YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

Site: Barrie - Bayfield St

Service: Settlement Program

Record #: BAR0315
Last Modified: 07 May 2024
Last Full Update: 05 Feb 2024


Description (Service) Settlement Program (formerly Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Program)
  • Settlement Services provided in-person and virtually (telephone, text or online)
  • orientation programs, language and skills training to help facilitate employment, and programs to welcome newcomers to the community
  • may provide needs and eligibility assessments, pre-and post-arrival information and referral, job search and employment counselling, assistance to establish social and professional networks to promote community engagement, and assistance to access a range of settlement services
  • provide 8-week virtual Citizenship course to help with the application process, and learn about becoming a Canadian citizen
Partner with COSTI to hold 'Orientation to Ontario Workshop' and with Georgian College for International Student Connect group

Service Details

Public Comments To prepare for the Citizenship Test
  • study the official study guide Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
  • to read, download, listen to or to order the guide online go to Discover Canada
  • there are no citizenship classes offered in Barrie
Hours Barrie Office
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

In-person Settlement Supports in the Community
Call for information to arrange a meeting in the community

Virtual Appointments
Hours vary
Areas Served Muskoka District ; Simcoe County
Eligibility Permanent residents, refugees, refugee claimants, Canadian Citizens who have immigrated to Canada are eligible for settlement services
  • For Information call 705-241-2501 or email dave.hamilton@sm.ymca.ca
  • To book an appointment, call or text 705-241-2501 or 249-288-2970
Languages Arabic - Reception, Interpretation; Chinese - Reception, Interpretation; English; French - Reception; German - Reception, Interpretation; Japanese - Reception, Interpretation; Mandarin - Reception, Interpretation; Other - Have staff that speak these languages; Portuguese - Reception, Interpretation; Romanian - Reception, Interpretation; Russian - Reception, Interpretation; Spanish - Reception, Interpretation; Ukrainian - Reception, Interpretation
Fees None

Address and Location

Site Location Located in Bayfield Mall
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
320 Bayfield St
Suite 63A
Barrie, ON
Canada L4M 3C1
Intersection Bayfield St and Hwy 400
Physical Access Fully Accessible

Contact Information

Office Phone 705-241-2501, Immigrant and Youth Services Reception
E-Mail communityprograms@sm.ymca.ca
Website https://ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/immigrant-services/#Im1
Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/YMCAofSimcoeMuskoka 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/YMCASM 
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/YMCASimcoeMuskoka?blend=6&ob=5
Primary Contact Dave Hamilton, Team Leader; Phone: (Cell) 249-288-2970; Email: dave.hamilton@sm.ymca.ca
Alternate Contact Lisa Cook, General Manager, Youth and Immigrant Services; Email: lisa.cook@sm.ymca.ca
Mailing Address 320 Bayfield St 
Suite 63A 
Barrie, ON 
Canada L4M 3C1

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