Information and Orientation

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Best Practices/Practical Guides

Welcome to Canada Guide 2013

  • Information for newcomers on what to expect in their first few weeks of coming to Canada and how to find a place to live, get around your new city, work and go to school and connect with your community.
  • Information on Canadian laws, health care and how to get help settling in Canada.

Information and Orientation Experts' Annual Meeting

Information and Orientation Experts Meeting Summary
The third annual Information and Orientation Experts Meeting was held on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, with 23 participants. This meeting was facilitated by the Information and Orientation Team of the Integration Branch at Citizenship and Immigration Canada (note: the opinions expressed in these notes do not necessarily reflect those of Citizenship and Immigration Canada or the Government of Canada). This year’s experts came from across the country (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland), and included SPO front-line workers, executive directors, curriculum and web experts, and academics. The main themes were:

  • Welcome to Canada
  • Group orientations and how they are carried out across the country
  • How to best to maintain a national network on information and orientation


Summary of Research on Classroom Settlement Orientations

  • In the summer of 2012, CIC’s Integration Branch engaged Goss Gilroy Consulting to conduct a survey of in-Canada, classroom settlement orientation sessions offered to newcomers. The survey looked at how orientation sessions are offered, how long they last, what content they use and a wide range of other items.