Settlement Programs

Settlement Programs and Outcomes

Somali Centre for Family Services (SCFS) offers Immigrant Settlement and Adaptation Programs. These services increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of the participants. As well, these programs assist newcomers to develop positive attitudes and social skills to improve their quality of life. Participants will achieve their personal goals to settle and integrate into the Canadian society.

Services offered:

  • Orientation
  • Information sessions
  • Workshops on job search programs
  • Volunteer programs
  • English Conversation Groups
  • Homework Help Program
  • Canadian Citizenship Study
  • Drop-in services and referrals


Settlement counsellors offer a number of services including: Needs assessments, referrals, support services, one-on-one orientation & information on settlement counselling, language skills development, Labour Market Participation and Community Connections.

These sessions covers a wide range of settlement-related topics including, but not limited to:

  • Housing and transportation
  • Language learning programs
  • Employment services
  • Rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens
  • The Canadian legal system
  • Finance and money transportation
  • SIN Card, OHIP, and driver’s licence obtainment
  • Parenting and healthcare


Participants will increase their awareness of ISAP programs and demonstrate an ability to navigate through the resources, community events, civic activities, and attend English and French classes at the Alta Vista Public Library. As well, participants will enhance their communication skills and increase their soft skills.

Labour Market Access

Newcomers will obtain the required support and skill to find and apply for employment opportunities in general labour, construction industries, cleaning companies, local food stores, and placement agencies. This program gives particularly allows newcomer youth to settle in and successfully contribute to the society socially, economically, and culturally.

Welcoming communities and volunteer

SCFS offers settlement services at Alta vista and Elmvale Public library. The services include one-on-one settlement information, group information session, and Newcomers outreach. Services currently coordinated by library settlement workers include: the English Group, French Conversation Group, Homework Help Program for Newcomers and Canadian Citizenship Study Program.


Settlement programs help newcomers to Canada in establishing and developing social and professional networks. Participants will engage in volunteer programs and improve their knowledge on Canadian culture.

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)

SCFS is partnering with Canada Revenue Agency to offer free Tax preparation for low income Newcomers families through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) since 2011.

Through this program, we have a group of volunteers that are committed their valuable time to provide a valuable service to members of their community.

Our 2019 Tax Clinics for March 16th and April 13th, we have prepared for 243 newcomer low income clients from different backgrounds for their income tax return for free of charge.

Our sincere thanks go to all of our wonderful volunteers we wouldn’t have done it without them.