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If you are a newcomer in Hamilton and are looking for supports, these organizations offer a range of services to help you settle in your new home. The list below includes brief information about organizations that offer newcomer-focused services in the city. Please contact them directly for information about specific programs and services.

Immigrants Working Centre

Settlement supports – employment services – English language classes – financial support during COVID-19

Who: Permanent residents, convention refugees/protected persons, refugee claimants (some services)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

8 Main St. E. Unit 101, Hamilton, 905-529-5209
182 Rebecca St. Hamilton, 905-525-9676
1119 Fennell Ave. E. St. #234 & #236 Hamilton, 905-387-1100
160 Centennial Parkway N. Unit 7, Hamilton, 905-662-9160

Website: http://iwchamilton.ca/

Wesley – Newcomer Services

Resettlement and settlement supports – temporary accommodation – needs assessment and referrals – information and orientation services – community connections

Who: Government Assisted Refugees

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

52 Catharine Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 1J1, 905-528-5629 x 301

Website: http://www.wesley.ca/

YMCA – Immigrant Settlement Services

Information and orientation – needs asset assessment & referral services – Bridge to Work Program in Childcare Industry – language assessment and referrals – school-based settlement support – professional mentorship matches – youth mentorship matches – Canada Connects social media matches – library-based English Conversation Groups – Newcomer Youth Centres – International Student Connect services
Language assessment at YMCA is the starting point for anyone wishing to access language classes.

Who: Permanent residents and convention refugees (eligible for all services), refugee claimants, naturalized Canadian citizens, international students and temporary foreign workers (eligible for some services)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

25 Main Street West, Suite 105, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 1H1, 905-526-8452
211 Centennial Parkway North, Unit #1, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8E 1H8, 905-662-9400

Website: https://www.ymcahbb.ca

YWCA – Immigration and Settlement Services (JOIN Program)

Employment counselling – networking – needs assessment and referrals – information – recreation – mentorship – community connections – 2SLGBTQIA+ youth support – supports for immigrant women – gender-based violence – educational, experiential and art-based workshops

Who: Permanent residents, protected person/convention refugee, a live-in caregiver with an approved work permit (Must identify as a woman, girl, 2SLGBTQIA+ youth or non-binary)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton, Ontario L8P 3C1, 905-522-9922, 365-324-0249 and 905-522-9922 ext. 335

Website: https://www.ywcahamilton.org/join/

Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton-Niagara

Information and referrals for Francophone newcomers – housing help supports – job search – education and training

Who: Francophone newcomers

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

1320 Barton Est, Hamilton, ON, L8H 2W1, 905-528-0163 and 1-866-437-7606

Website: http://www.cschn.ca/

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre

Primary care and community health programs – consumption and treatment services – cultural interpretation – immigrant and refugee support services – oral health care and chiropody- Needle Exchange- Advocacy/Information Sessions - ID. Clinic - Health Card Kiosk - Parenting Program - Anger Management Program - Arts and Crafts - Diabetes Awareness Program – Homework Club – Counselling and more

Email: connections@hucchc.com

Who: Open to all persons

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

Admin: 181 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y4 905-522-3233

CTS: 70 James St. S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Y8

Website: http://www.hucchc.com/

Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health

Primary care – specialty services – mental health counselling – transition services – interpretation

Who: Open to newcomers to Canada (less than 5 years)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

183 Hughson St., Lower Level, Hamilton, ON L8N 2B6, 905-526-000

Website: https://www.newcomerhealth.ca/

Compass Community Health

Primary care – health-related resources – mental health counselling – recreation – education supports – interpretation

Who: Open to all persons

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

438 Hughson St. North, Hamilton, ON L8L 4N5, 905-523-6611 ext 2000

Website: https://compassch.org/

Collège Boréal Hamilton – Access Centre

Bilingual employment services – French and English language training (free child-minding for some language programs) – bridging programs for internationally trained Francophone professionals – academic upgrading – pre-apprenticeship

Who: Permanent residents, convention refugees/protected persons, citizens (some services), refugee claimants (some services)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

