Student Support Services

Mohawk College
  • Mohawk Student Services: Mohawk Student Services department is a one stop shop for a whole host of services available to students as listed on their website. Some of the highlights include:
  • Accessible Learning Services: ALS offers fair and equal access to educational programs, services, and facilities for students with mental and physical disabilities. Canadian educational institutions officially recognize the right of all students to have equitable access to education and this department will help ensure you have all the tools and services available to succeed academically.
  • Counselling: Mohawk offers Professional counselors facilitating academic, personal, social & career development. The counselors are a recommended resource for a variety of topics related to transitioning to Canada.
  • Learning Support Centre & Writing Centre: The Canadian education and Post-Secondary Education in general has some academic differences to various systems all over the world in terms of student expectations, testing and delivery. The LSC is a resource to help students acclimatize to the Canadian style of learning.
  • Student Employment: They offer support for students looking for employment during and after graduation.
  • Mohawk Student Association: The MSA offers a variety of volunteer and employment opportunities for students through the various services and businesses they run. As it is an organization run for students and by students, it is a great way for you to get involved on campus.
  • Mohawk International Student Services: The MISS is specifically responsible for providing a variety of transition and support services for international students, starting before admission and continuing all the way till after graduation. For example through their student ambassadors program they pair up students with current student volunteers to answer questions and offer advice.
McMaster University
  • Student Success Centre: Located in Gilmour Hall 110, the SSC offers a large variety of academic and extracurricular support services to students. Ranging from resume critiques and career advice to service learning and volunteer opportunities in Canada and abroad they are an ideal resource for increasing engagement with campus life and professional advice.
  • McMaster Students Union: McMaster Students Union is a student run organization offering over 35 services and businesses on campus. They employ and offer volunteer opportunities for thousands of students on campus. Additionally, the MSU also offers one of Canada’s most comprehensive student club systems with over 300 registered clubs; the club system is also open to students forming their own brand new clubs for topics that aren’t covered right now. Students are able to participate in the MSU itself through periodic hiring processes for staff and volunteers as well as elections for their government section.
  • International Student Services: ISS runs a variety of events and programs aimed at International Students. These include orientation, social events a mentorship pairing with an upper year student and immigration advice.
  • Student Wellness Centre: An on-campus place to address students’ wellness needs. The Student Wellness Centre provides Counselling Options, Medical Services and Wellness Education resources to enhance student well-being.

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  • Student Services: The Student Life Department at Redeemer offers a range of services and resources (spiritual, personal, academic) for Redeemer students. They include: learning services, disability services, career centre, health services, counselling and mental health services.

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  • Student Development: The office organizes events, hosts workshops and leadership training and connect students with volunteer opportunities.

Community & Government Services

The RedBook of Hamilton
  • The Red Book of Hamilton: The Red Book is an Online database of more than 4000 records of community, government, voluntary sector, non-profit and health sector programs and services.

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  • Global Hamilton promotes our city abroad and through local ethnic networks to attract immigrants and international students. Its webpage provides links to relevant information and services.  Global Hamilton is an initiative of the City’s Economic Development Division.

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  • Invest in Hamilton.  The City of Hamilton’s Economic Development website contains information on starting a small business, labour market information, and finding a business location.

Things to do in Hamilton

Tourism Hamilton
  • Tourism Hamilton: A division of the City of Hamilton that promotes the various attractions, natural heritage and events happening in the City. The website offers a guidebook to Hamilton, a handy events calendar as well as a guide to the City’s waterfalls and hiking trails.
TripAdvisor
  • Trip Advisor: Trip Advisor is a popular third party website that catalogues attractions in a City and offers user suggestions and reviews.

Young Professionals Groups

Hamilton HIVE
  • Hamilton HIVE: Hamilton HIVE is the go-to resource and network empowering emerging leaders and young professional. Their website links a directory for the various subgroups covering a variety of interests as well as a handy newsletter that updates the community on upcoming events. Most HIVE events are free or at minimal cost. To get involved with the Hamilton HIVE member groups, click here.

Volunteer Opportunities

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  • Volunteer Hamilton: A central resource organization for opportunities in the community. You can search their database for jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Applying for Permanent Residency

Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Post-Grad Work Permit: Graduating International Students can extend their stay in Canada by applying for the Post Grad Work Permit that makes any graduated student eligible to work in Canada for a limited period of time up to three years. The PGWP is a common bridge for students to apply for Permanent Residency.
  • Permanent Residency: There are several entry points and programs for permanent residency in Canada for students. Please check out the linked CIC FAQ for more information and links to the programs.