The 13th Week
Explore Your Ethnic Community
How many ethnic communities are in Canada
Most immigrants after their arrival in Canada begin to look immediately for opportunities to meet people from their countries because they want to talk in their native language, do not want to feel so alone, and need get the right advice. When you find your ethnic community, you will know where you can meet people from your country, what newspapers and magazines are available in your native language, where the shops, restaurants and cafes which prepare your national food are, what the addresses of doctors who speak your language are and be able to forge new friends and acquaintances.
Statistics show that in Canada there are more then 180 ethnic communities. After opening the site, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnic_origins_of_people_in_Canada, you will find information about your native group. Using the Internet, you can find your ethnic community in many cities of Canada. One of the world's most ethnically diverse cities is Toronto. It is a home to more than 80 ethnic groups from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Almost fifty percent of the Toronto population has a mother language other than English or French. The top non-official home languages were: Chinese, Tamil, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
In Toronto, approximately 450,000 Chinese live, many of whom emigrated from Hong Kong. Among Chinese speakers who identified a specific dialect, two-thirds spoke Cantonese and one-third spoke Mandarin. For example, The Cross Cultural Community Services Association TCCSA (https://tccsa.on.ca) assists newcomers to adapt to the Canadian style of living. It helps seniors in preparing tax returns, organizes winter and summer camps, arranges meetings for young people and much more. The association also helps immigrants from China to learn English, make friends and create their own network. Meet with other people from your country in Chinatown (https://expertworldtravel.com/chinatown/toronto).
There are in Toronto, there are many Chinese newspapers such as the Global Chinese, Epoch Times, Today Daily News, Sing Tao and Ming Pao. There are also several Chinese long-term care homes, like Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Scarborough Finch, 60 Scottfield Drive, tel: 416 321-3000.
There are almost 115,000 Filipinos living in Toronto. On the site, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipino_Canadians, you will find information about Filipino community life in such cities as Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Here, you can find out what is happening in the Toronto Filipino community, read about Filipino events and concerts in Toronto and much more. Also on this site, there is Toronto's First Filipino Business Directory, which includes many businesses, community centres, immigration and employment agencies, doctors and a lot of other business services.
Find friends at the Filipino Centre Toronto, which is located at 597 Parliament St, tel. 416-928-9355, and read these newspapers: Taliba, The Philippine Reporter and Filipina News.
There is a Filipino long-term care home at this address: Cheltenham Long Term Care, 5935 Bathurst St, Willowdale, tel: 416-223-4050.
Approximately 50,000 immigrants from Greece live in Toronto. You can read about Greek community life on www.greekcommunity.org. By going to 30 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto, Ontario, or by calling 416-425-2485, you can ask your questions, take part in cultural events in the Greek community and receive assistance in filling out forms and applications related to immigration.
Also there are also such services as translation of documents, assistance of interpreters, as well as the services of lawyers regarding family and labour law, conflict resolution, bankruptcy, and other matters.
The elderly can benefit from help applying for social assistance or obtaining pensions. You will also get help from social workers to solve everyday problems.
For information on businesses, please visit: www.greektowntoronto.com. For news about the life of the Greek community, read the newspaper, "Greek Press". A Greek long-term care home, the Hellenic Care for Seniors is located at 215 Tyrrel Ave, Toronto, tel: 416-654-3904.
Almost 150,000 immigrants from India live in Toronto. There is a Canada Indian Community Guide on site: www.canadaindian.com. Opening this site, you will find information about the lives of immigrants from India in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto Vancouver and Winnipeg. On this site, you can also find information about Indian associations, businesses, grocery stores, temples, immigration agencies, restaurants, real estate and travel agents in Toronto.
You can learn about Indian community news on the site www.vishnumandir.com, which was designed by "Voice of the Vegas Cultural Sabha Inc." On this site, there is also information about Montessori schools, Hindi classes, youth groups and more. Meet friends in Little India (www.mastindia.com/toronto.html) and read Indian community newspapers: India Journal, Weekly Times of Indi, India Abroad, Punjab Star, the Weekly Voice, CanIndia News Weekly, South Asian Observer and Canadian Weekly Times of India. There is an Indian long-term care home at the following address: Kipling Acres, 2233 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, tl: 416-392-2300.
About 200,000 Italians live in Toronto. Information about the life of Italian immigrants in Toronto can be found on the site: https://iictoronto.esteri.it/iic_toronto/it/istituto.
The Italian Cultural Institute offers courses in Italian language and culture. It also hosts various art exhibitions, concerts, and films. The site includes a calendar with event descriptions and other activities of Italian interest. Also, there is the National Congress of Italian Canadians (www.canadese.org), which is a virtual portal into the Italian Canadian communities across Canada.
