Toronto Public Library Serves Newcomers this Winter

January 13, 2021 | Stacey

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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.

 

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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.

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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

Hosted by LSP partner CICS
Wednesday January 20; 6-8 pm
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at zarmeena.khan@cicscanada.com

 

English Conversation Group: Let’s Speak English!

Hosted by LSP partner YMCA Newcomer Information Centre
Every other Wednesday, January 13, 27, February 10, 24; 3-4 pm
For full details or to register, please visit www.newcomersincanada.ca

 

English Conversation Circle

Hosted by LSP partner TNO
Ongoing, Tuesdays; 2-3 pm
For full details or to register, contact Enas at ehabeeb@tno-toronto.org

 

Credential Evaluation

Hosted by LSP partner CICS
Thursday February 16, 4-5:30 pm
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at zarmeena.khan@cicscanada.com

 

Ontario Student Assistance Program

Hosted by LSP partner CICS
Thursday February 23, 4-5:30 pm
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at zarmeena.khan@cicscanada.com

 

Personal Taxation in Canada

Hosted by LSP partner CICS
Thursday February 25, 6-7:30 pm
For full details or to register, contact Zarmeena at zarmeena.khan@cicscanada.com

 

GTA/York Region Community Information Fair

Hosted by LSP partner CCS
Thursday March 18, 3:30-5:30 pm
For full details or to register, contact Renee at rxu@ccscan.ca

 

Basics in Personal Finance

Hosted by LSP partner YMCA Newcomer Information Centre
Monday March 8, 1-2 pm
For full details or to register, please visit www.newcomersincanada.ca

 

Basics in Investing and How to Find Help

Hosted by LSP partner YMCA Newcomer Information Centre
Tuesday March 9, 1-2 pm
For full details or to register, please visit www.newcomersincanada.ca

 

What do I do if I Have a Complaint about my Investment?

Hosted by LSP partner YMCA Newcomer Information Centre
Wednesday March 10, 1-2 pm
For full details or to register, please visit www.newcomersincanada.ca

 

Take Care: Avoid Financial and Investment Scams and Fraud

Hosted by LSP partner YMCA Newcomer Information Centre
Thursday March 11, 1-2 pm
For full details or to register, please visit www.newcomersincanada.ca

 

Over the winter, Toronto Public Library continues to engage Toronto residents:

 

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.

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