Newcomers Support Programs

Newcomers Support Programs

Canada has several Newcomers Support Programs aimed at helping new immigrants settle in with ease. When immigrants are granted their permanent residency, they are very happy but quickly become tired due to the stress they encounter when coming into a new country with no familiar face to host them for a while.

Hence, they are fagged out quickly. Whenever you enter a new environment, it will definitely take you a while to settle in, the same works for immigration. Upon immigrating to a new country, you will need to start thinking about accommodation, getting a job, opening up a bank account, etc.

In fact, the rigorous process one would go through is quite challenging. Therefore, we recommend you look at these programs as they will really go a long way in helping you out so you can have a smooth landing.

Features of Newcomer Programs

Newcomer programs typically enroll students for a short period of time and then assist them in making the transition to a general education placement, to continue classes in English as a second language (ESL) or bilingual education, as needed.

Entry and Placement Criteria

Being a student with no prior schooling in Canada is the most common criterion for entrance into a newcomer program. Another criterion is the existence of referrals or
recommendations from intake centers, home schools, principals, guidance counselors, teachers, or parents/guardians. It is important to remember that parents/guardians have the right to opt out of the newcomer’s services.

Grade Levels Served

The grade levels in newcomer programs vary based on the ages and needs of the
arriving student population. Some districts offer newcomer programs for part of the school day with students participating in other educational programming for the remainder of the day.

Newcomers Canada

Newcomers Canada has a streamlined focus of helping immigrants discover work opportunities, network with potential employers and people of similar careers, as well as providing up-to-date information about living and working in Canada. The website also regularly features upcoming events that will be of utmost benefit to immigrants and visitors, while also regularly updating site users with available job opportunities, the location, and the qualification requirements.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

The LINC is another provider of Newcomers’ support programs in Canada. As a platform aiming at the welfare of Canadian newcomers, LINC provides a free language training program for adults and are found eligible.

Founded by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the organization is being controlled by those who understand the processes and the challenges newcomers face in the country.

The organization provides basic language skills in English for immigrants based in Ontario.

There are full-time and part-time training options depending on your preference. For all those interested in the training, LINC will conduct a language assessment test, first of all, to decide which level training should start from.

It should be noted that those who are just temporary residents, who are yet to be verified refugees, or who are Canadian citizens are not eligible for this training.

Instruction and Assessment

Newcomer programs provide specialized courses, distinct from the regular language support programs in the school or district (e.g. intensive English language and
literacy development; specialized reading interventions and sheltered content area courses for students with limited formal schooling; cultural orientation to Canada and the school system; and more).

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