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Settlement Services

Local settlement services exist to assist newcomers with their settlement in Sarnia-Lambton. Programs are offered to help newcomers meet people and find their way around.

Find out more about the programs, services, and initiatives that are available to immigrants and newcomers in Lambton's communities outside of Sarnia.

 

Orientation and Referral Settlement Services (ORSS)

ORSS staff can assist new immigrants to settle into Sarnia Lambton by providing a variety of services: guidance with government forms, referral to community services, information of document translation, individual support services and registering children in school. The ORSS program assists newcomers in a seamless approach to becoming part of the community.

Services include:

  • Counselling
  • Help with finding housing accommodations
  • Help completing government forms and obtaining a health card
  • Information on regional resources and services: banking, shopping, transportation, health services, cultural and recreational activities, education, training and legal services
  • Information on evaluation of acquired academic credentials
  • Information on second language courses and basic skills upgrading courses
  • Employment support and job search workshops


To be eligible for the Community Connection program, you must:

  • Be a permanent resident of Canada, or Convention Refugee, or be a person in Canada whose application for Permanent Resident status is being processed in Canada and who has been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of your application subject to an admissibility assessment (this means you have approval-in-principle);

  • To register, contact:

    YMCA Learning and Career Centre
    660 Oakdale Avenue, Sarnia, Ontario
    519.336.5950

    French Canadian Association of Ontario London-Sarnia Regional Council (ACFO)
    112 Christina Street North, Sarnia, Ontario
    519.332.2600

     

    Community Connections

    This program is offered in both French and English and creates community links for newcomers to Canada. Canadian families are matched with a newcomer family providing opportunities for cross cultural interaction, language practice and career development.

    Community Connections focuses its efforts on newcomers and their families to assist them with the many aspects of community integration.

    • Practice and improve your conversational English
    • Learn about Canadian culture
    • Make contacts through organized group activities
    • Explore educational, recreational, vocational and career goals with supports & referrals


    To be eligible for the Community Connection program, you must:

    • Be a permanent resident of Canada, or Convention Refugee, or be a person in Canada whose application for Permanent Resident status is being processed in Canada and who has been informed by a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada of the initial approval of your application subject to an admissibility assessment (this means you have approval-in-principle);


    To register, you must be assessed at:

    YMCA Learning and Career Centre
    660 Oakdale Avenue, Sarnia, Ontario
    519.336.5950

    French Canadian Association of Ontario London-Sarnia Regional Council (ACFO)
    112 Christina Street North, Sarnia, Ontario
    519.332.2600

     

    Job Search Workshop

    The Job Search Workshops(JSW) program offers pre-employment training to newcomers across Ontario and assist them in gaining knowledge and skills to better understand strategies, business perspectives, and next steps relating to the job search process.

    To be eligible for the Job Search Workshop you must

    • Complete an employment assessment
    • Have an English benchmark above 5/6
    • Be a permanent resident, convention refugee or live-in-caregiver


    To register, you must be assessed at:

    YMCA Learning and Career Centre
    660 Oakdale Avenue, Sarnia, Ontario
    519.336.5950

     

    Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

    The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) initiative provides assistance for newcomer children and parents in elementary and secondary schools in Sarnia-Lambton. SWIS connects newly arrived families to services and resources in the school and the community in order to promote settlement and foster student achievement.

    To register, contact:

    YMCA Learning and Career Centre
    660 Oakdale Avenue, Sarnia, Ontario
    519.336.5950

    French Canadian Association of Ontario London-Sarnia Regional Council (ACFO)
    112 Christina Street North, Sarnia, Ontario
    519.332.2600

     

     

    Newcomer Settlement Program

    The Newcomers´ Settlement Program assists newcomers who are settling and adjusting and to life in Canada and Sarnia-Lambton. This program is designed to help newcomers fully engage in all aspects of Canadian life, social, economic, political and cultural, and to maximize the benefits of their participation and contribution to the Canadian society.

    Services include assistance in:

    • Settling in your community
    • Ftoinding housing ,a job or childcare service
    • Registering your children in school
    • Accessing other programs such as English or French language programs, employment services, skills training and foreign credential assessment
    • Getting information about provincial or federal government services such as healthcare and social services
    • Filling out forms and applications to access government programs and services
    • Accessing interpretation services or have documents translated.


These services are open to all newcomers, including permanent residents, Canadian citizens, and refugee claimants.

To register, contact:

YMCA Learning and Career Centre
660 Oakdale Avenue, Sarnia, Ontario
519.336.5950

Settlement Services Outreach

The Lambton County library system provides space for both of Sarnia-Lambton's settlement agencies, YMCA Sarnia-Lambton and Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario (ACFO), to meet with clients and to provide information on their services to those who cannot travel into Sarnia. Information on times, dates and branch locations for this outreach can be found in the library website's News & Events section.

This Web site is generously supported by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and by the Government of Canada through Citizenship and Immigration Canada.