New Initiative in Grey Bruce: Settlement Services
Grey Bruce Settlement Services is a collaboration between YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce and Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce to support you in effectively settling, integrating, and calling Grey and Bruce counties your home.
This program offers a central place to help you feel more connected to your new community through many resources and partnerships with other local service agencies.
These free services are mobile and staff will be able to meet with you in the community where you live, throughout Grey Bruce.
Settlement and language services are open to:
Permanent Residents (also called Landed Immigrants); without Canadian Citizenship
A person in Canada who was received an approval-in-principal letter for their application for permanent residence
- Convention refugee
- Protected persons
- Temporary worker or student who has obtained initial approval for a concurrent application for permanent residence
If you are not eligible for these services, you will be referred to a program in the community that can help.
Settlement Services & Referrals:
Settlement workers are here to provide one-on-one support, answer your questions and help you find the resources you need in your community.
Information and resources for COVID-19:
Grey Bruce Public Health Information
Ontario Ministry of Health
Government of Canada
Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force
United Way Grey Bruce
M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre
Resources and Supports for Newcomers and Immigrants Affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic
In 2020, the ICC and the Grey Bruce One World Festival became part of Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (welcominggreybruce.ca). Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (WCGB) works to create an inclusive and welcoming Grey Bruce, where differences are celebrated and no one is left behind, by:
— providing local education, counselling, referrals and other support services, including language instruction, employment training, job-search programs, translation services and information programs on regional and Canadian culture and life, for immigrants, refugees and newcomers in need,
— engaging community members in planning and activities to reduce social, racial, cultural and institutional barriers, and support a welcoming and inclusive Grey Bruce, and
— collaborating with public, not-for-profit and private organizations and businesses to ensure that the needs of newcomers to Grey and Bruce are met and to build a welcoming and inclusive region for all residents.
2020 Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce (WCGB) board members are (back row from left) Nicholas Forrester, Waleed Aslam, Muna Shrestha, Manpreet Kaur Sangha, Donald Anderson, Colleen Purdon and David Morris, with staff members (front row from left) Olga Jura and Map Ip from WCGB’s Rural Pathways to Employment for Visible-Minority Newcomer Women program.
— And congratulations to the Grey Bruce One World Festival for receiving a 2017 Owen Sound Cultural Award: