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Off-leash Areas

There are multiple designated permanent off-leash areas in city parks for dog owners to exercise their pets without leashes or other restraints.

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Audio, Podcasts, & Videos

The following is a list of external resources on this website available in audio, podcast, or video formats.


About Ontario
Background information about people, places and history of Ontario. Government of Ontario videos are also available on YouTube.

Alternative Jobs (Settlement.Org)
A directory of alternative or non-regulated jobs within regulated fields that require a licence. Includes information about job responsibilities, qualifications, labour market, skill and language training programs, and videos of newcomers talking about their experiences in non-regulated or alternative jobs.

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.

Canada Business Network
Information about starting a business; grants and finances; taxes; regulations, licences and permits; hiring and managing staff; marketing and sales; and other business topics. Includes a blog with useful topical articles. Also available on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)
Website of the Canadian government housing agency. Includes information on buying, renting, renovating, green housing, mortgage loan insurance and other topics. CMHC can be followed on Twitter and has a large collection on informative videos on YouTube.

Canada’s Most Sustainable City
A 5½-minute video about Kingston’s community sustainability planning and Kingston’s efforts to become Canada’s most sustainable city. Includes footage of the city’s post-secondary institutions, downtown, energy efficient civic entertainment and recreational facilities, and the nearby Wolfe Island wind farm. Also included are links to the main Sustainable Kingston website.

Canadian Heritage Information Network — Jobs
A federal job listing service provided by the Canadian Museums Association and Canadian Heritage Information network to help those with careers in the heritage field. Also available on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and through RSS.

Canadian Immigration Integration Program
A government-funded program to help people immigrating to Canada under the Federal Skilled Workers Program from many different countries. Applicants receive advice and guidance to prepare for work in Canada. Includes details of the programs, several helpful video series covering different topics, resources geared to newcomers, and contact information.

CARE (Creating Access to Regulated Employment) Centre for Internationally Trained Nurses
This bridge training program helps internationally educated nurses (IENs) take the exams required to qualify as Registered Practical Nurses (RPN) in Canada. Includes exam preparation for the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination and Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination — both of which are necessary to qualify as RNs and RPNs. There is a CARE centre located in Kingston. Also available on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube.

Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
Kingston’s local conservation authority manages seven developed conservation areas located both in and around Kingston. These areas offer hiking trails, picnic areas, and other amenities, including summer and winter programming and activities. Also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, with a selection of videos featuring the conservation areas on YouTube.

Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (Canada Revenue Agency)
Information about a federal non-refundable tax credit for parents who enrol their children in physical activity programs. A video explaining this credit is also available.

Children’s Arts Tax Credit (Canada Revenue Agency)
Information about a federal non-refundable tax credit for parents who enrol their children in artistic, cultural, recreational, or developmental activity programs. A video explaining this credit is also available.

Choose the Right Safety Seat for Your Child
An illustrated guide to choosing and installing infant car seats, toddler seats and booster seats. Includes videos of how to install each type of seat.

Cycling in Kingston
The City of Kingston encourages bicycling as a healthy and inexpensive form of transportation. Includes information about bike racks, bicycle trails and pathways, protective helmets, hand signals and the rules of the road, as well as a video on Kingston as a bike-friendly community.

Determine your eligibility – Canadian Experience Class
The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is a subcategory of the Express Entry skilled immigrant immigration program. CEC is specific to those individuals who already have a qualifying amount of work experience in Canada, who meet the required language levels, and who are not settling in Quebec. Note that self-employment and work experience gained while a full-time student does not count under this program and that there are other restrictions as well. An explanatory video specific to students applying under this category is available.

Discover Canada, The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
An online version of the new federal government study guide available in multiple formats: in HTML and PDF; as an e-book or a mobile app; or as MP3 audio files read by notable Canadians. The guide includes chapters on applying for citizenship, Canada’s history, federal elections, Canadian symbols, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Driving & Transportation
Ontario Government videos on installing car seats and booster seats, how to get a driver's license, snowmobiling, water and boat safety, and more. This is an English only page, but the videos are available in a mixture of French and English.

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.

Employment Standards — Ontario Ministry of Labour
The Employment Standards Act sets out the minimum standards that employers and employees must follow to ensure fairness in the workplace. Includes a “Know your rights” video, which is available in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, and Urdu. Information is also available on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Find Health Care Options
Ontario government website with a health services directory, a tool for finding a family health care provider, information on Telehealth Ontario, and more. Available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and by RSS.

Fire Safety & Prevention
Information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on home, outdoor, and personal fire safety, including a video on woodstove installation and safety. Also information on power outage safety and safety equipment and planning information.

