Helpful Links

These websites can help you find information about Settlement Services, ESL, Youth, Citizenship, and more.

Settlement Services

These websites can help you find information about settlement services and support for newcomers to Ontario.

  • 211 Ontario provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario for free, 24 hours a day.
  • InMyLanguage.org provides multilingual information for newcomers to Ontario. Languages served - Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Gujarti, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu.
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada has information available about settlement services and living in Canada.
  • Ontario Immigration offers three guides in 17 different languages to help you settle in Ontario:
    • Welcome to Ontario
    • First Days in Ontario
    • Servies to Help You Settle
  • Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration provides a range of services to assist newcomers for successful integration as well as publications, resources and useful links.
  • Settlement.org provides newcomers with information and resources to settle in Ontario. Learn about a wide range of topics:
    • Health
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Immigration and Citizenship
    • Legal Services
    • Community and Recreation
    • Consumer Information
  • PrepCan offers free, online pre-arrival employment services to PR Visa holders prior to coming to Canada.
  • NIC Online: The Newcomer Information Centre provides free online orientation, information and referrals related to employment and settlement in Canada.

English as a Second Language

Explore these free online learning activities for ESL students:

  • ESL Corner provides free online language exercises on a variety of topics relevant to newcomers to Canada: Canadian citizenship and culture, daily life, employment and education.
  • 5 Minute English has free online lessons under the categories of grammar, vocabulary, reading, pronunciation, listening and slang/idioms.
  • www.ManyThings.org offers quizzes, word games, word puzzles, proverbs, slang expressions and other online learning activities for people studying ESL.
  • www.LanguageGuide.org provides a picture dictionary with simple graphics. Place your cursor over an image or text to hear it pronounced aloud.
  • English Accent Coach is an online tool for developing English pronunciation skills, focusing on vowels and consonants.
  • English Online offers free online interactive activities that can be accessed through their website without registration.
  • Randall’s ESL Cyber Listening Lab provides listening activities and quizzes on a range of topics for a range of abilities.
  • Online Self-Assessment is a tool based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to assess language proficiency in reading and listening. The test results are unofficial and do not replace scores from a language assessment centre, ESL or LINC class.
  • Culips has free podcasts of conversational English that introduce slang, idioms and vocabulary.

Citizenship

These websites have useful information about Canadian citizenship.

  • Discover Canada is the only official study guide for the citizenship test. Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship is available from Citizenship and Immigration Canada at no cost.
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada has information on how to apply to become a Canadian, prepare for the citizenship test, and resume or give up your Canadian citizenship.
  • CitizenshipCounts.ca is a website to help newcomers study for the citizenship test.

LINC Home Study Canada

  • LINC Home Study is a free English language training program for eligible newcomers to Canada who cannot attend regular classes.

Online Self-Assessment

Assess your reading and listening ability in English or French.