New To Canada

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Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS)

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS), also known as SEPT, offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services or group programs that help participants to understand and to successfully transition into the education system and to accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include:

  • Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students

  • Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle schools students and families.

TDSB Newcomer Services Welcoming Communities

TDSB Welcoming Communities (Newcomer Services) is a structured mentorship program for new Canadian students in TDSB elementary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools.

Working alongside our program staff, and a peer helper, newcomer students participate in a variety of group activities designed to help ease some of the transitional challenges faced when settling into Canadian culture.Activities may include: homework clubs, English conversation circles, sports and recreational activities, table tennis lessons, a reading buddy program, steel pan drums lessons, field trips and a culturally-based culinary program.

If you are a newcomer student, parent or guardian, community partner, or TDSB staff interested in learning more about our program, please contact us:

416-393-0288 |

TDSB Settlement Services

  • The Newcomer Services location in the Malvern area offers a one-stop service for newcomers aged 13 and older. We provide FREE settlement services for newcomer adults, youth, seniors and persons with disabilities. Services include extensive and valuable information, referrals, group workshops and one-on-one assistance on various settlement needs.

  • TDSB Newcomer Services - Welcoming Communities is an eight-week mentorship program developed for students new to TDSB schools. This program matches local students with mentors to help ease their transition to Canada and school, through supervised group activities.

  • Enhanced Language Training is a 14-week program that includes eight weeks of in-class business English training followed by a six-week work placement to gain Canadian experience.

  • Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada offers free English classes for newcomers and assists with the settlement process and integration into Canadian society. All locations offer Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) services.