Get help before arriving in Canada – Pre-arrival services

There are free in-person and online services that we fund to help you better prepare and adjust to life in Canada. These services can help you with:

We strongly recommend that you use pre-arrival services to better prepare you for life in Canada.

If you have been selected to immigrate to Canada, you and your family can find services to help before you immigrate.

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What do you need help with?

  • Preparing for life in Canada
  • Working in Canada (including qualifications recognition)
  • Finding information about French-speaking communities

Do you want online or in-person services?

  • Online
  • In person

    What country are you in right now?

    • Australia
    • Bangladesh
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Dubai
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • Ethiopia
    • Ghana
    • Haiti
    • Hong Kong
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • Jordan
    • Kenya
    • Korea
    • Lebanon
    • Malaysia
    • Mexico
    • Moldova
    • Nepal
    • Nigeria
    • Pakistan
    • Philippines
    • Poland
    • Romania
    • Russia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Sri Lanka
    • Sudan
    • Taïwan
    • Thailand
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United States of America
    • Vietnam

Do you want services in English or French?

  • English
  • French
Project and Service provider Services What do you need help with? Do you want online or in-person services? What country are you in right now?  What language would you prefer to have service in?
AEIP Pre-Arrival Settlement Services - Provided by S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Helps prepare newcomers for moving to Canada. Provides settlement and employment information and orientation.  Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

In-person services are also available in Chinese and Korean, depending on location

Tags: Online, In-person, English, French

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Build On: Pre-Arrival Trades in Ontario - Provided by YMCA-YWCA

Provides newcomers with help on how to find employment in the skilled trades in Canada.

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, English, French

Working in Canada Online English,French
Canadian Employment Connections - Provided by Accessible Counselling and Community Employment Services (ACCES)

Helps internationally-educated newcomers find jobs in their field. Targeted sectors include IT, finance, engineering, sales, marketing, supply chain, and human resource professionals.

Tags: Online, English, French

Working in Canada Online English,French
Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) - Provided by International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Supports refugees to be resettled to Canada with three to five days of information and orientation in their mother tongue, including tailored information and resources for refugee youth participants. In addition to receiving multiple handouts (handbook, workbooks, factsheets, etc.), participants can access support services on-site (childminding, translation, interpretation and transportation).

Tags: Online, In-person, English

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CanPrep - Provided by  Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto (JVS Toronto)

Provides employment preparation, employer interactive webinars, access to job matching platforms, occupation-specific mentoring, and Canadian workplace culture support.

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, English

Working in Canada Online English
Pre-arrival services for francophone newcomers - Provided by Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE Canada) (available in French only)

Offers a variety of pre-arrival tools and services to facilitate economic integration to francophone newcomers.

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, French

Working in Canada,Information on French speaking communities Online French
Facilitating Access to Skilled Trades in British Columbia (FASTBC) - Provided by Immigrant Employment Council of BC Society (IEC-BC)

Helps newcomers in the Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry and Power Engineering trades to obtain jobs in British Columbia.

Tags: Online, English

Working in Canada Online English
Francophone Pre-arrival settlement services - Provided by Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE) (available in French only)

Provides information and services to Francophone newcomers before arrival in order to meet their settlement needs. Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

Tags: Services available across the Atlantic provinces, Online, French

Preparing for life in Canada,Working in Canada,Information on French speaking communities Online French
Francophone Pre-arrival settlement services in BC - Provided by Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB)

Provides information and services to Francophone newcomers before their arrival in order to meet their settlement needs. Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

Tags: Online, English, French

Preparing for life in Canada,Working in Canada,Information on French speaking communities Online English,French
GO Talent Canada - Provided by Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada Inc.

Provides newcomers with information and services specific to the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

Tags: Online, In-person, English, French

Working in Canada Online,In-person Philippines English,French
In-TAC Pre-Arrival Services - Provided by Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC)

Helps new immigrants to prepare for life in Canada and connect them with employment opportunities.  Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

In-person services are also available in Mandarin and Cantonese, depending on location.

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, In-person, English

Preparing for life in Canada,Working in Canada Online,In-person China English
Integrating Newcomers - Provided by British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)

Helps newcomers find jobs in construction in British Columbia.

Tags: Online, English, French

Working in Canada Online English,French
Next stop Canada - Provided by YMCA of Greater Toronto

Provides settlement information and services to all newcomers. Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, English

Preparing for life in Canada,Working in Canada Online English
Settlement Online services Pre-Arrival (SOPA) - Provided by Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

Helps newcomers develop job search skills and improve cultural communication skills for the Canadian workplace. Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, English

Preparing for life in Canada,Working in Canada Online English
Planning for Canada (including Canadian Immigrant Integration program (CIIP) & Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA)) - Provided by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) & International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Prepares economic and family class immigrants for economic and settlement success in Canada with a full-day orientation session, an individually-tailored planning session specific to your occupation and province of destination and related/complementary referrals to over 40 Canadian partners offering more pre-departure help.

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, In-person, English, French

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Pre-arrival Food Safety Management Training Program - Provided by Food Processing Human Resources Council

Provides newcomers with knowledge of the food industry in Canada and program certificates recognized by employers.

Tags: Online, English

Working in Canada Online English
Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) - Provided by CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

Helps internationally educated nurses connect with sector specific practices, institutions, processes and regulatory bodies.

Tags: Online, English

Working in Canada Online English
Preparing to Work in Canada (PWC) - Provided by Quality Continuous Improvement Centre for Community Education and Training

Online services that provide initial employment needs assessment, orientation to employment in Canada, help finding a job, resources for official language development, and more.

Tags: Online, English

Working in Canada Online English
SmartPathways E-Mentoring & Other Supports for Pre-Arrival Internationally Trained Professionals (ITPs) - Provided by Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council (CRIEC)

Provides newcomers moving to Calgary with links to Calgary employers and mentors.

Tags: Online, English

Working in Canada Online English
SolutionsEmplois.ca - Provided by La Cité collégiale (available in French only)

Offers virtual job fairs in real time with potential employers for new francophone and bilingual newcomers wishing to settle in French.

Tags: Online, French

Working in Canada,Information on French speaking communities Online French
Step-up Pathways to Canada - Provided by Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS)

Provides information on life in Canada including what you need to get a job, education options, settlement challenges, housing and transportation, and more. Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

Tags: Online, In-person, English

Preparing for life in Canada,Working in Canada Online,In-person Philippines English
Take Off: India to Canada - Provided by Abbotsford Community Services Society

Provides settlement information on Canadian culture, customs and daily life, housing, employment, education, banking, and healthcare to newcomers coming from India. Clients can do a needs assessment and get a personalized settlement plan with other links to in-Canada resources.

Tags: Online, In-person, English

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The Pre-Arrival Centre (PAC) - Provided by Immigrant Centre Manitoba Inc.

Provides clients with information about the Winnipeg region. Also connects clients to Manitoba-based stakeholders.

Tags: Online, English

Preparing for life in Canada,Working in Canada Online English
Youth Pre-Arrival Learning Site (YPALS) - Provided by YMCA of Greater Toronto

Provides settlement information, e-learning opportunities and peer mentorship to pre-arrival youth (12 to 19 years old).

Tags: Services available across Canada, Online, English

Preparing for life in Canada Online English

To use pre-arrival services

To access these free in-person and online services, you must be outside Canada, and you must have one of the following documents:

These services are for Permanent Resident applicants only. Temporary Residents are not eligible for the services.

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