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Settlement.Org is a website that provides information for newcomers. On Settlement.Org, you will find current information on topics such as employment, education, healthcare, and housing. Settlement.Org also provides access to local immigrant-serving agencies, multilingual information, and an online community for those seeking answers to their resettlement questions. is a project of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).

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What are the dangers of distracted driving and how to avoid them? has information about the Distracted Driving Law in Ontario that you must obey in order to avoid accidents, fines and even license suspensions. 

October 02, 2018

September 11: Health And Safety Rights at Work for Newcomers

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Scarborough YMCA Newcomer Information Centre, 10 Milner Business Court # 600, Scarborough 

To register: 416-609-0218 ext. 30042

Topics to be covered include Occupational Health and Safety Act, history of WHMIS, the Ontario Human Rights Code, workplace harassment and workplace violence.

August 28, 2018

Where can I get help with my tax return?

You can get help from a free tax clinic, a community agency, or an accountant.

February 16, 2018

Permanent Residence Changes for Caregivers has provided links to information to use if you are a caregiver in the Caring for Children Program or the Caring for People with High Medical Needs Program.

February 08, 2018

OSAP Application Process Just Got Easier for Students

If you're a student receiving OSAP you can now use the OSAP online tool to see estimated tuition costs for each program you have applied to and the estimated amount OSAP will cover.

January 24, 2018

September 14: Employment Law Free Legal Workshop

When: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave. East, Markham 

To register: 905-477-4365 or

This session will provide an overview of the legislation that applies to the Ontario workplace and the relationship between employers and employees.

July 14, 2017

August 10: Landlord Tenant Law Free Legal Workshop

When: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave. East, Markham

To register: 905-477-4365 or

This session will provide an overview of the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in Ontario.

July 14, 2017

July 13: Free legal workshop on overview of Canadian law

When: Thursday, July 13, 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Church, 5000 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, Ontario

A lawyer will provide direction on how to obtain legal advice if required and will answer questions concerning the legal system. In English with translation into Mandarin.

June 29, 2017

July 4: Understanding Your Credit Report & Credit Score Workshop

When: Saturday, July 4, 2015, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T1R5

If you have ever applied for a credit card, or borrowed money for a car, house, or other purchase, you have a credit report on file with a credit bureau. Find out how this can affect your financial future.

June 23, 2015

September 23 webinar: Workplace Rights and Responsibilities

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, see the link for the time in your city

Where: Online

This free interactive webinar is for workers who are immigrating to Ontario or will be moving there shortly. It will be available in 15 cities around the world.
June 23, 2015

A Guide to Voting in Your City or Municipal Election

This resource answers questions about voting in city or municipal elections. Prepared for newcomers, it explains who can vote, how to get on the voters list, and more.

October 27, 2014

French-speaking Newcomers and Settlement Workers Needed for Survey

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and Francoqueer are conducting two Ontario-wide surveys. The surveys are in French.

June 20, 2014

July 9: Family Law Series - Child Custody & Division of Property

When: July 9, 2014, 8 p.m.

Where: Morningside Library, 4279 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough  M1E 2S8

Contact: Zarmeena Khan, 416-707-8259,

The Centre for Immigrant & Community Services in partnership with the Toronto Public Library invite you to an information session: Family Law Series - Child Custody & Division of Property.

June 19, 2014

New Legislation Caps Annual Rent Increase Guidelines

Under the recently amended Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), the maximum annual amount by which most landlords can increase a tenants rent in Ontario will not exceed 2.5%.

July 04, 2012

New citizenship regulations and new procedures for citizenship test

On September 30, 2010, new citizenship regulations came into force, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada has developed new procedures for the citizenship test.

November 08, 2010

Commissioner Launches Investigation into Decision to Eliminate Long-Form Questionnaire for 2011 Census

A news item reports that the Commissioner of Official Languages has launched an investigation into the Government of Canada's decision to eliminate the long-form questionnaire from the 2011 census.

July 13, 2010

Study: The Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program

This study looks at Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program to determine Canada's approach to integrating and protecting temporary foreign workers.

May 16, 2010

Study looks at older women's experience of abuse and neglect after migration reports on a new study that focuses on older women from the Sri Lankan Tamil community in Toronto and recommends actions to help prevent abuse and improve support for women experiencing abuse.

April 28, 2010

Changes to Live-In Caregiver Program in effect April 1

Recent changes to the Live-In Caregiver Program affect applications for permanent residence and what employers must provide to live-in caregivers.

April 19, 2010

New law affects live-in caregivers has information in English, Hindi, Pilipino (Tagalog), and Spanish, about the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (Live-in Caregivers and Others), which came into force on March 22, 2010.

March 30, 2010