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Newcomer Learning Centre. Classes, programs and resources for newcomers to Canada. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The Newcomer Learning Centre is on the 4th Floor of Central Library. 
It has books, CDs and DVDs for Learners and Tutors. 
Anyone with a HPL card can borrow Newcomer Learning Centre materials. 

To speak with staff, call 905-546-3444 or email nlc@hpl.ca.

Newcomer Learning Centre Desk Hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm

Wednesday 1-7pm

Friday 10am-1pm

Select Saturdays in 2023.

English Tutoring:

Practise English with a tutor in-person, online or both. Meet twice a week for one to two hours. To join, complete the English Tutoring Request Form.

To volunteer with Newcomers to Canada, please complete our Volunteer English Tutor Application.

English for Seniors Online or In-Person:

Learn English with other seniors age 55 and older, in a small class.

Online classes are Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30am.

In-person classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30am.

Newcomer Book Club:  

Chat about a book, learn new vocabulary and meet friends.  

Human Library for Newcomers:  

Learn about the life journeys of others in Canada and about Canadian culture through short conversations with a settled immigrant or long-time Canadian.

In-Person Conversation Circles:

Practise English in-person, in a group setting. Topics are tailored to the needs of students. Conversation Circles meet Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm.

Information Sessions:  

Information sessions are hosted throughout the year. Themes include employment, credential evaluation, volunteering, employee/tenant rights and more.  

Proof of Permanent Residency or a Protected Person status is requested in advance of participating in any Newcomer Learning Centre program.

Visit Newcomers Events for more information.

Language Assessment and Settlement Services

English language assessment and settlement services are available at:

French language assessment is available at:

French Settlement Services are available at:


Watch a series of videos prepared by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, to help Newcomers settle.


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