Support to Newcomers


New Brunswick is Canada's only officially bilingual province. This is why we offer specialized settlement services in both official languages to newcomers to Saint John.

Our Settlement Advisors will guide individuals and families through creating a settlement plan according to their specific needs and immigration status. Additionally, they will recommend attending one of our many programs and events that will connect them to the local community and foster positive integration into their new home.

Services, programs, and events include:

Resource Centre:  Newcomers who have recently arrived can access our printing and photocopying services to help process the post-arrival paperwork, print out resumes and references, as well as access a wide range of information resources on various aspects of life in Saint John. The Centre is free to use, and our staff is always happy to offer assistance and advice. 

Useful Noon Hours: A series of information sessions held during the noon hour. Sessions provide information on the practical aspects of life in Saint John and orientation to community services.

Workshops: To better prepare newcomers for life and work in Saint John, we offer workshops targeting specific skill sets. In 2019/2020 we are offering workshops in Cybersecurity.

Conversation Groups: French and English conversation groups are offered on a weekly basis. We offer a casual environment for newcomers to practice their language skills in their official language of choice. 

Exploratory Visits: We host exploratory visits to business owners and francophone immigrants who are planning on moving to New Brunswick. Contact us before you arrive in the province so we can help plan your visit and refer you to the right people and organizations.

Events: CultureFest, Green BBQ, Multicultural Day, Canada Day, Immigration Week, Christmas party, Francophone week, Saturday Social, Acadian Day, Piments et sirop d’érable-Spice and Maple Syrup (in partnership with ARCf), Thanksgiving dinner, Halloween pumpkin carving, Francophone Immigration Day, bus tours for the francophone community in partnership with PRUDE Inc., Francobulles (in partnership with ARCf).

Francophone summer camp: Our french summer camp is open to youth between the ages of 5 and 13 years old, are clients of the Saint John Newcomers Centre, and are attending Samuel-de-Champlain. The main goal is to offer a safe, collaborative, and fun francophone environment for children who need to practice their french over the summer vacation. The summer camp team includes one coordinator, one co-coordinator, and six monitors who ensure a positive, fun, friendly, and respectful flow of day-to-day activities.

Lunch in French: Conversational sessions in French, every Friday at 12:00 PM at the Saint John Public Library.

Tax Clinic: Offered every year between the months of March and April, in partnership with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.


 

For more details about our services, please get in touch with:

Lina Gharbiya, Newcomer Settlement Advisor (Anglophone),
lina.gharbiya@sjnewcomers.ca, tel. 506.642.7265

William Tarr, Newcomer Settlement Advisor (Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program)
william.tarr@sjnewcomers.ca, tel. 506.642.1201

 

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