St Catharines Site
|Address & Map|
Old Robertson School
85 Church St
St Catharines, ON L2R 3C7
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|Accessibility||Partially Accessible - Parking - Usable; Entrance - Usable; Washroom - Usable|
|Description & Services|
|Areas Served||Niagara Region ; St Catharines|
|Description||Provides settlement services, free support and information to meet the needs of new immigrants and refugees. |
Helps newcomers, immigrants and refugees settle in our community
Settlement Program (formerly Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program) -- services to enable immigrants and refugees to integrate into Canadian society including orientation programs, language and skills training to help facilitate employment, and programs to welcome newcomers to the community * individual agencies may provide needs and eligibility assessments, pre- and post-arrival information and referral, job search and employment counselling, assistance to establish social and professional networks to promote community engagement, and assistance to access a range of settlement services
* Provides information on Citizenship and Immigration Canada programs
* Helps completing forms such as work permit / study, application for permanent residence in Canada and Citizenship
* Explains the processes and documents needed for immigration
Newcomer Settlement Program
* Provides information and referrals, helps correctly fill out various forms of government
* Provides supportive counseling
* Assists with problem solving
* Assists with all processes involved in settlement for refugees and immigrants
Refers clients to the following professional services: Legal Aid, lawyers, Ontario Works, doctors, ESL, employment services and other community organizations.
Orientation to the community
* health care
Customer support from other agencies
Runs workshops on topics of interest to newcomers. For more information, contact our Welcome Center at 905-685-6589, ext 225.
Offers the LINC program (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) and English as a Second Language (ESL) for adults. For more information, contact the ESL Coordinator at 905-685-6589, extension 242.
LINKS WITH THE COMMUNITY
As part of the initiative "Welcoming Communities", newcomers receive help to establish social and professional networks that will enable them to integrate into their community and to feel welcome. Canadian volunteers and immigrants participate together in social events and conversation circles to help immigrants develop language skills and knowledge of our community. The program helps newcomers to Canada make contacts with Canadian volunteers for cultural exchange and professional support during the settlement process. For more information, contact the program coordinator at 905-685-6589, ext 228.
The program offers many opportunities for young immigrants aged 13 to 24 years to make friends, learn more about their community and participate in various activities such as youth group, cooking classes, sports and arts. The program provides support to young people including: application for admission to university or college, tutors, resumes, how to find a job, educational workshops, finding volunteer work in the community etc. Services are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 4:30, Wednesdays until 6pm. Regular programs are held in the evenings, weekends and in the summer.
For more information, contact the Coordinator at 905-685-6589 ext 243 or email email@example.com.
The program provides assistance to immigrant women to establish small businesses. For more information, contact the Coordinator at 905-685-6589 ext 242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROGRAM: EMPLOYMENT SERVICES FOR NEWCOMERS
As part of the initiative "Access to the Labor Market", newcomers get the help they need to find employment to match their skills and level of education. This program helps determine the employment needs of clients, job search steps and plans for the future. For more information, contact the Coordinator at 905-685-6589 ext 231 or visit our offices in St. Catharines.
The Welcome Center provides information and referrals to services, community and government programs that help newcomers settle. It provides access to fax, photocopier, computers and the internet as well as to professional multilingual staff who are available to help newcomers.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM (formerly HOST Program) -- group activities for newly arrived immigrants and refugees of all ages to help orient them to their new community and establish social and professional networks * trained and experienced volunteer mentors assist, with focus on citizenship and civic engagement or skills and career development
The Centre offers rooms for rent in the evenings and weekends. Robertson Hall is available for large groups and classrooms for small groups. The Hall has two floors and a full kitchen. For more information, call 905-685-6589 ext 232, or email email@example.com.
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm * Sat- 9 am-12:30pm at the St Catharines Library, 54 Church St|
|Eligibility||All immigrants, refugees, and new Canadians. |
Community Connections Program: adults and families
Youth Services Program: 13-24 years
Crossroads Program: 18 years - must have strong English language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) to benefit from the program.
