Library Settlement Partnership
In October 2008, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Toronto Public Library joined forces to create the Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) to provide settlement services in public libraries. By extending settlement services beyond the traditional service points, the LSP program has made accessing settlement services easier for newcomers. Services are available year-round at various libraries throughout the city, as well as during evenings and weekends.
Throughout the years, the LSP program has helped numerous newcomers adjust to their new life in Canada, build connections, become involved in their community and link them to a variety of resources, including the many resources available in the libraries. Through this program, newcomers develop a sense of familiarity and belonging within the community, helping with their long-term settlement process. Services include one-on-one settlement counselling, information sessions and workshops for newcomers, community events, referrals and much more.
Our LSP program is offered at two locations:
Lillian H. Smith Library, located at 239 College Street in Toronto – Mandarin speaking program worker.
Mimico Centennial Library, located at 47 Station Road in Toronto - Spanish speaking program worker
There are many different types of workshops that clients can participate in. On average, there are two workshops per month at each library. We collaborate with the existing libraries and the surrounding community agencies to develop and deliver workshops that are relevant to the newcomer community. Upcoming workshops can be found by looking at our event calendar.