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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.


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 or call 905-825-6000, ext. 2777 with:

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

Halton Connects calendar

Halton Connects Information Session – February 13, 2024
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM · , (Google map) · Free
Halton Connects program – April 22 - 26, 2024
Monday, April 22, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM · , (Google map) · Free
Halton Connects Information Session – April 30, 2024
Halton Connects Information Session – May 7, 2024
Halton Connects Information Session – May 14, 2024
Halton Connects program – May 27 - 31, 2024
Monday, May 27, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM · , (Google map) · Free
Halton Connects Information Session – May 28, 2024
Halton Connects Information Session – June 4, 2024
Halton Connects Information Session – June 11, 2024
Halton Connects program – June 24 - 28, 2024
Monday, June 24, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM · , (Google map) · Free
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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).

French language resources

If you wish to access French language training and/or French settlement services, find free newcomer services near you (external link).

Pour des services d’établissement en français et/ou la formation linguistique en français, veuillez trouvez des services gratuits pour les nouveaux arrivants près de chez vous (lien externe)

Funded by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada