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 in to 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.
  • Learn about their culture and heritage, and share your own and the community’s culture and heritage.
  • Invite a newcomer to a local sporting event.
  • Encourage others in your community to engage with newcomers.
  • Contact a settlement organization near you to start welcoming newcomers, including refugees.
  • Take part in our citizenship by going to a citizenship ceremony.
  • Connect with local charities to learn how you can help.

“It's about making the community more diverse. A more diverse community is a more intelligent, sophisticated and empathetic community.”

J. David Phillips, CEO of the Truro-Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity and a key player behind the initiative to make immigrants feel welcome in the area


Four adults and a child engage in conversation and stand in front of a bulletin board.


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