OCASI, collaboratively with partners, has produced multilingual kiosks to help provide settlement information in remote and under-served areas and in locations where settlement information may be a secondary priority.
The kiosks provide basic information about settlement services including employment, education and many other resources available to support newcomers. Currently there are 51 kiosks located in schools, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) offices, Newcomer Welcome Centres, City of Toronto sites, and Service Canada Centres across Ontario.
“Welcome to Ontario” Kiosks aim to assist newcomers and their families with integrating into life in Ontario through the provision of accessible, accurate, resources and relevent community and settlement services available in their area.
After using a Kiosk, newcomers will have a better understanding of settlement services and free community services that are available to support them in Ontario. Newcomers can also request that an email with follow-up information be sent to them. The target audience of the Kiosks are newcomers who have recently arrived to Ontario.
This information is provided through videos available in following 17 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu.
The kiosks project is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).