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Information and Resources

The following information and resources are for students and their families who are new to Toronto and Canada.


Updates on Syrian Refugee Resettlement

Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) Orientation Centre:
The Orientation Centre is a placement centre for new Canadian secondary school students.

TCDSB International Education Program
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.

TCDSB Adult Education Programs
Our Adult Education Programs includes English as a Second Language and French as a Second Language courses.

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:

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.

Government Resources

Mental Health Resources