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Canada

Key Information Sources

This pamphlet lists key federal and provincial government phone numbers and Internet addresses, which may be helpful to you as a newcomer to Canada. It also lists other useful numbers, such as the Business Development Bank and various national accreditation services. You may also wish to refer to the other two pamphlets in the back pocket of your guide: Finding Help in Your Community, and Language Training.

Since Quebec looks after many aspects of its immigration program, this pamphlet does not attempt to cover services in that province. However, it does list the phone numbers for the ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration, which offers many services to newcomers in Quebec. If you are living in, or planning to move to Quebec, you may wish to pick up their guide for newcomers, entitled: Vivre au Québec !

Remember: When you use the telephone, speak slowly and clearly, and have a pen or pencil and some paper to write down information. You may be referred to another phone number, or be given other useful information.

Unless the telephone number is a toll-free number you may have to pay long distance rates.

 
How to find government numbers in the phone book

The main phone numbers for federal, provincial, and municipal or regional government departments are listed in the blue pages of your local phone book. Some are listed by department, or by service. Frequently called numbers are often listed at the beginning of each section, including a central information number.

If you need help to find a federal government program or service, call:

Information on the Government of Canada at 1-800-622-6232
TTY/TDD 1-800 465-7735

If you wish to use the Internet, the address is: www.canada.gc.ca

 
KEY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NUMBERS

Citizenship and Immigration Call Centres

You may be looking for information on:

  • sponsorship

  • citizenship applications

  • immigration in general

If you are in the local calling area of:

Montreal, call:

514-496-1010

Toronto, call:

416-973-4444

Vancouver, call:

604-666-2171

If you are anywhere else in Canada, call toll-free: 1-888-242-2100.

If you wish to use the Internet, the address is: http://www.cic.gc.ca

 
Human Resources Development Canada

You may be looking for information on:

  • applying for a Social Insurance Number

  • available jobs

You can find the nearest Human Resources Development Canada office in the telephone book. Look in the "Government of Canada" listings in the blue pages of your phone book, under "Human Resources Development Canada".

If you wish to use the Internet for information, the following addresses are helpful:

www.hrdc.gc.ca

www.hrdc.gc.ca/career/

Job Bank: jb-ge.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca

www.worksearch.gc.ca

workplace.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca

 
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency

You may be looking for information on:

  • Personal income tax: 1-800-959-8281

  • Canada Child Tax Benefit: 1-800-387-1193

  • GST/HST credit: call toll free: 1-800-959-1953

If you wish to use the Internet, the address is: http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca

 
Health Canada

You may be looking for information on:

  • general health issues

Information line: 1-613-957-2991

If you wish to use the Internet, the address is: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca


 

KEY PROVINCIAL
INFORMATION NUMBERS


Newfoundland

 

Health and Community Services

General information:

(709) 738-4800

Health Insurance Card:

1-800-563-1557 (toll-free in Newfoundland)

Immunization:

(709) 738-4800

 

Education

General information

(709) 729-5097 (St. John's)

 

Legal Aid

(709) 753-7860

 

New Brunswick

 

Health and Community Services

Health Insurance Card:

(506) 684-7901 or 1-888-762-8600
(toll-free in New Brunswick)

Immunization:

1-888-762-8600 (toll-free in New Brunswick)

 

Education (Fredericton)

General information:

(506) 453-3678

 

Legal Aid

(506) 451-1424

 

Nova Scotia

 

Department of Health

Health Insurance Card:

(902) 468-9700 or 1-800-563-8880
(toll-free in Nova Scotia)

Immunization:

(902) 481-5800

 

Education

General information:

(902) 424-5168

 

Legal Aid

(902) 420-6565

 

Prince Edward Island

 

Health and community services

General information:

(902) 368-6130 (Charlottetown)

Health Insurance Card:

(902) 838-0900 or toll-free: 1-800-321-5492

Immunization:

(902) 368-4530

 

Education

General information:

(902) 368-4600

 

Legal Aid

(902) 368-6043

 

Quebec

In the province of Quebec, newcomers should contact the ministère des Relations avec les citoyens et de l'Immigration (MRCI). MRCI is organized by region:

Carrefours d'Intégration ­ Island of Montréal

North Island
255 Boulevard Crémazie East
8th floor
Montréal (Québec) H2M 1L5
(514) 864-9191

West Island
181 Boulevard Hymus
2nd floor
Point-Claire (Québec) H9R 5P4
(514) 864-9191

East Island
8000 Boulevard Langelier
6th Floor
Saint-Léonard (Québec) H1P 3K2
(514) 864-9191

South Island
800 Boulevard de Maisonneuve East
(Place Dupuis), Suite 200
Montréal (Québec) H2L 4L8
(514) 864-9191

Direction régionale de l'Outaouais,
de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue et
du Nord-du-Québec
430 Boulevard de I'Hôpital
Gatineau, Québec J8V 1T7
(819)-246-3345 or 1-888-295-9095

Bureau de Trois-Rivières
100 Laviolette Street
Trois-Rivières, Québec G9A 5S9
(819) 371-6011 or 1-888-879-4294

Direction régionale de l'Estrie,
de la Mauricie et Centre-du-Québec
#400, 740 Galt Street West
Sherbrooke, Québec J1H 1Z3
(819) 820-3606 or1-888-879-4288

