Canada Connects Program

YMCA Canada Connects is a 1-1 matching program for newcomers to meet with volunteers. The program focuses on intercultural learning and creating meaningful relationships in the community. Program participants meet two hours per week for a minimum of six months in informal settings (coffee shops, community centers, public library, on Zoom, etc.). Volunteers support newcomers’ learning, access to resources and opportunities in their communities.

 

Eligibility:

For Newcomers (families or individuals):

· Permanent residents of Canada

· Must live in Halifax Regional Municipality

· A high beginner English language proficiency is preferred (CLB 4 and above)

 

Are you a NEWCOMER who is looking for a chance to:

· Practice English

· Meet friends and develop a social network

· Learn more about your community

 

Types of matches

· Individual to individual

· Individual to family

· Family to Family

· Individual to +55 individual

· Individual to high needs individual/family

Volunteering with Canada Connects:

For Volunteers:

· Permanent residents or Canadian citizens who are well established in the community

· Must be over 18 years old and fluent in English

· Participate in YMCA orientation and training

· Complete a Criminal/ Vulnerable Sector Check and Child Abuse Registry check

 

Volunteer if:

· You want to contribute to creating inclusive communities

· You are willing to share your knowledge and experience on the services offered in your community

· You are willing to know about other cultures

· You are willing to attend ongoing training

 

Contact Info:

Matthew De-Serres, Canada Connects & Volunteer Coordinator

Work Phone: 902-457-6882

Email: matthew.deserres@halifax.ymca.ca