Fort Erie Multicultural Centre

Contact Details
Office Phone 905-871-3641
After Hours Phone 289-599-2950
Fax 905-871-2231
E-Mail director@firststepsincanada.com
Website www.firststepsincanada.com
Primary Executive Martha Mason, Executive Director; Phone: 905-871-3641 ext 5; Email: mmason@firststepsincanada.com
Alternate Executive Rosemary Legge, Program Director; Phone: 905-871-3641 ext 2; Email: rosemaryl@firststepsincanada.com
Site Details
Areas Served Fort Erie
Located In Community Fort Erie
Address & Map
62 Jarvis St
Fort Erie, ON L2A 2S4
 
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Intersection Jarvis St and Central Ave
Mailing Address PO Box 104 
Fort Erie, ON L2A 5M6
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) Multicultural Centre provides settlement, language and skills training to meet the needs of Immigrants and Refugees living or in transition in the community of Fort Erie.  
 
Peace Bridge Newcomer Centre (located at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie) provides information and hospitality services for refugee claimants on their day of arrival; assistance with shelter and destination referrals across Ontario and Canada; assistance with family connections, information/orientation to procedures associated with the refugee claim process in Canada  
 
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada, age 17 and older - (Literacy and Levels 1-7); ESL (English as a Second Language) in partnership with Niagara Catholic District School Board (St John's South Campus in Fort Erie is located at 54 Jarvis Street, two doors from F.E. Multicultural Centre)  
 
Community Connections Program (formerly HOST Program) - group activities for newly arrived immigrants and refugees of all ages to welcome newcomers to the community and promote community engagement; help to establish social and professional networks; trained volunteers assist with focus on citizenship, civic engagement and career development; Youth leisure, sport and recreation programs in partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart.  
 
Settlement Program - services to enable immigrants and refugees to integrate successfully into Canadian society including information and referral, assistance with housing and furniture setup, assistance with transportation and navigating the community (e.g. where to shop, find a doctor, dentist, library, register for school etc.); problem solving and supportive counselling around migration adjustment issues, help with immigration procedures, documents, filings, forms and applications, access to legal aid, legal services and immigration consultation services, assistance with notarization of original documents and language translation  
 
Volunteer Opportunities available for community projects and events, conversation partners, employment mentors, youth programs and after school programs  
 
Public Computer with internet access; local phone calls
Hours Mon 9 am-6 pm, Tue-Thu 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Fri 9 am-12 noon (other times on request) * Language Classes Mon-Fri 8:45 am-3:15 pm, Sep-Jun * Writing and Pronunciation evening classes call for information
Eligibility Language Training - 17 years and older
Application *Call or visit to access services 
*Formal application to volunteer only
Languages English ; French ; Russian ; Spanish
Fees None
Physical Access Partially Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1992
Elections Sep
Meetings Monthly, Sep-Jun
Service Categories Adult Mentoring Programs ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Certificates/Forms Assistance ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Commissioner of Oaths ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; English as a Second Language ; Housing Search and Information ~ Immigrants/Refugees ; Newcomer Settlement Services ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Immigrants/Refugees
Events Canada Multicultural Day 
World Refugee Day