York Region Services

Diaspora Initiative

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  • According to Statistics Canada, in 2006, over 50 per cent of residents living in Markham and Richmond Hill were not born in Canada.
  • People who choose to live in York Region are generally highly-skilled and well-educated.
  • York Region is the fastest growing Census Division in Ontario.
  • In 1901, there were 25 distinct ethnic groups in Canada. Today, there are about 226. In York Region there are more than 200 distinct ethnic groups.


York Region has a very helpful Immigration Portal called York Welcome that links to many different services in and around York Region. The Welcome Centre has a variety of immigration services all in one place. Services are provided free of charge. There are five agencies that are found at the Welcome Centre:


There are several other local organizations available to help newcommers get settled in York Region.

  • The Cross Cultural Community Services Association (TCCSA) provides services to the Greater Toronto Area to help newcomers such as settlement services, education and language training, and community and youth services.
  • Jewish Immigrant Aid Services (JIAS) offers a full range of settlement and integration services for new immigrants.
  • JVS Toronto partners with government and business to provide educational and vocational services.
  • Seneca College’s Faculty of Workforce Skills Development offers the Re-employment Services for International Professionals Program (RESIP). This program features employability workshops, individual coaching, job development and mentoring services.
  • YMCA York Region provides information on housing, social services, learning English, employment counseling, finding a job, finding child care and more.


Here is a list of other resources that can help newcomers settle in York Region and Ontario:

  • YorkLink - a directory of over 700 community agencies and government services in York Region
  • Social Services Network - support and counseling to the South Asian community
  • Settlement.org - provides information and answers to newcomers who want to settle in Ontario
  • Ontario Immigration - province’s immigration website to help newcomers to Ontario
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Canadian government department that provides immigration and citizenship services
  • Going to Canada - links to information and services when planning a temporary stay or making Canada your new home