If you are new to Canada, the Y has programs to help you transition into your new community.
Settlement Services Windsor offers Orientation Services, Newcomer Settlement Services, Community Connections, the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program, services for Newcomer Youth, and English Language Classes.
Language Skills Program
- Classes are free of charge
- Free On-Site Care for Newcomer Children
- All classes include skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) courses:
Day time classes work on all 4 skills : Listening/ Speaking/ Reading/ Writing
Morning Monday to Friday 9 am to 11:30 am in person
CLB 4 /5
CLB 5/ 6 Monday to Friday 9 am to 11:30 am online
Afternoon Monday to Friday 12:30 to 3 pm in person
CLB 4 / 5
CLB 5 / 6 Monday to Friday 12:30 to 3 pm online
Evening 6 pm to 8:30 pm online
CLB 2 / 3 Monday to Thursday ( Speaking/ Listening/ Reading and Writing)
CLB 4 / 5 Tuesdays and Thursdays (Speaking and Listening)
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.