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A list of all government benefits and services
Immigration Loans Program (ILP)

This program provides loans to refugees and protected persons to cover the costs of their medical examinations abroad, travel documents and transportation to Canada. In addition, assistance loans are available to help disadvantaged newcomers pay for expenses such as housing, telephone deposits, and work tools.

The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you need to work in Canada or to have access to government programs and benefits.

The Working in Canada Web site provides job seekers, workers and those who are new to the Canadian labour market with the information required to make informed decisions about where to live and work. The site can assist individuals who are searching for work or looking to make career decisions.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
  • TTY: 1-800-926-9105

The Citizenship Certificate program issues citizenship certificates to naturalized Canadian citizens, as well as to Canadian-born citizens who submit an application.

Contact Information

  • General Inquiries: 1-888-242-2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576-8502

The Off-Campus Work Permit Program allows certain foreign students to work off campus while completing their studies.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1-888-242‑2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576‑8502
 Occupation Facts

This website provides information on occupation facts which help Newcomers to Canada understand the general requirements they must meet to work in their profession as well as understand the steps to follow while still living in their home country.

Contact Information

Workbook for Newcomers

This workbook provides information to Newcomers about living and working in Canada.

Contact Information

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program provides free basic French and English language courses to adult permanent residents, refugees and protected persons.The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program provides free basic French and English language courses to adult permanent residents, refugees and protected persons.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1-888-242-2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576-8502

Live-in caregivers are individuals who are qualified to provide care for children, elderly persons or persons with disabilities in private homes without supervision. Live-in caregivers must live in the private home where they work in Canada.

Contact Information

  • General Inquiries: 1-888-242‑2100

The Interim Federal Health Program provides temporary health insurance to refugees, protected persons and refugee claimants, as well as to their dependants, in Canada who are not yet covered by a provincial or territorial health insurance plan.

Contact Information

  • General Inquiries: 1-888-242-2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576-8502

The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program provides newcomers with valuable temporary Canadian work experience and training opportunities with federal government departments.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1–888–854–1805
  • TTY: 1–800–926–9105

The Self-Employed Persons Program seeks to attract applicants who intend and are able to become self-employed in Canada.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1-888-242‑2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576‑8502

This program provides financial assistance to refugees and protected persons for accommodations, essential clothing, household effects and living expenses.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1-888-242-2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576-8502

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1-888-242‑2100
  • TTY: 1-888-576-8502

The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills provides information and free resources to help improve the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Toll-Free: 1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
  • TTY: 1-800-926-9105

Related Links

Newcomers to Canada – Canada Site

Health Canada – Healthy Living for Immigrants

Québec-Immigration

Immigrant Services Map

Foreign Credentials Referral Office