What is the Newcomer Information Centre?
The Newcomer Information Centre (NIC) is a walk-in, self-serve, free resource centre where newcomers (immigrants and refugees) can get connected to the programs and services they need to settle in Saskatoon. The NIC has pamphlets, information binders and fact sheets you can access or take home. Our staff will help you find the information and services you are looking for. We also provide access to computers with Internet, printing, photocopying and local faxing, and language assessment services for federal and provincial programs. You can use NIC services at your own pace and you may return as often as you wish.
Do I need to book an appointment to come to NIC?
You do not need to make an appointment to visit the NIC. Contact us by phone, email , or in- person during our business hours. We are always happy to help.
Are the services provided by the NIC free?
Yes - access to our staff and our resource centre is free to new immigrants and refugees.
What if I do not speak English?
You can ask a family member or friend who speaks some English to help you.
Even if you don’t speak English, we provide over the phone interpretation services in 170 languages including French, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Korean, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, Bengali, Somali, Swahili, Amharic, Vietnamese, Acholi, S’gaw (Karen), Dzongkha (Bhutanese), Tigrinya, Arabic, Nepalese, and Hebrew to name a few.
Can NIC help me learn English?
Assessment and referrals to English classes are done at the NIC office by qualified Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLBPT) assessors. You need to make an appointment for an assessment at the NIC. You may phone or come in person to book an appointment.
Permanent Resident who want to learn English can contact LARC at www.larcsaskatoon.org or call: (306) 651-5272.
How can I meet other people in my community?
We can tell you about activities, events and gathering places in the community. Our resource area holds many advertisements about various community events. Visiting the centre is also a good way to meet new people.
Can NIC help me get a job?
NIC staff can share information with you about the many programs available to help you in your search for employment. You can also use the computers at NIC to search for jobs, update your resume, and e-mail potential employers. We also provide copy, printing, scanning and local faxing services.