Library Services for New Canadians

We offer Books and DVDs available in several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Farsi, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Several resources and study guides for TOEFL tests.

Access to free high speed internet and Wifi

Drop in programs for adults to practise speaking English in a relaxed setting.

Drop in children's programs for kids between 0-12 years old.

Do You Know Your Elected Representatives?

Federal Government Representatives

Head of State: the representative of the Queen for all Canada is the Governor General: David Johnston

Head of government in power: the Prime Minister is: Justin Trudeau

The party in power is: Liberal Party of Canada

The leader of the opposition is: Rona Ambrose

The official opposition is: Conservative Party of Canada

The other opposition parties and leaders are:

My Member of Parliament (MP) in Ottawa is: Phil McColeman (MP Brant Conservative Party of Canada)

My federal electoral district is: Brant

Provincial Government Representatives

Head of State: the representative of the Queen for my province is the Lieutenant Governor: Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Head of government: the Premier is: Kathleen Wynne

The provincial party in power is: Ontario Liberal Party

The provincial opposition parties and leaders are:

My provincial representative (Member of Provincial Parliament) is: Dave Levac (MPP Brant, Ontario Liberal Party of Canada)

Municipal Government Representatives

The name of the municipality where I live is: City of Brantford

The head of the municipal government (Mayor) is: Chris Friel

The municipal councillors (two councillors from each ward) are:

Ward 1
Larry Kings
Rick Weaver

Ward 2
John Utley
John Sless

Ward 3
Dan McCreary
Greg Martin

Ward 4
Richard Carpenter
Cheryl Antoski

Ward 5
Dave Neumann
Brian Van Tilborg

Government Information & Services Online

Canada's three levels of government provide a wide range of free information and services online.

Federal Government Information and Services Online

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Government of Canada's official source for citizenship information, publications and forms.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada information and forms include:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada publications include:

Government of Canada
The main web page of the Canadian government. Find information on government departments, programs and publications.

Service Canada
An excellent source for federal government services, benefits and forms. Includes a section for Newcomers to Canada

Elections Canada
A good resource for finding information about your electoral district as well as Canada's federal electoral system.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office
Provides information and contacts to help foreign trained workers put their skills to work.

Ontario Government Information and Services Online

Government of Ontario
The main web page of the provincial government. A great source for information on provincial departments, programs and publications.

Service Ontario
Information on provincial government services, benefits and forms.
A web page developed by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Includes information on living, working and studying in Ontario.

Welcome to Ontario
This publication is a handy guide to living and working in Ontario. It also includes information on the provincial government's programs and services. The publication is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Ukrainian and Urdu here.

Provides information on employment, education, health, housing and consumer issues for new residents of Ontario. Your Library Videos are available in 17 languages and explain how public libraries help children and parents.

Employment Standards - Multilingual Information
A selection of brochures in 23 languages that provide information about the Employment Standards Act and your rights as a worker in Ontario

Residential Tenancies Act - Multilingual Information
A helpful guide to the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in Ontario. Available in 10 languages.

Family Law Education for Women - Multilingual Information
Information in 10 languages dealing with women's rights under Ontario family law.

Municipal Government Information and Local Services Online

City of Brantford - Services for Residents
Find information on utilities, social services, public transit and many other services for people living in Brantford.

Includes access to municipal online forms, applications, permits. Also includes online fine payments.

Brantford YMCA Immigration Settlement Services
Provides help in filling out government forms, job searching and translation services in 33 languages.

Brant Skills Centre
Services include basic reading, writing and number skills in a one to one or small group session.

Grand Erie Learning Alternatives
Offers English as a Second Language courses for adults as well as Language Instruction for Newcomers.

Newcomer Connections
A new website with many helpful resources on living, working, and learning in Brantford and Brant County.

Additional Online Resources

There are many other online resources and publications that will help you develop a better understanding of Canadian history, geography and customs, including:

The Canadian Encyclopedia
This online encyclopedia provides information on Canadian history, geography and culture

How Canadians govern themselves
A short introduction to Canada's parliamentary government as well as the institutions of government.

The Atlas of Canada
A great source for maps of Canada and the provinces; as well as information on the environment and natural resources.

The Symbols of Canada/The Music of Canada
Find out about Canada's national symbols, the Canadian flag and the Canadian national anthem.

About Ontario
Learn about Ontario's history, geography, economy, culture and symbols.

Parliament of Canada
Find current and historical information about the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada. Research federal bills, legislation and read the latest debates.

Legislative Assembly of Ontario
The source for provincial bills, legislation and debates.

Citizenship Practice Tests

Before you take the official citizenship test, try these practice tests.

Toronto Public Library citizenship practice test

Richmond Public Library citizenship practice test (from Richmond, British Columbia)

Brantford Public Library Services

The Brantford Public Library provides many resources for new Canadians, including:

  • English as a second language audio CD packages
  • Audio CD packages for accent reduction and improving your English pronunciation
  • TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC books, audio CDs and CD-ROMs
  • Books, DVDs, CD-ROMs and other resources to help you learn about Canada
  • Free publications from Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Free Internet and access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Click here to see a video about the services available to new Canadians at the library.

In addition to these resources, books for children and adults as well as DVDs are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • Farsi (Persian)
  • German
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Panjabi
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Urdu
  • Vietnamese

A Brantford Public Library card is required to borrow any material from the library. Library cards are free to all residents of the City of Brantford.