Toronto Public Library Serves Newcomers this Winter
Toronto Public Library continues to adapt library services to meet the needs of newcomers and all Torontonians during the pandemic. For newcomers, Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) continues to offer multilingual services online and over the phone. Through LSP, Toronto Public Library and seven local settlement agencies have been working together for over 12 years to offer free one-on-one information and referral and relevant programs. LSP is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Throughout the pandemic, LSP has supported newcomers by switching services from in-person to online as needed, by following provincial guidelines. As part of the current lockdown, all LSP services are offered remotely. LSP Workers can be reached over the phone or through email, and the contact information for each library location’s LSP Worker is posted on the Settling in Toronto page so you can connect with them directly.
Reach out to an LSP Worker for help settling in your new home. LSP Workers can share information to keep you informed about the City of Toronto’s response to COVID-19 and the best steps to take to increase your safety. The City of Toronto COVID-19 information materials are available in multiple languages.
You can also sign up for an upcoming online LSP program. These programs are taking place via Zoom, which is a third party online platform. The settlement workers can help walk you through the steps of using this platform carefully. Here are some upcoming LSP programs.
Workers’ Rights and Government Benefits During COVID-19
English Conversation Group: Let’s Speak English!
English Conversation Circle
Ontario Student Assistance Program
Personal Taxation in Canada
GTA/York Region Community Information Fair
Basics in Personal Finance
Basics in Investing and How to Find Help
What do I do if I Have a Complaint about my Investment?
Take Care: Avoid Financial and Investment Scams and Fraud
Over the winter, Toronto Public Library continues to engage Toronto residents:
- Participate in live or pre-recorded online programs for all ages
- If you don’t yet have a library card, register for a Digital Access Card, to get direct access to Toronto Public Library’s digital resources and services
- For seniors, get free help on how to use your technology
- For younger adults, book a one-on-one session on career and job search help with one of Toronto Public Library’s Career Coaches in Residence
- Check out 38 ways you can use the library from home
- And more!
Check out tpl.ca for other online resources and programs at your fingertips. Stay home and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you online!
Edited February 7, 4 pm: Added program information Credential Evaluation, Ontario Student Assistance Program, and Personal Taxation in Canada.
Edited February 16, 1 pm: Added program information Community Information Fair.
Edited March 2, 10 am: Added program information Basics in Personal Finance; Basics in Investing and How to Find Help; What do I do if I Have a Complaint about my Investment; and Take Care: Avoid Financial and Investment Scams and Fraud.