Online Magazines for Newcomers to Canada

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Here is a link to Prepare for Canada, an online magazine for immigrant professionals. The magazine provides information on working and living in Canada which can help you to plan for settling here. Within this site there are a number of useful videos and links to assist you to become more knowledgeable about life in Canada. Another useful resource is Canadian Newcomer a free magazine that provides information, guidance and support to new immigrants.

Telehealth Ontario

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Telehealth Ontario is a confidential telephone services that provides health advice or general health information from a registered nurse. The service is FREE for residents of Ontario and you DO NOT need a health insurance number to access assistance . People that call telehealth can get advice about health-related matters such as health symptoms, illness, and injury. Telehealth offers information in English and French, and translation support is available for other languages. Telehealth Ontario is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Click here to learn more about Telehealth Ontario

Looking for a Doctor

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Finding a family doctor is important because they supply general health care for non-emergency medical conditions for you and your family. A family physician will also provide a referral to specialists and order medical and laboratory tests when needed. To locate a family doctor in Bruce Grey you can register with Health Care Connect 1-800-445-1822 a government of Ontario Service developed to help people find a family doctor or you may try the Doctor Search Service from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Try asking friends or family members if their doctor is accepting new patients or contact one of the following Family Health Teams in your area to make an inquiry.
Brockton and Area Family Health Team
Bruce Peninsula Family Health Team at 519-793-6461
Owen Sound Family Health Team
Sauble Family Health Team
South East Grey Community Health Centre

Help With Housing Costs

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There is help available for people living in Grey and Bruce County that are having some difficulty paying their housing expenses. These funds are available through the Sustainable Housing Benefit in Grey County or Housing Stability Fund in Bruce County. These benefits are meant to help people living in the area to secure reasonable priced, stable housing. Funds are available through these programs, for residents who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. You may be eligible to receive assistance with these costs if you are a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant, if you reside in Grey or Bruce and if you have not received the benefit in the past 24 months. To find out more about the programs offered in your community and the conditions of eligibility, or to access the application forms follow the links entered above.

June 12, 2014 is Election Day

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During a provincial election, your vote helps to select the premier of Ontario. To be eligible to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections, you must be a Canadian citizen, be 18 years old or older and be registered as a voter in a riding or area you are living in. For more information about the voting process in Ontario check out A Guide to Voting in Ontario’s Provincial Election If you would like to find more specific information about the candidates in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound or voting in this region Elections Ontario is an excellent site to view.

YMCA Employment Services

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Looking for work? Get help and advice at YMCA Employment Services
The YMCA Owen Sound Grey Bruce is the designated Employment Ontario (EO) service provider for Grey County. YMCA Employment Services offers information, services, programs and support to help you find a job. Their trained staff will help you find the services you need to start and be successful in your job search. They offer employment services throughout Grey County with locations in Hanover, Meaford, Thornbury, Durham, Dundalk and Flesherton. Learn more about the many employment services available at FREE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES.

EYE SEE EYE LEARN PROGRAM

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Eye See… Eye Learn is a program provided by optometrists to junior kindergarten students in Ontario. Optometrist in the area are offering free eye exams to children starting school and Free glasses to those children that need them . This is a new program for Bruce and Grey County. There is no cost to have your child’s eyes examined when you show your child’s health card. Click the following link, Eye see…Eye Learn to learn more about the program and to find a participating optometrists.

Trillium Drug Program

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The Trillium Drug Program is a program offered by the government of Ontario to help with the costs of prescription drugs. If you are not on social assistance and you do not have private health insurance, or your private health insurance does not cover 100% of your drug costs, you can apply to the program to help pay for the cost of prescription medications. Applicants must live in Ontario and have a Ontario health card. If you are eligible, you will have to pay a deductible based on your household income. Applications for the program are available at your local pharmacy or by calling 1-800-575-5386. Applications can also be located by using the following links Application for Ontario Drug Benefits and A Guide to Your Application (Ontario Drug Benefit).

ONTARIO WORKS EMPLOYMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM

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Ontario Works is an employment and social services program that provides temporary income and employment supports to people in financial need. Their goal is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals. To be eligible to receive help from Ontario Works, you need to be living in Ontario, be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, refugee claimant or convention refugee and need money to help pay for food and housing costs. To learn more about the Ontario Works program in your area contact Grey County or Bruce County Ontario Works.