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.
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)
(includes the towns of Wellesley, Linwood, and St. Clements)
(includes the towns of New Hamburg, New Dundee, and Baden)
(includes the towns of Elmira, Bloomingdale, St. Jacobs, and Breslau)