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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Information and Resources for students and their families who are new to Toronto and to Canada


Updates on Syrian Refugee Resettlement


TCDSB Orientation Centre:
A placement centre for new Canadian secondary school students


International Education Program
Includes year-round courses for international students to earn credits towards your Ontario Secondary School Diploma, and build toward your entry into College and University in North America.

Adult Education Programs
Including English As a Second Language and French as a Second Language

Supports for Newcomers from Syria and Elsewhere

As Canada opens its doors to those fleeing war-torn countries, and particularly those entering from Syria in large numbers in coming months, Ontario schools have a unique and important role in welcoming newcomer students and families as part of a whole community response. Fortunately, our province has much experience in supporting immigrant and refugee children at school, and we can draw on proven practices and resources. read more here: SMH ASSIST Syrian Newcomer MH Info-Sheet Message.pdf
Information on welcoming Syrian Newcomers Students and Families to School
School Mental Health Information:
InfoSheet-Newcomer Mental Health.8pg.pdf
Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario--Free webinars to provide resources and informaton to support refugees.
Video: Your First Two Weeks in Canada, (in Arabic).  The video is intended to help newcomers prepare for their life in Canada and explain some of the initial steps that they should take upon arrival.  It can be found on YouTube here:

Government Resources:


Additional Mental Health Resources: