Welcome!

Cambridge has a diverse community, and is home to thousands of newcomers from around the globe. The variety of culture and experiences continue to shape the growing community in this city.

Whether you're just thinking about moving to Cambridge, making plans, or already here, check below for relevant information.

Have questions about newcomer supports ?

Contact newcomer@cambridge.ca 

 

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 Just arrived?

Find a settlement worker at the YMCA.

Settlement workers assist people to connect with the needed services available in the area that you live.

 Making a Refugee claim/Refugee claimant?

Learn more about the process and support at Compass Refugee Centre.

Whether you have recently made a refugee claim or you are already in the claimant process, no matter at what stage, reach out to get assistance and further support.

 Interested in Sponsorship?

 Contact the organizations below for support and more information. 

 Migrant worker support?

Resources are available at Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.

This migrant-led organization can provide you with information, resources and support, if needed.

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Events

 Cambridge Newcomer Connections - Wellness Event on March 31, 2022

 Cambridge Newcomers Connection Wellness Event

The Cambridge Newcomer Outreach Program hosted a night of creation, connection, and learning about health and wellness on March 31, 2022. 

 

 

Agenda 

6:00 PMPeriod Box Art Night Period Box Art Night

- Rhythm and Blues 

- Changing the Flow 

7:00 PMNewcomer Health and Wellness Panel 

- YMCA

- Kinbridge Community Association 

- Muslim Women of Cambridge 

- Changing the Flow 

- YWCA Cambridge 

 Let's Be Neighbours - Fall Picnic 2021
The Cambridge Newcomer Outreach program held its first Let’s Be Neighbours – Fall Picnic, on October 23rd, 2021. The event brought out new and old residents in the Kinbridge area and the larger Cambridge community. Volunteers, staff and local organizations came together and offered games, crafts and art activities, music and refreshments. Watch the video below for a recap of this amazing community event!

 

 Cambridge Newcomers Connections - Conference 2021
The Cambridge Newcomer Outreach Program’s first Annual Conference was a two-day event, on October 2, 2021 and November 11, 2021 that included local speakers, artists and organizations that support and are connected to newcomer youth and older adults. 

Event One: Connecting Indigenous Reconciliation and Newcomers, with local speakers: Jen MtPleasant, Selam Debs, Kawennakon Bonnie Whitlow and artist Alysha Brilla.

Event Two: Connecting and Belonging, with local artist Neva Ezzat.

Event Three: Connecting Newcomer Services and Support, with newcomer supporting organizations in the region of Waterloo:

Event Four: Connecting Aging and Wellness, session with The City of Cambridge, Idea Exchange and Cambridge Newcomer Outreach program and a facilitated yoga session by Selam Debs Owner, director and wellness Instructor of Juici Yoga.

Event Five: Connecting Resilience and Vulnerability, and mural activity facilitated by local muralist Trisha Abe and poets Hiba ElMiariDonnique Williams and music by Soundscape Enterprise.

 

Conference Mural by Trisha Abe & Newcomer Youth

 

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 Newcomer Programs in the City

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Immigration Partnership Waterloo Region

For general information about newcomer services and support in the Region of Waterloo, the Immigration Partnership provides extensive resources. This community resource works in collaboration with local organizations for education, research, advocacy and engagement. Use this resource to learn about up to date events and newcomer information. 

YMCA of Three Rivers Waterloo Region

The YMCA has provided services to newcomers since the 1980’s. Their programs include settlement support, language, mentorship and recreational activities. They are an important resource in the City of Cambridge for newcomers of all ages and stages of life.

Idea Exchange

Libraries are a central community resource, and the Idea Exchange also provides this for newcomers too. The various locations offer programs and activities for those who are new to Canada. This includes language, recreation, and information.

Cambridge Newcomer Outreach Program

Launched in 2020 by the City of Cambridge in collaboration with Kinbridge Community Association. The Newcomer Outreach Program was created through a settlement grant from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada. Kinbridge Community Association offers programs to newcomer older adults and youth. This program strives to connect newcomers with services and support as they settle in the Cambridge area.  

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