Hop On!

Vaughan Newcomers’ Bus Tour September 28 and 29

Outside the library

What began in 2014 as a joint project between the City of Vaughan, Vaughan Public Libraries and the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services has become a popular annual event that reaches capacity every year. Completely free, fun and educational, the Newcomers’ Bus Tour welcomes new immigrants to Canada, giving them an opportunity to explore their neighbourhood.

This year’s tours are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preregistration with the Welcome Centre, located at 9100 Jane St., is required.

Highlights include:

  • A guided tour of Vaughan City Hall with special guest speakers
  • A first-hand look at the brand new Civic Centre Library, plus the opportunity to get a library card on the spot
  • An educational presentation from the Welcome Centre, York Region and COSTI Employment Services
  • Lunch with the York Regional Police and Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service staff, where they learn about community safety and fire prevention
  • A guided tour of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
  • A look at one of the City’s 10 community centres

YRP Station

The tour aims to help Vaughan newcomers feel welcome in their new home. It introduces them to the programs and services that are offered throughout their communities, such as: leisure programs and swim lessons; job preparation and placement; English as a second language courses; local transit; business start-ups; and more. All participants receive a welcome package that includes literature and swag from community partners.


To register for the bus tour, contact Linda Cavaliere at the Welcome Centre at 416-238-1019. Seating is limited. For more information, visit welcomecentre.ca.


Cristina Prinzo
Recreation Services

Visit the City of Vaughan’s website at vaughan.ca.

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