Settlement in Ontario

General – Important information available for newcomers to Ontario. Includes immigration forms and applications, applying for social insurance number, organizations in Ontario serving new immigrants, services, training, education and more.

SOS Canada 2000 – A broad and vast resource offering basic information about everything Canadian. Sections on immigration, employment, education, and links of government services. – A directory of community, social, health, and government services in Ontario. Provides information on services provided by nonprofit, community-based organizations or the public sector. Examples include: child care, language classes, job searches, housing, emergency shelters, services for persons with disabilities, home support, legal assistance, financial assistance, and much more. 

Government Services

Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Information for immigrants, refugees and visitors to Canada. Includes employment authorization, immigration applications, sponsorship and services available to newcomers. 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Foreign Workers – Information about provincial immigration categories and streams under the Provincial Nominee Program. 

Service Canada: Services for Newcomers to Canada – Information about Government services for newcomers to Canada from acquiring personal documents to employment and raising a family. 

Ontario Immigration – Ontario’s main immigration website, outlines a variety of government services and resources.

Health Care

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term-Care – Ontario governmental site explaining how to obtain provincial health insurance and services.


Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation – Canada’s national housing agency. Information on buying a home, renting a home, mortgages, maintaining a home, safety in the home, renovations, and more.

CMHC Housing for Newcomers – Information specifically for newcomers from Canada’s national housing agency in eight different languages. Learn about renting, owning, and maintaining a home in Canada. 

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, and more info about housing in Ontario. 

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association – The voice of non-profit housing in Ontario. 

Ontario Tenants – Information about renting accomodations in Ontario including where to look, tenants’ rights, costs, safety, and more… 

Renter’s Hotline – Housing rental search for various Ontario cities. 

View It – Housing rental search for various Ontario cities (especially the Toronto area). 

Craigslist – Housing rental search for various Ontario cities (especially the Toronto area). 

Canadian Real Estate Association’s Multiple Listing Service – Property information from realtors across Canada.


Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center – Immigration law site features information on Canadian immigration and Canada employment placement services and visas. 

Canadian Human Rights Commission – Promotes knowledge of human rights in Canada, and to encourage people to follow principles of equality. To help reduce barriers to equality in employment and access to services. 

Canadian Law Information – provides Canadian law information in plain, straightforward English.


Service Canada: Driver’s Licence – Links to each province’s driver’s licence information page. 

Public Transit Systems in Ontario – Links to Ontario cities’ public transit websites.


About Ontario – Provides information about Ontario’s history, people and culture. 

Government of Canada: Arts, Culture and Heritage – Learn about the vibrant people and cultural industries that contribute to the creation of a Canadian cultural identity.

Culture Crossing: Guide to Canada – Learn about Canadian social etiquette and culture.