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People on low incomes may be eligible for a discount on monthly bus passes through the Municipal Fee Assistance Program.

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Before You Arrive

The decision to leave your home country and immigrate to Canada involves many important steps and decisions. Much of the work can be done before you leave. For example, you can apply for a Work Permit (Work Visa) from your country of origin if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer. You must also prove that you meet Canadian immigration requirements and that your employer has permission to hire a foreign worker.

Using online or paper checklists will ensure that you have important personal and educational documents with you when you cross the border into Canada. Checklists can also be used to research your occupation, check your credentials, and learn about Canada's geography, climate and political systems.

This section will help you understand the Canadian immigration process and the types of rules and procedures to expect in your new country.

For More Information

Before You Arrive in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
A video explaining some of the things immigrants should do before leaving their country of origin in order to prepare to come to Canada.

Improving your English and French
General background information about why improving you and your family’s English and French language skills both before and after arrival in Canada is so important for everyday living and work. Includes basic information on language classes, registering for taxpayer-funded language classes, proficiency tests and certificates.

Build ON
Prepare to work in the skilled trades in Ontario. To help you find a job, this site offers one-on-one consultations with a coach, videos and documents in English and French.

Arrive Prepared -- Settlement Online Pre-Arrival
Arrive Prepared is a website offered by Settlement Online Pre-Arrival (SOPA). It helps people who have received permanent resident status, but who are not in Canada yet. It offers free online courses and personlized sessions with an intake counsellor to go over settlement questions and be connected to local resources in Canada. SOPA is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

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