All posts in “newcomers”

North York Community House – Parenting Groups

Group Name: North York Community House – Parenting Groups

Description: North York Community House (NYCH) is a dynamic neighbourhood centre offering innovative programs and services to newcomers & residents, helping build strong, healthy communities.

NYCH also provides support groups specifically for parents and caregivers. These groups cover a wide range of topics to help newcomers deal with the transition to parenting in Canada. Groups are offered in different languages depending on community needs.

Where: 700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 226 | Toronto, ON M6A 3B4

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | info@midyanta.com | www.midaynta.com

Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

Group Name: Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

Description: Midaynta Community Services is a registered Canadian charity organization that provides settlement services and other programs that advances education by providing courses, seminars, meetings, counseling and other support services for refugees & immigrant in need. Midaynta Community Services is a social and settlement services agency, working to improve the quality of life of newcomers in Toronto and vicinity.

Gambling and Addictions
Midaynta has been invited to conduct a comprehensive research project on Gambling and Problem Gambling within the Toronto Somali community. This study was completed in February 2003 and its findings are now available on-line. Based on the findings of this study, we are currently working with COSTI and CAMH to provide culturally appropriate preventive, educational, intervention, and treatment programs for problem gamblers in the community. We provide services in the areas of:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group/family counselling
  • Referral to professional services
  • Prevention, education, and treatment of problem gambling

Where: 1992 Yonge Street, Suite 203 | Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | info@midyanta.com | www.midaynta.com

Mennonite New Life Centre – Anger Management

Group Name: Mennonite New Life Centre – Anger Management

Description: The Mennonite New Life Centre envisions a society in which all people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life. We will model an approach that brings together community engagement and community services, working together with newcomers to reduce insecurity and reach integration, strengthen voices and increase social equality. As a community-based settlement agency, the Mennonite New Life Centre is a place of welcome, friendship and community, where newcomers and neighbours gather to support each other, learn from each other, and take action together for a more just and compassionate society.

Anger can be a natural response to the stress of migration, the challenge of navigating new realities in a new language, and struggling to find meaningful employment. Through this program, we assist individuals to understand and better channel their anger. A specialized version of this program focuses on domestic violence, emphasizing prevention and accountability.

Where: 2737 Keele Street | North York, ON M3M 2E9

When: Runs weekly. Please call for more information.

Contact: Jorge Saban 647-780-9226 | 647-776-2057 | northyork@mnlct.org | mnlct.org

Mennonite New Life Centre – Group Workshops & Programs

Group Name: Mennonite New Life Centre – Group Workshops & Programs

Description: The Mennonite New Life Centre envisions a society in which all people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life. We will model an approach that brings together community engagement and community services, working together with newcomers to reduce insecurity and reach integration, strengthen voices and increase social equality. As a community-based settlement agency, the Mennonite New Life Centre is a place of welcome, friendship and community, where newcomers and neighbours gather to support each other, learn from each other, and take action together for a more just and compassionate society.

Group Workshops & Programs
Throughout the year, the community mental health program offers a range of group programs and workshops, providing participants with opportunities to share stories and mutual support, build resilience and hope, identify strengths and develop community leadership. Group programs include refugee support groups, parenting support groups, a strengths-based empowerment and leadership development group, and an employment and mental health group.

Our workshops support participants to tap into their inner strength, while managing emotions, learning positive communication approaches, and building support networks.

Where: 1774 Queen St. East | Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-699-4527 | mnlct@mnlct.org | mnlct.org

Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women – Reduse Abuse

Group Name: Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women – Reduse Abuse

Description: We seek to empower women, seniors and newcomers to achieve their full potential. We provide services focused on promoting healthy families, community relationships and economic self-sufficiency. We believe this work helps empower immigrant and newcomer women, seniors, and families to enjoy all rights and benefits of living in Canada.

The Reduce Abuse program supports women from all walks of life, but notably those of South Asian and Caribbean descent who have recently immigrated to Canada and reside in the Greater Toronto Area. The program is delivered in partnership with Toronto Police Division 31. We work to create a broader awareness of women’s rights in Canada within immigrant communities. This furthers our mission to reduce abuse among newcomers. Women who participate in the program experience a sense of self-realization. They often continue their association with the Centre as volunteers and mentors in their own capacity.

