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22 Feb 2024

Canadian Orientation Abroad: Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

Participant Workbook

A pre-departure guide for newcomers to Canada

For more information about the programme, please visit the COA web page.

The Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) programme is a global initiative funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and implemented worldwide by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in about 100 locations annually.

The COA Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot Participant Workbook presents practical information that economic migrants need to know before they settle in Canada, so they can make informed decisions about their new life. Information contained in the workbook is presented in simple language and in a visual manner that both conveys meaning and aids in retention. It is a tool used during in-person pre-arrival orientation sessions and during refugees’ self-study.

The COA Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot Participant Workbook was developed in consultation with IRCC, external partner organizations who assist economic mobility pathways pilot migrants, field experts and migrants themselves.

The workbook covers topics, such as travel preparation, initial settlement and life in Canada, which includes services, housing, health, education, employment, budgeting and transportation. It contains tailored information on mental health, Indigenous Peoples in Canada, diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sexual characteristics, as well as information about people with disabilities. It also includes a section on the linguistic duality of Canada and information about Francophone communities. Throughout the workbook, content on diversity, rights and responsibilities, family law and cultural norms is included.

  • Instructions on using QR codes
  • Symbols
  • Activities
  • Who is this workbook is for?
  • Consent forms
  • 1. Overview of Canada
  • 2. Travel
  • 3. Supports and services
  • 4. Housing
  • 5. Health
  • 6. Education
  • 7. Employment
  • 8. Budgeting
  • 9. Transportation
  • Process maps