How can I meet new people in Ontario?

Meeting new people in your community not only helps you engage and enjoy your new environment, but it can also help you with other aspects of your life such as the job search. You can find tips on how to meet new people below.

Find meeting groups that share your interests  

Through websites like Meetup or Facebook you can find groups where people come together because they have something in common. These groups may be focused on professional networking, newcomers, culture, religion, or hobbies. The Meetup platform allows you to search for groups by location or topic.

Join a language class

Joining a language class is a good way to improve your communication skills and meet other newcomers. You can find various programs with free language classes in your community. Some options are listed below:

Attend free networking or community events

Networking events are often great places to make professional connections. But there are also cultural events hosted by libraries and community centres where you can meet people who share your interests. Tools such as Eventbrite can help you find events near you. You can also check with your local library or recreation centre for more options.

Join a sport or recreation activity

If you have children, you may want them to join Ontario’s After-School Program, where they can also stay active while making new friends.

For More Information

  • Services Near Me – This interactive map will help you find services in your neighbourhood, including language classes. From Settlement.Org.
  • Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport – Information on sports and arts programs for children and adults sponsored by the Ontario government. From the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • Ontario Municipalities – Complete list of municipalities in Ontario where you can find information on public services available in your city, including recreation centres and activities. From the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Last updated: November 8, 2016 4006168