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Are you a newcomer looking to network with others in your field of interest? Get connected to volunteer and mentorship opportunities through the Halton Connects Program.

About Halton Connects

The Halton Connects program is an initiative that matches newcomers with Canadian citizens or longtime community members to build their social connections and achieve their career goals in the Halton community.

Through participation in the Halton Connects program, you get:

  • access to career preparation workshops, which include guest speakers, activities about everyday life in Canada, and group discussions;
  • support with identifying opportunities that match your skills and job interests;
  • Canadian work experience and community connections through volunteer positions; and
  • information, guidance and mentorship from Canadian citizens or longtime community members.

Eligibility

To participate in the Halton Connects program, you must be a permanent resident of Canada, protected persons or a convention refugee. Ukrainians who arrive in Canada under the CUAET immigration stream are also eligible for the program. 

How to apply

Please email haltonconnects@halton.ca or call 905-825-6000, ext. 2777 with:

  • your full name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • phone number
  • email

Halton Connects calendar

Oct
10
Halton Connects Information Session – October 10 at 1 p.m.
Oct
24
Halton Connects program – October 24 to 28
Nov
08
Halton Connects Information Session – November 8 at 1 p.m.
Nov
21
Halton Connects program – November 21 to 25

Frequently asked questions

Why is volunteering helpful for newcomers?

Volunteering through Halton Connects will help you establish and grow your professional network, meet new people and build valuable connections in the community. It will also provide the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience and references in your community.

What volunteer placements are available?

Opportunities are available in a wide variety of industries and sectors. Volunteer positions will be geared to each participant’s area of interest and/or support their employment goals. Our program aims to help newcomers integrate into their community and achieve their goals using our resources to connect individuals with all types of volunteer positions.

How will I benefit from Halton Connects mentorship as a newcomer?

Being connected to a career mentor can help build your local network, increase your communication skills and develop your understanding of professional environments in Canada.

What topics will the workshops cover?

At the start of the Halton Connects program, you will participate in several interactive workshops on networking, writing resumes and cover letters, interview skills, and more. These workshops will help prepare you for your volunteer and/or mentorship experiences, as well as your future job search.

More information

To learn more about the program, visit the Federal Government's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship website (external link).

Funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada
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