Welcome to Canada
Welcome to Canada is a free mobile app that helps refugees and immigrants to Canada find information and services to plan their settlement journey.
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Our free, multilingual mobile app, Welcome to Canada, allows newcomers to navigate their Canadian journey by delivering trusted, relevant information and personalized recommendations straight to their fingertips.

Welcome to Canada not only helps those who are already here but those considering and planning to move to Canada. The new version allows users to search for different provinces and cities and read everything they need to know to get started.  

If you don’t know where you’re going, you can read about cities across Canada while using our Compare  Cities Tool to make the best decision based on your specific priorities and needs. Finally, once you are settling in Canada, with Welcome to Canada you can find resources, information and service-providing organizations near you.

Designed in tandem with immigrants, refugees, community organizations, technologists, local government and settlement service providers, Welcome to Canada bridges the accessibility of information available to newcomers to Canada. Read more or download Welcome to Canada.

"A lifesaver for anyone new to Canada. It's super easy to use and has everything you need in one place. The app helped me figure out where to find important stuff like newcomer organizations, hotlines or resources. They also have different languages. I love the compare feature to see where cheaper living or better transit is. Overall, this app made my move to Canada a lot smoother. Definitely recommend!"
- Zeba, a newcomer to Canada -
Search for cities or provinces and read everything you need to know to get started.
If you don’t know where you’re going, read about cities across Canada and use our Compare Cities tool.
Find organizations and service providers near you.
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Whether you're looking for a job, registering for a provincial health plan, or just researching where to move, the app gives you to the tools to successfully jumpstart your life in Canada. Use it through your journey, starting with deciding to move to Canada until you feel confident as a new Canadian.
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We're working hard to add new languages. Currently, the following languages are available in these areas of the app:

Alberta: English
British Columbia: English, French, Arabic, Simplified & Traditional Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Ukrainian
Manitoba: English, French, Arabic, Ukrainian
Saskatchewan: English, French
Ontario: English, French
Compare Canadian Cities tool: English, Ukrainian
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Take our optional questionnaire to see the most relevant topics, information, and services for your needs.
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Find out where you need to go and use our Maps compatibility to navigate there.
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We are passionate about protecting data security and privacy, especially for communities at risk. We do not share your information with any third parties,  and you can delete your user data at any time.
Community Resilience Workshops
These workshops facilitate open dialogue among citizens in under-resourced, rural, and marginalized communities to deliberate local challenges and responses.
Capacity Building Workshops
These workshops equip content producers, activists, community-based organizations and civil society organizations with the skills, resources, and networks to create and amplify alternative narratives.
Meshkat Community works with a handful of artists every year who are funded and mentored to create art — fine arts, music, videos, performing arts, creative writing, and more — engaging with various themes of peace and prevention of extremism.
Peace Awards
The annual Meshkat Peace Awards recognize communities and organizations making outstanding contributions to the creation of content promoting critical, creative thinking, and constructive dialogue to strengthen social cohesion.
Digital Youth Network
The DYN provides young Jordanians between with the means, tools, skills, and knowledge to meaningfully engage in digital contributions to peace in safe, positive, and responsible ways.
Joint Action Plans
Developed by alliances within and across local communities, Joint Action Plans promote common objectives through community based activities, digital campaigns, awareness campaigns, and capacity building workshops for women and youth.
The Meshkat Community website aggregates content promoting social cohesion in the MENA region, and creates a digital hub for people to share their content, observations, and reflections on effective responses to harmful online narratives.

Social Media
Meshkat Community creates, curates and shares content consistent with the objectives of Meshkat Community through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube to inspire online citizens to promote social inclusion and challenge hate.

Settlement 2.0 & 3.0 Reports and resources
Together, Settlement 2.0 and 3.0 provide a strategy for a brighter future for the sector that prioritizes empowering newcomers to be agents in their own settlement journey and offers actionable steps to build the overall capacity of the sector to embrace innovation towards more successfully and sustainably supporting newcomers over time.
Settlement 3.0
Innovations in our DNA (Full report)
Learning from the factors created by the COVID-19 pandemic and settlement experiences across regions, Settlement 3.0 explored how innovation and tech can best support newcomers in their settlement journey from pre-arrival to full and meaningful integration.
Innovations in our DNA (Executive Summary)
Learning from the factors created by the COVID-19 pandemic and settlement experiences across regions, Settlement 3.0 explored how innovation and tech can best support newcomers in their settlement journey from pre-arrival to full and meaningful integration.
Settlement 2.0
Innovations in our DNA (Full report)
The Settlement 2.0 Project strives to understand how the settlement sector can embrace tech and innovation in service delivery and strategic principles. Take a look at PeaceGeeks’ final recommendations.
Innovations in our DNA (Summary)
As the immigrant and refugee-serving sector has gone #suddenlyremote during COVID-19, take a look at our Settlement 2.0 conversation starter on innovation and design to ensure positive newcomer settlement outcomes.
Community consultations report
This report outlines the second phase of the Settlement 2.0 project, undertaken in partnership between SFU Public Square and PeaceGeeks Society.
Situational analysis
This report provides a snapshot of the current state of the technological and innovative capacities of the immigrant and refugee-serving sector in Canada.