Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services (PICS)

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services (PICS) is a charitable non-profit community- based agency which has been assisting newcomers in the settlement and integration process in Canada for almost 40 years.

PICS is a service-focused multicultural and multiracial organization that works with all immigrant communities in more than 40 languages in six different locations across the GTA: Etobicoke, South Toronto, Scarborough and Mississauga.

At each of its service delivery sites are settlement workers who provide valuable information to newcomers about social services programs, housing, healthcare, education, and immigration and settlement issues normally faced by newcomers. Continue reading

Programs and services: Transition to Employment

PICS offers services specifically planned and designed to assist immigrants and their families successfully transition to labour market in Canada, and provide guidance with all the important steps of finding a job – from developing a personalized job search plan to offering internships in the participants’ field of expertise, to help them gain valuable experience and skills in their chosen professions. Continue reading

Programs and services: Language Programs

Whether you need to learn English to get a job, enter a college, or a university, or simply for everyday life conversations, PICS’ language classes are specifically designed to meet your and your family’s individual needs. PICS offers a range of language programs, including Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), Enhanced Language Training (ELP) or Professional Language Training (PLT) program and English language clubs designed around a particular field, interest or tailored to engage youth. Continue reading

Success stories: Gayathri Veersaswaminathan

We would like to introduce you to Gayathri Veersaswaminathan, a lovely young woman from south-west India. Gaya arrived in Canada in April, 2012 along with her husband Gnana Prabhu and young daughter Shivani. Gaya currently holds the position of Finance and Administrative Coordinator with Peel Newcomer Strategy Group and United Way of Peel.

Well spoken and well educated, Gaya and her husband moved to Canada with the hope of providing their daughter with a better education and more career opportunities than they felt would be available to her at home in India. For themselves, Gaya and Prabhu were looking for career growth Gayaopportunities, as well as a better work/life balance for their family. In India, Gaya was working long hours, six days a week and was feeling the stress of being a working mom trying to raise a child and build a family. Although they had the support of family and friends, Gaya was looking for something more for herself and her life. They learned that Canada is a safe and welcoming country and they believed they would fit in well here. Continue reading

Zarema’s Story

My name is Zarema. When I arrived in Canada, I was advised that my participation in government funded programs would help me be successful in my new home country. We thoroughly researched the availability and effectiveness of all programs and chose to enroll in English Language Training (ELT) for Newcomers classes. We couldn’t have made a better choice! Continue reading