Get Prepared (Government of Canada)
A three-step guide to understanding the risks facing different communities, making an emergency plan, and putting together an emergency kit. Includes safety tip service news feed. Includes family emergency kit and plan videos, a safety tip service news feed, an online Canadian Disaster Database and an Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs. Also available on Twitter, YouTube and by RSS.

Goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) — for businesses
General and specific information for businesses about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), rebates, and important dates. Includes a variety of information and tools, including a calculations table for GST/HST, a list of e-services (online service options) and a series of videos for small businesses that explain about GST/HST, payroll, and preparing T4 and T4A information slips.

Government of Canada Job Bank
Overview about working in Canada. Includes links to information on government, wages, taxes, important documents, challenges, and rights as well as videos and guides. Also features a number of useful tools for researching the demand and outlook for different occupations in locations across Canada as well as listing existing job opportunities.

Green Housing
Information provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation to help homeowners understand green building and renovating practices. Details ways to save energy and water — including a series of instructional videos — as well as information on retrofit and financing options.

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.

HealthForceOntario is a marketing and recruiting agency for health professionals in Ontario. Health-care openings across the province are posted on this site. Also available on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Historic Walking Tours
Information on free walking tours in Kingston. Explore the city and different neighbourhoods, learn about local architects, follow in Sir. John A.’s footsteps, and investigate local Naval and War of 1812 historic sites. Includes downloadable maps and some audio tours.

I want to work in the trades
Information about choosing a career, trade certification, finding an employer, financial help and other services. Includes a short video on apprenticeship options.

Illegal Deductions from Wages Video
An Ontario Ministry of Labour video explaining when employers can make deductions from wages and when such deductions are illegal. In Ontario, employers can make deductions only in very specific circumstances, but as a rule cannot make deductions from an employee’s wages. Available in Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, and Urdu.

Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA)
Information and video about programs and settlement services available to newcomers in the Kingston area. Includes help with immigration documentation, education, language programs, meeting people, finding housing and jobs and referrals to other community services an programs. ISKA’s services are available in Mandarin, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. Also available is a video detailing ISKA’s services, which is also available in other languages: Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Farsi.

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.

Invest in Ontario – Business Advantages
Information about Ontario’s business advantages: the economy, workforce, business climate, municipalities, available industrial land, government incentive programs and government contacts. Includes a video showcasing these advantages.

Invest in Ontario — Business Resources
A variety of references and tools on Ontario's investment opportunities — from fact sheets to maps, to downloadable brochures, videos and information on government programs. Some publications are provided in alternate languages such as French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and German.

Invest in Ontario: Business Immigration
Business immigrants have access to a variety of services and support before and after arriving in Ontario, including multi-lingual seminars, networking events, programs and an opportunity to explore other communities. Includes an explanatory video explaining how the Ontario government is ready to help you do business in Ontario.

ISKA Newcomer Youth Programs
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area (ISKA) has many different programs — including a youth group and homework club — geared towards newcomer youth between the ages of 13-24. A video showcasing the program is available.

KEYS Employment Services
A list of the employment services for newcomers and internationally trained individuals available through KEYS. Includes career coaching, labour market information, credential assessment, employment and training opportunities, and job search workshops for new immigrants. Also available on Facebook and Twitter, with videos on YouTube.

KEYS Events & Workshops
Listing of KEYS workshops. These useful sessions help provide people with the skills and knowledge needed to find employment. They cover resume building, job searching, immigrant youth, interviewing, certification information, and more. Also available on Facebook and Twitter. Videos highlighting the different programs, including those for immigrants, are available on YouTube.

Kingston Frontenac Public Library
In addition to branch hours and locations, the library’s website allows you to search its collection, reserve materials, request interlibrary services and find out all you need to know about what the library has to offer in Kingston. KFPL can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Kingston MarketView Webcam
Visitors to this site can see an up-to-the-minute view of Kingston’s historic market square in the heart of the downtown core.

Kingston Police — Crime Prevention
Resources and safety tips for preventing crime for adults, parents, children, and youth. Includes information on programs and 911 emergency help protocol. Kingston Police is available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.

Kingston — The Great Waterway
Ontario tourism site. Includes information about special events, places of interest and travel tips for the Kingston area and many areas nearby. Includes an online directory of places to stay in Kingston and various videos.

KIP “Call Kingston Home” Movie — College Student
This video profiles a young student who chose to study accounting at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. She discusses her experiences living in Kingston—what she loves, what she has had to adapt to, and why she thinks it is a great home for immigrants in Canada. This Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) video is in Mandarin (Chinese) with English subtitles.

