Free Help For Newcomers

All the resources you need to settle in.

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Immigrating to Canada?

Get free pre-arrival support

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Moving to a new country can feel stressful even under normal circumstances, let alone in the midst of a pandemic. Good thing our Next Stop Canada team was built to support you and thousands of other new immigrants remotely! Our webinars, informative videos, live chats, interactive e-learning courses, community forums, and countless other digital resources will help you feel confident, informed, and prepared for your big move.

Enjoy a warm welcome and learn about your new community

The YMCA Newcomer Information Centre is where thousands of newcomers come every year to find useful information and helpful support in starting their new life in Canada.

We can help you settle in with free information and referral services on:

  • Essential government documents and benefits
  • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Employment, education, and foreign credential assessment
  • Health, Housing, food, and clothing
  • Legal and Social Services
  • Personal finance and income tax
  • Consumer, Community & Recreation
Visit the Online Information Centre   Book your in-person appointment

Once you're registered, you can sign up to the workshops - view the calendar.

Any question regarding online service, feel free to email us at 

Language Assessment and Referral Services (CLARS)

We provide immigrants in Canada with English and French online and in-person language assessments for government-funded programs  at no cost.

How it works

  • We don’t offer language training, just the assessment you need to join language training programs.
  • A certified language assessor will refer you to government-funded English and/or French programs offered by community partners.
  • Our language assessments are based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and the Niveaux de Competence Linguistique Canadiens (BTC-NCLC), the nationally recognized standard that measures speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
  • A certified language assessor will refer you to government-funded English and/or French programs offered by community partners.

Book an Appointment

You may email us at or call us at 416-925-5462 to add yourself on the assessment waitlist. If you experience longer than usual wait times, we thank you for your patience.
* Please do not send a copy of your immigration documents when you are sending an email to us to inquire about an appointment for language assessment, we will ask you for the documents when it is required.

To get started, please get in touch with the CLARS team.

language.test@YMCAGTA.ORG Call (416) 925-5462
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Build your digital skills

We’re all relying much more on technology these days, and it can feel a little overwhelming. The YMCA Digital Skills Literacy Program is here to help you navigate the online world with confidence!

Our free workshops include:

  • Introduction to basic computer skills
  • Understanding apps and social media
  • Internet Safety for Parents
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Phishing and Online Dating
  • Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel

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