Welcome to Durham
We are glad you are here!
Settling can be both an exciting and scary time. We hope you will remember to be kind to yourself, as there is no formula or specific timeline for settling into a new life in a new land. It takes as long as it takes. As you know, everyone is different and their immigration experiences are also unique – despite having many common elements, as you will no doubt find out soon enough when talking to longer-term residents of Durham. If you check the local demographics you will see that a large majority of the population of the Region is either a first or second generation Canadian. One of the things we love to talk about is how and when we arrived…
Living in a new country will bring with it many new experiences and surprises. Hopefully most of these will be positive, but it's inevitable that not everything will run smoothly. The more you know about Canada and what is involved in living here, the more you will ensure that you are able to adapt and avoid potential obstacles. Tasks that were easy to do at home can become monumental chores once you arrive in a new country, especially if you are unprepared. Opening a bank account, registering to attend school and finding a place to live are just a few of the tasks you will have to do.
Be realistic about life in a new place and expect the unexpected! Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available for you to help you settle in.
In this section of the site, you will find information about local supports that are available, information about finding a home in the area and about finding foods that taste like home. Learn all about getting around in Durham Region and about the various emergency and community services and supports.
Best wishes as you explore your new home and remember, in addition to this portal, the Community Development Council of Durham offers a range of settlement programs, services and referrals (at no charge) with experienced staff who speak a wide range of languages.
If you are ready to begin your job search you will find specialized employment services across the region ready to support you through programs designed specifically for newcomers.