For all newcomers to Canada, settlement agencies can make the process of arriving in Canada much easier. Here are some of the great services that they can help you with:
- Find a job
- Language assessment
- Language skill upgrading
- Find a place to live
- Filling out applications
- Getting children enrolled in school
- Access local community services
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These services are often free and can make a huge difference to your first few days, weeks and months in Canada. Many settlement agencies have staff who can speak languages other than English. If you go to a settlement agency and they do not have the service or language you need, they will help you find another agency that does.
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Settlement agencies can also be called immigrant- or refugee-serving agencies, or newcomer services. Some schools and libraries have settlement services too. Local libraries should not be overlooked as a resource for free entertainment and much more. Many libraries are adding a lot of other services such as tool-lending and access to free courses.
Many agencies have eligibility requirements that you have to meet to use their services. For example, you might have to live in a certain area, or have a certain immigration status.