The Mississauga Library System has many resources to help Newcomers on a variety of topics (books, DVDs, electronic resources and websites). The Library also has public-use computers for Internet access as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. There is also a number of Library programs for all ages and needs. If you have any questions about what the Library can do for you, please contact the library.
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Books listed below are available at various Library locations throughout Mississauga. Clicking on the title of the book will take you directly to the Library catalogue.
- 365 tips for newcomers: your first year in Canada
This book provides tips for your first year in Canada on everything from finding a doctor to opening a bank account to searching for the right schools for your children to buying real estate.
- Canadian citizenship made easy: a study guide in simple English
Canadian Citizenship Made Easy is a study guide that uses simple, easy–to–understand English to help you prepare for the exam.
- Discover Canada: the rights and responsibilities of citizenship : study guide
323. 62097 DIS
Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship is used by newcomers to study for the citizenship test. It also contains information about the history of Canada, how our government works, symbols of Canada and its regions.
- Immigrate to Canada: a practical guide
342. 082 NOO
This book provides information on who is eligible to come to Canada, how to choose an immigration category, how to apply, and what immigrating to Canada will actually be like. Includes free online access to updated resources
- Knock 'em dead 2016: the ultimate job search guide.
The Financial Times has called this “the best book on job hunting”. This guide includes guidance on writing great resumes and a revised section on acing the job interview.
- Newcomer's guide to Canada: information to help newcomers before and after arrival
The Newcomer's Guide is a resource for immigrants, refugees, settlement workers, HR professionals and managers.
- The Official driver's handbook. .
343. 0946 OFF 2015
This book is for learning to drive in Ontario: the rules of the road, safe driving practices and how to get your licence to drive a car, van or small truck.
- Planning to work in Canada?: an essential workbook for newcomers.
650. 142 PLA
This workbook is for internationally trained individuals who are considering moving to Canada or who have recently arrived.
- Welcome to Canada: what you should know.
This book outlines obtaining a place to live, navigating your new city, find employment or schooling and connecting with your community.
Kits generally include a book and CD or DVD. Clicking on the title of the kit will take you directly to the Library catalogue.
English Language Resources
The Library offers a wide variety of ESL resources. A few popular items are listed here and clicking on the title will take you directly to the Library catalogue.
English Language Proficiency
ESL Multimedia Kits
- Basic English Grammar
Improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing with this popular textbook and workbook.
- Clear Speech from the Start
Begin basic pronunciation and listening comprehension in North American English.
- Easy English
Basic ESL makes English simple for you and the speakers of any language.
- English for Everyone Course Book
Visual learning makes it easier to learn and remember English vocabulary and grammar. Comes with a free app.
- The Oxford Picture Dictionary, 2nd Canadian Edition
Theme-based pictures teach you the words you need to know and how to use them in context.
- Side by Side Interactive
Enjoy self-directed learning with interactive video, exercises, activities, tests and feedback.
Find interesting stories in graded readers from Starter to Level 6. These samples have matching CDs for reading and listening improvement.
- Red Roses
Anna wants to meet the man with the roses in his hand; Starter level.
F LINDO (Literacy Collection)
- East 43rd Street
Nathan Marley recovers the jewellery, but finds himself involved in fraud, computer hacking and kidnap; Level 5.
MF BATTE (Literacy Collection)
E-Resources are online subscriptions that are available from home or at the Library. You must have a Mississauga library card to access these databases
- Canada Business Online: target your job business with, develop contacts research
- Learning Express: prepare for job-related exams, to enhance job-searching skills, to practice for the GED, TOEFL, Canadian Citizenship Test, and more
- Mango Languages: Learn how to speak English as a second language (ESL) using real life situations and audio from native speakers. Track your progress, use the voice comparison feature to improve your pronunciation, and download the app for hands-free learning.
- PebbleGO: an award winning pre-K to grade 3 database for reading and research. Leveled text, educational games, and multimedia help teach concepts to young researchers
- TumbleBooks: an online collection of animated, talking picture books that teach children the joy of reading in a format they’ll love. Online jigsaw puzzles and games reinforce concepts from the book
For a complete list of electronic resources available from home, go to: http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/searchfromhome
These websites are maintained by non-Library institutions.
- Canadian Immigrant Magazine: an online, print and event resource that informs, educates, motivates and connects newcomers, all with the goal of settling successfully in Canada
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada: federal government website containing Canadian immigration and citizenship information
- Immigration Peel: a resource for newcomers to Mississauga, Brampton and Caledo
- In My Language: welcome to Ontario! Information you need in the language you want. This website provides multilingual information for newcomers to Ontario.
- International Children's Digital Library A Library for the World's Children. The International Children’s Digital Library offers free eBooks and books online from around the world, in their original languages, for children ages 3-13, in over 40 Languages. Also useful for librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers who work with children of these ages.
- Let’s Talk English: Are you new to the country? Do you want to improve your language fluency or build your vocabulary? Then OMNI’s “Let’s Talk English” video series is for you. This informative television program helps newcomers learning English to improve their communication skills through reading, listening, grammar and more!
- LINC: language instruction for newcomers to Canada in Peel and Halton
- Malton Neighbourhood Services: provides settlement and community support services
- New Youth: you are here, now what? This is an information and referral website for newcomer (immigrant and refugee) youth across Ontario.
- Region of Peel: offers social services in Mississauga
- Settlement.org: newcomer’s guide to services in Ontario
- The Centre for Education & Training enhances self sufficiency and effectiveness of individuals and organizations by offering customized education, training and career resource solutions.
- Working in Canada: learn about jobs, wages, qualifications and more.