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Newsletter by Newcomer Information Centre

December 2013
Image Above: Intermediate Winner, Abhira Raveendran, 2012-2013


Passages Canada launches the Write and Make Art! Challenge


Grade 1 to 12 students can win great prizes by exploring immigration, identity and multiculturalism through writing and art!

Deadline: Submit your work by midnight (Pacific Time) on March 31, 2014
For more information or to submit your piece please visit: 

New Web Tool - Lets Canadians judge Health Care
A new website aims to provide Canadians with a user-friendly snapshot of how the health system is performing. 

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released its interactive tool, www.ourhealthsystem.ca

The website covers five areas:
1. Access: While most Canadians are getting cancer radiation treatment in a timely fashion, waits are increasing for joint replacements. 

2. Quality: A significant drop in hospital deaths suggests that the quality of hospital care is improving overall in Canada but 1 in 12 Canadians is readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge.

3. Spending: Spending on health care varies greatly across the country, even after considering age differences in the population. 

4. Health promotion and disease prevention: While smoking rates are declining in Canada, obesity rates continue to rise.

5. Health outcomes: Canadians are living longer than ever, but they are not benefiting equally from improvements in health. 



Are you coming to Canada? Arrive with a plan!

My Canada Plan offers customized settlement expertise for international students, immigrants, and newcomers to Canada. These services will help you to prepare and succeed in Canada. 

My Canada Plan offers expertise in:
-Cultural Preparation
-Community Involvement
-And more
Let's End Cyberbullying - Youth Corner


As part of our Youth Advisory meetings, our youth planned an event geared towards the social issue of cyberbullying.  Our youth recognized the devastating impact that cyberbullying has on their peers and chose to explore the topic and create an awareness to eradicate it from their community. 



Cyberbullying is the negative interaction between children/teens over any form of digital technologies or mobile phone in the form of:

  1. Torment
  2. Threat
  3. Harassment
  4. Humiliation
  5. Embarassment


Cyberbullying is a growing pandemic where children/teens use social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to engage in bullying type behaviour, increasingly escalated with the rise of technological use in our daily lives.  Without intervention, cyberbullying has led to physical assault, self-inflicted harm, depression, and even suicide. 



The role of the parent/caregiver becomes crucial in eliminating cyberbullying and minimizing the effects of it on their child.  Be involved with your child; ask questions, be comforting, and be supportive.  Do not overreact as the child/teen assumes that you will blow it out of proportion so ensure you listen to their feelings and take it seriously.  It is best to contact the guidance counselor of your child/teen's school and inform them of the events, where they can provide support at school, as well as be more aware of their interactions with the bullies on site. 


Schools have implemented workshops, classes, and presentations pertaining to the prevention and effects of cyberbullying in an attempt to stop the epidemic.  Unfortunately, schools have been facing a battle in terms of exacting disciplinary action to cyberbullies as it is argued that it is not within the school boards' authority.  Schools are now implementing a contractual obligation to students that prohibit them to engage in cyberbullying, giving schools the power to intervene as it is no longer a constitutional issue, but a contractual issue.  The NIC Youth team has done ample amounts of in-class workshops covering the cyberbullying issue aiding in the prevention of this growing social issue.  


If you need any more resources or help you can call us at 905-949-0049 or email: nicyouth@tcet.com and ask for a youth counsellor. 

Scheduled Events
1-1 Advice by Global Experience Ontario 
December 11th: 9:00am-4:00pm 
905-279-0024 ext: 1266
Brampton City South  
Know your rights at work
December 10th: 10:00 am 
905-457-4747 ext: 3013
Canadian Tax System
December 12th: 10:00 am
905-677-0007 ext: 5233

Brampton East
How to Start and Finance
your Business by Scotiabank
December 11th: 1:00 pm
905-595-0722 ext: 4001 

Multicultural New Year
Celebration/Client Appreciation
 December 18th: 10:00 am 
905-875-3851 ext: 5023
Free Lawyer Matching Program 


If you are a low-resource immigrant entrepreneur, or a newcomer to Canada and you are starting or operating a business, you may qualify for FREE legal advice for you business. 


To be eligible for the Free Lawyer Matching Program, you must:

-be an immigrant who has been granted permission to remain in Canada

-be operating or launching a viable business

-be unable to afford legal service as determined by our economic guidelines

-complete an application and provide all required documentation


For more information visit one of our locations or email: nic@tcet.com

Did you know...?
There is currently a high demand for nurses throughout Canada. A recent immigration change (August 2013) has again made it possible for nurses to immigrate to Canada without a job offer. 
For more information visit one of our locations or email: nic@tcet.com
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Great news for our members in Canada - Glassdoor has released www.glassdoor.ca which lets you search thousands of local jobs, salaries, company reviews and more!
New law protects immigrants: The Saskatchewan Government recently proclaimed The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act and regulations.

Cyberbullying legislation to be announced today

The federal government is poised to announce new legislation that will make it a crime to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person in those pictures.

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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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