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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.



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


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