Welcome to Canada

 

Every year hundreds of thousands of immigrants arrive in Canada looking for a place to belong and a new start. Canada is known globally for welcoming people from many different communities who enrich our national identity. As a church we want to whole heartedly welcome you. This page is designed to provide you with resources, cultural tips and help you start to feel like you are “home”.

We seek to journey with you as a newcomer to Canada, so that we may together build a community where everyone can thrive!

Nations Represented at Bethel

Bethel’s church family is diverse and beautiful.  We have people from the following nations and many more:

(If your nation isn’t listed here, please write us at smcintosh@bethel.ca) We update this list regularly.

Angola, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroun, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Zambia

We want to get to know you!  Please fill out our online form

International Students:

Applying, Working, Travelling and Changing Schools and More – click here for information

Video 1: University of Ottawa video for international students

Video 2: Advice from international students at Carleton University

Work Permit: Apply here

 

Applying for Residency: Inquire here

 

Taxes:

If you are employed in Canada you have to file a tax return by April 30th every year. Click here for information explaining what this is all about. The government of Canada provides some free tax clinics. Click here for some free clinics. Accountants in Ottawa also provide this service for a fee. Your employer will provide you with a T4 stating your income. You need to have this.

Dressing for Winter in Ottawa

Cute winter wear may look nice, BUT it won’t keep you warm.  See the video for some great tips on how to stay warm!

What is Winter like in Canada?

How do you get rid of snow on your car?  How to keep your home warm, what tools do you need to remove snow in your driveway?  More dressing tips.

What are Canadians talking about?

Like any nation, Canadians use words (slang) that are hard to understand. Watch this helpful video that explains what they mean.

Language Schools in Ottawa

OCISO

OCCSC

These schools run a program called Linc which is free to newcomers

 

Health Services Help in Canada

Click Here

 

Parenting Tips

School, health, safety, homework click here

 

Disciplining Children

The idea of child protection may be foreign to newcomers who may use corporal punishment (spanking, hitting) to discipline children. In Canada spanking is allowed however there are specific rules surrounding it.  If your child goes to school with any suspicious marks the Children’s Aid Society may make a house visit to determine if they consider it abuse.  If you are asked how do you discipline your child?  You may reply, “I beat them,” when what you really mean is “I spank them.” This is a language barrier that may cause you problems with your neighbours and school.  Click here for an explanation about how far is too far.  

 

OHIP

In Canada, the government provides basic health care to those who live here and who meet the eligibility requirements. In Ontario, the government-run health plan is called the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). OHIP is paid through taxes. OHIP (Click to get the health card) pays for many health care services. OHIP pays for services that are medically necessary. These services include visits to your family doctor and specialists. Most basic and emergency health care services are covered by OHIP. To find out if a procedure or treatment is covered by OHIP, check with a health care professional.

 

Grocery Stores & International Grocery Stores in Ottawa

For a list of international grocery stores click here

There are many grocery stores in Ottawa.  Their pricing varies depending on the store. Sobeys, Loblaws Supercenters, and Metro all fall in the medium price category. No Frills, Food Basics, and Walmart are on the less expensive end. Farm Boy and Wholefoods tend to be more expensive.

 

Credit Cards

Credit cards let you borrow money up to a limit. You make monthly payments and interest is charged on unpaid debts. While there’s no denying the convenience factor of credit cards, if you don’t use them responsibly, you could end up in debt. Understanding how credit cards work and what options are available to you will help you take control of your finances. Click here for details about what it means to have a credit card.

 

Hair Salons

Finding a Hair Salon is best by word of mouth or internet search.

 

Finding a Doctor

It’s important to find a family doctor to take care of your medical needs.  Until you do there are walk-in clinics all over the city, but for consistent care it’s best to find a family doctor.  It’s not an easy process as many doctor’s offices are full and aren’t taking new patients.  Word of mouth is the best way to find one and then call them and ask if they are taking new patients.  If they say no, ask if they know a Doctor who is taking new patients.   You can google Doctors in Ottawa and start calling and always ask if they know a Doctor who is taking new patients.

Here is a link that may help you find a Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

Every hospital has an Emergency Room however unless it is an emergency it’s best to go to your walk in clinic or your family Doctor for colds, flu, etc. If the hospital decides your condition is not an emergency, the wait will be many hours because they treat emergencies first.

Medications – many medications in Canada require a visit to the doctor first. If you need medication the Doctor will write you a prescription which allows you to go to a pharmacy to get the medication. Many nations have medications that you can buy without a Doctor’s perscription but in Canada a lot of our medications can only be obtained after a Doctor’s visit.  OHIP doesn’t cover the cost of medication.

 

Holidays

There are 9 statutory holidays in Ontario. Many businesses/stores/offices are closed on these days. Click here for the list of holidays.

 

Emergency Services

In case of an emergency call 911.  This is for accidents, fire, a crime or a health crisis.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

Revelation 7:9-10