Arabic).
Handicraft and Fashion Design (for women).
More programs for employment and training.
Business and financial knowledge for newcomers.
Specialized Entrepreneurship Program for Syrian Newcomers.
Women refugees entrepreneurs in Greater Toronto.
City of Toronto Refugee Resettlement Program.
Connecting Syrian refugees with the Arab community in Greater Toronto.
Connecting Syrian refugees with Canadian volunteers to build integrated communities.
Facilitating the entry of Syrian newcomers into the job market.
Banking and financial literacy for newcomers in Canada.
Government legal assistance for low-income people.
Advocating on behalf of the Arab community in Canada.
Legal Resources and Publications for Immigrants and Refugees in Ontario.
Find services in your community that can meet a variety of your needs including employment, housing assistance, English language assessment and training, community legal clinics, health card (OHIP), and community health centers.
Professional immigrant associations are member-based networks run by and for skilled immigrants.
Information and advocacy in English and Arabic.
Services announcements and social support.
Aid and support for Syrian refugees in Toronto and Montreal.
Magnet videos for refugees.
Services for Syrian refugees.