Knowing Your Rights as a Permanent Resident
Knowing your rights as a Permanent Resident, arriving to Canada, grants you access to many free Canadian services and allows you permission to partake in the many benefits that Canada has to offer to help you to integrate comfortably into your new home.
Permanent Residency is given by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Once approved, your new status allows you to work, study, access free services and benefits and to pay taxes. Having Permanent Residency provides you the opportunity to take advantage of pre-arrival services, as well as learn, at no cost, either of Canada’s 2 official languages and apply for Canadian Citizenship should you meet the eligibility requirements. To learn more about your rights as a Permanent Resident and keeping your new status, please read Build ON’s blog for an in depth description and explanation.
Partner Highlight: The Newcomer Information Center (NIC)
Settling into a new country ,presents many challenges on its own and now with Covid-19, may start to feel overwhelming in regards to where to turn for support. The Newcomer Information Center (NIC) of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a great resource for newcomers, now offering online assistance and referrals for a variety of immigration and settlement matters through one-to-one services and webinars.
With aid of community partners, NIC is here to help and support with immigration applications, referral to services, settlement questions and orientation, tax preparation, Driver’s License Preparation, Citizenship test preparation, applying for EI, CERB and more. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 343-961-7120 for post-arrival support.