KIP “Call Kingston Home” Movie — Employment Resource Specialist
This video profiles a Moroccan immigrant who currently works for KEYS Job Centre d’emploi as an employment resource specialist. She discusses what it’s like to live, work, and raise a family in Kingston—including what services are available to help newcomers call Kingston home. This Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) video is in Arabic with English subtitles

KIP “Call Kingston Home” Movie — Real Estate Agent
This video profiles a local real estate agent discussing what makes Kingston special and why she chose it as the home for her and her family. She talks about taking an intensive English-language program at Queen’s University and studying real estate at St. Lawrence college, local community groups, and what it means to her to call Kingston home. This Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) video is in Spanish with English subtitles.

KIP “Call Kingston Home” Movie — University Professor
This video profiles an Indian immigrant who came to Kingston to do post-doctoral research in cancer drug discovery at Queen’s University. Now a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, he discusses why he chose Kingston as the new home for him and his young family. This Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) video is in English with no subtitles.

KIP “Call Kingston Home” Movies
A collection of 4 videos by the Kingston Immigration Partnership (KIP) highlighting the success stories of immigrants who have chosen to call Kingston home. These individuals—a real estate agent, a college student, a university professor, and an employment counselor—share what attracted them and their families to Kingston, why they stay, and why others should consider Kingston as their new home. The videos are in Arabic, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
Free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for landed immigrants funded by the federal government are available through two Kingston agencies, Kingston Literacy and KEYS Employment Services. Includes information about the LINC program and locations, who is eligible, child care, contacts and class schedules. A LINC promotional video is also available.

Learn about using a representative — Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
General overview with links to more information on types of immigration representatives and what to look for, protecting yourself from fraud, and how to file a complaint. Includes an explanatory video and links to the application forms you will need if you choose to use a representative.

Limestone Community Education
A department of the public school board, Limestone Community Education offers ESL programs, international language instruction, workforce training, academic upgrading and programs to help immigrants find work in the health-care field. Videos of services are available.

Loving Spoonful
Local community food organization working to combat hunger and ensure local food sustainability and security and promote healthy food. Programs include the volunteer Grow-a-Row, the Community Garden’s Network, a low-income farmer’s market and redistribution of surplus donated food. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Newcomers to Canada (immigrants)
Canada Revenue Agency information on the income tax rules that apply to newcomers to Canada (immigrants) during their first tax year. Includes a series of videos for newcomers about the Canadian Tax System and the process of filing that first income tax and benefit return.

Ontario Bridge Training — Success Stories
Videos showing the success stories of immigrants in a variety of occupations helped by Ontario’s bridging programs. Includes an optometrist, a social worker, a nurse, and a teacher.

Ontario Ministry of Labour — Podcast Archive
A series of podcasts on employment standards and health and safety. A wide variety of topics is covered, including deductions from wages, overtime, filing an employment standards claim, heat stress, farming safety, infection prevention, etc.

Ontario Parks
Information about provincial parks in Ontario, including location, events, fees, operating dates, seasonal passes, activities for children, and park accommodations. Online registration is available. Also available on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Videos showcasing the various parks are available on YouTube.

Opportunities Ontario: Foreign Workers
Work permit information for businesses wishing to recruit and hire foreign workers. Includes information and links on both the General Category (including a video) and the International Student With Job Offer streams for employers and those seeking nomination as a foreign worker. Also lists the process and documents required of both employer and employee, and how employees may extend their stay in Ontario.

Parenting — We are here to help
Parenting help page of Kingston’s local children’s aid society: Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington. Includes who to call, resource links, a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and a video.

Partners in Mission Foodbank
The food bank provides emergency food assistance to local Kingston individuals and families. Hampers filled with non-perishable food and some fresh products are made available depending on level of need. Also available on Facebook and Twitter.

Providence Care
Information about the programs and services provided by Providence Care in Kingston. Available on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Public Transit Tax Credit
Public transit users with monthly passes (or longer) that allow for unlimited rides are eligible for a federal government tax credit. Includes information about who can claim and what types of passes are eligible, how to calculate the amount and submit your tax claim, and what information and receipts you need to support your claim. There is also a video explaining requirements and process.

Queen’s University — Arts and Science Online, Continuing and Distance Studies
A guide to continuing and distance courses offered at by Queen’s Faculty of Arts and Science. Includes undergraduate courses in humanities, social sciences, and sciences that can lead to a Queen’s bachelor degree. An online course directory, admissions guidelines, and other program information is provided. Department information is also available on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and through an RSS news feed. Queen’s University videos are on YouTube.

