About the Program
What is Canada Connects?
- One-on-one and family matching in an informal setting.
- Needs-driven support for newcomers to help them understand the social, political, cultural, and economic context of their new community and become fully engaged in Canadian life.
- Cross-cultural interaction and learning to provide essential guidance early in the settlement process and enable volunteers to learn about the newcomer experience.
What are the areas of activity?
- Personal exchanges based on needs, interests and hobbies, including:
- Providing general orientation and support;
- Explaining how to navigate systems and public services;
- Developing life skills and offering advice to improve overall well-being;
- Attending or participating in a cultural or sporting event together.
- Informal language learning to practice and improve English and French skills, including:
- Building language skills outside an organized group, classroom or workplace;
- Dialogue focused on everyday interactions
- Personal assistance with pronunciation and grammar
Recommend meeting schedule: 2 hours per week
Canadian Language Benchmark 4 or higher (written and spoken)
Have been in Nova Scotia for at least 18 months
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers help us create healthier, welcoming, and more inclusive communities. Without our volunteers, we could not effectively deliver many of our programs and services. As a volunteer, you will receive orientation, training, and support from us while we together build a community where all can belong and grow.