Service Canada will partner with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) in launching a new initiative designed to facilitate access to governmental services for local residents.
On October 26, from 2-3 p.m. at the Calvin Park Branch, a Newcomer Session will be conducted. This session aims to acquaint newcomers to Canada with an array of services provided by Service Canada. Topics will cover the importance of acquiring a Social Insurance Number (SIN), information on the Job Bank, Foreign Credentials Recognition, Employment Insurance, as well as the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. No library card is required to register for this event.
Service Canada is also organizing a dedicated Indigenous Peoples Session, to be held on November 16 from 3-4 p.m. at the Central Branch. This session will focus on programs and services specific to members of Indigenous communities, such as the Post-Secondary Education Support Program, Youth Employment Strategy, and Assisted Living Program, along with passport services and family benefits. Again, no library card is needed to register.
Additionally, one-on-one clinics are scheduled to be held at the Isabel Turner Branch on a first-come, first-served basis. The clinics will assist individuals with pension applications on November 30, from 1-3 p.m., and SIN registration on December 6, from 2-4:30 p.m. Participants in the pension clinic are advised to bring valid photo identification, their SIN, and any supplementary documents if applicable. For the SIN clinic, individuals should bring a primary document such as a birth certificate, proof of Canadian citizenship or permit, and secondary valid photo identification.
“Service Canada’s presence at KFPL underscores our commitment to fostering inclusion, respect, and support for all members of our diverse communities,” said Jake Miller, Librarian for Adult Programming. “These events provide an excellent opportunity for individuals to learn about the valuable services available to them, ensuring that they receive the benefits they have earned.”
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