If you are new to Canada, the Y has programs to help you transition into your new community.
YMCA Learning and Careers Centre offers Orientation Services, Community Connections, Settlement Services, and English Language Classes.
- Classes are free of charge
- Continuous intake
- Care for Newcomer Children available during day-time classes for children (ages 3 months to 6 years)
- Transportation assistance is available for eligible clients
- All classes include skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Dalal's Y Story
“The YMCA has been my second home since I came to Canada. It’s where I found people interested in helping me and who cared about my goals. I have gone through a lot of hardships since my arrival to the new country and I felt alone, isolated and afraid for the future. In the past 6 years, the YMCA and its team were here for me. I have walked baby steps to learn the English language, but at one point I couldn’t improve it more; I have attended many sessions and activities just to stay involved in my community and learn more about my new home. Two years ago, I applied for my Canadian citizenship and It was not successful, the test was so hard for me. But after three attempts to pass the test, I needed someone to walk with me and encourage me to take the test again for the fourth time before I dropped everything. The YMCA Newcomers services assisted me another time and… I just did the test and I passed it. This was the best time of my life; it was actually mixed with tears of joy and pride. I was able to achieve my goal with the encouragement of the people who witnessed my citizenship journey in Canada.”
- Dalal M.