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How to Find - Newcomer to Canada (Immigrant / Refugee) Services

Site: Halton

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Agency Information
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government ; (50) Non Profit
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) This listing gives an overview of services to assist newcomers to Canada, and is an index to related listings in this directory 
1. Halton Newcomer Portal 
2. website, see here  
3. Community Information Centres throughout Halton, see here (for help in languages other than English, dial 2-1-1 to reach 211 Ontario, which uses data from the Halton Community Services Directory and has live translation services in more than 150 languages) 
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (see website here) facilitates the arrival of immigrants, provides protection to refugees, and offers programming to help newcomers settle in Canada.  
* also grants citizenship and issues travel documents (such as passports) to Canadians 
Discover Canada publication, to prepare for Canadian citizenship test, is available online here, to read online, download or listen  
* a free print copy can be ordered online here or by calling 1-888-567-7183 
* available to borrow at some library locations 
Free services for newcomers to Canada are funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to provide advice and help on: 
* Looking for a job 
* Getting a language assessment 
* Registering for language classes 
* Finding a place to live 
* Filling out forms and applications 
* Signing up children for school 
* Learning about community services 
Available in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and surrounding areas 
see separate listing here 
Contact HMC Connections (former name Halton Multicultural Council), for details see full listing here  
* may be a fee for document translation 
HEALTH INSURANCE: (more information also available from Settlement and Integration services, above) 
1. Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) 
Provides publicly-funded health care for residents of Ontario 
* apply at ServiceOntario Service Counter, for details see full listings here  
* 3-month waiting period (for exceptions see here)  
* Newcomers are advised to take out private health insurance to cover any medical expenses that may arise during waiting period  
2. Interim Federal Health Program 
Provides limited, temporary coverage of health-care benefits to people in the following groups who aren’t eligible for provincial or territorial (PT) health insurance: 
* protected persons, including resettled refugees 
* refugee claimants 
* certain other groups 
For more information see here 
A newcomer to Ontario who holds any type of driver’s licence from another province or country must apply for an Ontario driver’s licence within 60 days of moving to the province 
* to apply for an Ontario driver's licence, go to a Drivetest Centre (for locations, see full listings here
For more information on driver's licences for newcomers, see Ministry of Transportation website here
Hours Contact organization for information
Areas Served Halton Region
Eligibility Varies by program
Application Varies by program
Languages English ; other languages and translation services may be available * contact each organization/service for more information
Fees Service - for some, varies by service
Site Information
Located In Community Halton Region
Physical Access Not Applicable
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Employment / Training ; Income Programs ; Newcomers ; Topic Guides
HCSD Sub Heading All "How To" Guides ; English as a Second Language ; Interpretation / Translation ; Newcomer Employment Programs ; Newcomer Employment Resources ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Newcomer to Canada (Immigrant / Refugee) Services ; Refugees ; Social Assistance ; Special Topics
Service Categories Cultural Transition Counselling ; English as a Second Language ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ; Interpretation/Translation ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Newcomer Settlement Services ~ Syrian Community ; Refugee Health Insurance ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Immigration Issues

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