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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

July 2013
Did you know...


The Ontario government is launching the country's first microloan fund to help social enterprises -- businesses that have a positive social, cultural, or environmental impact while generating revenue -- create more jobs and strengthen local communities. 


The province has partnered with the Centre for Social Innovation, TD Bank Group, Microsoft Canada, Alterna Savings, KPMG and Social Capital Partners to launch the Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund.


Under the fund, social enterprises that help solve a social, environmental, cultural or economic problem, such as youth unemployment, may qualify for a loan of $5,000 to $25,000 and support services like mentorship.


Ontario is also launching a new Office for Social Enterprise led by Special Advisor Helen Burstyn. The office will promote social entrepreneurship across Ontario, partnering with the private, not-for-profit and public sectors to coordinate and expand the tools available to social entrepreneurs.  


Providing the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and grow the economy is part of the new Ontario government's plan to build a prosperous and fair province for all.  


Canadian Passport Program Changes
Starting July 1, 2013, Passport Canada will introduce the new ePassport which will be valid for 10 years for adults. 
There will also be changes to the application fees. There will be no changes to the application requirements but there will be new application forms posted online starting July 1, 2013.
FREE Bus Tour - Meadowvale Conservation Area
Summer is finally here! Come out and enjoy the beauty of nature. 
The Centre for Education and Training is inviting you and your families on a FREE Bus Tour of Meadowvale Conservation Area. 
Enjoy the following activities:  
  • Glassford Trail
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Credit River
  • Dog walking (leashed dogs only please)
  • Cultural heritage sites
  • Cycling
Brampton South 
July 8 - Presentation/Introduction to Nature of Meadowvale Area
July 11 - Bus Tour 

Brampton East
July 16- P
resentation/Introduction to Nature of Meadowvale Area

July 19 - Bus Tour
Summer Volunteer Opportunities - Youth Corner

What are you doing for the summer? Bored, and at home?


Why not earn some volunteer hours?! The summer is perfect time to get involved, to take action within your community and a chance to show your full commitment.


Our Youth Advisory teams are recruiting new members, and we want YOU to join!


What do we have to offer?

  • Workshops
  • Guest Speakers
  • Youth Picnic
  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • Community Involvement

What do you get from Volunteering?

  • Obtain Canadian work experience
  • Practice your English
  • Discover the things you do or don't like
  • Take on a leadership role
  • Develop new skills
  • Do something you truly enjoy, and help others along the way
  • Meet people in your community
We have locations in Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, and Malton. Some of these programs are limited to certain areas so please call Satveer at 905-949-0049 ext 1290 if you want to register for an event located near you.   
Scheduled Events
Immigration Issues
July 9, 2013 10:00am 
905-279-0024 ext: 1279
Brampton City South  
Citizenship Information Session
July 16, 2013 2:00pm 
905-457-4747 ext: 3013
WES - Credential Evaulation
July 17, 2013 10:00am

905-677-0007 ext: 5234

Brampton East
Stepping into Highschool
July 17, 2013 2:00pm
905-595-0722 ext: 4001 

EI Benefits by Service Canada
July 23, 2013 10:00am
905-875-3851 ext: 5008
Upcoming Workshop Series sponsored and facilitated by:
   Starting in late summer, Scotiabank will provide a workshop series titled,  "Banking in Canada for Newcomers" at the Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville NIC locations.  This will be an exciting opportunity to learn about personal and small business banking products and services available to newcomers. This series will provide practical advice on how to use credit wisely, tips for saving, starting a business and other information on building a sound financial future.  Please refer to our August calendars for dates and location specifics.
For more information contact: nic@tcet.com or visit any of our locations 
Did you know...?


Each June, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport provides 1.5 million elementary school children with an Ontario Fun Pass, which gives them free admission to 20 Ontario attractions when accompanied by a paying adult. 


The Fun Pass also offers a $2 discount on a daily parking permit at participating Ontario Parks.

Families can use the Ontario Fun Pass all summer long to discover many of the great attractions Ontario has to offer. 


The Ontario Fun Pass is distributed to elementary school children (aged 14 and under) in public and private schools with their final report cards in June.  It is also distributed to home-schooled children across the province and made available online at: www.ontariofunpass.com


Have a question about the Fun Pass? 

Email funpass@ontario.ca or call 416-327-7705.

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Citizenship applicants who fail their first citizenship test will now have the opportunity to rewrite the test rather than wait for an appointment with a citizenship judge, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.
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About Us  

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. 


 Our locations 


***Care for Newcomer Children services available at Malton and Oakville locations***

 ***Free Commissioner of Oaths service at all locations***


NIC Itinerant services in 

Brampton Library: every Tuesday 

Caledon Library: last Tuesday of every month

       Milton, Library - Main Branch & Beaty Branch: every third Tuesday of every month 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.   

Mississauga, Meadowvale Library: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

Mississauga, Central Library: Tuesday to Thursday & Saturday  


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