Welcome Newcomers!

We've created this special page with links to resources that will help you get settled in your new home, Waterloo Region.  Click on a topic or scroll down for useful links

Applying for Canadian Citizenship  Municipalities of Waterloo Region

Educational Institutions                     Obtaining Canadian Identification

English as a Second Language        Settling in Canada

Housing & Community Services    Professional/Educational Credentials 


Settling in Canada

Citizenship & Immigration Canada

Create a personalized settlement plan and learn how to apply for citizenship.

Immigration Waterloo Region:
Includes checklists for before & after you arrive, plus links to local resources.

Ontario Canada - Region of Waterloo:
Includes a Waterloo Region community profile.

Immigration to Canada Materials:
Library materials focusing on immigration to Canada. Materials can be borrowed with your Region of Waterloo Library card. 

Applying for Canadian Citizenship 

Citizenship & Immigration Canada:
Apply for citizenship, track your application, and other immigration information.

Citizenship & Immigration Canada - Discover Canada: The Rights and
Responsibilities of Citizenship
This useful document will help you successfully study for the citizenship exam.

Canadian Citizenship & Civics Library Materials:
Documents available at the library that discuss Canadian citizenship.  Materials can be borrowed using your Region of Waterloo Library card. 

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language Materials

Borrow library books and other resources focused on building vocabulary, grammar and conversation skills. Materials can be borrowed using your  Region of Waterloo Library card. 

Obtaining Canadian Identification

ServiceCanada - Social Insurance Number:
Learn more about getting a social insurance number, which is required to work in Canada.

ServiceOntario - Driver's License:
You will need an Ontario driver's license to legally drive in Canada

Service Ontario - Health Card:
You will need a Health Card to access OHIP-covered health services.

Transferring Educational or Professional Credentials

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials:
Learn more about transferring your professional/educational credentials to Canada so you can practice or work in your field. 

Educational Institutions

Conestoga College

This polytechnic college offers career-focused education programs - from apprenticeships to diplomas, degrees to post-graduate certificates, continuing education and part-time studies

St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres

This institution specializes in offering Secondary School Credits, language training, as well as workplace skills training.

University of Waterloo

At the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. There are lots of programs from quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology, engineering and health sciences research, and more.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Laurier is a leader in integrated and engaged learning, connecting academic programming to co-curricular activities. The university specializes in arts and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.

Housing and Community Services

Canadian Housing and Mortgage Corporation:
Housing information as well as links to other immigrant resources.

Region of Waterloo - Social Services:
They provide employment, family, and other life supports.


ServiceOntario - Health Care Connect:
This service can help you find a family doctor.

Region of Waterloo - Public Health:
Learn about local public health concerns and resources. 

Municipalities of Rural Waterloo Region 

North Dumfries Township
(includes the Village of Ayr)

Wellesley Township
(includes the towns of Wellesley, Linwood, and St. Clements)

Wilmot Township
(includes the towns of New Hamburg, New Dundee, and Baden)

Woolwich Township
(includes the towns of Elmira, Bloomingdale, St. Jacobs, and Breslau)

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