How to Use the Quick Search Categories
The purpose of the category definitions search is to present a list of the top services and programs that will likely prove useful to newcomers. In order to use this feature, select a category such as "Children and Youth" by checking the check box next to the category name. In order to see all top results in the category, do not enter any other search criteria, and click Search. A list of the top results for this area that were compiled by the Community Information Centre with the help of the community advisory groups will be displayed.
Canadian Law/Legal System:
Programs and services that provide legal counseling and/or representation for low-income individuals who need assistance in routine legal matters in areas such as immigration/naturalization, family law or housing. Also included are crime prevention and safety programs, court and police resources.
Children and Youth
Programs and services that provide specific benefit to children and youth such as recreation programs, tutoring, homework help and school age programs, drop in centres for youth, school breakfast programs and funding for school related supplies.
Programs and services and events that promote and support ethnocultural and faith-based identities and cultural heritage in the community.
Support services, programs and financial supports for individuals who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations that affect their ability to engage in one or more major life activities.
Education and Learning:
Formal or community-based educational programs designed for all ages and abilities; this includes lifelong learning, language classes, and instructional services that are individualized or specialized to meet the specific needs and interests of learners.
Programs and services that provide employment opportunities for people who are searching for jobs and assist people who are able and willing to work by helping them prepare for, find, secure and retain suitable employment.
Specific supports for families with young children such as baby and maternity clothing, toy loaning libraries and clothing provision services.
General financial assistance programs and services such as social assistance and income support programs.
Programs and services whose primary purpose is to help individuals and families achieve and maintain physical well-being; evaluation and treatment of people who have illnesses, injuries or require immunizations; emergency medical services and supports as well as financial assistance related to health and medical needs
Housing and Housing Supports
Programs and services that seek to meet the basic shelter needs of the community by providing temporary shelter for people who are in emergency situations or who have newly immigrated, housing location assistance and a variety of housing alternatives.
Immigration and Settlement:
Programs and services that support the continuum of activities that a new immigrant/refugee goes through upon arrival in a new country. These programs and services include support for newly arrived newcomers and refugees, assistance with citizenship, translation, language training and language assessment, and community organizations that connect and support immigrants in their neighbourhoods and communities.
Programs and services related to mental health such as community mental health agencies and counselling resources in the community.
Programs and services that provide access to a variety of pursuits for people who want to make constructive and satisfying use of their free time. Included are programs that provide facilities, equipment, supplies, coaching and/or instruction and financial assistance that allow individuals to participate in or enjoy the recreational, artistic, cultural or volunteer activities of their choice
Programs and services that provide support to seniors, such as assistive device programs, transportation, respite care and adult day programs
Sexual Health and Supports:
Programs and supports related to sexuality, reproductive health and education, pregnancy testing and sexual health, including mutual support groups whose members or family members are gays, lesbians, bisexual,transgendered/intersex individuals and/or gender questioning youth.
Socialization and Integration
Programs and services developed and staffed by former refugees and immigrants that help newly arrived people from their previous country or region of residence begin a new life in Canada. Mutual assistance associations address the unique cultural needs of the specific immigrant/refugee population they serve and provide a variety of services including cultural adjustment support, English language instruction, interpretation/translation services, housing and employment assistance, transportation, clothing and furniture, as needed, small business development assistance and help in accessing other social services.
Programs and services that provide for the basic transportation needs of the community such as public transit, out of town transportation, car and bike shares.