This site is sponsored by the Quebec Literacy Working Group. It provides e-learning activities and a 36-page printable workbook on topics such as rights and responsibilities, democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Can be used in class or for independent study. The video links require Adobe Flash downloads.

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This resource was developed by the Toronto Catholic District School Board and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now IRCC) as a companion to Discover Canada, the federal government’s citizenship test study guide. It is intended for program planning and instructional use. The chapters are theme-based with a planning framework for CLB 1-8. It provides reproducible activities, recommended resources and teaching strategies. There are seven chapters covering:

  1. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens
  2. Who We Are
  3. Canada’s History
  4. Canada’s Government
  5. Elections
  6. Canadian Symbols
  7. Canada’s Regions and Economy

There is an informative list of suggested resources, including books and online materials, including a virtual Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with translations in 23 languages:

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This site offers CLB-aligned activities and information about legal issues, including many related to employment rights. It includes a broad range of downloadable booklets about a variety of legal topics written in clear language. One series has been especially developed for ESL teachers and learners.

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Activity Kits

Twenty-six activity kits with classroom materials for teachers and learners in Adult ESL and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes, based on topics from CLEO’s tenants’ and workers’ rights series.

Designed to teach newcomers about their legal rights and to be used along with the relevant CLEO publications, the materials are intended for learners and levels ranging from Canadian Language Benchmarks 1 to 6+.

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This is the 68-page official government document to prepare applicants for the Canadian citizenship test. The topics include applying for citizenship, rights and responsibilities, government, federal elections and the justice system.

It should be noted that the guide is written at an intermediate level, which may be challenging for newcomers with lower reading proficiency. It is not a textbook; there are no learning activities other than the sample study questions at the end of the guide.

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This is a series of five videos produced by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Four of the videos focus on the rights and responsibilities related to rental housing, the Human Rights Code and discrimination. The videos are at an intermediate language level; text and transcripts are provided. The fifth video is a review in quiz format.

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These 10 modules have been developed by New Media Language Training and cover topics such as human rights, the police, the courts, landlord and tenant issues and immigration. The site uses animated stories, text and activities. The site requires Adobe Flash downloads.

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A series of videos aimed at newcomers to provide information about the tax system, filing returns, rights and responsibilities, benefits and deductions. Optional subtitles are provided for learners to read as they watch.

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This 16-page guide is an excellent overview of the assessment process in Ontario. It is explicitly for learners and, while clearly written, requires substantial reading skills.

It is an excellent tool for other stakeholders. For example, intake workers and receptionists would find it useful to reference this document on a regular basis, as would ISAP staff.

The guide could be used to develop a webinar for support staff who are challenged by students on a regular basis.

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Canada Revenue Agency Tax System Videos for Newcomers:

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Government of Canada:

The Canadian Consumer Handbook provides information on identity theft, credit reporting and consumer complaints:

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is an interactive site for exploring the Virtual Charter in 20 languages:

Consumer Protection Ontario:

Get Cyber Safe, Government of Canada, provides information on how to keep safe online:

Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Province of Ontario, provides information in 10 languages:

Legal Aid Ontario: 1-800-668-8258

Legal Line provides easy to understand explanations on many federal and provincial laws, on many topics, and in 65 languages:

The Tenant Survival Manual is produced by the Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations and is available in 13 languages:

Voting in Canada, Elections Canada, provides civic education classroom resources developed for elementary and secondary students:

The website provides information to newly arrived immigrants and refugees in Ontario. It lists common questions and answers with relevant links. The main headings are “First Days” and “Services Near Me.” Information is presented in Q & A format at an intermediate level of English. Topics covered include immigration and citizenship, housing, health, education, legal services, community and daily life. Information includes getting a driver’s licence, finding a doctor and dentist, the Canada Child Benefit, Employment Standards information, a guide to elementary and secondary schools.

The website information has been translated into 40 languages, plus there is a forum where users can have their specific questions answered. There is also a sidebar listing events by date.

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