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Join Immigration and Settlement Program
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What’s Join?

We are all about helping your settle in Canada.

YWCA Hamilton’s Join Program is a new immigration and settlement program designed specifically for newcomer women, youth and 2SLGBTQ+. The purpose of Join is to help you settle in your community in every way possible.

From employment counseling and job search support to accessing child care and safe spaces, Join addresses all aspects to support your settlement in Hamilton.

In-person services are currently unavailable at 75 MacNab Street South and we are offering all programs online.  Staff are working remotely and are in touch with clients via telephone and Zoom.

  • get settled in your community
  • prepare for work in Canada and find a job
  • meet friends and make connections
  • get counselling and supports
  • find your people and a safe environment

Our YWCA Hamilton staff team are ready to support you!

When in-person programming resumes, our staff team will support you in providing care for your children while you attend our services. We will also assist you with transportation, translation and interpretation services to make our programming accessible.

Our staff speaks the following languages: English, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Arabic and Spanish

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Find out if you’re eligible!

We want to help you settle. To participate in YWCA Hamilton’s Join Program, participants must:

  1. identify as a woman, 2SLGBTQIA+ or non-binary and;
  2. be a Permanent Resident, Protected Person/Convention Refugee or a Live-in Caregiver: Temporary Foreign Worker with an approved work permit

Before joining us, participants must also provide one of the following documents as proof of residency status:

  • Permanent Residence Card
  • Landing Paper
  • Work Permit for Live-in Caregivers
  • Decision Letter for Permanent Residency or Refugee Status

Why Join

We recognize that newcomer women, youth and 2SLGBTQ+ may face additional barriers to settlement when arriving in a new community. The goal of YWCA Hamilton’s Join Program is to support you in settlement – in every way possible.

We know that in order to find work or to re-establish your career, you need support and child care. We know that to settle into your new community, you need to meet people and connect with local services and resources. We know that in order for you to thrive – you need to feel safe.

The Join Program looks at all aspects of what makes settlement and fully connecting in with your community successful. Then, we provide it.

For questions or for more information, please contact:

Habab Hamour
Intake Worker
E-mail: hhamour@ywcahamilton.org
Phone: 365-324-0249

Tehreem Zafar
Manager, Immigrant and Settlement Services
E-mail: TZafar@ywcahamilton.org
Phone: 905-522-9922 ext. 335

Meet friends and make connections.

Prepare for work and find a job.

Get the support you need.

Find your people and a safe environment.

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