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.

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A warm welcome

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  • 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.”

Reverend John Maroney from Christ Church, Chatham, who helped deliver nearly 100 bikes to newcomers in southwestern Ontario.


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.

Read Polina’s story

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.

Read Dilruba’s story

Welcome Afghans

“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.”

Manpreet Grewal, Director of Multicultural and Immigrant Integration Services at Archway in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Find out how you can support Afghans in Canada.

Welcome Ukrainians

“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.”

Christy Turner, who hosted 3 Ukrainians at her home in Calgary, Alberta. Image by Christy Turner Photography.

Find out how you can support Ukrainians in Canada.


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