Give a warm welcome
People come to Canada for many reasons. No matter where they’re from or why they’re here, a warm Canadian welcome can make a difference. Help make your neighbourhood a better place for everyone to live.
- Match with a newcomer and help them settle into their new community.
- Share information about your community and local services.
- Introduce newcomers to others with common interests to help build networks.
- Donate second-hand clothing and furniture.
- Share a favourite Canadian pastime.
- Invite a newcomer to a local sporting event.
- Contact a settlement organization near you to start welcoming newcomers, including refugees.
- Take part in our citizenship by going to a citizenship ceremony, celebrating Canada Day and Citizenship Week, or organizing a reaffirmation ceremony.
- Connect with local charities to learn how you can help. Some examples:
“The generosity of our community has been outstanding. It's our way of showing newcomers that Canadians care.”
- Participate in Welcoming Week every September to recognize and celebrate the people, places and values that help everyone feel welcome.
- Share stories of immigration and facts about immigrants’ contributions to various sectors on your personal social media channels.
Breathing new life into Charlottetown’s dance scene
Polina Salabay, a lifelong dancer who recently immigrated from Ukraine, is expanding opportunities for children in Charlottetown by offering free lessons in hip-hop, jazz-funk, Zumba and more.
Bringing some relief to a long-term care home
Within a week of arriving in Canada, 23-year-old Dilruba Hussaini, originally from Afghanistan, was working full-time at a long-term care home in St. John’s that, like many, has long faced labour shortages.
“After being displaced and living in refugee camps, families are arriving with very few possessions or funds. They are starting over in a new country, and we want to help them have the best start possible.”
“Lera brought so much joy to my life and my home, and the experience of hosting her and her friends from Ukraine has changed me in other ways, too. I have a new sense of gratitude for what this city has to offer.”
- Part of becoming more welcoming is understanding how we select, screen and set up immigrants for success in Canada. Find out how Canada’s immigration system works.
- Immigrants help grow Canada’s future. Learn more about how immigrants contribute to different sectors like sports, business and health care.
- Read what the research says about how Canada’s immigration system works for all of us.
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