Where: 2350 Finch Avenue West, Unit D | Toronto, ON M9M 2C7

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-663-2978 | info@ehcw.ca | www.ehcw.ca

CultureLink – Seniors Services

Group Name: CultureLink – Seniors Services

Description: CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural.
Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

The Newcomer Seniors Centre (NSC) provides services and activities to all newcomer seniors with a special focus on Chinese, Polish, and Spanish speaking seniors. The activities are for all immigrant seniors, primarily driven by seniors. The seniors and NSC staff organize educational workshops and social events for the immigrant seniors to mingle and learn more about their communities and their rights in Canada. We are constantly exploring different ways to engage immigrant seniors and facilitate their integration and contribution to Canadian society. Services include:

  • General information and referrals
  • Educational workshops related to ageing such as health and safety, financial issues, etc.
  • Internet literacy classes
  • Fitness program
  • Cultural outings and field trips
  • Arts and crafts
  • Global Roots Gardening
  • Variety of social events

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 416-588-6288 | reception@culturelink.ca | www.culturelink.ca

CultureLink – Youth Services

Group Name: CultureLink – Youth Services

Description: CultureLink is a settlement organization that is both old and new. We have over 25 years’ experience in developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities. Passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers, we adapt to changes and create new programs that best respond to and address our clients’ specific needs. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, is dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural.
Our services connect cultures to build welcoming communities. We assist newcomers looking for employment, help families navigate the school system, and provide newcomer youth with the skills necessary for bright and successful futures. We support refugees and bring together new and established Canadians. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the new with the old.

Are you a newcomer youth looking for fun activities? Do you have immigration questions? Are you applying for refugee status? Are you unsure about your rights if you don’t have legal status in Canada or are unsure about how to sponsor a family member? We can help! We offer free after-school programs, immigration orientation services by appointment, and our youth services workers can guide you and if necessary, accompany you to the Refugee Board. We keep all of your information confidential.

We also provide assistance for newcomer youth in job searching, filling out school and scholarship applications, getting referrals to appropriate programs and services, finding housing, applying for Ontario Works, getting a work permit and lots more! Groups offered under youth services: Sankofa Newcomer Youth Program, The Global Roots Garden, Multicultural Club, Sankofa Drop-in, Sankofa LGBTQ+, and TUMBAO Dance Crew.

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite 301 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 416-588-6288 | reception@culturelink.ca | www.culturelink.ca

Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Youth Settlement Program

Group Name: Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Youth Settlement Program

Description: The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non for profit organization with charitable status, and is non-political and non-sectarian. The ACCT is proud to be a focal point for all Arab and non-Arab communities in which they can find an outlet for settlement and social services inquiries. We serve newcomers of all cultures, religions and ethnicities.

Youth Settlement Program focuses on engaging youth and children in educational, social, recreational activities, sports and opportunities to develop skills through mentorship. Youth whom are Canadian citizens continually mingled with newcomer youth and children throughout the program for the mere purpose of establishing a safe, stimulating, enriching and integrative learning environment for newcomer youth. Our programs continue to be established upon the basis of uniqueness, to offer assistance to youth who are new to Canada whom are looking for work, fun social outings, homework help and to learn new skills – this is the foundation of the Y.A.Y. – Young Arab Youth program; a program created by the youth for the youth.

Where: 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209 | Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y3

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-231-7746 | nour@arabnewcomers.org | info@arabnewcomers.org | www.arabcommunitycentre.com

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – LGBTQ+ Support

Group Name: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services – LGBTQ Immigrants and Refugees

Description: Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services improves health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities. We do this by facilitating access to services and addressing systemic inequities. Our vision is to see Toronto’s diverse communities achieve health with dignity.

Access Alliance takes pride in offering programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) newcomers. Current programs and services include a weekly drop-in and settlement workshops, settlement services and an expressive arts group for the LGBTQ+ newcomer, immigrant and refugee community. The weekly drop-in is free of charge and refreshments will be provided.

Where: 340 College Street, Suite 500 | Toronto, ON M5T 3A9

When: Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. until 7: 30 p.m. at the AccessPoint Danforth location, 3079 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, M1L 1A8. Please contact for more information on the other two programs listed above.

Contact: 416-693-8677 | 416-324-8677 | rkulatilake@accessalliance.ca | mail@accessalliance.ca | accessalliance.ca

South Asian Women’s Centre – Youth Group

Group Name: South Asian Women’s Centre (SAWC) – Youth Group

Description: The South Asian Women’s Centre is a voluntary non-profit women’s organization run by, and for South Asian Women. Our purpose is to increase self awareness of South Asian Women and to empower women to develop their social and cultural potential. The Centre is a place where South Asian Women of all backgrounds and ages can access a variety of programs and services. We strive to provide an environment where women can work together to promote their well-being.

Youth Group
The Centre creates a space for Youths to gather, discuss and share their experiences as Newcomers. In addition, the youth group aspires to raising awareness to issues pertaining to South Asian Newcomers, along with actively participating in community events, such as cultural shows and festivals.

Where: 800 Lansdowne | Toronto, ON M6H 4K3

When: Various days. Please call for more information.

Contact: Harleen Ahuja 416-537-2276 Ext. 234 | info@sawc.org | www.sawc.org

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