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This guide will help you learn more about:

  • Finding services in your community
  • Looking for jobs and training
  • Improving your language skills
  • Getting many other kinds of help
 Welcome to Ontario!
Moving to a new country can be difficult. Leaving behind
friends and family can be hard. Many things – school, health
care, jobs and even the law – might be different from the
country you just left. Finding your way in Ontario can take a long time, especially if you don’t have the right information and don’t know what to do.
The First Days Guide was produced by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). Everyday, we help newcomers find information and we can help you take your first steps to make Ontario your new home. This guide is organized into sections. Each section covers a topic. On the next page, you will find a checklist of things you need to do in your first weeks in Ontario. The sections of this guide explain each thing on the list in more detail. The First Days Guide tells you what you need to know in your first 2 weeks in Ontario. It will help you with your first steps, but it will not answer all of your questions about living in Ontario.
 Take your time and read the guide carefully to make sure that you know which things are important for you and how to get started.
You might have friends here already who can help you with some of the important tasks. They can explain how some things work in Canada. This can be really helpful but
you should still read this guide so that you understand all of these important things yourself. Even if you have a friend here, you must do many things for yourself. In your first weeks in Canada, you have many things to do. You need to complete many government forms. These forms will help you get important cards and services such as your Social Insurance Number (SIN), Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), and the Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB). You do not have to pay for these forms. Often you can download them from the internet. You do not need to pay for help to fill out the forms. You can get free help at settlement agencies. This guide will help you find a settlement agency in your city or town. Here is a checklist of things to do in your first weeks. You can decide what to do first. You might not need to do all of these tasks. For example, if you do not have children, you do not need to find a school near your home. Some tasks you should do right away, such as like apply for your health card and your SIN.
If you have friends or family in the city where you want to live, they can be a great help to you. They can show you around and help you find a place to stay. They can help
you learn about your new community.


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