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How We Help

Programs and Services

Mennonite New Life Centre offers a wide range of programs and services to help newcomers settle, integrate, and contribute their skills and voices to Ontario.

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Pour des services d’établissement en français et/ou la formation linguistique en français, veuillez trouver des services gratuits pour les nouveaux arrivants près de chez vous. | If you wish to access French language training and/or French settlement services, please find free newcomer services near you.

PROGRAMS

The Bridge to Employment in Media and Communications (BEMC) program is a unique 6-month full-time program designed to prepare internationally trained media, marketing and communications professionals to secure meaningful employment or pursue entrepreneurship in Ontario.
The Bridge to Employment in Services for Immigrant Populations (BESIP) program provides internationally educated professionals with entry to a wide variety of positions in human/social/community services. You can transfer your skills from your previous education and/or experience to a fulfilling career helping others in need.
The Bridge to Registration & Employment in Mental Health (BREM) program supports immigrant mental health professionals (e.g. counselling, social work, medicine with specialization in psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, psychotherapy, therapy focusing on mental health, divinity counselling, etc.) who wish to work and license in their field.
The Bridge for Immigrant Women Reskilling into IT Professions (C-Women) Program helps professionals with a technological background who identify as women to explore the IT sector in Canada. Participants gain a better understanding of Canadian job search processes and specifically Python coding. The objective of this program is to help leverage your fundamental IT skills and institutional knowledge and upskill in Python coding training.
The Entrepreneurial Excellence and Leadership (EXL) program provides the learning, resources, coaching, peer support and guidance to be self-employed and to start your own business, connecting you with community partners.
The Helping Our Newcomers Prepare for Employment Success (HOPES – Employment) program offers individual counselling, coaching and group support to redefine your employment goals and develop action plan to take the first steps.
Language Instruction Giving Hope to Trauma Survivors (LIGHTS) is an alternative language program for those who have difficulties with functional English as a second language communication and have emotional and cognitive barriers for learning.
Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) courses provide free English training for newcomers to Canada, along with free CNC (Childminding) services and free TTC tokens for eligible participants.

SERVICES

Application Forms & Referrals

Guidance in completing application forms for: Immigration • Social Assistance: financial • Subsidized Housing • Community Legal Clinic • Subsidized Daycare • Student Assistance programs • Employment Insurance: (EI, sick benefits, maternity leave) • OHIP (Health Card) • Social Insurance Number (SIN) • Child Tax Benefit (CTB) • Canada Pension Plan (CPP) * Old Age Security (OAS) * Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) • Services provided in English, Arabic, Dari, Mandarin, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
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As We are Group

An affirmative and positive support group for LGBTQIA+ people. A space to connect, to explore, to belong, and have fun.
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Care for Newcomer Children (CNC)

Free childminding support service available to LINC participants who have children between the ages of 19 months and 5 years.

Citizenship Classes

Classes to prepare for the knowledge test and the interview with a citizenship officer. Provided in Spanish and Arabic.

Community Health Services

Free health services to anyone who has difficulties accessing health care. You don’t need to have an OHIP card for these services. In collaboration with the Humber Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness – Bachelor of Nursing Program

Community of Care App

A digital tool for those seeking wellness support. Keep track of your wellness levels through self-assessments, learn how stress affects your brain and body, practice coping strategies through exercises and videos, share valuable links, inspiring stories, and uplifting outcomes with peers in your community.

Employment Readiness One-on-One Counselling

Individual sessions where clients are able to develop their own Career and Employment Plan, which is tailored to help them achieve short and long-term goals.

Employment Readiness Workshops

Employment support for newcomers who are looking for a job and trying to understand what is needed to succeed in finding employment opportunities in Canada. Offered in English, Arabic, and Spanish.

Essential Skills Training (Online/LMS)

Self-paced courses to develop essential skills, personal growth and career planning, employment preparation, and citizenship test preparation.

Guidance and Advocacy to Navigate Canadian Systems

• Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) webpage • Immigration processes • Interpretation services to apply for financial assistance (OW/ODSP) • Support with subsidized housing application • Support with subsidized daycare application • Access to affordable housing and rental market search • Services provided in English, Arabic, Dari, Mandarin, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
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Individual Counter Human Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence Support

Comprehensive case management and trauma informed services for individuals who have experienced any form of human trafficking and/or gender-based violence. In partnership with Aurora House.

Individual Mental Health Counselling

Emotional support for newcomers struggling with stress or trauma, to promote resilience, strength and wellbeing at an individual and community level.
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Individual Settlement Counselling

A variety of services to immigrants and refugees looking to settle in Canada. Services provided in English, Arabic, Dari, Mandarin, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
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Information and Orientation

• Life in Canada • Immigration • Worker Rights and Responsibilities • Housing • Tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities • Education and Training • Community and Government services/benefits • Health • Language (LINC/ESL) • Services provided in English, Arabic, Dari, Mandarin, Pashto, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.
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Newcomer Support App

Provide virtual tools to better support immigrants and refugees who are settled or settling in Ontario. Developed in partnership with iCent.

Revive and Thrive Peer Support Group

Revive and Thrive Peer Support Group services for women and gender-diverse individuals who have experienced violence and are seeking support and navigating challenges.

Seniors Groups

Mandarin- and Spanish-speaking seniors groups to help newcomers socialize, network, support each other, and have some physical activity.

Settlement Workshops

Workshops on settlement-related topics about Information & Orientation, Community Connections, and Employment. Specific topics include immigration, housing, access to community and government programs and benefits, health care, education, employment, life in Ontario, and more.
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She-Covery

Helps transition newcomer women from unemployment or underemployment conditions into job market opportunities. Services are offered in English.

Translation (Spanish and English)

Support with translation of some identity documents from Spanish to English or vice versa, for immigration purposes only. Our translations are not certified by ATIO. A small donation is suggested to receive this service.

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMS

The Supporting Family Connections Service is run by the Catholic Children’s Aid Society and MNLCT’s Community Mental Health team.
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The Workplace Communication in Canada (WCC) program helps upgrade career skills and improve interpersonal communication in the Canadian workplace.

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