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Somali Resources

The following lists all the external resources available in Somali that can be found as For More Information links throughout this website. These resources cover a variety of topics and the accompanying descriptions will help you determine which are the ones you need. If information on what you seek is not listed here, it may be available in another language on the page(s) covering that topic. 

To find pages or Community Directory records on the website that reference Somali in the text, use the Search Tool on the right of the page. The community directory lists government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that serve the Kingston area. Many provide services in languages other than English.


Alone in Canada: 21 Ways to Make it Better – a self-help guide for single newcomers
A guide to help single newcomers adjust to living in a new society, with tips on how to overcome culture shock and isolation, cope with stress and discrimination, learn English, establish and manage new relationships and experiences. Available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, English, French, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Twi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Child Care
Information about child care in Ontario, including how to choose the right kind of care, paying for child care, child-care fee subsidies, and finding care for children with special needs. Informational sheets for parents are provided on many topics including kindergarten, bullying, dual credit programs, cooperative education, and more. Brochures are available in Afghani, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Cree, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Mohawk, Nepali, Ojibwe, Ojicree, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Child Safety — Transport Canada
An overview of Canadian Government rules and regulations governing the safety of children travelling in vehicles. Includes such topics as a Keep Kids Safe section, highlighting the different types and stages of child seats and how to install them; Government safety requirements and testing, including how long child seats are safe to use; a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ); and information on purchasing non-Canadian-government approved child seats. The Keep Kids Safe section has downloadable brochures on each of the 4 safety stages in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Punjabi, Somali, and Spanish.

Emergency Management Ontario
Information about emergency management and community safety in Ontario. Features news and emergency alerts and includes a step-by-step toolkit on how to be prepared — including suggestions for people with disabilities and special needs, children, seniors, and pets. Basic “Be prepared” information is also in Arabic, Bengali, Farsi, Finnish, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Accessible on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Emergency Red Alerts can be received by email or SMS text messaging.

Health Care Connect
Register in person or online with Health Care Connect, an Ontario government program that helps Ontario residents find a family doctor. Includes an introductory video on the service. Downloadable multilingual fact sheets on Health Care Connect are available in Amharic, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Simplified and traditional), Farsi, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Ojicree, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Healthy Smiles Ontario
Ontario dental program for children 17 and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage to maintain the health of their teeth. Information on who is eligible, what services are covered, how to apply, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Information sheets are also available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Farsi, Italian, Oji-cree, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Immunization — Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
Ontario government site with information on immunization and the various vaccination programs available for infants, children, and adults and a list of publically funded vaccines provided by the province. The information includes videos and a section on Myths and Facts about vaccines and immunization, which is also available as a downloadable PDF in multiple languages: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, German, Italian, Korean, Oji-Cree, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, and Urdu.

Multi-language brochures (Canadian Mental Health Association)
A list of multi-language brochures on a number of mental health disorders, including depression, manic depression, anxiety, stress, and schizophrenia. Brochures are available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, English, French, Hindi, Greek, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Serbian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

My First Days: A Guide to Your First Two Weeks in Ontario
Information about arriving in Ontario, housing health, employment, education, legal services, and consumer information. Includes a Welcome to Canada checklist and a chapter entitled Next Steps. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, French, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Newcomers’ Guide to Secondary School (Public School Board)
The guide has information on starting school, report cards, parent-teacher interviews, ways parents can help, school policies, learning English and other subjects. Available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Croatian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Pashtu, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Phone Line for Legal Information and Referrals — In Many Languages (Settlement.Org)
Newcomers who need legal information or referrals can call a free toll-free telephone number 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receive service in English, French, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.

Information on using Registered Education Savings Plans (RESPs) to save for your child’s future education, including videos. Also available in Arabic, Spanish, Inuit, Portuguese, Somali, Filipino (Tagalog), Vietnamese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Urdu, Farsi, Punjabi, and Tamil.

Special Education Tip Sheet
Provides information about special education programs, student assessment, individual education plans, the Identification Placement and Review Committee and the role of parents. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Pilipino (Tagalog), Tamil, and Urdu.

Who Does What in Ontario’s Public Education System
Tip sheet with information about the roles of the Ministry of Education, Education Quality and Accountability Office, Ontario College of Teachers, school board, principal and vice-principal, teacher and school council. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

Your Legal Rights
A large resource of general legal information for Ontarians, compiled from hundreds of organizations across Ontario. While the site itself is only available in English, materials are available in multiple languages, including French. Managed by Community Legal Education Ontario.

Your Rights as a Worker
A fact sheet with information about who has rights, what those rights are, what to do if someone discriminates against a worker and how to get help. The fact sheet can be read or listened to in Arabic, Chinese, French, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.


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