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  • Business Brainstorming for Young Entrepreneurs

    Business Brainstorming for Young Entrepreneurs​

    Join young small business owners and mentors in casual group settings to obtain valuable peer-to-peer networking, mentorship and professional growth!

    Meetings held on the first Thursday of every month from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    September 8th 2016 to February 2nd, 2017

     To register for this program, please contact: 

    Orillia Area CDC:  Carol Benedetti

    22 Peter Street South, Orillia

    705-325-4903 x 103


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  • The Newcomer Spring 2016

    Welcome to the third issue of the YMCA Newcomer Services newsletter. This issue of our newsletter brings you news about our new View Sonic "Smart Display Board", celebration of the Volunteers Week, and new stories about our volunteers Susan Fancy and Gary Per-due. Continue to read to find out more....

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  • Immigrant Support Group

    ​Free Support Group meets fourth Tuesday of the month

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    11 Holland Street East, Bradford

    For more information or to register contact:
    Bradford Immigrant & Community Services

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  • Tutors Needed!

    ​Gateway Centre for Learning in Midland is offering Literacy Basic Skills upgrading for Newcomers. 

     We are unable to run a full ESL program, but can offer one to one tutoring once a week to individuals needing assistance with English skills.  In order to run this program, we require tutors. 

    Gateway Centre for Learning will provide training and guidelines for interested tutors. 

    If you are interested in volunteering your time for 2 hours a week, to assist a learner with English, please call Kim or Fran at 705-527-1522 or email or visit us in person at 488 Dominion Avenue, Midland.  You can make the difference!

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  • Know the Facts, Refugee Sponsorship in Simcoe County
    • ​Who is a refugee?

    • What is re-settlement?

    • Types of refugee sponsorship

    • Sponsorship Responsibilities

    • Developing your settlement plan

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  • Bradford West Gwillimbury Diversity Action Group

    ​Visit their Facebook page for information on diversity events and awareness for different cultures within the community and beyond.

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  • La Comunidad Latina de Barrie & Co. (previously known as Barrie Latin Club)

    ​La Comunidad Latina de Barrie & Co.'s website is currently under construction.

    You can follow La Comunidad Latina de Barrie & Co.'s on Facebook at



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  • Services for Immigrants in Wasaga Beach

    Services for Immigrants in Wasaga Beach

    Third Friday of Each Month
    10:00 am - 11:30 am: Career Solutions
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Wasaga Beach Public Library

    • Settlement services

    • Employment services

    • English language assessment

    • Accreditation & qualification information

    • Connecting you with services in your area

    Walk-ins are accepted, but it is encouraged to make an appointment: 1-877-761-1155 or e-mail:

    Interpretation services are also available - contact us!

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  • Bradford Library English Conversation Circles

    ​Practice your English conversation skills in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere!

    Every Saturday afternoon from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

    (Starting July 4th)

    Bradford Library
    425 Holland Street West
    Bradford ON, L3Z 0J2
    (905) 775-3328

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  • Walk-In Counselling Clinics

    ​Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County

    provides free walk-in counselling clinics for individuals, couples and families.  Helping with a variety of concerns such as:

    • Depression & Anxiety

    • Couple Conflict

    • Family relationship issues

    • Stress & Anger Management

    • Alcohol & Drug Use

    • Parenting

    See the flyer for times and locations.

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  • Barrie Christian Community Church

    ​Please click on 'Barrie Christian Community Church' to visit their homepage.

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  • YMCA of Simcoe / Muskoka Newcomer Services Conversation Circles

    Come and join these FREE bi-weekly English conversation circles. 

    It's a great way to practice speaking English, meet new people, build confidence, learn more about your community, culture and customs.

    Please join Conversation Circles every other Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Innisfil New Library on 967 Innisfil Beach Road.

    This is a group for anyone whose English is their second language.

    For more information, please call Suzana at (705) 797-2020 Extension 23 or (705) 725-8360 Extension 45151.

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  • Non-Profit Network of South Georgian Bay

    Monthly Coffee Time - Networking Event

    The first Tuesday of each month; drop-in between

    8:00 - 9:30 a.m. at the Community Resource Centre,

    Coffee Time is hosted by Community Connection.  For more information contact Debbe at

    (705) 444-0040 Extension 238 or

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  • Barrie Latin Resource Centre

    The BLRC is a not-profit organization created to assist individuals (and families) in the process of adapting and integrating into life and the community of Barrie and Simcoe County.  For more information contact them at (705) 503-7852​.


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Hear from Newcomers Living in Simcoe County



​Explore the Simcoe County Immigration Portal to learn more about:

in Simcoe County.

To learn more about local programs and services in Simcoe County, dial 211
or visit .

211 is a free, 24/7 information line with interpretation services in over 150 languages. TTY service is available at 1-888-435-6086.
To have your organization added to the 211 database, contact Community Connection 211 .