Job Search Workshops (JSW): migration status must be one of the following: Landed Immigrant * Convention Refugee * Intent-to-Land * Live-in Caregiver * ready, willing and able to work in Canada * must have basic English language communication ability
|Languages||English ; French ; Arabic ; Chinese ; Hebrew ; Hungarian ; Italian ; Spanish ; Interpretive Services - most other languages can be accommodated through volunteer interpretation ; Tagalog|
|Application||Intake forms required, immigration documents necessary for most services|
|Fees||None ; None|
|Service Categories||Administrative Entities ; Adult Mentoring Programs ~ Immigrant Communities ; Adult Mentoring Programs ~ Refugees ; Banquet Facilities ; Business Consulting Services ; Business Consulting Services ~ Women ; Career Exploration ~ Immigrant Communities ; Career Exploration ~ Refugees ; Certificates/Forms Assistance ; Citizenship Application Assistance ; Citizenship Test Preparation ; Commissioner of Oaths ; Community Celebrations/Festivals ~ Cultural Heritage Programs ; Comprehensive Job Assistance Centres ; Comprehensive Job Assistance Centres ~ Immigrant Communities ; Comprehensive Job Assistance Centres ~ Refugees ; Copy Machines ; Cultural Transition Counselling ; English as a Second Language ; English as a Second Language ~ Refugees ; English as a Second Language ~ Refugees ~ Immigrant Communities ; Ethnocultural Multipurpose Centres ~ Administrative Entities ; Fax Machines ; Homework Help Programs ~ Immigrant Communities ; Immigrant Benefits Assistance ; Immigrant Settlement Services ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ~ Women ; Job Search Techniques ~ Immigrant Communities ; Job Search Techniques ~ Refugees ; Public Access Computers/Tools ; Public Internet Access Sites ; Refugee Resettlement Services ; Resume Preparation Assistance ~ Immigrant Communities ; Resume Preparation Assistance ~ Refugees ; Social Clubs/Events ; Social Clubs/Events ~ Cultural Heritage Groups ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Immigrant Communities ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Immigration Issues ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Refugees ; Telephone Facilities ; Vocational English as a Second Language ~ Immigrant Communities ; Vocational English as a Second Language ~ Refugees|
|See Also Terms||Adoption Evaluation/Placement ; Adult English as a Second Language Tests ; Attendant Registries ; Babysitting Registries ; Bilingual Education ; Categorical Program Administrative Units ; Cell Phones ; Child Care Provider Referrals ; Christmas Light Displays ; Citizenship Education ; Citizenship Records ; Community Voicemail ; Consumer Goods Information ; Cultural Heritage Groups ; Cultural Heritage Programs ; Cultural Transition Counselling ; Ethnocultural Collections ; Ethnocultural Multipurpose Centres ; Folk/Ethnic Dancing Instruction ; Foster Home Placement ; High Interest/Low Vocabulary Collections ; Homeless Women ; Housing Search and Information ; Immigrant Benefits Assistance ; Immigrant Mutual Assistance Associations ; Immigrant Rights Groups ; Immigrant Settlement Services ; Immigrant/Refugee Employment Programs ; Immigrant/Refugee Shelters ; Immigration Services Complaints ; In Home Assistance Registries ; Interpreter/Translator Registries ; Job Information ; Lawyer Referral Services ; Notary Public Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ; Public Internet Access Sites ; Reference/Information ; Refugee Resettlement Services ; Resettlement Assistance Program ; Resettlement Assistance Recipients ; Respite Care Registries ; Resume Posting/Blasting Services ; Ride Sharing Programs ; Senior Housing Information and Referral ; Tax Forms ; TOEFL Test Preparation ; Veterinary Referral Services ; Vocational Education|
|Subjects||Advocacy ; Arts ; Banquet halls ; Business start ups ; Children ; Computers ; Cooking ; Cultural communities ; Driver education ; Educational programs ; Employment ; English as a second language ; Entrepreneurs ; Festivals ; Free services ; Friendship services ; Housing ; Immigrants ; Information and referral ; Interpretation ; Job search training ; Multiculturalism ; Orientation ; Refugees ; Resumes ; Self employment ; Settlement services ; Sports ; Telephones ; Translation ; Vocational counselling ; Vocational training ; Volunteering ; Women ; Youth|