Direction régionale de la Capitale-Nationale
et l'Est du Québec
930 Ste-Foy
Québec, Québec G1S 2L4
(418) 643-1435 or 1 888 643-1435

Direction régionale de la Montérégie
2 Boulevard Desaulniers, 3rd floor
Saint-Lambert, Québec J4P 1L2
(450) 466-4461 or 1-888-287-5819

Direction régionale de Laval,
des Laurentides et de Lanaudière
705 Trait-Carré
Laval, Québec H7N 1B3
(450) 972-3225 or 1-800-375-7426 (toll-free)

Bureau de Jonquière
3950 Boulevard Harvey
Jonquière, Québec G7X 8L6
(418) 695-8144

 

Ontario

 

Health and community services

General information:

(416) 327-4327

Health Insurance Card:

(416) 314-5518 (Toronto) or
1-800-268-1154 (toll-free in Ontario)

Immunization:

1-800-268-1154
www.gov.on.ca/health

 

Education

(416) 325-2929

 

Legal Aid

(416) 979-1446 or 1-800-668-8258
(toll-free in Ontario)

 

Manitoba

 

Health and community services

General information:

(204) 788-6627 (Winnipeg)

Health Insurance Card:

(204) 786-7101 or 1-800-392-1207
(toll-free in Manitoba)

Immunization:

(204) 940-2274
www.gov.mb.ca/health/index.html

 

Education

General information:

(204) 945-6899(toll-free in Manitoba)

 

Legal Aid

(204) 985-8500 or 1-800- 261-2960
(toll-free in Manitoba)

 

Saskatchewan

 

Health and community services

General information:

(306) 787-3475

Health Insurance Card:

(306) 787-3251 or 1-800-667-7551
(toll-free in Saskatchewan)

Immunization:

(306) 787-7113 or 1-800-667-7766
(toll-free in Saskatchewan)

 

Education

General information:

(306) 787-6030 (Regina)

 

Legal Aid

(306) 933-5300 or 1-800-667-3764
(toll-free in Saskatchewan)

 

Alberta

 

Health and community services

General information

(780) 427-1432 (Edmonton)

Health Insurance Card
and Immunization:

(403) 297-6411 (Calgary) or
310-0000 (anywhere in Alberta)

 

Education

General information:

(780) 427-7219 (Edmonton) or
310-0000 (anywhere in Alberta)

 

Legal Aid

(780) 427-7575 or 310-0000
(anywhere in Alberta)

 

British Columbia

 

Health and Community Services

General information:

(250) 952-1742 or 1-800-465-4911
(toll-free in B.C.)

Health Insurance Card:

(250) 386-7171 (Victoria),
(604) 683-7151 (Vancouver), or
1-800-663-7100 (all others, toll-free)

Immunization:

(250) 952-1742 or 1-800-465-4911
(toll-free in B.C.)

 

Education

General information:

(250) 356-2500 (Victoria)
1-888-879-1166 (toll free)

 

Legal Aid

(604) 601-6000 (Vancouver),
(250) 687-6121 (Victoria) or 1-800-663-7867 (outside Vancouver and Victoria)

 

Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

 

Health and Community Services

General information:

(867) 667-5209 (Yukon)
(867) 920-8946 (NWT)
(867) 975-5700 (Nunavut)

Health Insurance Card:

(867) 667-8341 (Yukon)
1 800 661-0830 (NWT)

Immunization:

(867) 667-8341 (Yukon)
(867) 920-8646 (NWT)

 

Education

(867) 667-5141 (Yukon)
(867) 920-6240 (NWT)
(867) 975-5600 (Nunavut)

 

Legal Aid

(867) 667-5210 (Yukon)
(867) 873-7450 (NWT)
(867) 360-4603 (Nunavut)

 

Municipal Government Services

You may be looking for information on:

  • public transportation

  • immunization

  • housing

  • health clinics

Municipal governments are responsible for police and fire protection, local courts and jails, garbage and snow removal, road maintenance and public health services. You can find municipal government departments listed in the blue pages of your telephone book.

 

Other national services of interest to new immigrants

 
Accreditation

Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 962-9725
www.cicic.ca

International Qualifications Assessment Service
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 427-2655 or 310-0000 (toll-free in Alberta)

www.learning.gov.ab.ca/iqas/iqas.asp

Services des équivalences
Montréal, Québec
(514) 873-5647

Academic Credentials Evaluation Service
North York, Ontario
(416) 736-5787

Ontario Comparative Education Service
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 978-2185

International Credential Evaluation Service
Burnaby, British Columbia
(604) 431-3402 or toll free within B.C.
1-800-663-1663 (ext. 3402)

www.ola.bc.ca/ices/

World Education Services
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 972-0070 or toll free 1-866-343-0070

www.wes.org/ca

 
Banking

Canadian Bankers Association
1-800-263-0231

If you want to use the Internet, the address is: www.cba.ca

 
Housing

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
1-800-668-2642

If you want to use the Internet, the address is:
cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/bureho/reho/

 
Starting a Business

Business Development Bank of Canada
1-888-463-6232

If you want to use the Internet, the address is:
http://www.bdc.ca

 
Private Insurance

Insurance Bureau of Canada
(416) 362-2031 (in Toronto) or 1-800-387-2880
or consult the yellow pages in your telephone book.

 
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