You have taken a big step. Your
first year in Canada will be emotional and full of change. You may
be looking for a place to live, a job, and schools for your
children. You will probably make many new friends. Some of them will
know how it feels to move to a new community or new country.
of your situation, being a newcomer may mean giving up some familiar
things for a new way of life. As a result, you may feel anxious or
afraid, especially during the first few days and weeks. Almost all
newcomers experience these emotions as they settle in. Feeling at
home in a new country takes time.
best way to adjust to your new community is to become involved! Do
not hesitate to speak English or French, even if you make mistakes.
Understanding and speaking one of Canada's official languages will
help you adapt more easily. As you talk with the people you meet,
you will feel more in control of your new life. Use each day as an
opportunity to learn. Ask questions whenever you need to. Most
people are pleased to help. Canadians believe in the spirit of
community. No matter which city or town you choose to live in, you
will find people who can help you adapt to your new life, and fit
into Canadian society.
the weeks, months and years ahead, you will have many opportunities
to participate fully in Canadian life. Take them. You and your
family can grow together, side by side with other Canadians, and
make a better life for everyone. This is your new home. Welcome to