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2/16/2003
Topic:
Welcome - PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU POST

Moderator
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Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Immigration and Citizenship.

We welcome your questions and observations about becoming a new immigrant to Canada. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:
  • Permanent Residents

  • Government in Canada

  • Permanent Residency status and obligations

  • Re-entering Canada after long absences

  • Replacing immigration and other official documents

  • Where to go for settlement help in your community
Please note that we will not answer questions about how to immigrate to Canada. This includes questions about immigration applications such as Independent Class (i.e. Skilled Workers), Visitor or Study Visas, Work Permits or Refugee Claims.

Questions about Citizenship and Sponsorship should be posted in the relevant Discussion area topic.

Our focus in this part of the Discussion area is on those who are in process of immigration (i.e. have received their immigration visa and will be landing in Canada soon) and those who have already arrived in Ontario and are in the process of settling.

We apologize to those who wish to ask questions about the immigration process, but we simply do not have the resources to attend to your needs.

You can find information about immigrating to Canada, including application forms and guides on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada web site:

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.html

You can ask your questions in the immigration newsgroup found here:

http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&safe=off&group=misc.immigration.canada

(NOTE: This is an informal forum and we are not responsible for any advice or information you follow there.)

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.
2/16/2003
Topic:
Welcome - General Rules

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to the Settlement.Org discussion area.

We welcome your questions and observations about becoming a new immigrant to Ontario. Use this discussion area to ask questions and help others to settle in Ontario.

Here are some general guidelines:

Tell us where you live in Ontario. If we know the city where you live, we can tell you about organizations that can help you near where you live.

Be respectful and clear when you ask your questions or help to answer. You can read our Help section for more information.

This discussion will follow the Settlement.Org Terms and Conditions, and the MySettlement User Agreement.

This discussion is moderated. All postings will be reviewed for content before they are posted to the discussion. Among other things, this means that we will delete any posting we think is inappropriate to be on Settlement.Org.

You must sign up for a username and password to post anything to this discussion. Your privacy is important to us and no information you provide will be shared with anyone else, or misused by Settlement.Org. Read our Privacy Statement for more information.

Our focus is on settling in Ontario. If you are not in Ontario, we will try to direct you to a local resource in your province.

Please note that we will not be answering questions about how to immigrate to Canada. Our focus is on how to settle in Ontario. While we can give some information about the immigration process, we are not immigration consultants and will not be able to tell you how to successfully immigrate.

There are other web sites where you can ask these questions. Here is one:
Immigration to Canada discussion group. We take no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on this external web site.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

We look forward to your questions and comments. Welcome to our discussion area.

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Your Settlement.Org Team
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Employment.

We welcome your questions and observations about becoming a new immigrant to Canada. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:


  • Employment Standards

  • Financial Assistance

  • Finding a Job

  • Foreign-Trained Professionals and Tradespeople

  • Job Listings

  • Labour Market Information

  • Self-employment/Starting a Business

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN) & Other Official Documents

  • Volunteering



Please note that we do not provide direct contact with companies or employment agencies. We can tell you about how to find company informaiton and we can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!

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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Education.

We welcome your questions and observations about the Education system in Ontario. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:

  • Elementary and Secondary School

  • the Ontario School system

  • enrolling children in school

  • concerns you may have as a parent with a newcomer child in an Ontario school

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!

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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Health.

We welcome your questions and observations about the Ontario Health care system. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:
  • Addiction

  • Alternative Health

  • Community and Public Health

  • Emergency Services

  • Eyecare

  • Finding a Dentist

  • Finding a Doctor

  • Health Insurance/OHIP

  • Medication

  • Mental Health

  • Patients' Rights

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
Please note that we do not provide direct contact with doctors or medical professionals, and we will not give specific medical advice. We can tell you about how to find health information and will tell you where in your city you can find organizations that can help you.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!

Other Health-related Discussion areas you might be interested in:

Women's Health Matters (discussions that focus on women't health, administered by Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre)
http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi


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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Housing.

We welcome your questions and observations about finding housing in Ontario. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:


  • Buying a Home

  • Emergency Shelter

  • Home Insurance

  • Landlord and Tenant Rights

  • Renting a Place to Live

  • Safety and Security

  • Short-Term Accommodation

  • Subsidized Housing

  • Utilities



Please note that we do not provide direct contact with landlords or any specific housing legal advice. We can tell you about how to find hsousing and rights information and we can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!


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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Language and Literacy.

We welcome your questions and observations about finding English classes, Interpreter or Translators and Literacy information. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:


  • Canada's Official Languages

  • English as a Second Language

  • First Language Literacy and Heritage

  • French as a Second Language

  • Language Assessment

  • Translation and Interpretation



We can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!


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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Community and Recreation.

