Newcomer Events

Settlement Services for Newcomers to Canada

A settlement worker is available in the library to meet with newcomers to help them settle and integrate into their new community.  Information is provided on education, healthcare, housing, jobs, translation services, citizenship application forms and more.

  • Every Monday
    9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Glen Abbey Branch
    To make an appointment  call HMC Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 245.
  • Every Thursday
    9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Iroquois Ridge Branch
    To make an appointment, call HMC Connections at 905-842-2486 X267. Mandarin speakers please call 905-842-2486 x257.

Age: 18Y+
Drop-ins welcome too.
Please check for holiday closures.

Newcomer Conversation Circle

Join us in the library every Wednesday. Improve your English conversation skills in a relaxed atmosphere and build your speaking confidence. Come out and share your experiences, learn about your community and discover what the library has to offer! Certificates awarded for participation.

Every Wednesday
7 – 8:30 pm
Glen Abbey Branch
Age: 18Y+

Register by calling  Centre for Skills Development
905-336-5444 ext. 102

Newcomer Youth Tutoring

Free one-on-one tutoring for newcomer youth between 11-19 years old (grades 6-12). Volunteer tutors help students complete homework assignments and assist with essay writing. Subject-specific tutoring (e.g. math, science) is also offered.

  • Thursdays, January 10 – March 7
  • Thursdays, March 21 – June 13

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 11Y-19Y

To register call Halton Multicultural Council Connections at 905-464-5778.

Get Ready to Volunteer or Work

A six-part introduction on how to look for work or volunteer positions in today’s market. Appropriate for newcomers, people returning to the workplace or changing careers, new graduates or anyone interested in an overview of the job search process. Attend all or select from the following topics, presented by a staff member from The Centre:

  • Tuesday, March 26 – The Workplace Today
  • Tuesday, April 2 – Target and Market Your Skills
  • Tuesday, April 9 – Writing Resumes for Success
  • Tuesday, April 16 – Targeting your Cover Letter
  • Tuesday, April 23 – Hidden Job Market
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Interview Skills and Practice

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

To register call Alice Maroti at 905-336-5444 ext. 103 or contact



Citizenship Information Session

This session will help you learn about new regulations and forms for Canadian citizenship. Find out about the documents you will need and how to check the status of your application online. Get valuable tips on preparing for the citizenship test.

  • Tuesday, April 2
  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Tuesday, June 4
  • Tuesday, July 2
  • Tuesday, August 6

5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

To register call HMC at 905-464-3222

Immigration Updates in Mandarin

Learn about new Canadian immigration policies and regulations. Topics include: general guidelines for Permanent Resident application, PR Card renewal, and general guidelines for Canadian Citizenship application, questions, and answers. Conducted in Mandarin.

  • Wednesday, April 3
  • Wednesday, August 7

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+

To register call Halton Multicultural Council Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 257 or email

Intermediate Computer Skills

Hands-on workshop to help newcomers enhance their intermediate computer skills. Includes Microsoft Word, introduction to Excel, and introduction to PowerPoint.

Thursday, April 11
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free/8 classes
Age: 18Y+

To register call HMC Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 241

Canadian Citizenship Process, Rights & Responsibilities

Learn about eligibility criteria, documents required and the application process. Find out about what it means to be a Canadian, your rights as a citizen and how to be a responsible citizen.

Monday, June 3
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Iroquois Ridge Branch
Cost: Free
Age: 18Y+
Call NIC to register at 905-875-3851 ext. 5008