Newcomer Resources for Immigrants

 

 

Welcome to Canada and Saskatchewan! Your local Wapiti Regional Library branch has many free services, resources, and materials to help you transition to and enjoy life in your new home.
 

 - View a map of Wapiti Regional Library and its branch library locations. Find information about the Wapiti branch library nearest you

 - Visit your local library to sign up for a free library card. Learn how to get a library card and how the system works

 - Attend free programs at your library. There are programs for the whole family: storytimes for preschoolers, crafts and clubs for kids, and activities for adults.
   View upcoming program details

 - Use a computer for free. All Wapiti libraries have computers with internet and email access, word processing, and printing. All you need is your free library card

 - Borrow our materials. With your free library card, you can borrow books, movies, and music

 - Access e-Resources. Use your library card to access online eBooks, audiobooks, stream music and movies, read newspapers from around the world, research
   products or services, and much more. View a list of our free e-Resources.

 

Below are links to services that you may find helpful.
 

Immigrating to Saskatchewan

 - Start your life in Saskatchewan: First Things to do (how to find a place to live and apply for a Social Insurance Number and a Saskatchewan
   Health Services card, learn about public transportation, how to open a bank account and register children for school, find the nearest doctor, clinic, or
   hospital, how to get a drivers license and get connected with phone, utilities, and internet)
 - Language Training and Settlement Services
 - Resolving Immigration Issues and Complaints and many more links to various services

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada - Newcomer Services

 - Find newcomer services near you
 - Look for a job
 - Get information about services focused on newcomer women
 - Connect with people in your community
 - Find out how to file your first tax return and apply for benefits and credits
 - Learn how to assess your language skills and sign up for a class

Prince Albert Regional Newcomer Centre

 - Services are free of charge
 - Even if you do not speak English, the Centre will be able to help, using an interpreter through Over-the-Phone Interpretation (OPI)
 - You may bring a family member or friend to translate for you
 - Speak to a Settlement Advisor to ask about community resources and services to meet your needs such as health and wellness, workplace issues, or housing

Programs and Services to Help You Settle in Saskatchewan

 - Search for Saskatchewan's immigration settlement programs and services by location using an interactive map
 - Find free settlement programs and services near you

Service Canada

 - Federal institution that is part of Employment and Social Development Canada
 - Provides a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. Contact through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail
   (apply for a Social Insurance Number, Employment Insurance Benefits and Leave, Canada Pension Plan, Canadian Passport, etc.)
 - Provides telephone interpretation in many foreign languages
 - The Service Canada office in Prince Albert is located in the South Hill Mall, 2995 2nd Avenue West, Prince Albert, SK S6V 5V5, phone 1-800-622-6232

English Classes and Employment Support - Prince Albert

 - Free English classes
 - Settlement Employability Support

Prince Albert Literacy Network

 - Reading and Writing Tutoring for adults
 - A Place to Call Home - Tenant & Landlord Information workshop to answer questions about:
         How to find a rental place
         Your rights and responsibilities as a renter
         A landlord's rights and responsibilities
 - Money Matters, a beginner financial literacy workshop consisting of four sessions:
        Spending Plans
        Banking Basics
        Borrowing Money
        RESPs and Other Ways to Save
 - Storysacks for families. Register for this free lending library to take home story materials in a bag

Langage Portal of Canada

 - Access free tools to improve your knowledge of English and French
 - Polish your writing skills with quizzes or participate in the Our Languages blog
 - Explore a selection of language-related Canadian links

Saskatchewan Intercultural Association

 - Supports cultural groups to help them retain distinctive cultural identity, language, and arts
 - Provides programs and services that empower and relieve barriers for Newcomers and Indigenous people in securing employment, language advancement,
   and cultural understanding

Community Programs for New Families in Canada

 - Information about Early Childhood Intervention: community-based support for the families of children aged 0-6 years that experience developmental delays or
   are at risk of delay
 - Contains a link to Kids First, a program for families living in vulnerable circumstances that have children from newborn to age five. It uses home visitors and
   other professionals to help families with prenatal care, positive learning, parenting, and optimizing their child’s health and well-being

Saskatchewan School Districts

 - List (and maps) of Saskatchewan School Districts for kindergarten through grade 12 Schools. Includes Public School divisions, Separate School Divisions, and
   Francophone School divisions

Saskatchewan Universities and Colleges

 - Information on Saskatchewan universities and colleges, including information on inter-provincial training agreements

Saskatchewan Health Care Information

 - Learn about the health care system, apply for a health card, and find health services in your area

211 Saskatchewan

 - Free, confidential service that connects individuals to human services in the province by telephone, text, or web chat, plus a searchable website with
   over 5,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province
 - Search the 211 Saskatchewan website or call 2-1-1, text 2-1-1, or go online to chat with trained professionals who will help you find and navigate services
 - Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
 - Over 100 languages, including 17 Indigenous languages, are available over the phone

Newcomers and Employment in Canada

 - Service Canada explains the Work Permits program for foreign workers seeking temporary employment and provides information about Employment Insurance
   benefits, the Job Bank, and various other employment services and programs available in Canada.

Canada Job Bank

 - Find a job anywhere in Canada

Workplace Safety and Rights

 - Learn how to be safe on the job and what your rights are. From the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Foreign Credentials in Canada

 - Federal government office providing information, path-finding, and referral services on foreign credential recognition for internationally trained workers

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Application (SINP)

 - SINP (Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program) is a specific immigration program of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The SINP allows
   Saskatchewan to choose eligible candidates for permanent residency in the province and subsequently nominate them to the federal government

 - Use this application to determine if you meet the SINP criteria and have factors that will help you settle successfully in Saskatchewan, including
   but not limited to: education, skilled work experience, and English or French Language ability

Saskatchewan Business and Industry

 - Learn about your workplace rights, understand wages, pay, work schedules, and layoffs. Information on how to start a business

Canada Revenue Agency - Newcomers to Canada (immigrants and returning residents)

 - Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada. Learn how to complete your first income tax and benefit return as a
   resident of Canada
 - Watch videos for newcomers to Canada, including one entitled, New to Canada? Learn about taxes

Driving and Road Safety

 - Learn how to get a Saskatchewan Drivers License and auto insurance. Watch training videos and get tips on driving. Find information on road safety and traffic
   laws

Practice Test for Saskatchewan Class 7 Learner’s Novice 1 License

 - Free, online SGI Practice Test, with multiple choice questions, intended to help you prepare for the Saskatchewan Driving Test for Class 7 learner’s Novice 1
   license test that is required before you can get your driver’s license

Welcoming Women in Canada

 - Find help for victims of abuse
 - Look for a job
 - Learn about programs focused on newcomer women
 - Find newcomer services for women

Canadian Red Cross

 - Helps migrant and refugee claimants who have been impacted by armed conflict and other emergency situations

Study Guide – Discover Canada – The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship

 - Used by newcomers to study for the Canadian Citizenship test. Also contains information on the history of Canada, how governmnet works, and more

Your Guide to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

 - Explains the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the Charter) and its importance in the daily lives of Canadians