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Newcomer Events

Citizenship Information Session

This information session will help you learn about the 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 how to prepare for the citizenship test. All questions on the citizenship process welcome. Workshops are held once a month.

Age: 18Y and up
Tuesdays (Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 6, Mar 6 )  from 4:30-7:30 pm
Woodside Branch


To register, call HMC Connections at  905-842-2486 ext. 223 or 905-464-3222

Settlement Services for Newcomers to Canada

A settlement worker is available in the library every Monday 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.

Age: 18Y and up
Glen Abbey Branch
Every Monday from 4:00-7:30 pm.  Please check for holiday closures
To make an appointment  call HMC Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 245.  Drop-ins welcome too.

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.

Ages: 18Y and up
Every Wednesday 7:00pm-8:30pm
Glen Abbey Branch
Register by calling The Centre for Skills Development & Training

905-336-5444 ext. 102

Newcomer Youth Tutoring

Free one-on-one tutoring for newcomer youth between 13-18 years old (grades 8-12). Volunteer tutors help students complete homework assignments and assist with essay writing. Subject-specific tutoring (e.g. math, science) is also offered.
Wednesdays from September 13 – December 10, and again from January 10 – March 7
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Glen Abbey Branch
Age: 13-18Y
Cost: Free
To register, call HMC Connections at 905-842-2486 ext. 248.

Introduction to Computers

Hands-on workshop to help newcomers enhance their computer literacy skills. Includes Microsoft Word, and introduction to Excel and PowerPoint. Fall and Winter Sessions are available.

Fall Dates:
Saturday, September 16
Saturday, September 23
Saturday, September 30
Saturday, October 14
Saturday, October 21
Saturday, October 28
Saturday, November 4
Saturday, November 11

Winter Dates:
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Central Branch
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Age: 18Y and up
Cost: Free/8 classes*

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

Introduction to the Canadian Tax System

This session helps newcomers and beginners prepare their annual tax filings. Topics include what you can claim on tax returns, filing your taxes, dates to remember, and RRSP contributions.

Age: 18Y+

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

Glen Abbey Branch, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Call the Newcomer Information Centre to register at 905-875-3851, ext. 5008