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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Immigrant-serving organizations (ISOs) are a great place to meet others as they offer a variety of programs and social activities you can take part in. Many also offer mentoring programs, which will match you up with another immigrant or Canadian to help you settle.
Playing sports is another good way to meet new people of all ages. In most cities and towns, there are organized leagues for all major sports at different skill and age levels. There are also sports centres where you can: enjoy fitness classes swim work out at the gym do many other sports-related activities
Volunteering your time is an excellent way to: meet people contribute to your community gain Canadian work experience You can volunteer in many places, including: community centres schools charitable organizations hospitals and retirement homes ISOs To find more information about volunteering, ask your settlement worker, or send an email with your question to director@firststepsincanada.com
here are many opportunities for people with common interests to gather. Examples include joining: neighbourhood groups ethnocultural clubs book clubs game clubs music, arts or dance clubs You can find out about associations and clubs in your area by searching online or the local newspaper, by calling or visiting your local community centre or City Hall.
Joining activities and programs at your local community centre is also a good way of meeting new people who share your interests. Most neighbourhoods have community centres that offer many activities and programs in the areas of: health, fitness and recreation child care education leisure many other areas For a list of community centres, search online or consult your municipal government website.
Perhaps simplest of all is meeting new people in your neighbourhood. Introduce yourself to your neighbours and tell them that you are new to the country. If you have children, you can also meet other parents at the local playground.
n Canada, schools encourage parents to support their child’s education by getting involved with the school and school board. Getting involved can help your child succeed and provide an excellent opportunity to become part of a school community.
In addition to the private practice of religion, Canadians show their religious faith in public life and in their daily activities. They also gather in: churches synagogues mosques temples other places of worship Focusing on establishing networks between Canadians with Newcomers to Canada as well as to strengthening their connections to the community, The “Conversation Circle” is a weekly program held throughout the school year which increases social interactions and relationship development opportunities for newcomers.