Introduction

You’ll likely have many questions about how to settle into life in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Online Newcomers’ Guide will answer your questions and help to make that transition quick and easy.

Intended for new immigrants settling in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as for institutions serving them, this Online Guide provides basic, but comprehensive information, about the first steps to take on arrival, essential Canadian documents you will need and how to obtain them, and aspects of everyday living in Canada and in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Guide is designed to help newcomers settle easier and faster so that they can enjoy their new environment and participate in society to their full potential.

Using the Newcomers’ Guide

The availability of the guide makes it highly accessible for all regardless of how new some people might be to Canada or Newfoundland and Labrador. The fact that the Guide is freely available on the internet eliminates geographic limitations to accessibility.

The Online Newcomers’ Guide has information to help you in your first few months here with most sections including a list of agencies where you can get more information.

You can browse the Guide by using the navigation to the right, or by clicking on the links on the Guide-Index page. If you have just arrived, you may want to glance through all the sections, just to familiarise yourself with the content. You can then revisit the sections relevant to your current situation as you are progressing through phases of getting settled.

On top of each page there are icons on which you can click to share the Guide pages via email or social networks. Clicking on the ‘print’ icon on a chapter title page will display the entire chapter in a print-friendly format. Clicking on the same icon on an inside page will display only that page for printing.

In the Guide, we have included many links to external web pages and documents for your convenience, so you can easily find more information on particular topics, or access documents or forms you might need. Note that we do not have control over the content of those pages and documents, and we are not responsible for their availability or the accuracy of information displayed there. Also, the majority of the external resources are available in English – and sometimes in both English and French.

This Online Guide is divided into three sections:

  1. The main section contains 20 general chapters on the province of Newfoundland and Labrador which cover a wide range of topics about everyday living here. The colour-coded “Drop Down Menu” (like a Table of Contents) provides instant access to the informational sub-headings you need. Just locate a topic under a sub-heading, click on it. In addition, there are contact addresses and telephone numbers included in most Sections of this part of the Guide. This is meant to assist you in deciding who to call if you need further information or assistance.
  2. The Regional Section of the Guide provides general information on the principal sub-regions of the province, namely:
    • the Avalon Peninsula, including the St. John’s area,
    • eastern and central Newfoundland,
    • western Newfoundland, and
    • Labrador
  3. The Resources section provides more detailed information on such important topics as:
    • public holidays,
    • uniquely Newfoundland and Labrador events,
    • festivals across the province,
    • tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities,
    • tips for buying a used vehicle, and
    • reporting an accident.

It is useful to keep this document bookmarked on your computer or iPad for easy reference. It includes important addresses and numbers from across the province, not only of agencies serving newcomers to the province, but programs and services provided by government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

So, whether you live in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador City, Stephenville, Gander, Harbour Grace, La Grande Terre or St. John’s, there is information in this document to assist you and your family.