Immigrants Working Centre offers a suite of targeted and specialized services for newcomers to Canada, to meet a full-range of skills-development and settlement needs.
Connecting the IWC settlement team is a great first-step for newcomers to learn about all available resources. Connect with our team today and receive support with:
Telehealth Ontario: a free, confidential telephone service you can call to get health advice or general health information from a registered nurse. Call 1-866-797-0000 or visit www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/telehealth/
If you do not have health insurance, you have a right to access Community Health Centres (CHCs) free of charge, regardless of ability to provide a health card, these include:
Hamilton Urban Core CHC
71 Rebecca Street Mon 9-5, Tues 9-8, Weds 12:30-5, Thurs 9-8.
Also open on the 3rd Friday (9-5) and Saturday (9-1) of every month.
Call 905-522-3233 to make an appointment
Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health
*For new immigrants and refugees 183 Hughson Street, Lower Level Administrative hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-2:30. Evening/weekend clinic times also available. Call 905-526-0000 to make an appointment
Shelter Health Network
*For clients who do not have stable housing Various locations across Hamilton.
for monthly clinic schedule. Walk-in or by appointment (call 905-526-7137 to make an appointment).
The Dental Health Bus is a mobile dental clinic offering free dental emergency services to those who do not have dental insurance.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offers great information on the renting process, offering other helpful suggestions and worksheets, learn more:
Paying rent and rules for tenants
Looking for shelter in your area?
Learn more about Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC) and the eligibility requirements here on the Settlement Canada website:
Please note: To join our classes, you first need a CLB assessment from the YMCA Assessment Centre:
Learn more about the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).
Click here for an overview of nationally recognized standard for assessing Adult English as a Second Language Learners here: https://www.clb-osa.ca/benchmarks/overview
Not sure about your levels? Take the CLB-OSA!
All IWC’s instructors use the Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) to help you reach your language learning goals. Click here to find out more about it:
Do you have IELTS, CELPIP, TOEFL scores? Here is how they match the CLBs:
Ready to apply for citizenship? Once you have your CLB 4 in listening and speaking from our centre, we will provide you with a citizenship certificate that you can include in your application package.
You can also take a government approved CELPIP test to confirm your CLB 4 levels:
Learn more about applying for Canadian Citizenship here
Start preparing now! The Study Guide is here
Connecting the IWC employment team is a great first-step for newcomers to receive support with all aspects of employment in Ontario.
Visit our employment website below and view our available programs and services: Click here.
Before applying, job-seekers need to ensure resume is professional and industry-specific!
Connect with our employment team today to receive:
Individuals must pass the Ontario College of Trades exam, completing training and certifications in order to legally practice their trade in Ontario, visit
https://www.collegeoftrades.ca/ to learn more
Curious about Hamilton’s labour market?
Visit: Workforce Planning Hamilton to learn more
Gain new skills. Be creative. Raise awareness. Join unique programming to expand your network in the Hamilton community.
Do it all – through our Community Connections IWC programming!
To view our available programs including digital and financial literacy, citizenship preparation and driving preparation and more, visit: Community Connections.
For other available programs in the Hamilton area, visit:
YWCA – Health and Wellness programs:
Hamilton Public Library
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