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This October, Toronto Public Library (TPL) and the settlement agencies celebrate 15 years of Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP). LSP expands TPL’s newcomer services by offering settlement support with multilingual workers from 7 local settlement agencies at 14 library locations. LSP is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. All LSP... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2022 at New to Canada
History of Truth and Reconciliation The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) began in 2007, as a part of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. Indian Residential Schools, which were only for Indigenous children, opened as early as 1831 in Canada, and closed as late as 1996. The federal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at New to Canada
Autumn is a time to celebrate change – the beginning of a new school year, the leaves turning vibrantly colourful, the cooler weather inviting us to break out warm sweaters. This fall, Library Settlement Partnerships (LSP) welcomes the return to in-person service at library branches across the city, as part... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at New to Canada
Moving to a new country is a big task: it can be an exciting time, but involves much work and preparation. It's also a personal journey. I remember how my family spent a lot of time getting ready and a few weeks before we left, my late grandmother made sure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at New to Canada
On May 29, the fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day will take place at Nathan Phillips Square. This annual celebration started in 2015 and Toronto Public Library has been participating since then. Each year, more and more Torontonians join in the celebration and there were about 8,000 participants in 2017. Here's... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2018 at New to Canada
With social media platforms and smart phones, it is so easy to share funny or touching videos from our daily lives now. With a touch of a button, memorable moments are recorded. These days, with user-friendly technology and software, more videos are being created with neat visuals and sound effects.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Arts & Culture
We share stories every day. These days, we share a lot more through multiple social media channels. We share our stories, through words or pictures, because this is how we connect. It is one of the most powerful ways to share our experiences so we can walk in someone else’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Arts & Culture
Canada and the Province of Ontario have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation this year and newcomers' contributions have been highlighted throughout. Multiculturalism is one of the most well-known features of Canada. Everyone "is welcome to Canada" as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his Canada Day message. There... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at New to Canada
This May, there are two events for newcomers in Toronto that you won't want to miss! On Monday, May 15, the third annual Toronto Newcomer Day will take place at Nathan Phillips Square. Between 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, there will be family-friendly activities, showcasing Toronto's diverse communities. Be sure... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at New to Canada
I still recall how much fun everyone had at the first annual Toronto Newcomer Day on May 29, 2015. It was a day celebrating newcomers’ contributions to the City of Toronto and Mayor John Tory’s Proclamation of Newcomer Day. Over 2,000 Torontonians and Newcomers came out and took part in... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at New to Canada
Welcome Ahlan wasahlan أهلا وسهلا Roj baş A very warm welcome to our newest Torontonians soon to arrive from Syria. On behalf of all of us at Toronto Public Library, we look forward to meeting you and your family soon! Toronto Public Library is a welcoming place in your neighbourhood... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at New to Canada
Many Canadians look forward to the opening of the Canadian National Exhibit (CNE or the Ex) near the end of August. Many families visit the CNE every year as a tradition, marking the end of summer and the upcoming new school year. If you are new to Toronto, the CNE... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at New to Canada
Have you heard? Toronto Public Library is working with Toronto Newcomer Office for the city’s first annual Newcomer Day. It will take place on May 29 at Nathan Phillips Square from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Newcomer Day, activities will include: a formal presentation on the stage at Nathan... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at New to Canada
The After School Newcomer Hub is now called Youth Hubs. The Centennial Youth Hub and the Sanderson Youth Hub welcome newcomer teens (all teens as well) in grades 7-10 for free homework help and a place to hang out with friends after school. Both Hubs run 3 times a week... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at New to Canada