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Staying Connected with Family & Friends

Letters and long-distance phone calls are commonly used methods of staying in touch with family members and friends in other countries. Thanks to modern technology, it's also possible for newcomers to communicate by email and text messaging, and by using social networking websites and Internet telephony (a type of Internet telephone) services.

Calling cards and cellphones are also widely used in Canada. Calling cards can be purchased in many convenience stores, grocery stores, and phone boutiques.

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library offers free computer and Internet access to the public, with wireless (Wi-Fi) access available at all branches. Library computers are booked in advance, by phone or online.

Several coffee houses, pubs, book stores and hotels in Kingston offer free wireless Internet access to the public.

Wireless Internet is also available at:

 

Family Visits

There is now a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa that allows parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to stay in Canada for a period of up to two years without renewal of status. See For More Information links below.

 

For More Information

How do I use the phone system?
Information about the Canadian phone system and the types of services available. Includes details on how to make local and long-distance calls and use the phone book, public payphones, and voice mail. Also available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

What do I need to know about prepaid long distance phone cards?
What are prepaid calling cards and how do they work? Includes information on connection fees, minimum charges, calling time restrictions, service fees and expiry dates. Also available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
A special visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents that allows for extended visits of up to 2 years. Includes information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, next steps, extending your visa, and a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about this visa.

Community Computer Resources
City of Kingston website listing of organizations and locations that offer free computer usage to members of the community.

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