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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

February 2013
Changes to citizenship language assessment take effect
As of November 1, 2012...

Citizenship applicants between 18 and 54 years of age are now required to provide up-front objective evidence of their language ability at the time they apply.

Since the first Canadian Citizenship Act of 1947, most citizenship applicants have been required to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of one of the official languages. However, this marks the first time that applicants have been required to demonstrate that knowledge with objective evidence at the time they submit their application.


Applicants must submit one of three types of evidence to satisfy the new requirement:

the results of a CIC-approved third-party test; or

the evidence of completion of secondary or post-secondary education in English or French; or

the evidence of achieving the appropriate language level in certain government-funded language training programs.


For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations    

Online Citizenship Preparation Website
CIC Funded- Canadian Citizenship Virtual Resource Centre

Virtual Citizenship Resource Centre (VCRC) is a virtual online service aimed at helping newcomers prepare for Canadian citizenship while understanding Canadian values.  


All services are 100% free of charge, guidance and additional support are provided by Citizenship Navigation Officers through live video chats and virtual meetings.    


Visit: http://citizenshipnow.ca/


For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations     


Youth Entrepreneurship Program Summer Company

Since 2001, The Brampton Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) has been a program provider for the Ontario government's youth entrepreneurship program Summer Company. Summer company provides awards of up to $3000.00 to successful students, aged 15-29, to start up and run their own business.  


Summer Company introduces entrepreneurship as a viable career option to young professionals and provides an opportunity to build valuable skills and work experience over the summer. Brampton SBEC is the main point of contact in Brampton/Caledon for Summer Company.   

The Brampton Small Business Enterprise Centre provides hands on entrepreneurship training workshops; pairs each student with an experienced entrepreneur to provide business mentorship; and completes all Ministry participant tracking/monitoring and program administration.


For more information regarding this program visit www.ontario.ca/summercompany

**Deadline for application submission mid April 2013


For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations      


30% off Ontario Tuition - Youth Program

You could be eligible for 30% off tuition, if:

  • you're a full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario
  • you've been out of high school for less than four years
  • you're in a program you can apply to directly from high school (e.g., undergraduate level)
  • you meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • your parents' gross income (total before taxes) is $160,000 or less.
Money you don't have to repay for students entering a public college or university from high school. If you've already applied for OSAP, you'll be automatically considered for the 30% off tuition grant, too!  


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Scheduled Events

Immigration Issues
February 21, 2013
10:00am - 12:00pm

Canadian Citizenship Brampton City South
February 12, 2013
11:00am - 12:30pm

Service Canada
Brampton East
February 15, 2013
10:00am - 12:00pm

Landlord and Tenants Rights
February 26, 2013
10:00am - 12:00pm

Wii for Seniors
February 25, 2013

For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations 

Did you know...?

Family Day is ONLY Five Years old...


During the Ontario provincial election in 2007, Dalton McGuinty of the Liberal Party promised that if re-elected premier he would establish a provincial holiday in February. On 12 October 2007, the provincial government established Family Day, with the first being observed on 18 February 2008. Its creation raised Ontario's number of public holidays to nine per year.       

Are you Internationally Trained...
.NET Developer Bridging Program

The Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is offering a bridging program for internationally trained IT professionals with education and experience in computer programming.

This 24-week program is designed to provide participants with the advanced concepts, skills and knowledge required to work as .NET Developers.

This full time program runs 15 hours per week in the evenings (Mondays to Thursdays evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 pm).


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The Newcomer Information Centre is an innovative program that provides free settlement information to newcomers and residents from a number of accessible locations across Peel and Halton.   
A smooth transition into Canadian life is critical to success and our program provides accurate referrals to make this happen.  Clients work with friendly multi-lingual staff and get confidential counselling about settlement, employment, health, housing, education, language training, immigration issues and more.  Counsellors speak Punjabi, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Romanian, Croatian, Russian, Serbian, French, German, Polish, Swahili, Tamil, Hindi, Bulgarian and Pashto.


Drop by at any of our locations to speak with a counsellor.  No appointment is required. 


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Caledon Library: last Tuesday of every month

Milton, Library - Beaty Branch: every Tuesday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Milton, Library - Main Branch: every Tuesday 2 - 5 p.m.

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