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Mentorship

Feeling alone and isolated? Experiencing culture shock and feeling awkward in new social settings? Trapped in the seemingly never-ending “resume, cover-letter, interview” job-searching circle, looking for that big break through the right connections? You have just clicked on the right link! We, the Community Connections Mentorship Program, are here to link you with not only the right services, but also the right people who can assist you on your journey to become settled and integrate into your new country.

If you hold a valid Permanent Resident card, please join us for the following activities:

  • Career Mentoring – If you are an internationally-trained professional with a good grasp of English, you may be interested in meeting with mentors to provide you with tips on getting a job in your field. We have opportunities to meet with long-term mentors or companies such as the major banks, Google and Rogers Communications on a speed matching basis.
  • Citizenship Mentoring Circles – This 10-session mentoring program helps newcomers learn more about Canada and get the information they need to pass their Citizenship test.  These sessions are held in various locations across Toronto and Scarborough.
  • Settlement Online Support – English Conversation Circle – Since language is the main barrier that newcomers face in Canada where they are unable to communicate and eventually to get employed. So, to overcome this obstacle and to assist newcomers in their settlement process. The participants practise English with a professional ESL mentor twice a week in the evening via WhatsApp. If you want to practise what you have learned during the day at Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies, we offer meetings with other newcomers who continue practising their English on a more casual basis in the evening through Zoom online platform twice a week.
  • Settlement Online Support – Computer Basics Training For Newcomers To Canada – CultureLink Community Connections Mentorship Program offers free of cost Computer Basics Training Course spread over eight weeks. Participants will learn basics of computer operating system, keyboard and mouse skills, Word processing, presentation basics, excel spreadsheet, internet and email. Participants will go through hands on training to perform basic computer operations on their own during the eight weeks program.
  • Canada Connects – To increase the sense of belonging of the newcomers to Canada, the Canada Connects program addresses the isolation of the newcomers by matching them with experienced Canadian Volunteer Mentors, who will help them to navigate the Canadian Culture, practice English, learn new skills, build their confidence and build their social network.
  • NEAT (Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto) – Online and In-person  As part of civic engagement mentorship, NEAT offers flexible hands-on “Canadian” volunteer experience for newcomers to Canada in event planning, social media marketing and project management. Newcomers work as Volunteer Event Planners and are matched with mentors. Together they explore Toronto online and in-person and organize guided tours/outdoor/online activities. Register for NEAT program here.
  • NEATwalks Events – Online and In-person – For newcomers to Canada, attend free outdoor activities and guided tours (now available online) to learn about your new city and free events and meet new people. NEATwalks offer specific winter activities throughout winter months.
  • Newcomers Speak Up For Success – Available online during covid-19 pandemic – Public speaking is part of everyday life and is an important skill that needs on-going practice. This is a 10-weeks program developed for Newcomers to Canada with LINC/CLB Leve 5 and above to enhance their public speaking and presentation skills. Sessions are led by mentors and offer new tips to work on and a chance to practice prepared and impromptu speeches. Participants are matched with mentors in small groups for extra practice and guidance as well as networking with others.
  • Interview Squad Newcomers ProgramThe program will help newcomers become ready for their job search so they can showcase their talents and experience with confidence to Canadian employers and successfully navigate the hiring process. It is run by HR professionals and those with solid interview experience to ensure you have the highest quality training available. This training, which is conducted online, through Skype and in-person,  has been highly lauded by past graduates. One of every four program participants landed a job in their chosen career.
  • ArtegrationWe are starting to get more involved with festivals, galleries, museums, music and theatre. Currently we are working closely with Luminato, Soulpepper, Arts in the Park, Koffler Centre and the Aga Khan Museum.
  • Bike Host – If you know how to ride a bicycle, you will be able to borrow a bicycle from us. You will be matched with a mentor and explore Toronto by bike while practicing your English and meeting new people.
  • Camping Experience (for first time newcomer campers)Having fun in Canada’s parks is an essential part of being a Canadian. Newcomers of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in camping this summer. We prepare the participants well ahead of time with practical camping essentials through meetings once a month. It is a great way to know Canadians and other newcomer families in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Wintegration – Wingration is part of NEAT – Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto; and NEAT event planners work together as teams to organize winter activities. Please see NEAT for more information.

To help us better understand your needs and find a good match for you, Click to open and fill the registration form and complete a needs assessment with a Mentorship Program Worker. Please contact Jai Bharat at ygu@culturelink.ca to get assistance if you have any problems with the form.