120 King Street West, Plaza Level, Hamilton, ON  L8P 4V2, 905-544-9824

Website: https://www.collegeboreal.ca/en/our-campus/our-locations/access-centres-hamilton

Mohawk College – Free Programs for Newcomers

English language classes – support to transition to postsecondary education – workplace preparation – mentorship opportunities – bridging programs

Who: Permanent residents, convention refugees/protected persons

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

J-Wing, 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton, Ontario L9C 1E5, 905-575-2421

Website: http://www.mohawkcollege.ca/newcomers

Hamilton Public Library

English Conversation Circles online – online tutoring – seniors’ online classes

Who: All newcomers with proof of permanent residency or convention refugee/protected person status

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

Various locations and virtually during COVID-19. To register, email nlc@hpl.ca.

Website: https://www.hpl.ca/

Empowerment Squared

Mentorship – access to postsecondary education – professional skills development– entrepreneurship supports – sports and recreation

Who: Open to all newcomers and racialized individuals

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

162 King William Street, Suite 103, Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3N9, 905-393-5370

Website: https://empowermentsquared.org/

Circle of Friends for Newcomers

English language classes – information and referrals

Who: Permanent resident, convention refugees/protected persons

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

155 Queen St. N   Hamilton, ON  L8R 2V6, 905-531-6040

Website: https://www.circleoffriends.ca/

Care Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

Information and orientation – connections to community – support internationally educated nurses throughout the process of becoming a registered nurse in Canada

Who: Pre-arrival applicants with any immigration document containing Unique Client Identification (UCI) number, Permanent Residents, Citizens, Caregivers (who have applied for Permanent Residency)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

182 Rebecca St, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z2, 905-521-1777 ext. 302

Website: https://care4nurses.org/

Micah House

Temporary accommodation – settlement counselling – information and referrals – connections to community

Who: Refugee claimants

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

205 Holton Ave South, Hamilton, ON L8M 2B8, 905-296-4387

Website: https://www.micahhouse.ca/

Open Homes Hamilton

Temporary accommodation – settlement counselling – information and referrals – connections to community

Who: Refugee claimants

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

289-426-2612
info@openhomeshamilton.ca

Website: https://www.iafr.ca/open-homes-hamilton.html

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board

LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) from Canadian Language Benchmark 1 to 7 plus Literacy, beginning to advanced levels – onsite childcare, Care for Newcomer Children, for children (6 months to 5 years old) of registered learners – Canadian citizenship preparation course

Locations: Hill Park (Central Mountain) and Centennial Parkway (Stoney Creek)

City Centre (Jackson Square) has daytime LINC Literacy classes but no childcare

In-person and online classes

Day and night classes

Referrals to language assessments, settlement services, and other educational programs (academic upgrading, PLAR - Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition allowing for accelerated achievement of secondary school diploma, secondary school credit courses for adults, guidance counselling, certificate for Food Handling, short programs for Driver's Education and Computer Skills, provincially-funded ESL classes open to all adults with a first language other than English)

 

Who: Permanent Residents, Refugees/Protected Persons, some Temporary Residents

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

465 East 16th Street, Room 104

Hamilton, Ontario

905-561-2190, ext. 4774

adultesl@hwdsb.on.ca  

Website: https://www.hwdsb.on.ca/cce/esl

Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board

English language programs for adults – Canadian citizenship preparation – computer classes – skills upgrading

Who: Permanent residents, convention refugees/protected persons, temporary residents (some services)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

770 Main St East, Hamilton, Ontario, L8M 1L1

905-577-0555

Website: https://www.stcharles.ca/programs/linc-language-instruction-for-newcomers-to-ca…

BGC Hamilton-Halton

Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton-Halton

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Programs: English conversation circles – community connections programs – safe spaces for women.

Who: Permanent residents, convention refugees/protected persons, temporary residents (some services)

Addresses and Phone Numbers:

45 Ellis Avenue, Hamilton, ON L8H 4L8

(905) 549-2814

Website: https://www.bgchh.com/programs/equity-diversity-inclusion-programs/