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University Settlement Statement on Anti‑Asian Racism

University Settlement is dedicated to fostering a culture of acceptance, equality and anti-discrimination. We call on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and discrimination.

Many have used the pandemic as a vehicle for inciting racist, sexist, anti-Asian sentiment. We reject this racism, xenophobia, and hate and stand with those who have been harmed by all forms of anti-Asian sentiments and acts.

We call on all members of our community to openly condemn ill-informed, biased perspectives, violence, hate and discrimination.

Chinese History in Canada: The Past, The Present and The Future Series

Part 1: Confederation and Exclusion (May 6)

We are proud to present a FREE screening of In the Shadow of Gold Mountain, a documentary by the National Film Board of Canada, followed by a special bilingual workshop (Mandarin and English) with three speakers. Join us for this special event. View Event Details


Financial Relief Navigator

Click here to find out about government COVID-19 financial supports and other relief measures you might qualify for.

Ontario Energy Support Program

Click here to learn more about how you might be able to reduce the cost of your household electricity bill by applying for a monthly credit to your bill.

Online English-Language Workshops

Do you want to improve your English speaking and writing skills? Our Conversation Circles and Writing English workshops will help you do just that!

Conversation Circles

Join a small group of fellow students and work with professional Canadian tutors as you practise speaking in English. You’ll improve your speaking and listening skills, and build your confidence in this weekly program.

Date: Every Tuesday (Ongoing)
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Online: by Zoom (Face-to-face session)

Writing English

In small group sessions, led by professional tutors, you will improve your English writing ability.

In addition to reading articles and short stories, you will share what you have read, write paragraphs on a variety of topics, all the while practicing the use of words and phrases to express your ideas. Weekly assignments will enable you to practice your writing skills.

Date: Every Wednesday (Ongoing)
Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Online: by Zoom (Face-to-face session)

Register Today!

It’s easy. Just email Lei Xu at lei.xu@universitysettlement.ca to register for Conversation Circles and Writing English.

Note: Participation for Conversation Circles and Writing English is open to permanent residents, live-in caregivers who hold a valid work permit, and convention refugees.

More Online Workshops and Events…

Landlord Rights Workshop (Free)
Tuesday, June 22
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Offered in Mandarin and/or Cantonese:

Aging in the Community & Long Term Care (Free)
Thursday, June 17
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Gentle Exercise: Online Yoga and Tai Chi (Free)
Tuesdays June 8, 22
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EI Application Workshop (Free)
Thursday, June 24
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Music Treasure Box: Workshop Series on Chinese Music Appreciation (Free)
Tuesday, June 29
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Offered in Korean:

Drawing Workshop (Free)
Tuesday March 30, Thursday April 8, Thursday May 13, Thursday June 10
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Employment Preparation Series (Free)
Thursday March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19
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Settlement & Social Services Offices temporarily closed and in-person services suspended as of November 23

All University Settlement locations are temporarily closed to the public, and all in-person Settlement & Social Services and Seniors’ Services programs and services are suspended, as part of the City of Toronto’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Settlement and Seniors Counsellors will continue to be available to help people online and by telephone as follows:

23 Grange Road
For Settlement and Social Services: Call (647) 617-0582 or email settlement@universitysettlement.ca
For Seniors’ Services: Call (647) 395-7294 or email settlement@universitysettlement.ca

720 Spadina Avenue
Call (416) 408-4058 or email settlement@universitysettlement.ca

6075 Yonge Street
Call (416) 218-8990 email settlement@universitysettlement.ca

For Newcomers: We can help answer your questions about settlement, filing your taxes, housing, Ontario Energy Rebate, and applications to government programs and services…and more:

To speak with a Counsellor in English / Mandarin:
Call (416) 408-4058 or email Mia.Sun@universitysettlement.ca

To speak with a Counsellor in English / Farsi:
Call (416) 218-8990 or email Manijeh.Mehdinia@universitysettlement.ca

For Low-Income Residents or Newcomers: Do you have questions about settlement, housing, filing your taxes, and applications for government programs and services, etc.? We can help:

To speak with a Counsellor in English / Mandarin:
Call (416) 598-3444 ext. 233 or email Maggie.Qu@universitysettlement.ca

For Seniors age 65 or older: We can help.

To speak with a Counsellor in English / Cantonese:
Call (416) 598-3444 ext. 240 or email Simon.Young@universitysettlement.ca

The Settlement and Social Services Department offers a wide range of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to newcomers including landed immigrants, refugees, citizens, and community residents of various ages.

Major services include settlement services and programs for newcomer adults and youth, seniors services, and community development. With a multilingual and culturally diverse staff, the Settlement and Social Services Department is able to provide services to a diverse group of newcomers and community members.

Click the buttons below for our services.

Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP)
Immigrant Information and Orientation Program (IIOP)
Older Adult Services
Community Development

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