We welcome your questions and observations about the Community involvement and Recreation in Ontario. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:

  • Arts and Culture

  • Libraries

  • Media

  • Religion and Worship

  • Sports and Recreation


We can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

If you are interested in posting a community event or happening, please use our Submit Your Event form. Your information will be posted to our Event section.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!

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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Social Services.

We welcome your questions and observations about the Social Service system in Ontario. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:

  • Child, Youth and Family

  • Financial Assistance

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered

  • People with Disabilities

  • Seniors

  • Women



We can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!

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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
2/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Consumer Information.

We welcome your questions and observations about the Consumer Information and Rights in Ontario. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:

  • Communications

  • Consumer Protection

  • Personal Finance

  • Shopping

  • Transportation

  • Weddings and Funerals



We can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

Please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!

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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
3/21/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on Legal Services.

We welcome your questions and observations about becoming a new immigrant to Canada. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:

  • Courts

  • Human Rights

  • Lawyers and Legal Representation

  • Legal Aid and Community Legal Clinics

  • Police

Please note that we cannot provide direct legal advice and or suggestions. The information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

Thanks and we look forward to your postings!

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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
5/28/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Hello and welcome to our discussion section focusing on the Permanent Resident Card.

We have received many questions and concerns about the Permanent Resident (PR) Card in our Immigration and Citizenship topic area. We have decided to create a PR Card topic to focus on this issue. We have moved previous discussions about the PR Card into this new topic area.

We welcome your questions and observations about the PR Card. Use this section to ask questions about these areas:

  • How to apply

  • When to apply

  • Permanent Resident Residency requirements

  • Travel

  • What to do if you're outside Canada

  • Processing time

  • Where to get help to fill out the PR Card application form

Please note that we will not be answering questions about how to immigrate to Canada. Our focus is on how to settle in Ontario. While we can give some information about the immigration process, we are not immigration consultants and will not be able to tell you how to successfully immigrate.

We can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

There are other web sites where you can ask these questions. Here is one:
Immigration to Canada discussion group

If you post questions about how to immigrate, they will not be a priority for us to answer. Others may answer your question. However, please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.
6/5/2003
Topic:
Welcome - Please read this before you post

Moderator
Moderator
Tell us what happened when you first landed in Canada, what you think others should know and what you wish you had known.

Please note that we will not be answering questions about how to immigrate to Canada. Our focus is on how to settle in Ontario. While we can give some information about the immigration process, we are not immigration consultants and will not be able to tell you how to successfully immigrate.

We can help you find organizations in your city that offer these services.

There are other web sites where you can ask these questions. Here is one:
Immigration to Canada discussion group

If you post questions about how to immigrate, they will not be a priority for us to answer. Others may answer your question. However, please be aware that the information contained in this discussion should never be taken as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult a lawyer.

I hope this information is helpful.

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Marco
Content Coordinator
Settlement.Org
5/6/2014
Topic:
Doctor Patient Confidentiality - Questions

Moderator
Moderator
Hello Ralph,

Thank you for sharing your situation and questions with us. We can appreciate that you would be very concerned about this.

We have found this information on the The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Website in the Confidentiality of Personal Health Information section.

Here are some excerpts,

Disclosure of personal health information

A physician can only disclose his or her patient’s personal health information:

- when he or she has the patient’s or substitute decision-maker’s consent and it is necessary for a lawful purpose;

- where it is permitted under legislation, without the patient’s or substitute decision-maker’s consent; or

- where it is required by law.


and

Professional Misconduct

Under the regulations to the Medicine Act, 1991, it is an act of professional misconduct for a physician to:

“[give] information concerning the condition of a patient or any services rendered to a patient to a person other than the patient or his or her authorized representative except with the consent of the patient or his or her authorized representative or as required by law.” 15


We suggest that you may want to contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario directly:

416-967-2603
Toll Free: 1-800-268-7096 Ext. 603
Email: feedback@cpso.on.ca

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
Settlement.Org
5/6/2014
Topic:
Re-schedule Citizenship Test or Miss it?

Moderator
Moderator
Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation with us.

You can find some information on what your options are on the CIC Website in the Help Centre - FAQs section.

Here is an excerpt,

Can I reschedule my citizenship test if I cannot attend it?

Yes. If you are not available on the date and time of your citizenship test, contact the Call Centre. We will schedule your test on a different date.

If you do not attend the test, you must contact the Call Centre within 60 days of the test date. Tell us why you did not attend the test. We will schedule your test on a different date if you have a valid reason. If you do not contact CIC within 60 days after missing the test, we will close your application. You will have to apply for citizenship again.

This situation applies to both the first time you write the citizenship test and the re-test if you failed the written test the first time.


I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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