What Should You Receive from your Sponsors?
2.Settlement support for the duration of the sponsorship period.
Your sponsors must assist you to get set-up and adjusted to life in Canada. This entails many tasks, including (but not limited to):
- finding housing for you, or helping you to find housing.
- teaching you how to use public transportation, like buses and trains
- showing you around your community, and helping you to find the nearest grocery store
- explaining the laws in Canada.
- helping you apply for your provincial health card and for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)
- finding you a doctor, dentist, and other health services
- explaining health services.
- helping you enroll in English or French classes
- helping you enroll your children in school.
Important documents and services
- helping you open a bank account, apply for a Social Insurance Number, and if you have children, helping you apply for the Child Tax Benefit.
- providing an interpreter when needed.
- connecting you with job search services.
Resources and Services
- connecting you with appropriate resources and services, such as a Settlement Worker. (to find immigrant services in your area, visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/newcomers/map/services.asp)
Sponsors should also provide you with emotional and moral support as you adjust to your new life in Canada.