Finding meaningful employment can be difficult for many newcomers. For refugees new to Canada this can be especially challenging, they may have added barriers of language, literacy and trauma-related mental health struggles. Many settlement agencies offer language programs and others specialize in supporting job-seekers who are new to Canada. You can find an agency in your community through Settlement.Org’s Services Near Me community services mapping tool.
There are social assistance programs available that newcomers may be eligible for such as Employment Insurance, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program. To find out about eligiblity and application information, visit Settlement.Org, the Service Canada website or the ServiceOntario website.