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Settling in Kingston

Kingston strives for excellent quality of life. It is a great place to live, work, play, and do business.

Below is a list of links to community resources compiled to give you a place to start when settling into Kingston.

General Information/Referrals

211 Ontario
Telephone helpline and online resource that provides information on social services in your area. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 150+ languages.

Kingston Helps
Online search engine that provides information on social services available in Kingston.

Settlement Services
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area 
Settlement services to assist with community involvement, language, skills training, housing, accessing community services, and more.

ACFOMI Immigrant Services assist newcomers to Kingston in their settlement and employment process. All their services are offered in Canada’s two official languages.

Public Transportation
Kingston Transit
Bus system providing service throughout the City of Kingston. See website for information on routes and fares.

Health & Wellness
Public Health
Immunization clinic and resource for overall health.

Canadian Mental Health Association
Programs supporting the mental health and well-being of all individuals.

Emergency Care Hospitals:
Kingston General Hospital
24 hour emergency care. Visit the website for what to expect and what to bring with you.
Hotel Dieu Hospital – Paediatric Walk-in Clinic 
Walk-in emergency clinic for children. Visit the website for what to expect and what to bring with you.

Walk-in Clinics:
Kingston Community Health Centre
Non-emergency walk-in medical care.

CDK Walk-in Clinic 
Non-emergency walk-in medical care at two locations.

Rental Housing
Check websites for availability.

Social Housing Registry
Application for affordable housing through the City of Kingston. Visit the website for more details on how to apply.

Language Resources
Kingston Frontenac Public Library
Resources for learning English as a second language as well as a selection of publications in other languages.

Kingston Literacy & Skills
Adult classes for English as a Second Language

Adult classes for English as a Second Language

Limestone Community Education 
Adult classes for English as a Second Language

Employment Services
Keys Job Centre
Specialized services for immigrants and newcomers to help with job and career search, English language acquisition and settlement in Kingston and Canada. Services are available in English, French, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish and Kirundi.

Employment counselling, training and workshops.

Employment services in French and English.

Subsidized Childcare Registry 
Application for affordable childcare. Visit the website for more information and to apply.

Elementary & Secondary Education
General Information
Elementary school guide for newcomers to Ontario.

Limestone District School Board 
Local school board for elementary and secondary school. Visit the website for more information on programs available and registration.

Post-Secondary Education
St. Lawrence College
Post-secondary support for international students at the College level.

Queen’s University
Post-secondary support for international students at the University level.

Youth and Children

Immigrant Services
Multicultural groups for children and youth.

Maltby Centre
Mental health services for children and youth.

Family and Children’s Services
Parenting suggestions in a Canadian context and  support for families.

Grocery stores
Check the following websites for locations throughout Kingston.
Food Basics

Memorial Centre Market 
Market with local vendors bringing in grocery items, prepared food, baked goods, crafts and more.

Shopping Centres
See websites available stores and locations.
Cataraqui Centre
Kingston Centre
RioCan Centre 

Currency Exchange
Wellington Foreign Exchange 

City of Kingston
Information on recreation programs throughout the city.

Recreation programs at two locations. See website for more details.

Boys & Girls Club
Recreation programs for children.

Rideau Heights Community Centre 
Recreation facility and community space. Programs available.

Municipal Fee Assistance Program
Application to city programs at a reduced cost. See the website for more information and to apply.

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