Francophone Settlement Services

Settlement services

Immigrating to Canada brings many challenges. It is important to learn about the procedures and the various immigration programs available in Canada and Ontario before settling in Thunder Bay. The site, available in both French and English, is a good starting point for your research. Once in Northwestern Ontario, you'll be looking for information on what you can do to settle in and start your new life in Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay Multicultural Association (TBMA)

All settlement and resettlement services in the region are offered through TBMA.  Settlement and support officers facilitate the integration of newcomers, promote multiculturalism and help eliminate racism through a full range of services. The association provides information and referral services to help newcomers, immigrants and refugees when they arrive in the region. Services are available in French by appointment.

Phone: 807 345-0551
Fax: 807 345-0173
Address: 17 Court Street North, Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 4T4

Services to newcomers

In addition to settlement services offered by TBMA, there are some Thunder Bay-based organizations that can assist you in your move to Northwestern Ontario. Of these, a few offer services in French.

The Association Francophone du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario (AFNOO) and the Centre francophone have created information kits for most Northwestern municipalities to facilitate the arrival of newcomers in Northwestern Ontario.

Le Réseau du Nord

The Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone du Nord de l’Ontario creates links between organizations across Northern Ontario to facilitate the reception and integration of Francophone newcomers. In Thunder Bay, a Community Economic Development Officer refers newcomers to services available in the region.

Phone: 1 888 248-1714
Address: 234, rue Van Norman, Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 4B8

Société Économique de l’Ontario

The Société Économique de l’Ontario (SÉO) is a Francophone provincial network that demonstrates innovation and dynamism in economic development, entrepreneurship, employability and immigration. A Francophone Employability and Entrepreneurship Advisor is available to newcomers.

In Thunder Bay, there is a new Community Matchmaker Project that provides pre-arrival employment and entrepreneurship services to immigrants in both English and French.

Phone: 844 668-7333, Post 314
Address: 874 Tungsten Street, Thunder Bay, ON, P7B 6J3

Immigration programs

The Canadian federal government and the Ontario provincial government offer several programs to help newcomers settle in Northwestern Ontario. If you have questions about the different immigration programs, feel free to use the IRCC Help Center. Below you will find a list in French of the main programs available to immigrants.