Take advantage of Canada’s welcome programs
Canada has several supportive initiatives to welcome newcomers into the country and make their transition smooth. In fact, Canada is ranked fourth in the world for the friendliness of its immigration policies and leads the way in championing integration. So, as a newcomer, it is important that you make the most of what is on offer. From government-funded language classes to a large network of specialist immigrant-serving organizations (ISOs), there are plenty of resources to help you settle in and start to feel at home. Depending on the province or territory you live, there are settlement organizations that will make your transition very smooth.
Join a ready-made community
In every province, there are communities that will make your transition smooth. These communities can help you to make new connections. Making new connections can take a while when you move to a new country. So, take advantage of existing networks and join a local group, club or organization. Also, you can go to community centres to learn about book clubs and neighbourhood groups. A quick online search would tell you what is available in your area. This is one of the ways newcomers can settle in Canada.
Explore your neighbourhood
The winters may be cold, but a warm welcome awaits you in Canada, which is well-known for its polite citizens and a welcoming attitude to new arrivals. So, don’t be afraid to start a conversation. Meet your neighbours, chat to the staff in local shops and cafes, and if you have kids, bond with other parents at the school gates. Plenty of chances to practice your English and a great way to get insider tips on your new area.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people and integrate into your new community. In addition, it offers a relaxed and formal environment to gain new skills and acquire relevant job experience. There are organizations that always need a hand and there are lots of different ways to offer your support. You can help with fundraising activities and also administrative tasks. To find available opportunities, check out the Volunteer Canada website.
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