After You Arrive
Welcome to Ontario!
Settling in a new country is exciting and rewarding, but it can also be challenging. Ontario offers a world of opportunities to newcomers. This section of the website helps you get off to a good start.
Information to Help You Settle
As you are getting settled, you will probably have many questions about how things are done. This section of the website helps you to learn about living, working, doing business and studying in Ontario.
DID YOU KNOW?
Toronto’s is a major North-American centre for the financial services industry with many jobs that could use your skills and experience. Career Advisor, an interactive website developed by the Toronto Financial Services Alliance can help you access an in-demand career in the financial services sector.
Publications and Resources
- Welcome to Ontario
- Services to Help You Settle
- Building a New Life in Ontario
- In My Language
- Orientation to Ontario
Ontario has one of the most multicultural populations in the world. No matter what country you are arriving from, there is probably a community from that background in Ontario. Your local community may be a source of support. This section includes links to newcomer settlement agencies serving many cultural communities across Ontario.
The Centre francophone de Toronto (in French) is the gateway for all francophones in Toronto.
You can also get help from the Member of the Provincial Parliament (MPP) in your community. Use OntarioImmigration.ca’s History and Government section to help you find your MPP.
Important Links You Will Find in This Section
Your First Days in Ontario: A Newcomers Guide (PDF) gives useful information for when you first arrive.
Find information on the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and why you need a health card. You may not be eligible for OHIP coverage for your first three months in Ontario, but you should still apply as soon as you arrive. Learn more about the OHIP coverage waiting period and how to get insurance if you are not eligible for OHIP right away.
Starting a new business in Ontario - The portal ONe-Source for Business will help guide you to the government services, forms and information you need to start, operate and grow your business. has information about registering or incorporating a business, financing, Ontario business laws and taxes, importing/exporting and more.
211 is a free helpline that will help you find information on community and social services available in Ontario. 211 is available in over a 100 languages, 24 hours a day and year-round.
Once you have arrived, you can learn how to become a Canadian citizen. Get Citizenship Application Forms or try the Canadian Citizenship Practice Test.