You can meet people from your country in Little Italy, which you can read about on the site: https://www.destinationtoronto.com/neighbourhoods/westside/little-italy/. You can read these Italian newspapers: Lo Specchio and Corriere Canadese. There is also an Italian long-term care home: Casa Verde Health Centre, 3595 Keele St, Toronto, tel: 416-633-3431.
Approximately 175,000 Jewish immigrants live in Toronto. In all matters relating to immigration to Canada, please contact the Jewish Immigrant Aid Services of Toronto (https://jiastoronto.org/) located at 4.600 Bathurst Street, Suite 325 Toronto, tel. 416 - 630-6481. You will get help to adapt to the new country, receive all kinds of services to new immigrants and, if necessary, financial assistance. Also you will receive addresses of schools for children and centres for adults; you can enrol in English courses, get notary services and more.
At the same address, there is the centre of Jewish Family and Child Services of Toronto, tel. 416-638-7800, which offers up to 30 programs for children, adults, youth and seniors.
For employment, contact the Jewish Vocational Service (https://www.jvstoronto.org/). This centre assists in finding job and offers special programs for immigrant women and the elderly. You can find out about Jewish life in Toronto from these newspapers: The Canadian Jewish News, Jewish Tribune, or Exodus magazine.
There are Jewish long-term care homes, for example, the Apotex Centre and Louis and Leah Posluns Centre for Stroke and Cognition, 3560 Bathurst St, Toronto, tel: 416-785-2500, ext. In 2223.
Approximately 50,000 immigrants from Korea live in Toronto. The website, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koreatown,_Toronto, reported that the area on Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst Streets is called Koreatown. Historically, it is a place where immigrants from Korea settled and to this day in this place, there are a lot of Korean businesses like restaurants, bakeries, shops, travel agencies, and more. Here you can meet with people of the Korean community, make friendships and business relationships.
To get help with immigration, contact the YMCA Korean Community Services at the address: 721 Bloor Street West, Unit 303, Toronto, tel. 416-538-9412. In Toronto, there are two Korean newspapers: Korean Central Daily and the Korea Daily News.
The Korean long-term care home, Castleview Wychwood Towers, is located at 351 Christie St, Toronto, tel: 416-392-5700.
There are almost 115,000 Portuguese living in Toronto. According to "Toronto's Little Portugal" research conducted by University of Toronto
(http://www.urbancentre.utoronto.ca/pdfs/researchbulletins/CUCSRB35Teixeira.pdf), a few years ago a lot of Portuguese went to Mississauga but the developable land there is gone. Today, new housing developments are taking place in Oakville, King City, Maple, Caledon, Cambridge, Newmarket, Woodbridge, Barrie, Bradford, Orangeville and the Portuguese are dispersing all over in search of new housing.
The Portuguese Cultural centre of Mississauga, located at 53 Queen Street North, tel. 905-286 1311 on the site www.pccmississauga.ca, promotes social and recreational activities, including classes in Portuguese language, literature, geography and history, sports activities, youth activities, and courses on good citizenship and integration into mainstream society.
Visit the Toronto Little Portugal and create your network. Also read these newspapers: O Milenio, Sol Portuguese, Nove Ihlas and Voice. Business people can find out about the Portuguese business network on the site: https://www.fpcbp.com/.
There is a Portuguese long-term care home at this address: O'Neill Centre, 33 Christie St, Toronto, tel: 416-536-1116.
Approximately 50,000 immigrants from Russia live in Toronto. On the Bathurst Street between Sheppard and Steeles, you will get acquainted with the life of the Russian-speaking community and will be able to take a direct part in it. There are a few places that offer cultural programs in Russian like lectures, concerts, show films, various training courses, excursions and travel. There you can meet with Russian speaking people who came here long ago and get their tips.
Some sources that are useful for studying life of the Russian community are the handbook "Russian Toronto" published by the newspaper "Russian Express" (www.russianexpress.net), the "Toronto Russian Business Pages" published by "Bonus" magazine (http://bonus4u.com/) and other sources at https://www.torontovka.com/business/156/105. These directories contain addresses and phone numbers of important government offices, information about the job market and available social support, opportunities for recreation and travel as well as useful tips to help new immigrants get comfortable in new country.
A long-term care home, Bernard Betel Centre for older people where the staff speaks Russian, is located at 1003 Steeles Ave West, Toronto, tel: 416-225-2112.
Make a note. Your active participation in the life of your ethnic community may complicate and prolong the time of your adjustment in Canada. After all, Canada is an English and French speaking country. So remember, if you want to learn to swim, do not try to stay away from water!