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Immigration Matters and Refugee Status

The process of arriving in Canada as a refugee, sponsoring family members or getting permanent residency status can be challenging. Learn about Canada’s immigration system and what newcomers can expect when they first arrive in Ontario.

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Housing

It can be difficult for newcomers to find appropriate and affordable housing in Ontario. Some of the things to consider when renting a house or an apartment include location, size, amenities and price. It is also important that refugees understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants.

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Employment

It can be challenging for newcomers to find work, especially if they have language barriers and are not familiar with the Ontario labour market. Find information about the supports available to job seekers, how to get one's credentials assessed and workplace rights.

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Health

Moving to a new country can be a stressful experience for newcomers. Taking care of one’s health during this transition is important. Refugees may need information about health insurance, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), how to find a doctor and what health services are available in Ontario.

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Education

Newcomers may need information about how to improve their English, register their children in school or pursue post-secondary education. Refugees may be eligible for free ESL programs and extra supports within the public school system.

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Legal Matters

Newcomers may not be familiar with the Canadian legal system and may find themselves in situations where they need legal information or affordable legal help. Find information about Ontario’s legal system, human rights in Ontario and how to access legal aid.

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