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New to Canada? Dive into your community to create your personal network

Being a newcomer anywhere is challenging. There are new places and routines to navigate, and the task of integrating into a foreign culture can be daunting regardless of your background.

It’s a challenge, but also an exciting transition. With so many questions that inevitably go along with relocating to a new country, being aware of the resources and groups available to help can make the process smoother.

Here are three things that any newcomer should consider when looking for ways to get settled in Canada.

Enrol in a language class

There are numerous organizations throughout the country that are specifically geared to teaching English as a second language. Going online and checking out the ESL directory is a good place to start. Once you’ve found a school near you, attending classes could also be a great way to meet other newcomers in your area.

Recently arrived in Quebec? The government of Quebec’s website offers a range of French courses for recent immigrants or arrivals from other parts of Canada who are looking to learn the language.

There are hundreds of people throughout the country that speak languages other than English and French. Joining a free language exchange is not only economical, but a great way to share your language with others while practicing your English or French skills at the same time.

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to get to know new people and your new community. With countless volunteer organizations to choose from nationwide, you’ll be able to find one that aligns with a cause or social issue that you feel passionate about.

Habitat for Humanity has branches across Canada and offers opportunities for volunteers to put their building skills to work by creating new housing developments for people in need.

Other options include community centers and food kitchens like The Stop in Toronto, which focuses on providing nutritious food options at both their food bank and drop-in kitchen for people in the local community.

Get involved with social groups

No matter what your interests or favourite hobbies are, there will certainly be a group that fits these interests in Canada. Meetup is a website and app that allows people to plan social gatherings and events catered toward specific interests. Whether you like sports, films, music, hiking or coding, there are Meetup groups to suit countless activities.

In such a multicultural country like Canada, there are also dozens of heritage-specific groups should you be looking to connect with new people from your home country. Many programs and organizations also host cultural events where you can meet newcomers and long-time residents alike.

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