All are Welcome to Canada

July 10, 2017 | Elsa

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Canada and the Province of Ontario have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year and newcomers' contributions have been highlighted throughout. Multiculturalism is one of the most well-known features of Canada. Everyone "is welcome to Canada" as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his Canada Day message. There are many different services and programs readily available, supporting newcomers as they build a new life in Canada. These supports help newcomers "to stand" and "to grow" in their new home.

Toronto is a big city. To welcome newcomers, Toronto Public Library offers library information in 40 languages that sums up the resources and services. One of the services is the Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) program and it is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). By working with 7 local settlement agencies, there are helpful settlement workers providing information referrals and programs for newcomers year-round at 14 library branches:

Agincourt    Lillian H. Smith
Albion     Mimico Centennial
Bridlewood     Parkdale
Centennial         Parliament Street
Eatonville Richview
Fairview     Thorncliffe
Flemingdon Park Toronto Reference Library

 LSP Logo

To learn more about LSP, check out the Settling in Toronto page and the New to Canada blog

While visiting an LSP location, newcomers can have their settlement questions answered and also register for a free library card. There are free resources and services at Toronto Public Library like materials in 40 languages, ESL information, online tools and more. Check out the New to Canada page for details.

This summer, additional settlement help will be provided at 13 branches through the Settlement and Education Partnerships in Toronto (SEPT). The SEPT locations this year are:

Barbara Frum     Jane/Sheppard
Black Creek         Maria A. Shchuka
Cedarbrae     Pleasant View
Deer Park Steeles
Downsview Weston
Fairview     York Woods
Goldhawk Park  

A total of 27 library branches will be offering settlement services this summer. Please stop by at any of the LSP and SEPT locations for settlement support. We are here to help!

Running until July 30, the Destination Canada exhibit shares newcomers' personal stories throughout Canadian history and touches on their reasons for coming, their journeys and their impressions upon arrival. The exhibit is free and it is on display in the Toronto Reference Library's TD Gallery during regular library hours. As part of the exhibit, you can leave a friendly welcome note to newcomers who recently arrived. 

LSP Panel and Welcome Message