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'Welcome' in a variety of languages

Moving to a new community is exciting, but sometimes settling into a new community is hard. Settlement Services are in the library to help you with:
Information & Orientation Photo of happy people jumping Referral Services
Life in Canada
Improving English/French
Employment/Job Search
Money and Finances
Health/Health Insurance
Community Connections
Community/social services
ESL/Language Classes
Recreation Services
Immigration issues
Citizenship classes
Government Programs
Legal Services

Photo of our settlement worker, GrazynaPlease contact Settlement Worker, Grazyna Pakos, at (780) 410-8603, to help you with your settlement needs.
Also, look below for ESL Resources, useful links, and information about using Strathcona County Library.

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ESL Resources
E-Books in Freading - Download free e-books with your library card. Browse the category Language Arts & Disciplines for all options.

The Best Words book cover  Briefest English Grammar Guide book cover  Ace the TOEFL Essay book cover

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ESL Help at the Library

ESL CircleLearning English?

You might be interested in the ESL Conversation Circle, which meets twice a week at the library.

ESL Help in the Community

Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks - The Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks is the centre of expertise in support of the national standards in English and French for describing, measuring and recognizing second language proficiency of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants for living and working in Canada.

Community Adult Learning & Literacy Society - One on One Volunteer Tutoring: CALLS matches up volunteer tutors with adult learners who want to improve their literacy skills. Free. Contact CALLS for more information or to register.

Community Adult Learning & Literacy Society - English Language Classes: For Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Temporary Foreign Workers or visitors with visas. This is not a free program. Contact CALLS for more information or to register.

Language Instruction for Newcomers (LINC): Free program to help you learn English and integrate into community life and work in Canada. For Permanent Residents.

Language Assessment - There are assessment and referral centres around Alberta. These centres can test your language level using the Canadian Language Benchmarks and some can provide referral information about programs.

New to Strathcona County? Looking for local information? The Information & Volunteer Centre has information about medical facilities, day cares, recreation, and more.

ESL Links

Brick wall with sign: 'Break The Wall, Improve Your English'Alberta Human Services: English Language Training: The Government of Alberta has a number of programs to help you improve your English. Find help at an office close by, or use the free online learning lessons to help with finding a job, budgeting, computers & more.

@ Your Library

Homework notebooks in 3 colours Homework Help - How to find help at the library for homework. For Kids | For Teens
Computer Computer Basics - Are you a computer beginner? Did you know we teach 1-on-1 computer sessions? Our friendly staff can help you develop your computer skills. Learn more about details and topics available


Woman working on her resume Resume Tutor - The library offers free one-on-one resume tutoring, courtesy of funding from the Rotary Club of Sherwood Park Centennial and the Community Adult Learning & Literacy Society of Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan.

Evening and weekend sessions are available. To book your own one-hour tutorial with our resume and cover letter expert, please call our Information Desk at 780-410-8602.

Globe World Languages - Find movies and books in other languages. Learn more.
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Mango Languages logo Mango Languages -  Online ESL courses for speakers of the following languages:
Arabic (Egyptian)
Arabic (MSA)
Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Haitian Creole
Portuguese (Brazilian)
Spanish (Latin American)
My Canada logo My Canada maple leaf - Learn about Canadian history, government, citizenship
Road to IELTS logo Road to IELTS - Online preparation for the International English Language Testing System exam.

Newcomer Connector

Newcomer connector banner with peopleFree drop-in on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month to learn and connect with fellow newcomers.

2nd Monday every month
7:00 - 8:30 pm

4th Monday of the month
1:30 - 3:00 pm


Family & Community Services
#200 (second floor)

501 Festival Avenue
In the community centre, just across from the library

Learn more about your new community, including:

community resources
connecting through volunteering
finding childcare
finance information
healthcare options
work search tips and techniques
...and much more!

Childcare available upon request. Must register for childcare.

To learn more, contact Family & Community Services: 780-464-4044 |

Useful Links

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers - This immigrant settlement agency focuses on the successful and integrative settlement of newcomers to Edmonton. There are resources for employment, language instruction and parenting.


Alberta Works - Assistance with unemployment and finding jobs, finding skilled workers and helping Albertans with low incomes cover their basic costs of living.

Association of Alberta Registry Agents - Information about Alberta registry agents, including office hours, office locations and their available registry services (Road Tests, Commissioner for Oaths, Corporate Registries, etc). Search by registry name, city or postal code Includes distance calculator.

Government of Alberta - My Alberta Supports
This tool helps you determine whether you are eligible for various assistance services related to childcare, employment, disabilities, and more.

Provincial Government - MLA Annie McKitrick, MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas

Strathcona County

Strathcona County is a young, successful and vibrant community of more than 92000 residents, set in the centre of Alberta's energy and agricultural heartland. This link provides access to County departments and to contact information.

Strathcona County
Local Government


Canadian Citizenship
Citizenship Counts—Ace the Test


HealthLink Alberta - Health advice and information. Access is 24 hours, 7 days a week and support is provided by experienced registered nurses and other health-care professionals.

Education & Training

Alternative Career Pathways - An effort launched by the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC), to help match internationally-trained individuals who are facing challenges working in their field with training programs at career colleges so they can make use of their existing skills and training in related and meaningful careers.

Credentials Assessment - IQAS helps people obtain recognition for education they received outside of Canada. An IQAS assessment certificate may help you get a job, get into school or become professionally licensed.

Post-Secondary Institutions in Alberta

Databases - Find ratings and reviews for all kinds of products, including the following categories: cars, appliances, electronics, home & garden, babies & kids, money, shopping, and health.

This is a subscription to the website. We also have access to back issues of Consumer Reports magazine through Canadian Reference Centre.

Zinio - Over 160 free digital magazines. We subscribe so you don't have to! Access these in your browser or download them to a computer or mobile device. Requires 2 free accounts.

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