RMC Library
The Massey Library at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) has books, journals and audio-visual items in English and French in many different subjects.

Detailed information and articles about living, working, studying and settling in Ontario. They can also be followed on Twitter and are available on Facebook and YouTube.

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.

Smith Falls Immigration Portal
A newcomer’s web portal with information about the Town of Smith Falls. Available in English only; alternate languages are provided through Google translate. Includes a selection of community videos and multilingual fact sheets available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu.

St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission manages recreational areas from Kingston to near the Quebec border. Includes links to Kingston’s Fort Henry, Upper Canada Village and the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Includes details on camping, beach and picnic areas as well as special events. The commission is also available on Facebook and has videos on the parks and various events on YouTube.

Stay in Canada after graduation
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to stay and work in Canada and gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience helps graduates qualify for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program. Criteria, requirements, and how to apply for this work permit are addressed. Includes a video on the Canadian Experience Class immigration stream for students.

Study in Ontario — International Students
Information for international students interested in going to College or University in Ontario. Includes details on choosing a school and how to apply; what qualifications and admissions are required; getting credentials evaluated; and what tuition assistance options (scholarships, bursaries, and loans) are available. Also includes information on working on- and off-campus and work permits for students and post-graduates; obtaining university health insurance; bringing a spouse or a child; and options for living and working in Canada permanently. A video is also available.

The Food Sharing Project
Provides breakfast, snacks, and lunch to children in Kingston-area schools. Includes information on initiating a program, nutrition guides, and videos. Also available on Facebook.

The Great Waterway
Ontario tourism site detailing the highlights on offer in the areas along the Rideau Canal and the St. Lawrence Seaway from Quinte West to Cornwall, including Kingston. Features descriptions of all the different areas with suggestions on what to see and do, plus an events calendar and a video road trip. Also available on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services
General information about school bus services to the English school boards in the Kingston area. Includes an online application form, school boundary map and eligibility forms, alerts, and news and announcements. Also available on Facebook, Twitter with informational videos on YouTube.

Utilities Kingston (UK)
Information about electricity, natural gas, and water and how they are supplied and distributed in Kingston. The site also features the MyUtilities customer portal for personalized tracking of water, natural gas, and electricity use by UK customers. This portal includes customer bills and payment history; tools to see how to manage on- and off-peak electricity costs; tools that show how temperatures affect gas, electricity and overall heating costs; and other tips and resources to help customers save money and conserve energy and water. Also available through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Video Centre — Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
A selection of videos on topics of interest to newcomers. Includes tutorials for filling out immigration forms and other documents, personal stories of immigrants, immigrating and settling in Canada (process, requirements, etc.) becoming a Canadian citizen, applying for a Permanent Resident Card or a passport, multiculturalism in Canada and statements by Canadian politicians. Transcripts of each video are available in English and French. Versions of the videos are available in other languages on the corresponding CIC YouTube channels: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi, Punjabi, Tagalog and Urdu.

Water Conservation
Utilities Kingston’s (UK’s) tips on how to conserve water, protect the environment, and save energy and money. Includes details on water conservation at home and in the garden, the annual rain barrel program, and water efficiency retrofit initiatives and programs. Also includes a video introduction to water conservation and water service leak identification and reporting information.

Weather and Meteorology
Environment Canada website with information on Canada’s weather and climate. Includes links to UV and ozone information, marine conditions (including Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts, Artic waters, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence River), lighting, the Canadian Ice Service, and the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Also includes links to weather tools: radar, satellite, lighting, air quality, and water interactive online maps and resources. Videos on how to best use the tools are often also available on the site and through Environment Canada’s YouTube channel, as are RSS weather updates and weather radio.

Winter Driving — Be Prepared, Be Safe!
Downloadable booklet with details about winter driving conditions. Contains helpful information about driving safely and winter road maintenance practices. Videos with tips are also available.

Winter Driving — Transport Canada
Informational video with driving tips for Canadian winters. Includes tips on clearing your car of snow, using snow tires, emergency kits, fuel consumption, and car maintenance.

Working in Canada Videos
Canadian government videos about working in Canada. Includes videos on occupations in the tourism sector and various occupations as described by workers. Also include videos of newcomer’s stories about coming to Canada and information about Canada. A partner site to the Government of Canada Job Bank website.

Your First Two Weeks in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration Canada)
A video to help immigrants prepare for their new life in Canada and what they need to do in their first 2 weeks after arrival to make the transition easier.

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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