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5 challenges newcomers face in Canada and how to deal with them

March 10, 2024

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Immigration Levels Plan 2023-2025 aims to welcome over 460,000 new immigrants each year, which is the highest level in Canadian history.

Upon arrival, newcomers must settle into their new homes and may experience some challenges adjusting to Canada and their new lives in the country.

This article will outline common challenges many newcomers face when settling in Canada and provide some information and advice on how to overcome these challenges.

These top 5 challenges for newcomers include: language barrier, finding affordable housing, isolation, finding employment, and adapting to the cold, snow and ice.

Language Barrier
English and French are the official languages in Canada. Many newcomers may have trouble communicating in one of these languages. Further, many jobs in Canada require English or French and either of these languages can be one of the primary requirements in a job description.

To improve language ability in English or French, newcomers should take advantage of the language training services available to them. These services aim to address all newcomer’s types of language needs, include general language training, study assistance for language assessments (like those needed for immigration purposes), job-specific language training and more.