Newcomers to Canada

Welcome to Edmonton and the library! As a newcomer to Canada, we know you have lots of questions and we can help with some of the most common information requests you may have. We have materials, programs and people to help with:

  • Shelter and housing
  • Legal rights
  • Employment
  • English language programs
  • Education (schools, colleges and universities)
  • Social networking opportunities
  • Seniors programs
  • Government funds
  • Healthcare and health insurance
  • Citizenship and immigration / sponsorship

People Who Can Help

Community Librarians

Every library location has a Community Librarian who can help you find the answers you are looking for.

Settlement Practitioners

We offer Settlement Services to help you with common questions about moving to Canada and settling into a new home. This program is funded by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada and is provided in partnership with the Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA). Services are free for eligible clients.

To access these services visit any of these library locations

Contact our settlement practitioners

Recommended Links

  • EPL's Jobs and Education Guide
    Valuable information and resources to assist with job searches and education choices. Includes information for foreign workers and English test preparation tools.
  • Useful Information for Newcomers to Edmonton
    A list of agencies and organizations in the Edmonton area that can help newcomers.
  • Newcomers' Guide to Edmonton
    An introductory guide to help new residents settle in Edmonton.
  • Refugee Alberta
    The Refugee Alberta website is a provincial hub of information for refugees, immigrant-serving organizations and the community at large. Resources include information for organizations on how to build their capacity to serve newcomers, as well as information for newcomers on volunteering, donations and sponsorship.

Library Collections

We have plenty of materials, programs and resources to help get you settled.

Cultural Access Pass

This is the logo of the cultural access pass
Institute for Canadian Citizenship Cultural Access Pass

Are you a new Canadian Citizen? Apply today online for a FREE Cultural Access Pass that gives you access to more than 1,000 attractions across Canada. You can pick up your pass at any library location too!