Newcomer Resources

Immigration Status – Canada

There are two types of immigration statuses given to newcomers when they come to Canada: Temporary Resident or Permanent Resident.

Immigration Streams – Canada

A newcomer’s immigration status is determined by the category they are under in one of the following streams of immigration: Economic, Family, or Humanitarian and Compassionate Consideration. Each immigration stream has different qualifying criteria that a newcomer must meet in order to be eligible to immigrate to Canada.

Temporary Residency

  • Migrant Worker
  • Temporary Foreign Worker (open or closed work permit holder)
  • International Student (study permit)

Permanent Residency

  • Provincial Nomination Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Express Entry (Federal Skilled Workers and Federal Skilled Trades)
  • Immigration Pilot Programs (includes Atlantic Immigration Pilot, Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, and Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot)
  • Start-up Business Class
  • Self-Employed Persons Program
  • Quebec Economic Class
  • Caregivers Class 

Temporary Residency

  • Visitor (visitor visa holder or ETA holder)
  • Parent or Grandparent Super Visa

Permanent Residency

Family Sponsorship (Spousal or Common-Law, Child or Dependent, Parent or Grandparent, Dependent Child of a Dependent Child, Adopted Child or Other Eligible Relatives)

Temporary Residency

  • Refugee Claimants
  • Protected Persons recognized by the IRB

Permanent Residency

  • Government Assisted Refugees
  • Privately Sponsored Refugees
  • Blended Visa Office Referred

Here are some newcomer resources for you on a variety of topics:

For employment assistance and further resources, contact Immigrant Centre’s Employment Services

For more job search resources see the Immigrant Centre’s Employment Services Job Search Page

For settlement assistance and further resources, contact Immigrant Centre’s Settlement Services

  • Buying a Home in Manitoba Booklet: A guide book in Plain English that explains the process for buying a home in Manitoba. A French version is also available: Louer au Manitoba.
  • Bed Bug Fact Sheet:  The Government of Manitoba has developed fact sheets about beg bugs in multiple languages
  • New Journey Housing: Not only are they an organization that provides newcomers with housing information and support their website also have a lot of housing resources and information
  • Renting a Home in Manitoba Booklet: A guide book in Plain English that explains the process for renting a home in Manitoba
  • Residential Tenancies Branch: A government department that provides information on matters such as rent, repairs and deposits and mediating disputes between tenants and landlords. They also provide information on your rights and responsibilities during a tenancy, investigate problems, and hold hearings to make decisions and issue orders on certain issues
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC):The Government of Canada’s national housing agency and the go-to resource to help people settle in Canada. Their website for new Canadians offers a range of information on buying and renting a home in eight languages
  • Rent Assist: A financial benefit for people who receive Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) and have housing costs to cover. It is also available to other low-income private renters
  • A website that lists rental properties in Winnipeg and has resources on renting a home
  • An interactive website that lists rental properties in a few cities in Manitoba
  • A website that lists apartments, houses, student rentals/off-campus listings, and other real estate rentals
  • A Guide to Child Care in Manitoba: A guide that provides information on choosing the right licensed child care setting for your family, prepare your child for child care and understand ways to be involved with your child care facility
  • Child Care Registry:  An online registry that helps families find, and apply for a space in licensed Manitoba facilities
  • Child Care Subsidy: A program that provides provincial support to eligible families to help with the cost of care by reducing child care fees for children from the ages of 12 weeks to 12 years
  • Canada Child Tax Benefit: A tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help them with the cost of raising children under age 18
  • Manitoba Parent Zone: A website designed to provide parents with trusted resources and information to them with parenting
  • Manitoba Prenatal BenefitA benefit that connects soon to be mothers to early prenatal care, a monthly benefit to help you eat the healthy foods during pregnancy,  and referrals to a Healthy Baby Community Support program and resources
  • My Child in School: a website that provides an overview of curriculum content to help parents support their children’s success in school
  • My Learning at Home: a website where students in grades 5 to 8 can find videos, animations and interactive websites to help them understand or deepen their understanding of many concepts in mathematics and science
  • Pregnancy Winnipeg: A website that provides a directory of prenatal and postnatal resources in Winnipeg, as well as services and programming for parents of young children
  • Community Resources for Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding and Postpartum SupportA brochure that provides information about childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and postpartum supports available in Winnipeg

For Language assistance and further resources, contact Immigrant Centre’s Access English Centre

  • Learning English with CBC ManitobaEnglish as an Additional Language (EAL) lessons which are based on CBC Manitoba radio stories broadcast on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM and 990 AM
  • Practice English on Your OwnA guide developed by the Government of Manitoba that provides self-study ideas for English language learners
  • Online Self-Assessment: A website that allows you to test yourself in English or French, to give you a general range of Benchmark scores, it takes about two hours to complete

For Nutrition Classes, contact the Immigrant Centre’s Nutrition Services

  • Canadian Diabetes Association:  A website and organization that provides information on each type of diabetes. Also includes information on how to stay healthy and food recommendations to help manage blood sugar
  • Choose My Plate:  A website that show you how much food and what food you need to eat a healthy, balanced diet every day. Learn about how much food you need as well as others in your family, based on gender, age, activity level and more
  • Dial-a-Dietitian: Do you have a diet-related health concern? Call Dial-a-Dietitian and they will give you free nutrition advice and tell you about how you can meet with a dietitian in your area. The number is (204)-788-8248 in Winnipeg or 1-877-830-2892
  • EatRight Ontario: A website that provides easy-to-use nutrition information to help you make healthier food choices
  • Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide: A guide that provides information about eating healthy and provides tips and tools to help you eat foods that are better for you and in the right amounts. They are also offered in multiple languages on Health Canada’s website
  • Ellyn Satter Institute: The website of Ellyn Satter’s, RD, who is a leading expert on evidence-based tips for feeding babies and children; helping families develop healthy eating habits
  • Family Doctor Finder: A program designed to connect Manitobans with a regular primary care provider
  • Health Canada’s Nutrition and Healthy Eating: The Canadian Governmental’s Health Canada website that provides information and resources on Nutrition and Health Living
  • Health Links-Info Santé:  A 24-hour, 7-days a week telephone information service. Staffed by registered nurses with the knowledge to provide answers over the phone to health care questions and guide you to the care you need. Call anytime (204) 788-8200 or toll-free 1-888-315-9257
  • Tips for Managing Your Portion Sizes: A video about eating healthy, smaller amounts of food when eating out and in your home
  • Manitoba Info Health Guide:  A website guide about information on many Manitoba’s health services topics, such as how to apply for provincial health benefits, what rights you have as a patient, how you can get help for problems such as substance abuse and where you can go to learn about healthy lifestyle choices
  • Mental Health Resource Guide for Winnipeg 20th Edition 2015: A Newsletter developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association which is intended to assist individuals, families, friends or professionals to access information on the variety of services and supports available in the community of Winnipeg
  • My Right Care: A website that provides information on different Health Care Facilities located around Winnipeg
  • Peak of the Market:  Learn about vegetables grown in Manitoba, and what months they are in-season (cheaper to buy!)
  • Pharmacare Program:  A prescription drug benefit program for eligible Manitobans, regardless of disease or age, whose income is seriously affected by high prescription drug costs
  • Still Tasty:  A website that provides information on the shelf-life, or expiry date, of food which helps you to keep your food safe while learning about food safety

For Citizenship preparation assistance, check out Immigrant Centre’s Citizenship Classes

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