Frequently Asked Questions
What services are available to newcomers in York Region?
There are many organizations that help newcomers to York Region. The Newcomer Services page is a good place to start.
Where do I get more information about Ontario?
Visit Ontario Immigration for information about the province of Ontario.
How do I find a job?
There are many ways to find employment in York Region. For more information on searching for a job, see Find a Job.
How can I get Canadian work experience?
Volunteering in your community is a great way to learn the local culture, meet people and gain work experience. To find out what volunteer opportunities are available in York Region, see Volunteer.
How do I get my foreign credentials evaluated and recognized in Canada?
Evaluating and recognizing qualifications earned outside of Canada varies depending on your field and whether your profession is regulated or non-regulated. You might need a formal evaluation of your past academic credentials from one of the professional associations in Canada.
There are systems in place to evaluate your credentials and to help you apply your experience, for more information, see Find a Job.
Are there grants available to help my business?
Government grant programs to support businesses are available at different times during the year. Depending on the type of your business, there may be more or less programs. The Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) in your area can help you to find ways to finance your business. Find your local SBEC on our Government Offices page.
The SBEC in your area can also help find private investment sources for your business. Your local Chamber of Commerce may also have contacts, as listed on the Helpful Organizations page.
For business loans, banks may be able to assist.
How can I find someone (a mentor) to help me or just to talk to about starting a business?
The Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) in your area can help you to find a mentor who can help answer questions you may have. SBECs are listed on the Government Offices pages on this website.
Is there someone I can speak with in my native language about starting or running a business in York Region?
The York Region Local Immigration Partnership link may be able to assist in finding someone who can speak in your native language.
You can also contact the Small Business Enterprise Centre in your area who may be able to help you. SBECs are listed on the Government Offices pages on this website.
Where can I find import/export rules and regulations?
The Small Business Enterprise Centre in your area can help you to find information on imports/exports. These are listed on the Government Offices pages on this website.
I want to start a business - what permits do I need municipally? Regionally? Provincially? Federally?
This will depend up on the type of business that you wish to start. BIZPAL is a good source of information for permits and licenses.
Some other useful sources are:
• Your local municipality for local permits
• The Region of York for regional permits
All of these links can be found on the Government Offices page.
Where can I find information on creating a business plan?
The Small Business Enterprise Centre in your area has information on business plans and can guide you through the process. These are listed on the Government Offices pages on this website.
What is the weather like in York Region?
York Region has four very different seasons each year. For more information about the seasons in York Region, see Weather.
How do I find housing?
There are several housing options in York Region. For more information on finding a home, see Find Housing.
What do I do if I need medical care?
York Region has services to help you find a doctor or dentist. You can also go to a walk-in clinic if you don’t have a regular doctor or if you need after-hours medical attention.
Living in Ontario, you are eligible for Ontario’s Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). It is a publicly funded program that covers basic healthcare services.
For more information on finding a doctor and applying for OHIP, see Healthcare.
How do I find other newcomers from my country that are living in York Region?
York Region is rich in multicultural diversity, with more than 200 distinct ethnic groups. For more information on finding the cultural groups and faith communities in the area, see Cultural Groups and Faith Communities.
What kind of recreational activities are available in York Region?
There are many things to do in York Region such as festivals, markets, museums and galleries, outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities. To find out what recreational activities are available, see Recreation.
Where do I find more information about English language training?
There are several language schools and programs available to people new to York Region. The most commonly used language in the workplace in York Region is English.
For more information on the classes available, see Learn English.