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International family resources

Families are an important source of support for students, and your journey to Ontario Tech University may include your family. On this page, you will find community resources, information about schools for children, and information for partners working in Canada.

The Ontario government hosts a website for newcomers to the province with information about everything from community resources to health, employment and legal information. Visit Settlement.org (English website), Etablissement.org (French website) or Centrefranco.org (for Francophones in Toronto).

Ontario Tech University is located in Oshawa, Ontario, which is one of eight unique municipalities that exist within the Durham Region. Durham Region offers many resources for newcomers and their families, including:

English as a second language (ESL)

There are many ESL programs available in the community.

English as a second language (ESL) community resources

There are many English as a Second Language (ESL) programs available in the community. Some of these programs have a cost associated with them. Other programs are free or are available at a reduced cost if you have permanent residency status in Canada. If you are applying for permanent residency, you may pay a higher fee for these programs.

For more information:

Childcare and education

Finding a school or daycare for your children to attend.

Children attending school in Canada

In Canada, education is a provincial responsibility. The Ontario Ministry of Education website provides an in-depth description of elementary and secondary education, including:

  • A school board directory.
  • An elementary and secondary school finder.
  • Curriculum and expectations for each grade level and subject.

You can also find more information about public education in Ontario on Settlement.org.

Daycare

Ontario Tech has a Campus Childcare Centre to serve the family needs of students attending our university. There are also licensed child care for infants, toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children offered in centres and homes across the Durham Region. To find other daycares available near Ontario Tech, visit the Durham Region website or the Ontario Ministry of Education website.

Partners working in Canada

Your partner may be eligible to get an open work permit while you are here on a study permit.

Partners working in Canada

Your spouse or common-law partner may be eligible to get an open work permit while you are here on a study permit. Find out more how to apply for the open work permit on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website

If you hold a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) and your spouse has an open work permit, you must attach the following documents to your spouse’s open work permit extension application:

  • Copy of your work permit.
  • Copy of your spouse’s work permit.
  • Letter from your spouse’s current employer that confirms they work there in a National Occupation Classification (NOC) job group with skill level/type 0, A, or B; or a copy of your spouse’s employment offer or contract.
  • A copy of your spouse’s recent payslips.

Your permit will not be valid longer than your spouse’s work permit. For more information on a spousal or common-law partner work permit, you can refer to the Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship Canada website.