Community Connections brings together newcomers to Canada and established community residents for sharing and learning.

Newcomers learn about living in Canada, practice speaking English and make connections in their new community.

Volunteers act as guides to life in the community. In the process, they learn about other cultures and gain a better understanding of what immigrants contribute to Canada.

Community Connections offers the following services:

  • Language and cultural mentoring opportunities (both individual and in a group setting)
  • Assistance with Volunteer Placements in the community
  • Opportunities for multi-way interaction and cross-cultural awareness
  • Conversation Circles supporting informal language practice
  • Group activities/sessions supporting knowledge transfer and cross-cultural awareness
  • Programming for newcomer seniors: digital literacy, craft groups, recreational activities.

Community Connections participants are recently-arrived newcomers or those newcomers who still need help adapting to their new life in Canada. To be eligible for the program, you must be a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee or a live-in caregiver.

Non-eligible clients interested in participating in events and activities (i.e. refugee claimants, international students and Canadian citizens) are welcome to get involved as program volunteers.

To become a Community Connections volunteer, you should be knowledgeable about your community, open to learning about other cultures, and willing to share your own cultural background and your appreciation of Canadian society.

Services available in:

St. Catharines
85 Church Street, ON, L2R 3C7
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
905-685-6589 Ext. 228

Niagara Falls
St. Ann Adult Education Centre
5895 North St, Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 1J7
289-407-1793
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Welland
Father Fogarty Adult Learning Centre
269 Thorold Road, ON, L3C 3W1
289-241-6289
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (hours vary)

For more information please contact communityconnections@folk-arts.ca or 905-685-6589 Ext. 228 or reach us via text message, WhatsApp, or WeChat at 905-321-6590

Info coming soon…

  • Chop-Chop Group Video
  • Cooking Together
  • Multiculturalism Day
  • Eid Celebration