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TDSB, ELLs and our Community Partners

The TDSB understands that learning takes place both inside and outside of school settings. We also acknowledge that we need to work with students, families and our community partners to ensure that we are serving our learners as effectively as possible. 

Please see the list below of some of the community partners that TDSB works with. For more information about community partners in your area, please contact your local school. Please note that the organisations and websites below are separate and work independently from the TDSB. 

NOTE: Some of the links below will take you outside of the TDSB website and organisation.

Resources for Newcomer Families: 

Settlement and Support Services

Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) also known as SEPT offer settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Please connect with a Settlement Worker that is attached to your school area. 

This is an organisation that provides information and resources on education, immigration and citizenship, housing and much more. Resources are offered in multiple languages. 

Newcomer Services

This government website helps to locate free settlement services for new immigrants and refugee families. 


This organisation offers a variety of services for newcomers as well opportunities to support newcomers. 

Strides Toronto: Newcomer Youth Engagement Program

For youth between the ages of 12-21, this organisation offers orientation and welcoming programs. 

TDSB Welcoming Communities 

Welcoming Communities is a structured mentorship program that operates within TDSB schools - at no cost to students or the school. 

YMCA - Newcomer Information Centre

This organisation offers in-person and online services for youth and their families. 

Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture

This organisation provides resources and opportunities for newcomers to heal from trauma. 


Resources to support academic goals: 

TDSB Virtual Library

Students and parents can access thousands of books and online resources for free. Students need their login and password to view these resources even while they are not at school. For more help about using these resources, please reach out to the Teacher Librarian at your child’s/ward’s school. 

Toronto Public Library

Residents of Toronto can use any of the Toronto Public Library branches or their online resources. Toronto Public Library includes resources in a variety of languages. Please see your local branch for more details and how to set up an account. 

TVO Mathify

This website offers free tutoring for students from grade 4 to 12 for Ontario students. 

TVO Learn

TVO Learn offers free online materials for a variety of subject areas from grade K to 12