School Settlement Services
Helping families navigate elementary and secondary school systems.
The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program helps newcomer families begin school in Canada. Settlement workers connect with newcomer families in both one-to-one and in group settings. They provide important settlement information and help you transition to education in Canada.
Our services are provided through the Settlement and Education Partnership. This partnership includes the YMCA of Three Rivers locations in the Waterloo Region, Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB), Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB), Perth County, Huron County, Avon Maitland District School Board, and Huron Perth Catholic District School Board.
Schools We Serve
School Settlement Workers are available to help each week within the schools listed below.
Schools served in the Waterloo Region District School Board
Forest Heights Collegiate
Forest Hill PS
Howard Robertson PS
MacGregor Senior Public School
Margaret Avenue Senior Public School
Suddaby Public School
Sunnyside Public School
Wilson Ave. PS
Winston Churchill PS
Schools served in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board
Newcomer Reception Centre
Our Lady of Lourdes
St. Aloysius CS
St. Benedict CSS
St. Daniel CS
St. David CSS
St. John CS
St. Mary's CHS
Schools served in the Avon Maitland District School Board
Listowel District Secondary School
St. Marys District Collegiate Vocational Institute
Stratford District Secondary School
Stratford Intermediate School
Assist newcomer parents and students with their settlement needs
Collaborate with school staff to help newcomer students and parents adjust to school in Ontario school system
Provide one-one-to-one settlement support to newcomer youth and parents
Connect newcomer families to specialised community resources based on their needs
Provide group information sessions on settlement topics for newcomer youth and parents, often in partnership with school staff
Connect newcomer students to homework clubs, academic support, and after-school activities and clubs
Provide orientation about the settlement needs of newcomers for school staff
We offer services online, by phone, and in-person. To book a remote (online or telephone) appointment, visit our online appointment booking portal. To book an in-person appointment, call us at 519-742-8220 or send us an email in your first language.
Program provided in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.